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Senior Phase Info Pack

Attendance

Attending school is compulsory

If your child is absent, please send a letter or email addressed to your child’s class teacher or to the Head of the Foundation Phase explaining his/her absence. A Doctor’s certificate is required if a pupil misses more than 2 consecutive days.

It is not in your nor your child’s best interests to bunk school. Please be advised that members of the School Management Team have been known to visit a pupil’s home to see for themselves why a child is absent from school.

In Mr Mandela’s words: “Education is the most powerful weapon with which to change the world!”

School hours:
Gr 1&2: 07h30 – 13h00
Gr 3: 07h30 – 13h45

Term dates:
1: 15 Jan – 20 Mar
2: 31 Mar – 12 Jun
3: 7 Jul – 18 Sep
4: 29 Sep – 2 (4)Dec

Entrance

  • Every Grade 8 must be at school from 08h30 to 13h00 for Orientation Day. 
  • New pupils who are in Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 do not need to attend Orientation Day. You will be greeted by a Grade 12 and shown the ropes on a one-to-one basis.  Enter through the main school gate in Park Ave and report to the office where you will be met and assisted.

Please ensure that you do not park in the DROP OFF ZONE.  Your co-operation is this regard is appreciated as it creates a smooth and safe flow of traffic.

Moms, dads and guardians please don’t hang around when the bell goes … download the D6 Communicator App and trust that your darlings will have a super first day!

Assemblies

Held once a week in the Hall, Assemblies is where we say well done to pupils who have excelled. As a parent, you are encouraged to send in certificates, medals, trophies etc with a brief written piece on what your child participated in and how well s/he has done. This covers all activities and not just those offered by Port Alfred High.

The national anthem is sung as is the school song. The words are as follows:

Port Alfred High School is ever our pride
Set in great beauty the ocean beside
O mag ons skool van jaar to jaar
Alles wat na ons hart is bewaar
Mag al ons leerlinge waar ookal tuis
Onbevrees trou bly, standvastig en wys
Facta non Verba this is our rule
Deeds and not words are what count in our school.

Subjects

Accounting
Afrikaans (First Additional Language)
Business Studies
Computer Application Technology (CAT)

Consumer Studies
English (Home Language)
Geography
Life Orientation

Life Sciences
Mathematics
Maths Literacy
Physical Sciences

Assessments

Cycle tests are written every Tuesday and are part of the School Based Assessment which is compulsory for ALL SUBJECTS. A pupil may only rewrite a Cycle Test if a Doctor’s certificate is provide. Only once this certificate has been accepted by the Head of Academics will the pupil be permitted to rewrite the test in the following Wednesday’s Test Rewrite slot. Failure to produce a doctor’s certificate will result in the pupil forfeiting marks which can lead to failure.

Uniforms

  • Blazers are to be worn to all assemblies, to derby days and whenever you enter or exit the campus as well as when travelling or in town. In short, whenever you are in the “public eye”. You may only take your blazer off if the Head Boy does so.
  • Please mark all items very clearly.

Girls

Summer

  • Navy skirt (not grey)
  • Short sleeve open neck button up shirt
  • Short white socks and black shoes
  • Navy blazer with full school badge (must have crown & crest)

Winter

  • Navy skirt (not grey)
  • White long sleeve shirt and school tie
  • Navy V-neck jersey/Matric white jersey
  • Grey socks or black/navy tights and black school shoes
  • Navy blazer with full school badge (must have crown & crest)

Boys

Summer

  • Grey shorts/grey long pants
  • Short sleeve open neck button up shirt
  • Long grey socks and black shoes
  • Navy blazer with full school badge (must have crown & crest)

Winter

  • Grey shorts/grey long pants
  • White long sleeve shirt and school tie
  • Navy V-neck jersey/Matric white jersey
  • Navy blazer with full school badge (must have crown & crest)

Sport and Extra Murals

  • All Sports:
    • to wear standardised school tracksuit top and bottom.
    • to wear either the navy PAHS cap or a white wide brimmed “cricket” hat. We follow a “no hat, no play” rule.
  • Sport equipment:  Every child to please have their own tennis racquet, hockey stick and swimming cap. A tip for the swimming cap is to lightly dust the inside with baby powder so that it is easy to get on and prevents sticking
  • Interhouse events take place throughout the year. The three houses, Harvey (Red), Orffer (Gold) and Hobson (Blue) are named after past headmasters. On these fun days pupils may wear the respective house colours. 
  • For matches, players to wear the standard school tracksuit with the exception of all the 1st Teams who wear the full school uniform.  1st teams may wear the standardised 1st team jacket with tracksuit bottom.
  • Purchasing clothes:
    • Items can be purchased from SPORTS ‘n ALL in the Heritage Mall or PEP in Campbell Street or at the Rosehill Mall.
    • The Port Alfred School Shop is situated alongside the school hall and stocks second hand items. It is open every Wednesday from 12h00 to 14h00.

Chess:

Matches

  • School uniform (no 1’s)

First Aid

  • Standard school golf shirt/sponsored T-Shirt
  • Standard school tracksuit
  • Appropriate footwear

Archery:

Practices and Matches

  • Standard school golf shirt
  • Navy blue shorts/skorts
  • Short white socks
  • Appropriate footwear

Equestrian Sports

  • White collared shirt with top button
  • School tie
  • School navy blazer with full school badge
  • Navy numnah with full school badge (on horse)
  • Browband in school colours: red, white and blue (on horse)

Hockey (boys & girls)

Practices:

  • Standard school golf shirt
  • Navy blue shorts/skorts
  • Navy blue socks with red turnovers
  • Appropriate footwear

Exception:

  • 1st team outfit for selected players
  • Specific warm-up tops for 1st team players

Tennis

Practices and matches:

  • Standard school golf shirt
  • Navy blue shorts/skorts
  • Short white socks
  • Standard school sports cap
  • Appropriate footwear

Exception:

  • 1st team outfit for selected players
  • Specific warm-up tops for 1st team players

Netball

Practices and matches

  • Standard school golf shirt
  • Navy blue skorts
  • Short white socks
  • Appropriate footwear

Exception:   

  • 1st team outfit for selected players
  • Specific warm-up tops for 1st team players

Squash:

Practices and matches:

  • Standard school golf shirt
  • Navy blue shorts/skorts
  • Short white socks
  • Appropriate footwear

Exception:

  • 1st team shirts for selected players

Swimming

  • Standard school navy blue or black Speedo
  • Gold and blue cap for squad trainers
  • Any cap for PT classes
  • Standard school golf shirt
  • Navy blue shorts/skorts
  • Short white socks
  • Appropriate footwear

Exception:

  • Squad swimmers may wear flip flops
  • League swimmers may wear competition costumes (TYR, Speedo and Arena)

Cricket:

Practices and matches:

  • Standard school golf shirt
  • Navy blue shorts
  • Navy blue socks with red turnovers
  • White wide-brimmed hat or school sports cap
  • Appropriate footwear

Exception:

  • 1st team outfit for selected players
  • U14 and above to wear cream longs for matches

Rugby

Non-contact practices:

  • Standard school golf shirt
  • Navy blue shorts
  • Long socks
  • Appropriate footwear

Matches:

  • Standard red rugby jersey
  • Navy blue shorts
  • Navy blue socks with red turnovers
  • Appropriate footwear

Exception:

  • 1st team jersey for selected players
  • Specific warm-up tops for 1st team players

What to send to school

  • A child who is already familiar with the school rules. Please read and discuss the Port Alfred High School Code of Conduct with your child/ren.
  • Healthy eating habits are encouraged at Port Alfred High School so fizzy cooldrinks and junk food is not allowed. Please do not send take-aways, especially fried fish, to school.
  • The “Snack Attack” treat system is in place and you will receive more information about this in your child’s homework book. A visit to the Tuck Shop is only allowed on a Friday.
  • Please encourage your child to be responsible with his/her money and the manner in which it is spent. A purse or wallet is suggested when sending money on a Friday.
  • Birthday cake or a special treat is welcome but please plan this with your child’s teacher ahead of the “Big Day”.

What not to send to school

  • A sick child. The other children and staff are soon infected and this prevents us from having fun and giving our 100% to your child.
  • Please make head checks for lice part of your routine. Children with lice must please stay at home and be treated until the hair is clear.
  • Please don’t send valuable items especially toys or collectables to school. They may get lost or broken and the result is always TEARS! Should anything of this nature find its way to school, it will be taken away from your child and held in safe-keeping.

Discipline

The approach to discipline at Port Alfred High School is interactive and the constitutional rights of all are respected.

The senior phase has a 2 prong discipline system.  The first involves MERITS issued to pupils to reward good behavior (in its broadest sense). This can range from high marks to good manners and so on.  The pupils are issued with merit slips which they are required to carry with them,  A member of staff asks them for their slips and awards merits.  At various totals, badges are presented to the pupils at an assembly.

When a pupil breaks a minor rule, they are presented with a slip of paper to sign in which they acknowledge their wrongdoing.  The information is entered into a computer where a record of all transgressions are kept.  When a pupil’s total exceeds 3, another slip of paper is issued informing them that s/he is required to attend a detention period. This slip is to be taken home so that the parents are aware of the status and are required to sign it.  The pupil must then return the slip to the Grade Head.

When a pupil wants to query their total for whatever reason, it is their right to do so.  The school prints off the record and issues it to them and if an error has occurred, it is rectified immediately.

Please note that detention is compulsory and takes place between 12:55 – 14:55 every Friday.

What to do if you have an issue, query, suggestion or concern

Your first point of contact is the class teacher. Please make an appointment by means of a note in the homework diary or an email. Parents/caregivers are requested not to go to classrooms while pupils are being taught. Thereafter you are welcomed to contact the head of the intermediate phase by calling the front office 046 – 624 2440 or emailing ckantor@pahs.co.za.