RE: Updates for Machabeng School Community
Dear Parents and Students;
On behalf of the Staff of Machabeng College, we hope this letter finds everyone with wellness, inner strength, and peace. This past school year will never be repeated. The Pandemic has left all of us in recovery and in dismay from facing a silent enemy. We never knew who the target would be. We just knew the enemy was lurking in the air and invisible to its hosts. Modern medicine will soon conquer this enemy among us. The war on Corona seems to be nearing the final battles. Vaccines will soon be available on every continent and for everyone.
While we wait for the lifesaving medicine to arrive in every community around the world, we trudge onward to keep the focus…especially for the children. We all share a common bond now. For the first time in modern history, a situation belonged to everyone. It was not someone else’s problem. The pandemic affected everyone…every family….every individual. Globalization has brought us the same experiences as a common human race. We acted together and faced the enemy together.
Time will move all of the events of the past school year into history. The passing of school days will pick up the pace, time moving even faster. The annual schooling events of term 3 will allow us to complete a troubling year that will never be repeated on such a large scale, again. The Machabeng College staff will continue to give the best service possible to your children while we continue to observe COVID driven social distancing and hygiene rules. Thank you for your continued patronage of Machabeng College. Please find set dates for term 3 below.
RE: Updates on teaching and learning
Blended – Rotational Learning is ongoing for the end of term 2. We are grateful to the community for ensuring that your child follow the Covid-19 guidelines
Term 2 and Term 3 – Term 2 comes to a close on 1st April 2021. Term 3 will commence on 12th April 2021 at 7.50 am. A scheduling adjustment due to COVID.
Meet the Board of Governors! – The Board of Governors invites all parents/guardian to a meeting on Friday 16th April 2021 at 3.00pm in the amphitheatre. Please keep this time in your calendars and bring your support. A special welcome for our new Board Chairperson, Keratile Thabana Hoohlo.
S5 and DP2 – S5 students will start writing their final IGCSE examinations on 2nd May 2021 and end on 12th June 2021. DP2 students start writing their final IBDP examinations on 30th April 2021 and finish on 20th May 2021. For these year groups, they will only come to school during the examination schedule when they are writing exams on the given day. Students will have their exam schedule to use. They have to be at the examination venue at least 15 minutes before start of the exam.
S5 and DP2 Orals/Recordings – The teachers scheduled orals for these two levels during the week starting 5th April 2021. The students will be expected to come only during their scheduled orals during this week. They should arrive at least 30 minutes before their scheduled time to prepare for the presentation.
End of Year Examinations – S1, S2, S3, S4 and DP1 will write their End of year examinations from Monday 24th May 2021 to Tuesday 8th June 2021. S1, S2 and S3 will be in school throughout the day during this time. S4 and DP1 will only come to school when they are writing an examination. They have to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the examination. Students will be given their examination timetables at the beginning of May.
S1, S2, S3 and S4– A rotation schedule will be sent home later in the week indicating days when certain classes will have their Face-to-Face lessons. From Monday 3rd May 2021, these levels will have full face-to-face lessons. This is subject to guidelines from the Government.
DP1 – This year, the DP1 group will continue with Face-to-Face lessons at the beginning of Term 3.
Student Teachers from National University of Lesotho – Every year, the school works collaboratively with student teachers from NUL as part of training program. This term we have three teachers who will be with us until 14th May 2021. They are teaching the following subjects in Lower School; Science, Physics, Maths, French, PSHE, Geography and Literature in English. They may video their lessons as evidence of their working with students for the university. Our subject teachers are working closely with the three teachers. Only the university will be able to view any recordings as a final exam for these dedicated novice teachers.
DP2 Boarding students – The DP2 boarding students will go for the break from 1st April 2021 and they have permission by the Headmaster to return voluntarily on 5th April to the boarding house. This is not mandatory. Students who would like to remain home throughout the break are welcome to do so. Only those students who want and need the extra study and exam preparation time may take advantage of an early return to campus. Thanks in advance to the volunteer staff who will host them.
School Uniform – With effect from beginning of Term 3, all students are expected to be in proper uniform. The hair code has to be followed. Students were given a grace period to sort out the creative and expressive hair styles during Term 2. Students change into P.E uniform when they are going for P.E and hence should come to school dressed in formal uniform.
Reports – Term One reports can be collected from the school accounting office after 1st April 2021. Term 2 reports can be collected from school accounting office after 16th April 2021.
School Fees – Please ensure you are up to date with school fees payment. Student records are available once the tuition has been taken care of for the school year.
Covid-19 guide – Students have covid-19 guidelines given in Term One. They have to ensure that they adhere to the established guidelines. Failure to do so will result in parents/guardians being called to take the child back home for observation and medical follow up. Kindly ensure your child has hand sanitiser and clean masks to use at school and when on public transport.
The school requests that parents, students, and the broader community work in collaboration with the school to support safe student learning and, that as a school community, we continue to observe social distancing and recommended practices for COVID19. A continuance of observation of the COVID restrictions will allow the school to avoid any further unnecessary closure for the rest of the academic year. If your child shows symptoms, please take the initiative to follow up with your medical doctor and inform the school.
Yours in Education
JL Schwimmer James Kamau Constance Ateka
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