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RGHS Weekly Bulletin 25 June 2020

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Dear RGHS Families


This has been an unprecedented time for us all and especially so at Rustenburg.  Because of COVID-19 and the regulations that surround it, our lives have changed.  Wearing a mask makes it difficult to properly engage when you cannot read people’s expressions and they cannot read yours.  Although  many are resentful of the infringements on their freedom, we are in this together and we owe it to one another to prevent the spread.

In the next two weeks our Grade 11 and 10 learners will return to school. We ask that parents/guardians help by reinforcing, ahead of their daughters’ return, the need to physically distance.

A further request to parents: should a family member test positive for COVID-19, please let the school know.  We need to be aware in order to protect the learners and the staff.  Sadly, one of our own girls lost a grandmother due to COVID-19 recently and we extend our sympathies to the family.  I have also just learned of two learners who have family members who have tested positive.  We will find a way to keep you informed of such cases while maintaining everyone’s right to privacy.  

With regard to the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the subsequent list of demands from the Matrics that was handed to me two weeks ago, a feedback assembly was held on Wednesday, June 24th.  We have tried to address the concerns raised as comprehensively as possible in Rustenburg’s transformation process. To maintain transparency in the process we will send out this feedback in a separate letter to parents. There is still much work to be done as change takes time, dedication and discomfort.

Michael Gates
PRINCIPAL
Notices & Reminders

COVID resources folder

We have put together a folder of COVID related resources for parents. We have most recently added the revised DBE calendar for 2020.

Uniforms

In order to facilitate the daily washing of clothes upon returning home, as recommended by the Department of Health, as well as recognising that keeping classes well ventilated means they will be colder, learners may choose to wear civvies during this winter uniform season. We will re-evaluate the situation as the switch back to summer uniform at the start of term 4 approaches.
 
The Bugs’ Boutique will be open on Saturday 27 June from 10:00 to 12:00 for your non-uniform needs, or orders can be placed via email to shop@rghs.org.za

Grade 10 & 11 Medical and Travel Permit Survey

In preparation for the return of Grade 10 and 11 students, we ask that parents/guardians please complete the survey at the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDMedicalSurvey
(Note: A similar one will follow for Grade 8 and 9 learners closer to their return date.)

Cashless Campus

RGHS and Erinville are now cashless.  Payments are received via EFT, Karri or Snapscan.  If purchasing from the Bugs’ Boutique, card facilities are also available.  Please enquire at the Bursars' office (niddriel@rghs.org.za) for more details. 
If you paid towards the voluntary capital development levy during the period March 2019 to February 2020, please email niddriel@rghs.org.za to request a Section 18A receipt.  Details required are your daughter’s first name & surname and name of person that the receipt must be made out to.

News

During these unpredictable and rapidly changing times, RGHS has managed to respond with a COVID-19 plan designed to ensure that safety standards are fully adhered to. Thank you to our RGHS Community for your support, especially the Safety Committee, CDM staff and school management team for their hard work ensuring that we achieve a learning environment that is fully compliant.

“Are you logged into the Meet? Is your mic on?”

These are just some of the questions that learners might hear in their lessons these days. Live streaming lessons is something that no teacher thought they would be asked to do, yet now it is the new normal!

Teachers have undergone rigorous training to get up to speed with the technology and now their lessons are beamed across the internet to learners who cannot physically attend school. Resources are uploaded before the lesson and the recorded lessons are also shared with learners. 

Thanks to the IT department, Mr Neethling (@techteachersa) and all teachers for their hard work and support.

LO Matters

  • Thinking of of studying in the USA, UK or Canada?  This webinar hosted by Wendy Beato, the University counselor at Varsity Abroad,  will help you understand the basics of what International Universities focus on when reviewing your applications, what is important to include, scholarship opportunities & more. 
    To WATCH the webinar At Your Convenience go to  https://www.varsityabroad.co.za/watch-replay/
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