Our school motto is
Facta Non Verba
which translated from the latin means
Deeds Not Words
Timour Hall, you are our joy and our pride;
We’ll love and revere you whatever betide,
Here in this beautiful part of our land,
Rich in history, proudly you stand.
With love we will serve you, your honour our aim,
With deeds and not words we’ll preserve your good name.
Certainly, you can compare with the best,
May our Alma Mater for ever be blest!
Sportsmanship, honour and truth we are taught,
The will to succeed at our work and our sport,
Always a credit we’ll be to our school –
Doing our best to obey every rule.
We’ll work with a will and with only one aim:
To give of our best and to play the game,
Proving our school to be one of the best,
Timour Hall, may you for ever be blest!
Our Mission is to provide a nurturing and enriching environment dedicated to developing responsible citizens through effective teaching and learning.
- Inspire positive self-esteem and independence
- Inculcate tolerance, caring and respect for others
- Develop the full potential of each child
- Continue to promote professional growth and child-centred education
- Encourage active family participation in the educational process
- In the early 1900’s land was set aside by the owners at Timour Hall Estate for the establishment of a school. The first structure was a wood and iron building consisting of two classrooms. On April 11 1904, the first pupil was enrolled.
- By February 1918 the enrolment had increased from 295 in 1916 to 386. The staff then consisted of three male teachers, inclusive of the Principal and Vice-Principal, and eight female teachers. In May 1922, the ‘bucket’ sewerage system was installed much to the obvious delight of staff and pupils.
- The first principal, Mr McCormick retired at the end of 1935 after 31 years service to the school. Mr Jack Midgeley assumed duty in January 1937, holding office as principal until 1961, a period of 24 years. A central library was established during this year and many new books were purchased for £13.
- In February 1941, a hard-of-hearing class was established by Mrs Mary Kihn who was to play a major role in this field of education. All efforts to trace records of the school from 1942 to 1971 have proved in vain.
- The W J Botha Hall was opened in June 1972 by Raymond Ackerman (Founder of Pick ‘n Pay Group) whose father was a pupil at this school.
- During the late 60’s the enrolment increased and building extensions were again requested. Sadly much of the gracious architecture was destroyed when they virtually rebuilt the entire school.
- In 1973 the Deputy-Principal, Mr Errol Punt was appointed Acting Principal prior to Mr Botha’s retirement. In March of the same year, prefects were introduced for the first time.
- In 1974, Mr Roy Maggs was appointed and the first formally constituted Parent Teacher Association was elected. After much discussion, application was made to the Department to alter the name of the school from Plumstead Primary to Timour Hall Primary which became effective in January 1977. Mr Maggs retired at the end of 1996 after nearly 23 years of service to the school.
- He was suceeded by Mr B E Bosworth was officially appointed on 1 January 1997 and retired in 2014. The school was run by the Deputy, Mr W Pietersen, for the most part of 2014 and the new Principal Mr W Boonzaier, was official appointed as from 1 January 2015.
A. Statement of Intent
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of ANY kind is unacceptable in our school. WE HAVE A ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLYING! (Timour Hall Primary School Code of Conduct Section 126.96.36.199 Level two offence, which implies immediate detention). If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that ANYONE who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.
B. What is Bullying?
Bullying is deliberate hurtful behaviour that is repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for the person being bullied to defend him/herself. Bullying results in pain and distress for the victim. There are a number of different kinds of bullying :
- Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (hiding books, threatening gestures)
- Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, racist remarks, laughing at a child who makes mistakes.
C. Signs and Symptoms
A child may indicate by signs or behaviours that he or she is being bullied. Adults (parents and teachers/staff) should be aware of these possible signs, and should investigate if a child:
- Is frightened of walking to or from school;
- Doesn’t want to go on the school/public bus;
- Changes their usual routine;
- Refuses school (school phobic), and begins to truant;
- Becomes withdrawn, anxious and lacking in confidence;
- Starts stammering;
- Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away;
- Cries themselves to sleep at night or starts having nightmares;
- Feels ill in the mornings (especially with tummy or head aches);
- Change in toilet routine (needs the toilet more often than usual);
- Drops in performance at school;
- Comes home with torn clothes or damaged school books, or possessions constantly going missing;
- Asks for money (or steals it) to pay the bully off
- Constantly loses their lunch or lunch money
- Has unexplained cuts or bruises;
- Comes home starving (lunch or lunch money has been stolen);
- Is bullying other children or siblings;
- Has any changes in appetite
- Is afraid to say what is wrong
- Gives improbable explanations for any of the above. Remember that these signs may point to a number of other problems too. But they also could be a sign of bullying, and should be explored further with the child.
- A Bully Box will be placed outside the Social Worker’s office where any incidents of bullying can be written down and posted anonymously. This can be done by the child who is being bullied as well as ANYONE who has witnessed incidents of bullying. The full name and grade of the bully and victim must be provided. The person reporting the incident can remain anonymous.
- This box will be regularly checked by the social worker, who will hand any reports over to a staff member, who will enter these into the Incident Register. Where children have spoken directly to a staff member on break duty, that teacher must deal with the incident and then write a report to be placed in the box. When a class teacher is finding that a particular learner is displaying repetitive bullying behaviour in class, this should also be written up and placed in the Bully Box.
- Once a week on a Friday, identified bullies will be informed by the Deputy Principal that they have been named. They will be watched for the next two weeks. In this period, any further incidents involving these children will be investigated. If there is no improvement in their behaviour, they will be expected to attend Anti-Bully Sessions.
- Both the identified bully and the victim will be called in to a “bullying assessment session” with an appropriately skilled teacher, where the situation will be looked at in detail.
- The bully will then be expected to have 4 sessions with this teacher, so that he/she can work on the unacceptable behaviour. This also provides an opportunity for the underlying reason for the bullying to be explored and worked on. The victim can also be seen, should he/she request this. This teacher will provide the social worker with reports on all the sessions conducted.
- Where necessary, a further referral can be made to the school social worker, should it be found that the child needs in-depth counselling.
- In all severe cases, and for repeat offenders who are not rehabilitating through the above mentioned interventions, the parents of both the bully and the victim will be called in to separate meetings with management, to discuss the problem and to reach solutions.
1. Permanent Residents in the Feeder area/zone:
The school will accept children into classes for which they are age appropriate, provided those children are normally permanent resident in the school’s feeder area, unless it is in the best interests of the child to attend a school more suitably equipped for his/her educational needs. This excludes applications for the Pre-Primary because space is limited and this education is not compulsory. The feeder area is defined as that geographic area within which Timour Hall Primary is the nearest school when the distance is measured along a public road.
2. Residents outside the Feeder area/zone :
Where a child is not permanently resident in the School’s feeder area, admission will be granted at the discretion of the Principal and the Governing Body.
The following criteria will serve as a guideline :
- Employment within the CBD of Plumstead : Learner will be considered for admittance if their parents are employed within the CBD of Plumstead. They must be in permanent employ for a minimum of 6 months prior to application. Written confirmation from the employer will be required.
- Age : Children must be age appropriate (age 6 before 31 December of pre-primary year) and school ready (as judged by preprimary school). Learners who are two years older or two years younger than the average age of the standard will be considered as too old/young for admission to that particular grade.
- Class sizes : Enrolment numbers are limited in terms of the capacity of the building and the agreed class size limit (23 x 4 classes in Grade 1, 32 x 3 classes per grade from Grades 2 – 7). Total capacity of the school based on these class numbers being 668 from Grade 1 to Grade 7.
- Language Policy : The language instruction of Timour Hall Primary School is English. A Learner whose mother tongue is not English may be admitted to the school, after in depth consultation with the parents. The child will be placed into a class most likely to ensure the successful progress of this child
- Grade 1 – The school is usually willing to accept a learner whose home language is not English and who resides in our feeder area, because at Grade 1 level we are able to help the learner acquire language proficiency due to their young age, but we do discuss the future implications with the parents.
- Siblings : Learners who are siblings and who reside within the designated zone are given preference. Although the sibling factor is taken into account a learner is not automatically accepted if he/she is a sibling and the family resides outside the designated zone.
3. The School reserves the right to uphold the Code of Conduct, School, Class or Aftercare (i.e. if applicable) rules.
1. Applications open for Grade R and Grade 1 on 15 February every year and close on 15 March. Applications handed in after the due date will be processed as ‘late’ applications. Interviews for Grade 2 – 7 will be conducted in April/May once the school has ascertained the number of vacancies in each grade.
2. THE RIGHT TO APPEAL
Parents have the right to appeal to the Principal or Chairperson of the Governing Body should they be dissatisfied with any admission decision determined by the school. Thereafter they may make further representation to the WCED Circuit Manager.
Section 5 (5) of the South African Schools’ Act 84 of 1996 (as amended) states that a SGB must draw up an Admission’s Policy (in line with the national Education Policy Act of 1996). It is against this backdrop, and within the guidelines provided by the Policy document, that the following serves as the official Admission’s Policy of the School.
Note: No child shall be precluded from being a learner of Timour Hall Primary School on the basis of race, religion, culture or creed.