Newsletter September 2017

Dear Parents and King Edward VII School Community
“Please note: This newsletter is meant for the recipients registered on our bulk email distribution list. It is not meant for further distribution or publication”.

I’m not sure if this would have any legal standing but after the content (or selective parts thereof of a recent communication sent by email) made the Sunday Times this weekend, I thought it might be worth a try!

Yesterday 16 boys were subjected to testing by SAIDS (South African Institute of Drug Free Sport) as per International standards and our existing agreement we have had with SAIDS for the past four years. We are proactively engaged in tackling this very concerning trend amongst our boys (not only athletes). Perhaps it is because we are proactive in our quest to eradicate the use of banned substances that we make the media. Please don’t think that this is only a King Edward VII School issue. It is extremely widespread and a lot bigger than many realise. The 16 boys chosen are partly targeted and partly randomly selected. Should any of these 16 boys return a positive test, we will use our policy (recently distributed) to assist that learner in his rehabilitation and act accordingly in terms of his non-participation in sport. The community can expect more tests in the future as well. As per legal frameworks and policy, no positive test will be made public. It is a matter for me, the Learner and his parents to address.

Another proactive step we are taking as a School is to implement a Mobile Reporting App, in conjunction with “The Guardian”. The Guardian is a South African company that specializes in safe guarding children.

Please read the following extract from the Guardian with respect to the App. I ask that all boys download the App on their mobiles and register accordingly. We will also use the App to push notifications to the boys re School related matters. Parents are more than welcome to register as well.
For further information re The Guardian, please visit www.theguardian.co.za

“ANONYMOUS REPORTING
It is a given that learners, certainly teenagers, will not disclose anything they feel may embarrass them. Another challenge is the belief that the respect of their peers is extremely important, so confidential information pertaining to friends very seldom comes out due to the fear of reprisal.

As the Guardian our experience teaches us that most children want to do the right thing when it comes to the protection of their friends but are worried that they would be victimised if it became known that they were the reporter.
The Guardian Schools Anonymous Reporting App gives learners the ability to report he information they may need to disclose anonymously, and so essentially making their friends and themselves safer by ensuring their information reaches those charged with safeguarding the learners.

What could learners report?
The app is not restrictive in terms of what can be reported however the primary reported incidents are:
• Bullying or cyber bullying that could lead to suicide or sexting
• Inappropriate relationships with adults or abusive relationships
• Knowledge that a certain learner was using or dealing in drugs
• An educator that was using corporal punishment as a discipline measure, or being racist or sexist

So how does it work?
1. The school registers as a Guardian member
2. The school appoints staff to manage and investigate any reports
3. The learner downloads the application from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store for free onto their phone and selects their school in the registration process
4. Then using the app they can report on anything they may need to
5. The identity of the reporter is removed from the report and the school receives the information and can manage it internally
6. Any incidents which may need forensic investigation can be reported to The Guardian for private investigation

Any false reports and abuse of the system is dealt with in the terms and conditions on the app and every learner is aware that if they abuse the system their details could be forwarded to their school.”

I am really excited about the possibilities of this App and the fact that our boys will be readily able to report incidents of concern without the fear of retribution or further victimisation.

The School has had very meaningful discussions with the head of the Guardian group and we firmly believe that with their support and expertise we will provide a far safer environment for all of our boys.

You will receive correspondence via email in the next few days regarding the School’s Administration Parent Portal. Please will you log onto this and check that all your contact details, medical aid details etc. are up to date.
This Parent Portal will become more active from Term 4 and you will be able to monitor your child’s progress both on an academic front, as well as his discipline. This will allow for greater communication between School and parents. Please also note that it will used to issue your son’s School report in future.

Another exciting development at the School is the establishment of our Social Cohesion Committee. Please ‘keep an eye out’ for separate correspondence that will follow in due course regarding this development.

The Matrics recently completed their Preliminary Examinations. These have, by all accounts, run smoothly and by and large the Examinations provided a fair challenge. The Matrics will have 7 days of School next term. I urge parents to ensure the boys’ attendance at School during the time. The contact time and revision during this seven day period can make a substantial difference to their end of year results. Valediction will be held on 17 October 2017 following which the Matrics will have study leave prior to their formal Examinations starting on 24 October 2017.

Grade 8 to Grade 11 reports for this Term will be issued on Friday, 29 September 2017.

Important dates for Term 4:
Parents Fee meeting Monday, 16 October 2017 at 18h30
Valediction Tuesday, 17 October 2017 at 19h00
Matric Exams Tuesday, 24 October 2017 until 27 November 2017
Grade 8 to Grade 11 Exams Start Friday, 3 November 2017
Remembrance Day Sunday, 12 November 2017 at 10h00
End of Year Reports Wednesday, 6 December 2017


Yours sincerely

DCP Lovatt
Headmaster





 
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