Prospectus

ADMISSIONS
Learners are admitted to MRS according to criteria decided upon by the Governing Body. Learners in the Woodstock area will receive preference. Learners are admitted to Grade 1 in the year in which they turn seven, or the year in which they turn six, on or before 30th June. However, preference must be given to children who turn 7 in grade one.
    
GOVERNING BODY
MRPS is a PUBLIC SCHOOL which is managed by an elected Governing Body. The Governing Body takes cognisance of the school's mission and takes care that traditional values and the ethos of the school are upheld.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
Parents and teachers are encouraged to communicate regularly via homework books, interviews or the telephone, provided that the appointments do not take place during actual teaching time.
Parents are, however, not permitted inside the school building during school hours without permission from the office. We take the safety of our learners very seriously.

During each quarter provision is made for parents to meet individually with the teachers in the privacy of the classroom.

RELIGIOUS POLICY
MRPS has a policy founded on religious freedom and tolerance. Practical arrangements which avoid discrimination against persons of any faith may be made. Religious Education is no longer part of the school curriculum. We do engage in moral based activities, which do underpin the values and principles as set out in our vision and mission statement.

FACILITIES
MRPS is equipped to handle all classes from Reception year (Grade R) to Grade 7. The building is spacious and the administrative offices and hall are modern. The hall is ideally suited for Physical Education, indoor sport and cultural activities. In addition, MRS also has a well equipped Library and Media Centre, Audio-visual room, Science & Technology Centre, Computer Centre and Art room. There are also facilities for tennis, mini- tennis, table-tennis, volleyball netball, mini-cricket, soccer and mini-soccer. Additional extra-murals are arranged where numbers make this viable.
    
COMPUTER CENTRE    
The pupils have access to computer skills training in our Computer Centre. Fifteen children at a time are given the opportunity of developing computer skills through the relevant curriculum content. A strong “Network Nanny” controls internet access while children are given a chance to research on the net.

PRE-PRIMARY
The Grade R class focuses on developing skills, concepts, norms and values as a sound foundation for life long learning. As these children are learning a variety of skills etc. many activities may seem repetitive to parents, however this is one method by which children learn.  Our Grade R classes follow the CAPS Curriculum.  A progress report is issued each term.

AFTER CARE CENTRE
The school has an After-Care facility for learners attending MRPS. This facility is open during school terms from 13:30 until 17:30.
After Care fees must be paid in advance every quarter. Alternatively it can be paid on a monthly basis.

Parents wishing to enrol children in the After-Care need to complete an application form.
Learners are placed on a waiting list and parents are informed when space is available. Learners may attend After-Care on a casual daily basis if pre-arranged. Cost is detailed in the After-Care booklet.

LIBRARY
The library is open after school during the week and pupils are encouraged to make use of this excellent facility for reading and for research. Learners are also exposed to 1 period a week of Library, offering an opportunity to take out reading material of their choice. The library has computers that allow learners to complete their projects. They are also able to go online and do research.
      
PSYCHOLOGIST
Annelise Brandt has been working in the field of psychology for a number of years. She began her career as an educator. After furthering her studies, she worked as a school psychologist for a few years before starting her own practice.
Her role at Mountain Road Primary School is to support children who suffer from anxiety, trauma, stress and behaviour management needs. She too supports staff who have learners with special educational needs in their classes and runs workshops for staff development.

HOMEWORK CLASSES
Homework classes offer learners the opportunity to gain assistance with their homework. The teacher guides the learners through difficulties without doing the work. This however is a guidance opportunity and not a remedial class.


EXTRA MURAL ACTIVITIES

SPORT FOR BOYS:
SUMMER SPORT: Athletics; cricket; ball skills.
WINTER SPORT: Soccer; mini-soccer; ball skills.

SPORT FOR GIRLS:
SUMMER SPORT: Athletics; ball skills.
WINTER SPORT: Netball; ball skills.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES:  School Production, Art Club, Library

SERVICE PROVIDERS:  Karate, Ballet, Speech and Drama, Gymnastics, Music (These activities happen at school within our Extra Mural programme, however, fees are payable to the service providers.)


PREFECTS
This opportunity is afforded to all the Grade 7 learners. Those interested in being part of the prefect body attend workshops to develop their leadership skills.
They are expected to perform certain duties on behalf of staff, and to be ambassadors for our school at all times.

LIBRARY MONITORS
Opportunities exist for pupils to become librarians. This opportunity is granted to the grade 6 learners. The expectation is that the librarians assist in the operations of the library and ensure its functionality under the leadership of the librarian.

SCHOLAR PATROL
Senior pupils can become members of the Scholar Patrol which operates on Mountain Road and Nerina Road before and after school. Training is offered by the traffic department and this opportunity is offered to Grade 6 learners.

PERSONAL HYGIENE
We request that parents assist their children to maintain the required cleanliness of hair, nails, etc. as the confined conditions of schools allow the easy spreading of ailments.
Children with infections or contagious ailments will be sent home until treatment is affected.


SCHOOL UNIFORM
We are proud of our school uniform and expect it to be worn correctly. There are very clear guidelines concerning the school uniform which are issued to parents regularly and which are also obtainable from the office.

MARKING OF CLOTHING     
All clothing must be clearly marked. The school does not accept any responsibility for lost clothing. Clothing which is clearly marked will, if found, be returned to the learner.  Unidentifiable clothing will be kept in the exchange store and sold with other second-hand items.

CLOTHING EXCHANGE
Contact the front office should you wish to buy second-hand clothing.
 

BOYS & GIRLS UNIFORM
The uniform consists of the following:

    *Golf shirt (short sleeve and long sleeve available)
    *Quantec shorts
    *Sweat shirt
    *White sport socks
    *Black school shoes
*Full tracksuits are compulsory

The learners are allowed to wear a combination of the above, regardless of the season.

The school uniform is purchased at our school.  Orders are placed, together with the payment via the school office.  Sport clothes are not carried by the school.

The following items are sold at the uniform shop at our school:
* Tracksuits                             * Peak caps
*Golf shirts                              * Maroon quantec shorts
*School badge (iron on)        *Sweatshirts


PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Plain white golf shirt, plain white shorts and white tackies.

SPORTSWEAR:
Plain white golf shirt, plain white shorts and white tackies.  (Some sport codes have specific dress codes.  These will be addressed on registration for the sport.)

A school badge to be attached to the white golf shirt.

RAINCOATS:
Maroon wind breakers or rain-jackets of waterproof nylon are recommended.

HAIR STYLES: (BOYS)
The hair must be neat and complement the school uniform. It must not be too long and should be clear of the eyes, ears and collar. Colouring and fashionable cuts and styles are not allowed.

JEWELLERY: (BOYS)
Only wristwatches and Medic Alert bracelets/chains are allowed. Religious icons may be worn around the neck, under the uniform, on plain chains or thongs, but may not be seen.
                
HAIR STYLES: (GIRLS)
The hair must, if long, be tied back. It must be neat and complement the school uniform. The hair must be clear of the eyes. Colouring and fashionable cuts and styles are not allowed.

JEWELLERY: (GIRLS)
No jewellery except a wristwatch and a single small gold stud or a single small gold sleeper in each ear. Medic Alert bracelets/chains are allowed. Religious icons may be worn around the neck, under the uniform, on plain chains or thongs.

ACCESSORIES: (GIRLS)
Only plain black, or maroon poms, bobbles or Alice bands may be worn.  

ACCESSORIES:  - General
Maroon beanies, scarves and gloves may be worn in winter.
A maroon headscarf (for Moslem girls) and a black fez (for Moslem boys) are allowed.

NAIL POLISH:
Nail polish or Geenah may not be worn at any time during the school term.

CODE OF CONDUCT
The school has its own set of rules which have been drawn up by the Governing Body. Our code of conduct should enable pupils to comply with them:
                                     
    * Respect for others;
    * Respect for self;
    * Respect for property;
    * Respect for authority;
    * Respect for the school uniform;
    * Regular attendance;
    * Punctuality;
    * Preparation for classes.

The Code of Conduct Document (booklet) details policies and procedures in full.

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
The rights and obligations of pupils are protected by the Code of Conduct. Where any rules relating to these are transgressed, then disciplinary steps are taken.


RECOGNITION OF GOOD PROGRESS AND CONDUCT
These are recognised via the award of merit stickers, Principal's awards, certificates and by other means.

MERIT SYSTEM
This is based on a 9 merit system for good conduct.  Learners are rewarded after completing every 4th card.

DISCIPLINE
*    Pupils in contravention of school rules will be subject to school discipline. A system of demerit points for minor offences is in operation.
*    For your information, the disciplinary steps are set out below:

1.     First card (9 demerits)             1hr Detention                       
2.     Second card (18 demerits)    1hr Detention                     
3.     Third card (27 demerits)         2hr Fri. Detention             
4.     Sixth card (36 demerits)          Disciplinary Hearing       

     #The parent may be called to a meeting of the Governing Body Disciplinary Committee which decides on the sanction to be imposed.
    
    NOTE: All demerits are cleared at the beginning of each term. The record of offences, however, remains on the pupil's personal file for his/her entire school career.
    *    Serious misconduct will be reported to the Governing Body. Pupils may be suspended from school for periods of up to a week as a disciplinary measure where    other measures have failed. Serious offences may result in the school requesting on via the WCED expulsion of a pupil.
    The staff (with the support of the Governing Body) have undertaken to produce their own learning material applicable to the learning area, in the context of the school and its community. Much research and creativity are invested in this mammoth task. This allows the material to be tailor-made for our school and where possible, the learner can identify with as many of the experiences as possible.
   
GENERAL STATIONERY REQUIREMENTS
Please see list applicable to the grade for which application is being made. Please ensure that your child always has the items on this list available before school starts at the beginning of the year. Learners without these items will not be able to complete their work adequately.

Basic stationery is on sale at school daily between 07:45 and 09:00. The school stocks items for learners only in urgent need. However, we cannot always compete price-wise with the larger chain stores. At the start of each year a stationery pack is sold to pupils at a special price.

Please request a list of stationery requirements appropriate to the grade for which application is being made, from the office.

NOTE:
Approved types of calculators can be bought at the school.
Pupils do not need kokis/felt tipped pens.
Correction fluid ("Tipp Ex") is not permitted.

All items should be clearly and indelibly marked with the pupil's name.

SUITCASES / RUCKSACKS
The appearance of the school bag/suitcase must complement the school uniform. It must be one colour only. Reflective strips are encouraged. No writing, stickers, slogans, etc. may be on the case. Defaced bags/suitcases are not acceptable. A firm box support should be inside to protect the books.
The child's name must be clearly marked on the inside of the case.
The school reserves the right to refuse pupils the use of bags or rucksacks which may damage textbooks or not comply with the set prescriptions.

COMPULSORY SCHOOL FEES
Compulsory school fees are levied. The Governing Body sets the school fees which are reviewed annually in October. Fees may be paid annually, quarterly or monthly IN ADVANCE.

These pay for educational materials, textbooks, transport, maintenance, equipment, and for the salaries of some staff members. The policy of the school is to provide quality education at an affordable price.  

School fees are determined at the annual general meeting held by the Governing Body and parents of the school. This amount can be paid in monthly or quarterly instalments. A 10% discount is offered for annual advance payment.

The above fee is in respect of all pupils from Grade 1 to Grade 7.

The private Grade R section charges higher fees as this functions independently from Mountain Road Primary School. The fees per year can be paid in quarterly or monthly instalments in advance.

The Governing Body reserves the right to request that a Grade R child be removed from the class if the fees have not been paid. The Reception year is not classified as compulsory school education although this may soon change.

REDUCTION ON SCHOOL FEES
This is applicable to families whose total income is below a certain amount. Please apply for details at the office. Parents in this position may be required to perform services in lieu of fees. If an application is not received by the due date the full fees will be charged.

The onus rests with the parent to request and submit all the required documentation. Submissions are accepted annually. Parents are informed via circulars when the forms are available at the office.