GRADE 8 ADMISSIONS 2021
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only staff and learners are allowed to access the school premises.
Application forms to register your son/ward for grade 8 are therefore ONLY available via email from admissions officers
Mr. Ronald White (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Mrs. Estelle Carstens (email@example.com).
We look forward to hearing from you.
Jeppe High School for Boys is Johannesburg’s oldest public school having been established in 1890 in Fairview, Johannesburg.
As noted in the book Historic Schools of South Africa “perhaps more than any other Johannesburg school, it reflects the history and the changing character of the city and has always been a melting pot for children of diverse socioeconomic, language and cultural backgrounds”.
Recognised as one of South Africa’s Top 20 boys schools, the defining characteristics of the men it produces often centre on the principles of loyalty, honour, and friendship. Jeppe’s ability to shape the characters of boys into men is its greatest success.
From the Headmaster
19th June 2020
Dear Jeppe parent community,
As I write this weekly update upon the conclusion of our second week of academic lessons back on campus with our matric group, a week that was free of any COVID-19 related issues or infections, I again find myself feeling incredibly proud and encouraged by the hard work being done by so many – including boys, staff and so many others within our community.
Myself, the executive team and all on-campus remain committed to ensuring that we are vigilant in our health and safety processes and that the risk of infection on campus is minimised through our actions.
At the same time, however, it would be foolish not to acknowledge the rapidly increasing infection rate throughout the country and particularly in Gauteng. While such numbers may have been foretold and are inevitable, they remain unsettling and concerning for many. Given the ultimate, expected continued spread of the virus, it would be naive to believe that we will not eventually have learners or staff who either contract the virus themselves or who are directly exposed to someone who has tested positive.
It is for that exact reason that we continue to be thorough in our morning routines and unapologetic in our expectations around sanitization, the wearing of masks and social distancing, despite understandable difficulties in this regard. This firm stance will strengthen our motivation to be able to continue teaching and learning, and not have to close the school, when and if a positive case is experienced on campus.
We remain confident in our processes and in the responsible actions of both our boys and our staff. To date, all parties have been excellent. In general, our boys have arrived ready to undertake the challenges of these times with understanding and great maturity. Our wonderful team of educators, either working online or in their matric classes, continue to be professional, caring and committed in all that they do.
I am also pleased to report that the educator who tested COVID-19 positive two weeks ago, prior to the re-opening of school, has been discharged from hospital and has recovered fully. They will remain at home for a further week until they have been cleared by medical professionals to return to school.
Again this week we have been encouraged by scientific papers which have been released and which support the continued opening of schools and outline key practical measures which are required to ensure the environment is safe for all. Whilst it is true that a number of schools, both provincially and nationally, have been forced to temporarily close since the 1st June (when some schools re-opened), in the vast majority of instances, as predicted by medical professionals and scientists, this is due to educators and members of the parent community testing positive and not due to learners testing positive. In isolated cases where learners have contracted the virus, they have been overwhelmingly asymptomatic and, once again as predicted by the medical professionals, do not appear to be responsible for the spreading of the virus with the same effectiveness as adults.
Unlike many schools, we find ourselves in a relatively strong academic position thanks to our online learning platform, as well as the many hours of training which our staff have previously invested in developing the skills which allowed for effective learning to continue during the lockdown. With that in mind, and the planned return to physical lessons at Jeppe of Grade 10s and Grade 11s on 6th July, we have decided to give all our boys currently learning at home (Grade 8-11) a free week from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July. There will be no lessons for the Grade 8 – Grade 11 boys during this week nor will any homework or assignments be issued.
This will allow the Grade 10 and Grade 11 students an opportunity to consolidate or catch up any work which they may need to have done before returning to campus while, for the Grade 8 and Grade 9 boys, it will be the first break in many weeks where they will be able to completely switch off. Our live lessons and timetable with matric students on campus will continue for this week as their “test week” will be taking place the following week from the 6th July onwards.
It remains my intention to apply to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) for permission for an early return to school for our Grade 8 and 9 learners – provisionally on Monday, 20th July 2020. I will also be requesting an extension to the proposed August holiday period. All of these dates, if accepted, will be clearly and timeously communicated to parents. We believe these breaks are essential for both our boys and the staff – all of whom have been working relentlessly for many weeks now.
This coming Monday I have asked the members of our executive to join in online conversations with the respective Grade Heads and their Grades, from 8:20am – 8:40am, following the Monday morning tutor session, which starts at 8am. I encourage all boys to engage in these online meetings and to ask any questions which they may have.
In preparation for these submissions and the gazetted return of both Grade 10 and Grade 11, we will be sending out a survey in the coming week to gauge the number of students planning to return within these grades, as well as the number of boarders who will be returning. This information will allow us to finalise our timetable plans as well as the processes and routines required to ensure we continue to comply with the necessary government regulations. As previously mentioned, we have been delighted with the fact that every matric learner has now returned to school with regular daily attendance exceeding 95% even during the exceptionally cold weather currently being experienced.
As has become the case, regulations and circumstances are liable to change at relatively short notice, making planning for multiple eventualities a necessary task. We have considered many options for the weeks ahead: platooning of boys, alternating days when grades are allowed on campus etc. all of which will be guided by the overarching recommendations from government experts. As these evolve, so too will our response. We remain confident in our ability to adapt and are encouraged by the success of the last two weeks with our matrics back on campus.
Witnessing the interaction between teachers and students, both in the classroom but equally ‘in the spaces in between’ has been a real joy these past two weeks. We are reminded so often that it is the relationships between boys and educators, among the boys both in and out of their grades, and the shared experiences – events, boarding, sports fixtures etc. – which are so fundamental to all that we do.
It may be some time, months or even into next year until we return to normal, but I am confident that we will return to normal and when we do, that those relationships and experiences will not only return but would have been the foundation of the strength which helped us to continue to persevere.
Be safe and stay healthy.
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