Circular 04/2023

On behalf of the School Governing Body and all staff members we wish to thank you for your continued support during this term. We have had a successful 1st Term with the majority of learners focused on learning and doing their absolute best every day. However, there have been a few learners who displayed behavioural challenges. We ask that parents assist the school in our attempt to improve learner behaviour and cultivate respect for others.

Much has been written in the media about the poor state of reading in our schools.  This is not a new topic but one that always deserves our attention.  Learning to read is a gift that each and every child deserves to receive.  

It never ceases to amaze me how people unrelated to education seem to think that teaching someone to read should be an easy task and they cannot understand why so many of our learners still can’t read with understanding, experienced Foundation Phase teachers know that there are numerous factors influencing the skill to read.

Every child should learn to read, so that they can read to learn.

We can start creating a love for reading and books in our own home.  Children learn by watching and copying the adults around them.  We can influence their thinking and attitude towards reading by the way we personally interact with books.  Even if children can’t read they love listening to a story.

We need to show the children that reading can be fun.

You as a parent can read books to the children that they might not be able to read to themselves and this will slowly but surely catch their interest.  I am suggesting that we take a few minutes each day to read to the children from a different book, reading for the pure pleasure and enjoyment it brings.  Reading will become something to strive for instead of a thing of shame that he/she can’t master.

Through you, your children will see the joy reading can bring.

There have been so many amazing events that have taken place this term as a result of the hard work and dedication of our staff and learners. Some highlights include:

  • The Two Oceans Aquarium visited the school and the Grade 5 learners interacted with “Mr. T” a conservationist from the aquarium.
  • Our Grade 4 learners enjoyed every moment of their visit to the Education Museum where they learnt about what school was like for their grandparents.
  • The Grade 5’s attended a programme at the Save Our Seas Foundation. They were excited to touch the sea creatures in the rock pools on the beach.
  • The Science Club members were introduced to Coding. This will be followed by an introduction to Robotics next term.
  • The Mediators successfully completed their Conflict Resolution training and received their Badges in an assembly where they shared what they learnt. They reminded the learners that they are only “One Call Away”.
  • The Soccer and Netball extra-mural have completed their selection process and are eager to start playing matches in the 2nd


To the many parents who generously sent a donation items or monetary contribution toward the Cake Sales held on the 2nd and 3rd March 2023. The learners enjoyed the tasty treats on the day.


It is essential that our school have all the relevant and updated information for each learner/parent. In light of this I thank all parents who have promptly returned their York Road Primary Data Information Sheet.


We encourage all Grade 7 parents to complete their online application for Grade 8 (2024). Please note that Online Applications for Grade R, 1 and 7 closes on 14 APRIL 2023.


School commences for the learners on Wednesday 12 April 2023.


Many of our girls and boys were wearing the correct school uniform with pride. We urge parents to acquire the correct winter uniform, including the bottle green jacket and cap as it is compulsory for all learners to wear the winter uniform as stipulated in the School’s Code of Conduct (Available on the schools website during Term 2 and 3.

Extract from Code of Conduct

Winter uniforms during the 2nd and 3rd terms of school.
The appearance of learners in uniform must promote a good public image of the school.
It is expected that all pupils of York Road Primary School wear his or her school uniform to and from school.
1.     BOYS: (winter)GIRLS:  winter:  (2nd and 3rd quarters)
Grey long flannels with a beltGrey skirt
White shirtSchool tie
School tieWhite shirt
Bottlegreen jersey and  bottlegreen blazer with badgeGrey knitted pantihose / socks
Grey socksBrown school shoes
Brown lace up shoesBottlegreen jersey and blazer with badge
Bottlegreen drimac / raincoat / caps / scarvesBottlegreen drimac / raincoat / caps / scarves


Please note that a 2nd hand clothing sale will take place in the ‘Stop and Go’ area on the following days:

Wednesday12/04/202309h00 to 10h00
Thursday 13/04/202309h00 to 10h00




R08h00 – 13h0013h05 – 13h1508h00 – 12h0012h05 – 12h10
108h00 – 13h4013h45 – 13h5508h00 – 12h0512h10 – 12h15
208h00 – 13h5013h55 – 14h1008h00 – 12h1012h15 – 12h25
308h00 – 14h1514h20 – 14h3008h00 – 12h1012h15 – 12h25
408h00 – 14h2014h25 – 14h3508h00 – 12h1512h20 – 12h30
508h00 – 14h2514h30 – 14h4008h00 – 12h1512h20 – 12h30
608h00 – 14h3014h35 – 14h4508h00 – 12h2012h25 – 12h30
708h00 – 14h3514h40 – 14h5008h00 – 12h2012h25 – 12h30


Please do not park at the access gates or on the bend in Lower York Road. Parking is available in all the side streets. STOP or PARK AWAY from the Access gates and walk your child to the entrance. It is our intention to maintain our positive relationship with our school neighbours so please do not park across their driveways or block the access to their premises.


 Thank you to all parents who are courteous and respectful towards our safety officers, staff, neighbours and other road users. We appreciate your patience and co-operation.


We appeal to parents to pay School Fees as the funds are required to create a clean and safe environment as well as to provide quality education.

Please deposit school fees directly into the School’s Bank Account.

ACCOUNT NAME:York Road Primary SchoolACCOUNT NUMBER:5488 163 0403
BANK:First National BankBRANCH CODE:203 209
REFERENCE:Name Surname and Grade of learner

Please send proof of payment to the Bursar by email:

In Conclusion,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mrs. R. Salie on her appointment as the newest permanent staff member at York Road Primary.  We also welcome Ms. M. Burger, Mrs. S. Mapswayi, Ms. R. Kerchhoff and Ms. F. Jacobs.

We took leave of Mrs. N. Pillay on the 1st February 2023, who officially retired after serving the York Road community with dedication for 24 years. She had offered 40years of service to the education sector. We thank Mrs. Pillay and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

To the staff of York Road Primary School, I would like to say THANK YOU for everything you do on a daily basis to enrich the lives of those entrusted in your care. The difference you make in the lives of our children and indeed the future cannot be quantified.

We wish our Muslim families well during RAMADAAN.

To all our Christian families have a blessed EASTER as you remember the death and resurrection of Christ.

Please take care and let the learners have a restful break.  Learners who have not been academically successful need to utilize their holidays for revision.

In closing, may all our learners remain safe during this short holiday.

Yours in Education


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