Run­ning start for Graeme

Grocott's Mail - - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - By KUHLE NGQEZANA

Graeme Col­lege head­mas­ter Kevin Wat­son said plan­ning for staffing, pupil num­bers and text­books in 2017 had started in Oc­to­ber last year.

“So by the end of the year our timeta­bles, our text­books our sub­ject choices, ev­ery­thing is fi­nalised,” Wat­son said.

“The rea­son is so we can start teach­ing on the first day. At Graeme Col­lege we start early be­cause we have a very busy sched­ule through the year.

“We need to be busy with our ac­tiv­i­ties from day one.”

A cou­ple of staff mem­bers have left Graeme Col­lege - pro­moted or gone to dif­fer­ent schools.

“But we have man­aged to se­cure very good and ex­pe­ri­enced staff for 2017. Ev­ery pupil has a teacher and ev­ery sin­gle sub­ject has a teacher qual­i­fied to teach it.”

Wat­son said they were aware of the chal­lenges.

“For ev­ery one of the chal­lenges there is a con­tin­gency plan,” Wat­son said.

“Where there is a short­age of text­books, for ex­am­ple, we pur­chase them to en­sure ev­ery child has a text­book for the start of the year.

“So we have no short­ages of text­books or sta­tionery and things like that. We are fully func­tional from day one.

“The kind gen­eros­ity of our par­ents and the good man­age­ment structures we have here at Graeme – from our gov­ern­ing body down to the teach­ers and the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Class Lead­ers – en­sures that ev­ery­thing runs smoothly.”

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