Thursday, 19 September 2013

Famous Hollywood Actor finally gets his High School Diploma

Los Angeles - Mark Wahlberg has earned his high school diploma.

The 42-year-old actor, who dropped out of school when he was a teenager, secretly been taking classes online last year and graduated over the summer.

The Pain & Gain star shared his story with the Huffington Post on Monday, writing: "I never made it past the ninth grade. My circumstances were not unlike millions of other teens today, who live in tough working class neighbourhoods surrounded by drugs, violence and crime, and who struggle to stay on the right path without positive influences.

"Most high school dropouts don't end up with successful careers in Hollywood. I was lucky. Compared with high school graduates, dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty or on public assistance."

'Keep believing in yourselves'

He added: "For almost a year, I've been taking classes and studying any chance I could get - on the set, travelling for work and at home. It has been both humbling and challenging, but I'm happy to report that I am officially a high school graduate, having received my diploma this summer."

The actor, who has four children with his wife Rhea Durham, is now hoping to help other young people graduate via his charity, the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

He wrote: "To those students struggling every day and - most importantly - to those who are looking for a second chance, I have a message for you: never give up.

"Keep believing in yourselves and don't make small plans. You are not alone. I can now look at my kids every day knowing that I didn't just do this for me - I did it for them, and I did it for all the other teens and adults who have inspired me by their commitment to graduate."



The theme for the month is
Contact a school library in another country to exchange messages or undertake a co-operative activity, perhaps using e-mail or the Web. Use IASL Online and Education World to make contact (see website addresses below).

 With your learners, search IASL Online and the Internet for information about school libraries in other countries. Use the results as the basis for a discussion on ways in which school libraries differ around the world. Try to access other school libraries’ web sites, and construct one for your school library.

 Organise an Open Day in your school library and invite parents and other members of the local community to attend it. Let learners demonstrate the online catalogue, computer-based services …or show new books or other resources.

 Arrange a Book Fair with an international theme. This might include highlighting books about other countries (especially African countries), books by authors from other countries, or books in other languages.

 Visit the GiggleIT website and participate in the "Through our window – the colours
of our land" Project (see website address below).

 Mount displays (of books, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes and/or CD-ROMs) with a Library Week theme, not only in the school library, but also in the school entrance area or an outside location. Involve learners.

Attend the Library and Information Association of South Africa’s Pre-conference workshop for School Library and Youth Services on Saturday, 5 October 2013 at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town and celebrate school libraries with the theme: School libraries and youth services transforming literacy (see

 Let’s celebrate! Join together with other local school librarians, librarians, and people who support school libraries, to celebrate International School Library Day. Invite your school principal. Invite your IMG manager, circuit team manager or curriculum adviser. Present them with reminders of school libraries, e.g. mousepads, bookmarks, balloons, badges.
Compiled by EDULIS (WCED Education Library and Information Service) from the IASL and Education World websites:

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Celebrating International School Library Month 2013 in the WCED

1. During October 2013 school libraries across the world and in South Africa will celebrate
and promote library and information services at schools, using the theme “School Libraries:
Doorways to Life”.  The month of October was declared International School Library Month
(ISLM) by the the International Association of School Librarianship.

2. In order to celebrate the importance of school libraries during ISLM, those in charge of
school libraries around the world are encouraged to choose a day in October 2013 that
best suits their particular situation, even though 28 October 2013 is officially International
School Library Day.

3. Schools are encouraged to send a full report (including pictures) for publication to their
district school library adviser on what they have done during ISLM.  (See paragraphs 6 and
7 below.)

Further information is available via the attachments below:

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

BAZAAR 2013 POSTPONED to Saturday 5 October 2013

Dear Parents, Colleagues, Friends

BAZAAR 2013 POSTPONED to Saturday 5 October 2013

We have decided to postpone our annual Bazaar to Saturday 5 October 2013.  The main reasons for this decision are:
   1.  Weather:  Due to the 60 - 80% rain forecast;
   2.  To give our parents and the community more time - so that we can maximize support, since this is our main fundraiser for the year.

Please share this information with family and friends. Also be so kind to print the attached poster, with the new date and info. and display it where your family, colleagues and friends can see.

Thank you

Monday, 9 September 2013

Introduction of African Languages in 2014

Subject: Pilot  project  based on Draft  Policy on Incremental  Introduction of African
Languages in Grade 1 in 2014

1. Background
1.1 The Department of  Basic  Education  has  issued  the Draft  Policy  on  the Incremental
Introduction of African Languages (IIAL).  This draft policy will be piloted in Grade 1 in 2014
in a selection of schools in all provinces.

1.2 The draft policy has 3 aims:

Amended School Visit Programme

Dear colleagues, I pray that you are all well and looking forward to the end of the school term. However, lots of work still has to be completed before we "sign-off" the term.

Regrettably, I have to inform you that I have to suspend my IQMS program me due to unforeseen circumstances. However, I shall be visiting all the mainstream schools to sign-off your SIM. Please note when I shall be visiting your school. In some instances I shall also be meeting with the SMT's of certain schools.

Monday 9 September

Cecil Rd
Salt River (also meeting with SMT)

Tuesday 10 September

Monitor ANA's (08:00 - 11:00)
Zonnebloem Boys
Zonnebloem Girls
Zonnebloem NEST
Holy Cross
Queens Park

Wednesday 11 September

Chapel Str.
Walmer PS
Walmer HS
Sea Point PS
Sea Point HS (also SMT meeting at 14:00)

Thursday 12 September

Obs Junior
St. Agnes
Mountain Rd
Dryden Str (meeting with SMT at 14:00)

Thanking you in anticipation.


 M. Junaid Daries
DCES: IMG Advisor: Circuit 2      (Wards 54 & 57)
Metro Central Education District
Alexandra Provincial Office Precinct
Haven Road
Garden Village
Tel: +27 21 514 6707
Cell: 084 465 6262

Thursday, 5 September 2013

School Bazaar at WEPS

The Walmer Estate Primary School will be having a School Bazaar on Saturday 14 September 2013.
Everyone is welcome to attend and participate!

For further info: