Newsletter term 1: January 2020

Welcome to Dayspring and welcome to 2020!

Allow us to offer a very warm welcome to new parents and guardians, and indeed a warm welcome to the new academic year to everyone in our school community.

We hope that you find this Newsletter a useful source of information. Please take a few minutes to read it.

It will help us to keep in touch with you about your child’s education.

First of all an apology…

It has come to our attention that a small number of new parents were charged for their children’s assessments during the Christmas holiday when they were enrolling their children in school.

This was an error on the part of some of our staff. We apologise for this error and we ask that the parents in question come to school as soon as possible to receive a refund for the charge. We do not charge for assessing new children. Some private schools do; we don’t.

Facebook and the school website

We would like to encourage all our parents and guardians to look at our excellent Facebook page (Dayspring Academy Kitwe) as well as this website on a regular basis. These are two great sources of information and news on the work of our school, where you will find everything from news items to holiday dates to curriculum content. Honestly, you will love these platforms!

WhatsApp group for school

In addition to Facebook and the website we want to create a WhatApp group for all parents and guardians. Again, our motivation is to keep you in the loop about your children’s education. If you do not want to be part of this group please contact us at school and we shall delete your number from the WhatsApp list.

Some important dates

Wednesday 26 February primary school trip – details to follow.
Friday 28 February break for half-term holiday.
Tuesday 10 March return to school (as Monday 9 March is a holiday for International Women’s Day.)

New staff for a growing school

We have had a huge demand for places in school over the Christmas holiday. Our roll now stands at 166 pupils aged 2 years to 10 years. They are in classes ranging from Baby Class to Grade 5.

There was such a demand for our pre-school that we had to move our Reception Class into the primary school building to provide them with the space they needed.

We have also employed 5 great new teachers: Angella Mwanasa (Grade 1), Mutale Banda (G2), Webster Musonda (G3), Derrick Mwamba (G4) and Petronella Nakanyika (Pre-school). We have one UK teacher-trainer with us on a long-term basis, Mrs Julie Greenhalgh.

School developments

We are grateful for your patience as we continue to plan, buy and build! Our playgrounds in both schools are being worked on and should be complete very soon; IT equipment and books are making their way from the UK; and two school buses are en route from Japan. We believe that when everything is ‘in place’ we shall be one of the best equipped schools in the city.

Clubs and Trips (Primary)

The full programme started on Monday 3 February. We offer music, sport, French, mathematics, phonics, reading, English as an additional language (EAL) and dance. Later this year we hope to offer art, IT and swimming. Our clubs run from 14.00 to 15.00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are in the process of organising a museum visit to Ndola – further information to come on this.

Homework

Following teacher training on the setting of homework , we shall be in touch with parents / guardians on the subject. We take homework seriously and want it to be done well.

Assemblies

We have started our assemblies. Primary pupils have two short assemblies each week, on a Wednesday morning and a Friday morning. The Friday assembly is a rewards assembly in which we celebrate our ‘Stars of the Week’. Each teacher nominates a ‘star’ for the week, a pupil who has given their absolute best in their work. Please check our Facebook Page and our Stars of the Week page on this website to see if your child is currently ‘Star of the Week’ in their class. If not this week then perhaps next week! (Please note. If you do not want your child to appear on our Facebook page or our website please let us know.)

 

P. Cummings 

Director of Schools, Dayspring Academy