Dear new parents
On enrolment you have entrusted your child to us. We are aware of our united responsibility and will strive to optimally account for and support your child, and to educate him/her to become socially responsible, as the mission statement of the primary school demands.
Your child spends only a small portion of the day with us, so we are dependent on intensive cooperation with the parental home in our endeavour to achieve this goal. If you support the work of the school, we will be able to attain the desired result together. We hope that you will be prepared to work with us as this is the only way for us to fulfil your expectations.
To give you an overview of our school and many of the things that will be new to you, we have put together this file to serve as a guideline. If you have any other questions, we are at your disposal.
Primary school principal
Enrolment info 2017
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Students in Primary School
Approximately 275 students (about an equal number of boys and girls) will attend the primary school of the DSK in the forthcoming year. At the moment there are three classes in every grade, one of which in each grade is at our Parow/Tygerberg branch. The school starts at 7h55 and generally ends after the sixth lesson at 12h30.
According to the syllabus the following periods are envisaged:
In the first school year 28 periods (incl. 2 discretionary periods)
In the second school year 30 periods (incl. 2 discretionary periods)
In the third school year 30 periods (incl. 2 discretionary periods)
In the fourth school year 30 periods (incl. 1 discretionary periods)
Instruction and break times:
The children have lessons from Monday to Friday which are divided into a maximum of 6 periods in the morning. From Monday to Thursday the instruction is from 7h55 to 12h30; on Friday it is from 7h55 to 10h55. In the afternoons there are various extra-curricular activities.
Instruction and Break times
There is supervision from 7.45 h in the morning. Please do not send your children to school earlier as there is no playground supervision before that time. The children stay in their classrooms while having breakfast and are supervised by the relevant teacher. In the breaks on the playground there is always at least one teacher doing supervision.
First break snack
It is our request that that, for the benefit of your child, you send along a healthy morning snack.
We therefore encourage all parents to prepare and send the following with your child:
- a healthy snack (fruit, whole wheat bread, yoghurt etc.)
- only sugar free drinks without caffeine, (e.g. no colas, no fruit juice with sugar, no ice tea)
A plastic lunch box supports our request to avoid the strewing of rubbish. The children of Grade 1 are not allowed to go to the Tuckshop – therefore no money needs to be taken to school.
Children in Primary School usually wear sports uniform to school when they have sports:
• long or short pants
• either red or blue T-shirt depending on which team they belong to (determined by sports teacher).
• track suit jacket
• sturdy sports shoes
In summer always let them bring bathing suit, cap (DSK Logo) and towel.
Please mark all your child’s property very clearly!
Collection of money
In the day to day running of the school money must be collected from time to time.
Give your child the exact amount in a well-sealed envelope on which is written:
Grade – Name of the child – Reason – Amount
Expectations for first grader
If you would like to enrol your child in Grade 1 at our school, he/she should be able to master these basics to be school ready:
- A solid knowledge of German, especially in speaking and understanding (the child must be able to converse adequately in German, be able to respond to questions and speak in complete sentences; non-German speaking children must have attended the German Kindergarten for at least 2 years).
- Open-mindedness towards new concepts, willingness to address a task, and be able to focus for a certain period of time (motivated to learn and concentrate)
- Social adaptability, self-assertiveness and perseverance in a larger group
For your child this means that he/she should be able to
- wash him/herself alone, brush teeth and dress (e.g. sports clothes, class camps)
- climb stairs without lagging behind
- use knives, forks, spoons and scissors
- build, draw, knead, shape on his/her own and play with others
- obey rules (e.g. class -, school – and conversation rules)
- eager to read, write, use numbers, count, write letters and be inquisitive
- be eager to start school and be able to write his/her own name
- listen to the teacher and to others and retell stories
- know and distinguish the important colours
- count to 10 and comprehend at least up to 5
- say his/her own name, address, telephone number and age and birth date
- be polite and friendly, say “please” and “thank you”
- recognize his/her own possessions marked with his/her name and look after them
- blow his/her own nose
- use the toilet independently and know how to ask for permission to go to the toilet
- tidy away games and materials used and use loaned articles carefully
- understand and execute simple instructions
- tie shoelaces
- file papers properly
- pack/unpack his/her suitcase alone
Reports and Parents’ Evenings
In the first and second grades the children receive a report in the middle and at the end of the year. The report comes in the form of a written assessment with conclusions about the learning development in work - and social conduct as well as the individual learning areas. At the end of Grade 2 the children receive a report which includes marks for German and Mathematics.
In Grades 3 and 4 the children receive a report containing marks.
Parents’ evenings are generally held twice a year (1st and 3rd term). The first parents’ evening of Grade 1 takes place in the first school week. The parents’ evening of the first term will be called by the class teacher, while a parents’ evening in the third term will be organised, if necessary, by the parents’ representative. The teachers are then available for advice and information. Invitations will be sent out in good time by the class teacher.
Leave of absence directly before or after the holidays
According to our school regulations students may not be given leave of absence directly before or after the holidays. Exceptions may only be granted in urgent cases. The principal decides each case on merit.
If your child is ill and cannot attend school, the parent/guardian should inform the school on the same day before 9h00. This can be done verbally or in written form. You can contact reception at 021 480 3830 or 021 480 3831.
In Parow the number is: 021 930 6302.
The written excuse must reach the school at least by the third day, or as soon as your child returns to school.
It is especially important to inform the school if your child has had a communicable disease. A certificate from the doctor indicating that your child is no longer contagious, must accompany him/her on his/her return.
Important Forms – Check list
The following forms need to be filled in, signed and handed back to the class teachers at the beginning of the school year:
Have you handed in a copy of birth certificate / passport?
Have you handed in a valid study permit?