Digital badges

The Power of Digital badges

Reports from researchers shows that rewards promotes learning. The rewards seems to have many positive effect not only on learning, but also on the personal development of learners. Through badge rewards they are able to gain confidence and their grades improve entirely. I believe that is why the school decided to adapt and is now starting a new tradition where learners will be rewarded in the form of being given digital badges for a term. The teachers are hoping it will encourage earners to find value and motivation in mastering the steps toward their high school goals. On the 4th of June a badge ceremony was conducted at the assembly and learners were given their badges to appreciate the good work they did in the 1st term.

We are looking forward to many more badge ceremonies.

Dedication service 2019

Each year we invite learners from Grade 8 to Grade 11 to join us in a special service to dedicate the end of school year and praying for Grade 12’s. In the service, Grade 12 learners receive powerful words of encouragement from the Pastor and he also prays for them. They also receive final exam arrangements, time tables and exam numbers.

We hope and pray for better results each year.

Prize giving 2019

Prize-giving ceremonies are an important part at our school as learners are very excites to get their hand on the prizes while teachers get to bask in the glow of their learner’s achievements.  Every year a Prize Giving Ceremony is held to award prizes to students to recognize their achievement in all areas of school life.  The ceremony was breath taking as the teachers had a procession in their graduation gowns to inspire the learners maybe to wear a gown one day.

In the ceremony, Maba Bavuma who matriculated in our school and is now a well-known Radio Presenter, had a chance to motivate the learners. In his speech, he said that “When you have a dream, you shouldn’t let your impediments and your upbringing define you.

You must always have a dream and make sure you work extra hard to achieve that dream, no matter how small it is”

 

Eskom Expo for young scientist 2019

On the 3rd of August 2019, 14 learners attended “Eskom expo for young scientists” in Makhanda at Rhodes University.

Vision

The vision of the project is to inspire young scientists and researchers.

Mission

Is to develop young scientist who are able to identify a problem, analyze information, find solution and communicate findings effectively.

The learners who took part in the Eskom Expo are:

  • Sinovuyo Busakwe
  • Denziline Maans
  • Sibabalwe Kwamba
  • Abongile Mali
  • Siyolise Mgingqi
  • Sinawo Mzizi
  • Agcobile Vayo
  • Sisipho Tokota
  • Masiwakhe Siwisa
  • Thembakazi Tsamse
  • Yololwethu Xawuka

Then three learners from grade 6 were roped in for observation purpose, in preparation for Eskom Expo 2020.

  • Libhongo Jonas
  • Sinothando Maguma
  • Sanele Nkole

Thembakazi Tsamse managed to scoop merit in her first appearance and everyone else received certificates of participation.

Looking forward to 2020.

Youth Conference

WHEN?          01 – 04 July 2019

THEME:         Youth taking the lead and fight against risky behavior

WHERE?        Nelson Mandela University

This conference was attended by learners all over the Sarah Baartman’s District and it was a mix of both genders. The main purpose of the conference was to teach the youth of South Africa about the risky behaviors that they get themselves in such as unprotected sexual activity, illegal substance and drug abuse which are commonly used by the youth. We learned about many things in the conference but the main lessons were about how we can prevent ourselves from getting HIV and that we shouldn’t be discriminating the LGBTIQ community.

BY SINAWO MZIZI

 

The Presidents Awards

 

This term the president’s award team (learners in bronze and silver level) have teamed up to hike every weekend afternoons. Each day from Friday till Sunday they walk 14 km practicing for their next levels. The walk has been really fun and tiring but each weekend is better than the other as they have been walking from school to the Shamwari Gate or walk up the Bury Butchel’s Safari lodge route. They are all looking forward to the next president’s award camps hoping that they are ready for the kilometers that they going to be walking in the camp.

Ms & Mr Fresher 2018

The President’s Awards

A group of 7 learners from our school joined the President’s awards this year.

The main reason for the learners to join the Awards is to be part of a group that is going to help them grow confidence in themselves. They believe that helping others, will help them become better versions of themselves and their goal it to help the community and inspire other learners to be interested in joining this program.

The mission of the President’s awards with assistance of adult volunteer leaders, is to empower young people between the ages of 14 and 25, by providing a balanced, non-competitive framework for self-development that will increase their self-esteem and enhance their capacity to achieve in whatever context they find themselves: enabling them to become responsible active citizens within their communities.

Our learners have been participating in the following community service since joining the president awards project:

  • Helping teachers clean their classes especially in the lab.
  • Clearing papers in the community.
  • Helping elder community by volunteering to go to shops to do groceries.

The list is endless but the learners have been helpful around the community to complete the first section, which is bronze in the president’s awards,

The learners feel that being part of the Presidential Awards is helping them grow and is helping them learn that sometimes helping other people is not a bad thing and are very excited about being part of The President’s Award and they are looking forward to meeting other people who are in the TPA so they can learn new things, our group is excited to be part of a partner school project Sifunda Kunye Project that enables the learners to be part of 5 other schools in the Eastern Cape.