From the Principal’s Desk

H.Miller 1


09 JANUARY 2019

Welcome to Pringle House Eco School!

When you decided to join PHES, you chose to become part of our family. I know that over the years, you have been/will contribute to the well-being of our community school in so many ways.

The following are a few tips to consider as the first day of school approaches. While the start of school is an exciting one, it can be a stressful time for parents and children alike.

Teach your child to pack their bag the evening before.

  1. You need a bag with the following in:
  • A water bottle. Please make sure that it is plastic and does not leak.
  • Sun block.
  • A sun hat. (You can purchase at school if you don’t have a suitable one.
  • Lunch box with healthy snacks.
  • Communication/Homework Book.
  1. A box of tissues per term.
  2. School starts at 08h15.  I suggest you get your son or daughter into a routine so that they are in the habit of getting to school without any added stress.
  3. A routine helps to lessen the levels of anxiety and stress. Especially for you as parents. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, your child will pick this up.
  4. Set times for bed time. Keep to it. Remember the consistency of a schedule helps your child to feel secure. They will get to know what is expected of them. It won’t always be plain sailing, there will be off days. But it will get them used to the idea of certain things needing to happen within a certain time frame.
  5. Children in this age group should be getting to bed by 21h00 at the latest.

All technical devices should be stopped at least an hour before bedtime and should be encouraged to read a good book for half an hour or so before going to sleep.

  1. Remember that your child must be fetched at 14h15 on a normal day and 15h00 on an ECA day. Please let the office know if you are going to be late so we can prepare your child in advance. They will be placed in after care until you are able to collect them.
  2. Communication/ Homework Book. This book is there for you to communicate with the teacher. All reminders will be pasted into the book by the teacher. It is your child’s responsibility to give you the book to sign. (Especially if there are reminders.

It is important that your child learns to use a Homework book as it helps them to keep track of what they need to do and when it is due. Keeping track of assignments etc prepares your child for the future.

  1. The amount of homework increases slightly at this level. It shouldn’t be more than 40 mins to an hour, and I urge you to get your child into the habit of reading.  The teacher will ensure that there are always clear instructions so that you can assist your child to complete everything required to the best of their ability. Remember it is their homework-not yours. I do urge you to show an interest in their homework, and do help them to practice for orals and in learning their tables. They must learn their tables so that they know them backwards and forwards.
  2. There should be a table or desk that is used daily for homework purposes. There should be no TV, computer or any other distraction while completing the prescribed work. All work should be monitored by a parent that the work has been completed to the best of their ability.
  3. There will be catch up lessons where the learner may be required to stay for half an hour after school, if they have not completed their work for some reason.
  4. We encourage you to become actively involved in the fundraising efforts we run throughout the year. Fund raising forms an integral part of the successful running of our school. We are also in the process of raising funds for the building of new school premises in the future, so you have joined the school at a really exciting time.
  5. If there is an incident in the classroom or on the playground, we will immediately inform you if it is a serious one. If not, we will inform you of it when you fetch your child.
  6. Children pick up even the slightest stress that you as parents may be experiencing at home. This will follow them to school. You must please inform the teacher of anything that may impact on the child at school, so that she is aware of the situation and can act accordingly if the child should act up.
  7. We have a parent evening each term where you can chat to the teacher, although we do find that most concerns have already been bought to your attention. But it does give you the opportunity to look at the work they have done during that term.
  8. The teacher is available for meetings after school hours. Preferably between 14h00-14h20. Please indicate in the communication book, telephone, or schedule with the teacher directly. Please avoid cornering a teacher when dropping your child off in the morning or straight after school. All the children in the class are important and the teacher needs to monitor all of them until they have been fetched by their parents. If you monopolise a teacher while she is still on duty, she cannot look out for the learners in their care, yours included. Thank you for your understanding.

We look forward to an exciting skill-filled year ahead.

We are delighted that you have entrusted the well-being of your most precious possession to us.

Heather Miller