Secondary Faculty Secondary Memo 27 Jan

February 1, 2012

The learners and educators thoroughly enjoyed our outdoor adventure camps this week.  We are thrilled with the feedback we have received from all our service providers, commending our learners on their enthusiasm and good behaviour.

DDI Random Drug Testing Talk

As referred to in previous weekly memos, we in the Secondary Faculty will be introducing a new method of random drug testing during the course of this month. This involves an initial non-invasive saliva test. Should the indicator show a positive result, you will be requested to attend the confirmation screening. The confirmation screening will be conducted under controlled conditions by Drug Detection International (DDI) and sent away to their labs for analysis.

DDI will explain the process on Tuesday 31 January 2012 at the Secondary Faculty from 18:00-19:30. Kindly RSVP to as soon as possible, should you wish to attend.

World Schools Debating Championships 2012

Cape Town was the proud host of the World Schools Debating Championships 2012. Schools from across the Peninsula were invited to host some of the debates. We were privileged to host Botswana, Israel, South Africa and Turkey on Friday last week. The standard of debate was outstanding and every learner got to experience at least one of the four debates. I am happy to inform you that, at least for our day, South Africa were the clear winners running out with the maximum 6 achievable points on the day.

Tuck shop vouchers

Please note that we do not accept any cash at our tuck shop.  Learners may buy a voucher booklet from reception to the value of R200. Kindly give permission for your account to be billed via e-mail.

Learners who fall ill at school

If a learner falls ill during the school day, they need to be collected from reception.  We will phone you when they report sick.  For security reasons, the person who collects the learner will be required to sign the learner out.

Communication with the College

We request that you inform us of changes to your e-mail addresses and cellphone numbers, as we rely on digital media for our communication with parents.  SMS messages informing parents of arrival times during the camps this week did not reach some parents as we did not have the correct contact information.

Director of Technology: Richard Knaggs

Laptop policy

The vision of Parklands College is one where we are enabling teaching and learning with technology and we are most satisfied with what we have achieved.

It is important to understand that our network is geared to work with Apple products and smartphones only. We do not have the support infrastructure to support a Windows laptop client environment as this is what always ends up happening when we allow such devices onto our network. We also have security issues around the fact that viruses and spy ware are prolific in the Windows environment. For these reasons it is policy to not allow such devices to connect to our network.

In an effort to support an effective teaching and learning environment we have chosen Apples vision in both hardware and educational software tools. To allow non Apple devices will be detrimental to the successes that we are experiencing in teaching and learning in our classrooms.

Learners may use an iPad/iPod/iPhone on our Campus at any time, however these devices do have limitations and we recommend MacBooks Pros for the following subjects and courses:

Engineering Graphics and Design
Sound Engineering and Lighting Management
Journalism and Media Production

Programme for next week

Saturday 28/1 Peter Pan Auditions (09:00 – 12:00) in the Curie Centre
Monday 30/1 Grade 12 Hospitality Outing to de Grendel (09:00 – 13:00) Co-curricula start
Tuesday 31/1 DDI Random Drug Testing Talk (18:00 – 19:30)
Thursday 2/2 3rd Tennis vs Tygerberg (a)4th Tennis vs Westcliff (h)

Swimming gala at Jan van Riebeeck (a)

1st Softball vs Settlers (a)

Class Representative Training (17:00 – 21:00)

Friday 3/2 Blood Donation Clinic (09:0 – 12:00) Premier Tennis vs Curro (h)
Saturday 4/2 WP Tennis TrialsU/19 Cricket vs Rondebosch Boys (a) U/15 Cricket vs Melkbosstrand (h) U/14 Cricket vs Bishops (a)

U/13 Cricket vs Kenwyn (a)

Peter Pan Rehearsal (09:00 – 12:00)

ssociate Principal: Learner Affairs – Stephen Le Feuvre

Catching the Code

As Associate Principal: Learner Affairs the primary function of my portfolio is Discipline. Now I know that the moment I say that people have mixed reactions. Most of the time, however, there is a lot of misunderstanding regarding the subject of  Discipline as well as ignorance  as to  the Associate  Principal: Learner Affairs function.

In response to this I have decided to include “Catching the Code” in upcoming Weekly Memos in the hope that there will be improved communication between myself and the parent body regarding Discipline and our thorough, active Code of Conduct.

However, before I start referring to the Code of Conduct I would like to clarify some misconceptions about “Discipline”. It is a tragedy that Discipline has a bad rap. Many of us have images and reflections of our school days of seemingly endless rules and harsh punishments. And in all our bitter reflections we forget what a positive thing Discipline can be.

You don’t believe me. How about the dancer who spends hours on her “discipline”? Or the Martial Arts expert? Or the cyclist training for the Tour de France? Or even, the discipline of Mathematics? Whether we are willing to admit it or not, most of our great achievements in life involved discipline and most of our greatest regrets in life involved a lack of discipline.

Our mandate as teachers is to prepare children for life, to create an environment for excellence, and if discipline is not a part of what we do here we fail in this mandate

That means that we take certain, seemingly small things, seriously at Parklands College: correct dress and grooming, punctuality for school and class, manners, greeting, loyalty to a team you have committed to, communication when absent due to unforeseen circumstances. These are things we unashamedly want to train our learners in. Thus, they are all aspects of our Code of Conduct and need to be communicated to, and encouraged and instilled in our teens as they prepare for life.

To put it simply the disciplines of respect, responsibility and communication are key aspects to excellence and thus key parts of the curriculum and the code we present to the learners. More on this Code next week.

Start of Summer Quarter Co-curricula

We are looking forward to the start of all co-curricular on Monday. Please find the proposed co-curricular timetable for the Summer Quarter

NOTE: All practices, except for Run/Walk, will take place at the Preparatory Campus until further notice. Transport will be provided for all sporting codes to and from the Preparatory School. Morning Swimming and Tennis will commence at 07:45 and the learners are expected to meet at the Preparatory School. They will be brought to the Secondary School by the school bus after the practice has ended. Social Tennis on a Wednesday will only commence once the Secondary School fields are in use.

The correct dress code MUST be adhered to, as no learner will be allowed to participate if incorrectly dressed

Co- Curricular Programme for Summer Quarter

Morning Schedule: Practices to start at 6:45 at the Preparatory School. Learners will be collected from the fields by school bus and brought to the Sandown Campus. Please see below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Run/ Walk Tennis/ Social Swimming Run/ Walk

Afternoon Sessions: Practices to start at 15:20. Learners will be transported to the Preparatory School and back by the College bus. Please see below:

Sport Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Cricket U/13 & U/14 U/15 & U/19 U/13 & U/14 U/15 & U/19 U/13, U/14, U/15 & U/19 Matches
Tennis SocialTennis 2nd team Matches/ Social Tennis SocialTennis

3rd & 4th team


Run/ Walk Run/Walk Run/Walk



Softball Practice Matches


Sport News:


2011 was the first year for Eamon van der Merwe (Grade 10) in the U/17 Water-skiing division. The final rankings for 2011 have been published and Eamon is ranked number 4 in Slalom in the European and Africa Region and number 13 in the World. These rankings are published by the International Waterski and Wakeboard federation.

Eamon competed in the West Coast Championship during the second weekend of December 2011. He won the slalom, jump and tricks as well as overall for the boys U/17. Eamon skied new personal bests in all three events and equalled the SA Slalom record for boys U/17 and the open division with a score of 4 buoys on 11m rope at a speed of 58 km/h.

The Western Province Championship was held at Mofam River Lodge earlier this month. Eamon took gold medals for slalom and tricks and he got the silver medal for jump. He was also the overall winner of the boys U/17 and won the prize for the highest slalom score of the tournament.


Luke  Herring  (Grade  9)  won  the  WP  Junior  Max  Championship,  the  SA  Rok  Championship,  and represented South Africa in 4 overseas events.  He was thus honoured for his achievements at a Motorsport South Africa Awards evening in Johannesburg in December and was awarded his SA Colours.


We would like to wish the following U/13 athletes well as they compete in the Table Bay regional trials on the 28 January:

●    Will Smit (Grade 7)

●    Cal Smid (Grade 7)

●    Laura Wolvaart (Grade 7)

●    Justine Doo (Grade 7)

●    Khanya Dilima (Grade 7)

●    Jessica Hawthorn (Grade 7)


Tarryn Baines (Grade 9) took part in the Jack Currie Swimming Championships on the weekend. She swam in 11 events, qualified for 11 finals and participated in 2 relays. Tarryn received 9 medals: of which 5 were gold medals and 4 silver medals. She also received a trophy for the “top individual point scorer for girls” at the Championships. Tarryn made 13 best times and will now be swimming LEVEL 2  Nationals in George.


Luca Powell (Grade 7) took part in three Tennis tournaments as follows:

1.  WP Summer Tour – level 4 where he was placed 2nd

2.  EP Keyhealth Series – level 7 where he was placed 43rd

3.  WP keyhealth – level 7 where he was placed 37th

He has just started in the U/14’s so these results will help to improve his overall SATA ranking.


Rebecca Crous (Grade 7) has represented South Africa for the past two years in Figure Skating as well as Synchronised Skating. Now she has been honoured by a selection of the South African figure skating association to train and skate with the Imperial Ice Stars from Nutcracker on Ice next week. This is a huge honour as she will be training on stage with them at this top level.


Clubs& Societies News

Culinary Club

Mrs Torbet will be attending a Hospitality meeting on Tuesday afternoon (31st January), therefore all those signed up for Culinary on Tuesday are invited to attend on either the Monday or Wednesday afternoon instead. Apologies for any inconvenience!


Associate Principal: Academics – Ansie Bailly

Please ensure that you understand the requirements for tertiary studies as set out below.


The National Senior Certificate (NSC) Designated and Non- Designated Subjects

Admission requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s

Degree studies

The National Senior Certificate (matric certificate) does not guarantee a learner’s admission to any programme of study in higher education. Within the context of the Education Policy, (Government Gazette, Vol. 481, No. 27819, July 2005), the right of higher education institutions to set specific admission requirements to particular programmes is confirmed in terms of section 37 of the Higher Education Act.

The basis of admission to a Higher Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree is the achievement of a National Senior Certificate according to the rules of subject combination prescribed in the policy for the National Senior Certificate.

To enable parents and learners to understand the NSC and the basis of admission to further studies, please study the following.

The approved subjects are divided into 2 groups, Designated subjects and Non-Designated subjects.

Compulsory Subjects:

2 Languages:
Home Language (Parklands: English)
First Additional Language (Parklands: Afrikaans, isiXhosa)
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
Life Orientation

Choice of 4 subjects from Designated and / or Non-Designated subjects.

Designated choice:
Business Studies
Dramatic Arts
Engineering Graphics and Design
Information Technology (Programming)
Additional Language (French Second Additional Language)
Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Visual Arts

Non-Designated choice:
Computer Applications Technology
Dance Studies
Hospitality Studies

For entry into Bachelor Degree Studies (Universities)

A learner needs 4 designated subjects (excluding Life Orientation) above 50%(Level 4)
A University will be entitled to specify subject requirements for a particular programme.
For example, Mathematics and Physical Sciences might be considered as requirements for admission to a Bachelor’s Degree in Science.
It is not recommended to do more than one non-designated subject as the Universities do not grant points for these subjects.

For entry into Diploma Studies (Colleges)

A learner needs 4 designated subjects above 40%(Level 3)
A tertiary institution(for Higher Certificate orDiploma Studies) may require appropriate combinations of recognised NSC subjects (designated and non-designated) and levels of achievement for Higher Certificate or Diploma Studies.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s subject choice, feel free to Mrs A Bailly.

Concluding Comments

The new week marks the start of many of our new and exciting ventures and we look forward to reporting back on these next week.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards

Sylvia Steyn

Principal:  Secondary Faculty

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