INTRODUCING NEW AND TEMPORARY STAFF

This is Abongile James. She was born in iDutywa but grew up in Butterworth, a small town near where she was born.

What she likes most about her teaching career is motivating the young kids to be something better in future.

What motivates her the most is her mother, who always believed in her and always complements her achievements.

 

This is Sindiswa Gxamza and she was born in Uitenhage. She came to the school in 2018.

What she likes most about teaching is to impact on young people’s lives and motivate them to be the best they can be.

What motivates her is the difference she makes in a child’s life from the moment she meets them to the moment they realise the change in themselves.

 

This is Vuyiseka Siwisa who was born in Alicedale and she is the new Learner Support Agent.

What she like most about her job is helping the kids who are in need of help and assist them to get the help they need.

What motivates her is her background, she grew up in a very poor family but managed to go to school and be one of the learners who made Hendrik Kanise proud.

This is Thabani Diya and he was born in Bizana.

What he likes most about teaching: The teacher groom the most precious thing in a human being. That’s nothing other than the brain. Teaching is a never-ending profession. The teacher teaches every day and learns every day. As a teacher, you get the opportunity to touch many lives if learners & learners and play a huge role in making their future brighter.

What motivates him: One candle loses nothing by lighting hundreds of candles in a hall. So does the teacher, s/he loses nothing by passing His/her knowledge to others, but gains everything – learning new things.

This is Asavela Matera who was born in Port Elizabeth.

What she likes the most about teaching is the art of caring and loving. She believes teaching requires you to care and love yourself and your art so that your love can radiate and be able to nourish young minds.

She is motivated by her dream of a better society, which is aware of its actions to all the species of the environment.

She is doing her teaching practice 2 for 1 month and TP3 in third therm. This in total will be just above or exactly 2 months.

This is Malibongwe Vena from Grahamstown.

What he likes most about teaching: He likes the fact that teaching provides him with an opportunity to change someone’s life for the better, just as his life was changed positively by a teacher. To help children develop self-awareness of individuals and a lifelong love of learning.

What motivates him: Knowing that at least the lives of the learners he teaches will be changed positively and the hope of seeing them as responsible adults in the future is motivation enough for him.

Sifunda Kunye Community Reading club and Facilitators program term 2

 

For the club, we have had a wonderful term. The kids have been coming in numbers and our facilitators have been enjoying each and every session with the kids. The club started a year ago and throughout the whole journey the facilitators have managed to acquire skills on how to work with the kids and be able to control the over excitement the kids always have.

The whole experience of working with the kids have caused our old facilitators to want to continue working with the kids even though their time span has been finished. The facilitators are supposed to work for a year then we can recruit new facilitators the following year. In total we have 10 facilitators (5 olds and 5 new) and 90 kids who attend our reading club.

The kids enjoy a fun day dancing along to action songs and doing group reading or enjoying a lovely story read by one of the facilitators. Sometimes they also tell their own stories or do drawings. The drawings interpret what each individual has learned that specific day or what they have enjoyed most about that day.

The club has also engaged in a clean-up program where they had to find the dirtiest place in the community and try to fill up 200 bean bags with trash. The program was organized by the Shamwari group and in return the kids received a donation of books for the club.

 

 

Girls Club

GIRLS CLUB

The girls club is facilitated by the most creative teacher – Miss Williams who is qualified to be an Arts and craft teacher. With her being the engine of the club, the kids in the club always creates beautiful pieces of art and with so many fun things to do it is always enjoyable to be at their sessions. This term was very short and busy but with every free time the club had they used it to their advantage. They have been working closely with the Shamwari group who thought it would be exciting to donate old bed sheets to the club and recycle them into something handy.

If the kids are not recycling old materials and old clothes, they create lovely arts pieces and have created very beautiful pictures using foil and paint and have also did string painting. This is very interesting and lovely to watch and in these kinds of activities the kids are getting arts skills and are also learning new things about themselves. It is one thing to learn and create new pieces but the award in all this is the confidence of realizing how capable they are.

Recently the club was visited by a group of photographers from Shamwari who did a traditional photo shoot with the kids. The pictures haven’t been back yet but it was a really good photo shoot and the kids enjoyed it.

Things are really looking virtuous for the club.

ECO Club

ECO CLUB

 

As an Eco school we also have an Eco club that is a platform on which we get the knowledge about environment. The meaning of an eco-club in a group who works to contribute to improve environmental conditions. They offer programs and activities to encourage other learners to reduce pollution, plant trees and more.

The eco-club play an important role in creating environmental awareness amongst the future generation.

The club has been working very closely with the Shamwari group in their gardening project where they planted vegetables and they have also had a clean-up program at the school.

The eco-club members also visited Shamwari game reserve to celebrate leopard day, the kids prepared a presentation about leopards and presented it at the reserve.

The Shamwari group also held fun indigenous games for the eco-club where they enjoyed different games with some of the volunteering students from the Shamwari conservation experience.

Candle Light Ceremony

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS

CANDLE LIGHT CEREMONY

On the 15th of May the school had a candle light ceremony. This event has turned to one of the school’s annual events as it is one the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilizationcampaigns for HIV awareness. The International Candlelight Memorial takes place every 19th of May. This event reminds us those that are affected by the HIV epidemic, including people living with HIV in all their diversity: being women, men and young people.  In the event we were joined by the local social worker Phumla Gojela who explained the purpose of us joining together for this event to the learners.

The event is always education and yet emotional as most of us have lost people very close to our hearts because of HIV/AIDS.

“Reflect on our past preparing for future.”

Boys Netball

On the 1st of May the sports coordinators organised netball matches for the senior boys (Grade 9, 10, 11 & 12). The matches were very entertaining but the prize money was won by the very talented Grade 9s. The team had very talented individuals such as Liyema Ndzandze who got the man of the match title and Lindokuhle Matyhumza. The match was followed by the trials for School Girls Soccer team where the soccer coaches picked girls to form a school soccer team for girls.

Wishing good luck to the girls who got picked.

Netball term 2 2019

On the 9th of May the school visited Khayakhulu Primary School in Paterson where they had very entertaining matches of netball and soccer. The most important part about playing sport is having fun, winning is just a bonus. The under 11s and the under 15s of netball won their matches and the under 13s lost. In the soccer matches only one team won and the others lost. The score is not important as it wasn’t about that at all.

We hope to see Khayakhulu soon for return matches.

Drug awareness

Use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by teens is very common and can have serious consequences. In the 15-24 year age range 50% deaths involve alcohol and drug abuse.

The school has a policy of non-drug and alcohol use and we always hold motivational sessions for the learners so that they can be aware of the dangers of alcohol and drug use. The schools also invites the SAPS for random pursuits of drugs.

The combination of teenagers’ curiosity, risk taking behaviour and social pressure makes it very difficult to say no. This leads most teenagers to the questions: “Would it hurt to try?” That is why it is essential for us as teachers to have these effective drug and alcohol education for the kids because it plays a counterbalancing role in shaping a normative culture of safety, moderation and informed decision making.

The learner are also playing big roles in in making sure these issues are addressed as they are running a peer education programme. In the programme they discuss some of the issues they are facing as teenagers and they have concluded that Alcohol and Drug abuse is among the worse challenges that they have ever faced. Of cause all of that is because of low self-esteem and peer pressure.

 

Sifunda Kunye Lab Facilitator note June 2019

THE FACILITATOR’S NOTE

Hey guys!

 

We customarily have the principal do the note, but this term we have are doing things differently.

We have surprisingly had a very short and busy term and that for the school means less extra mural activities, but because we have clubs running at the school the busy schedule doesn’t hold them back. The clubs includes Community Reading Club, Eco-club, The Girls Club and newly formed Gumboot Dance Club. We all know that education is the key but what is education without a little fun.

Most of the clubs we have at the school are supported by the Shamwari group and Sifundakunye who will soon hold a camp for The Presidents Awards: Bronze level. We started joining the TPA in 2017 and we already have kids that are in Silver Level and will also be attending Gold camp towards the end of the year. Each year we enrol new learners and they start in bronze and will finish in Gold Level if they complete their Community service hours and attend compulsory camps.

It is said that, teaching is the profession that makes all other professions possible. Teachers are the ones who bring about change in students life with fun and excitement and develop thrill of learning in them. With that being said we would like to welcome Mr Diya, Miss Siwisa and Miss James to our staff, not leaving out Miss Matera who recently joined the school for her practicals. We hope that they will keep their heads up high and bring golden feathers in the cap of our school.

Good luck comes to you as your hand is full of moment and courage along with good qualities. Best wishes to the learners on their mid-year exams.

A big thank you to all the teachers for trusting and believing in the use of CAMI.

All the best and enjoy this edition.

 

By Yonela Swayi

Please Note:

School closes – 14 June 2019

School re-opens – 9 July 2019