BEGINNING OF TERM II 2021

Welcome Back to School!

We wish to welcome all members of the St Ignatius College Learning Community back to school.

We hope that all our Students rested and enjoyed the wonderful two-week April Vacation. We also hope they are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school term. We are so delighted that each of our Students is a part of our amazing learning community. We welcome and value their positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and look forward to working with each of them and all our Parents.

ACADEMIC WORK IN TERM 2

Term II of 2021 will be an incredibly busy term for all of us here at St Ignatius College. All signs point to another immense and productive school term. Our skilled and devoted Educators already planned and prepared for the children. Each of the Students is required to gear-up for the 14 weeks of the term and learn all the concepts which will be imparted by the College Educators.

Our enthusiastic Administration Team is engaging new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious Management Team spent the entire holiday thoroughly repairing broken facilities and preparing for Term 2.

COVERING ALL EXERCISE BOOKS IN KHAKI AND POLYTHENE

The Child’s Exercise Book is the most important component of the Effective Curriculum which banks all the work learnt in School. Each Student’s exercise books should be covered neatly in khaki and polythene and guarded against graffiti and other under unwanted writings, and, or marks. We urge all our Parents to inspect their Children’s exercise books each day, after school.

STUDENT PLACEMENT
A great deal of time, effort and thought went into the process of student placement for all our Students at the commencement of the Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary Transitions. Parents are given documents which outline the educational offerings of St Ignatius College (a Catholic Jesuit Secondary School), at the time of enrolment.

Careful consideration is given to input from leading educators and families as well as student learning, through the documents submitted by Parents.  Classes have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  Changing Subjects and Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

Please, note that Religious Education is taught in Compulsion at this College and each child attending our School should be in possession of the GOOD NEWS BIBLE.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our Educators work hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.

We thank you for choosing our school and for your commitment to ensuring that St Ignatius College remains successful school of choice. Please, help us in teaching Students to love all other people and greet them whether they are known to them or not. It remains an honour and privilege to serve this College as principal, and please feel free to pick a phone and say hello! We can only make this school a greater educational home for your children if we work together.

 

GRADE RETREATS

All St Ignatius College Students will participate in Learning Age Retreats, following the Calendar below:

 

Magis Retreat (Grade 8) 28-30 May 2021

Koinonia Retreat (Grade 9) 18-20 June 2021

Emmaus Retreat (Grade 12) 23-25 July 2021

Ignatian Retreat (Grade 10) 17-19 September 2021

Kairos Retreat (Grade 11) 14-17 October 2021

 

CATECHISM CLASSES

The Chaplaincy Team is inviting all Catholic Parents to register their children for Catechism classes in readiness for baptism, first Holy Communion and confirmation. The classes commencing this month and will be taking place on Saturdays from 09 00 to 10 00 hours. The classes will be conducted by the College Chaplain, Father Peter Banda, SJ and the Catechism Team comprising Ms Mutinta Mapulanga (the College Director of Ignatian Ethos) phoner number 0977 158903 and Mrs Mutinta Milimo Price at 0975 783500; who can be phoned for children to be registered.

 

PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS

If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please see your child’s classroom Educator/Parent. If you need further support, then please make arrangements to come to school and see the Principal or drop in an email at kwalombota.mwangala@stignatiuscollege.edu.zm

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS

We wish to inform you that our Students will participate in Extra-Curricular Activities and Sports in Term 2. The Timetable for these activities will be sent to Parents before the close of Week 1.

 

HOMEWORK

Homework is an important component of teaching and learning which complements what is covered in school lessons each day. We thank those Students who did their Homework successfully in Term 1 and handed their exercise books to Educators for marking each day.

We are however, urging Parents of those children who lagged behind to talk to their children about things they noticed in the work, such as, handing in unworked tasks, reporting to school without exercise books, leaving homework exercise books at home and submitting wrongly worked out homework assignments. It is essential that each child not only does homework but learns the concepts assigned and have an understanding of what is taught.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS

We wish to remind all our Valued an Esteemed Parents that the COVID-19 Pandemic is still prevalent and affects all members of the Learning Community. Kindly equip your particular children for the harsh weather of Term 2 and ensure that they all adhere to the guidelines meant to alleviate challenges of COVID-19.

 

We wish to convey our gratitude to all the St Ignatius College Board of Directors, Management, Educators and other Staff for their dedication and support to all formation and academic programmes of Term 1.

RESPONDING TO GUIDELINES IN THE PUPIL BEHAVIOURAL POLICY

We wish to remind members of the St. Ignatius College Learning Community that we communicate regularly so that we can all work together as we teach, manage and train our children for their bright futures.

Kindly note that the College Pupil Behavioural Policy and other important documents stipulating how the College works were given to Parents at entrance time. Kindly read them and establish how you will guide your particular child towards following School Rules and Regulations.

Please, note that Students who do not follow behavioural guidelines miss lessons when they are excluded from Class. Despite the Principal’s reminder to Parents at the close of Term 1, many boys reported to the College with haircuts not guided by the College. Let us work together in seeing to it that each Student follows St Ignatius College School Rules.

SELF-SUSTENANCE PROJECT
The College Management Team and Executive Committee of the PTA will meet in Week 2 of the term to discuss the Self-sustenance project which is spearhead by the Natural Sciences Department of the College. More information on this project will be communicated to all stakeholders in due course.

TERM 2 TIMETABLE

The Timetable is the school clock which guides us all as we go about responding to formation and academic programmes of the College. It is important that all students are dropped off at 07 00 hours and picked up from school at 16 30 hours. The College should be informed about any arrangements Parents may wish to make outside the College Rules and Regulations.

In Week 1 of Term 2, Students will be given time to settle down and will commence all afternoon work in Week 2. They will only leave the College at 14 00 hours in Week 1 and will revert to the normal School Timetable (07 00 to 16 30 hours) in Week 2.

 All students should be inspected by parents at home before they are brought to the college to ensure that all unwanted objects and substances do not find their way into the college.

 As a Jesuit School, we operate from a place of love and compassion rather than fear in our pursuit of creating an environment that is healthy and safe. We seek your continued collaboration, support and patience as we welcome back our students’ home.

PTA MATTERS

The College much-appreciates the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) which is gearing up to welcome new families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs to the College Community. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

2021 PTA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Parents and Teachers Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 5th June 2021. All information on the nature of meeting will be communicated to members in due course.

IMPORTANT TERM DATES

Monday 10th May – School Opens

Tuesday 25th May – African Freedom Day

Saturday 5th June – PTA Annual General Meeting

Monday 2nd August – Farmers’ Day

Wednesday 11th August – College closes for Term 2

Thursday 12th August – National Polling Day

Friday 13th August – End of Term 2 for All Schools in Zambia

Friday 20th August – Term 2 Open Day for Issuance of School Report Forms

Monday 6th September – School Opens for Term 3

 

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