BFF Club

BFF CLUB

The school recently joined hands with The Shamwari group to form a BFF club (Born Free Foundation) club. The club’s programme is designed to impart knowledge and change attitudes, generally relating to animal welfare and conservation, involving long term engagement with a group of stakeholders and aims to:

  • Increase knowledge about wildlife and biodiversity (threats and benefits)
  • Increase positive attitudes towards wild animal conservation.
  • Increase knowledge of the benefits of practices that promote good animal welfare.
  • Increase the number of people actively engaged in ongoing programmes of work.
  • Decrease in acceptance of practices that result in bad animal welfare or cruelty.
  • Increase in perceived future opportunities/prospects for individuals.

The number of learners that can take part in the activities of the club is limited to between 36 and 50 learners but the school only took 30 participants. Wildlife club places are open to grade 5 to 11 learners and Grade 12 learners are not included in the club due to their workload. There is no limit on how long learners can be part of the wildlife club. However, to remain part of the club learners must:

  • Attend at least 90% of club sessions and have clear reasons for any absences
  • Regularly get involved with activities arranged by the club
  • Conduct themselves in a way that is consistent with Born Free’s and the club’s ethos.
  • If learners fail to achieve the above, they will be given one warming. If no improvement is made, they will forfeit their place.

Places that become available will be allocated based on the strength of the application. Learners can gain points (to be signed off by the club patron) for taking part in activities arranged by the club such as litter picking, school garden and other relevant activities. The group will be divided into 2 or 3 groups when teaching, to compensate for the differences in comprehension.  Theses group can be formed based on schooling level/grade as follows:

  • Low grades (beginner)
  • Middle grades (intermediate)
  • Seniors (advanced).

Learners can move between groups the longer they are in the club, different activities need to be developed per module/topic to accommodate different groups and allow for the advancement of learners. Roles within the club (e.g., captain) will be rotated each year

Sifunda Kunye community reading club

We know that literacy is one of the big underlying problem for many of our school learners. This programme is aimed at developing a love for reading, books and stories. Through creating a culture of enjoyment to read we support literacy programmes and will be improving children’s ability to read.  Simply put – we support reading clubs, because we believe it’s the best way to improve reading and writing skills.

  • To promote a love for reading, literature and creative writing
  • To expose learners to various texts and possible careers in writing and editing
  • Story telling
  • Reading
  • Creative writing
  • Create a love for reading amongst children through interactive reading and storytelling activities
  • Assist children with basic building blocks for age appropriate reading and storytelling activities
  • Encourage and promote reading for enjoyment to be implemented at school and within the home

At the end of the day, there are really endless benefits of joining the reading club.  They encourage teamwork, foster a child’s ability to listen and react, create a sense of community around books – and so, so much more.  We are so excited to have added the Sifundakunye Community Reading Club to our schedule, and hope to welcome more kids to a group very soon.

 

We would also like to welcome this very enthusiastic group of new facilitators to our reading club family. This years is very interesting as we have boys also as facilitators, and believe me when I say they are very happy about being in the club and they have been a breath of fresh air since they joined.

We hope for nothing but good things this year.

Library week

Six learners from our school participated in national library week that was done at a local library on the 24 & 25 of March. The participants were in grade 5 and 6. They took part in an English quiz and book reading in isiXhosa. In the English quiz Vayo Iminathi took first place followed by Aphiwe Tulela on 2nd place then Alupheli Dingaan in 3rd place. In the isiXhosa reading Mbasa Mbilini took first place followed by Likhona Zothe in 2nd place then Onwabe Cummings in 3rd place. It was a fun and educational experience for our learners.

Hopefully next year we will have more participants.

2020 Representatives Council of Learners

The learners voted for the learners that felt would represent them very well as their mission is to unify the Hendrik Kanise community by encouraging communication and by serving, supporting and inspiring learners to become active front in all spheres of life.

The RCL 2020 member are as follows:-

Grade 12

  • Aphiwe Matyhumza
  • Avuyile Madolo
  • Aphiwe Taboshe
  • Anesipho Nkonki

Grade 11

  • Masiwakhe Siwisa
  • Sinawo Mzizi
  • Sisipho Tokota

Grade 10

  • Lindokuhle Matyhumza
  • Phethuxolo Vayo

Grade 8

  • Thembakazi Tsams

The RCL is made up of a group of students who want to help other students by presenting ideas which are of benefit to all students, to the School Council.  The RCL also informs its peers of any important information which affects the student body.

Another purpose of the RCL is to teach students how the school works, how decisions are made and how to achieve changes.  Being on the RCL teaches skills which you can put to use in later life.

 

World Read Aloud Day 2020

25 February 2020

World Read Aloud Day was created as an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud, and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone. Over the last ten years, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories and continue expanding the definition and scope of global. On the 25 of February the English Teacher Miss James and The ICT facilitator organised a Wold Read Aloud Day where Mrs Gxamza read book written in isiXhosa called “Kutheni inja isoyika isiphango.” and one of the reading club facilitators read a book called “My grandma is WONDERFUL.”.

 

The kids enjoyed it very much and we are looking forward to next year’s one.

Girls club end year trip to Port Elizabeth.

The girls had an excursion to Port Elizabeth. The planning for the trip was very chellenging as the girls tried so hard to raise funds so that they can be able to have this trip. Indeed their hard work paid off and they were able to visit Port Elizabeth and visited very nice placed including the beach. The club is being led by The Sifunda Kunye facilitator and Intermediate Maths teach Mrs Gxamza.

Such opportunity are very rare and the learners are very fortunate to be able to hold bake sales and sell to their fellow learners and sell ruffles so that they can be able to attend the trip.

The girls are really buzzing around busy producing results. We hope for a better year in 2020.

 

Writing club

 

As I have promised in my previous article on the article I wrote on the September issue that I will be gathering other learners who are interested in taking this journey with me and form a new writing club, I actually fulfilled my promise and did just that. With the help of Miss Swayi we have been having weekly sessions with the other learners to show that we are really serious about this club. On our weekly sessions we write poems and share them amongst each other, that way we are learning from each other and we are also trying to teach other confidence. In the club, we allow anyone who enjoys writing poems and short stories to join.

 

Our dream for the club is to see it grow as most of the learners are involved in things that they are not supposed to, we want to be able to make a difference and for the community to be part of our club. We are hoping that one day we will grow to a point where some of our work is recognized and published.

 

We are thankful to Sifunda Kunye for allowing us to visit the annual Writing Camps, they help a lot.

BY Ayabulela January

Awareness campaign on substance abuse 2019

 

The school’s LSA (Learner Support Agent) Vuyiseka Siwisa and the new TADA (Teenagers Against Drug Abuse) coordinator Ntsako Ndlovu held an awareness campaign on Substance abuse to highlight the devastating effect that substance abuse has on our learners. TADA aims at changing the behavior of teenagers who have come into conflict with the law. This program focuses on attitude change and taking responsibility and more importantly divert them from the system.

Introducing our newest member, this is the one and only Miss Ntsako, who has been helping us in the past few years. She is now the new TADA coordinator and is working at the school under Social Development. Ntsako started working with us at the beginning of October and the learners will be seeing more of her around the school as she will be working closely with the learners and on programs that deal directly with drugs.

Welcome Ntsako, we wish you well.

Sifunda Kunye Community Reading club – Santa Clause visit and Facilitators end year function.

 

9 November 2019

It was a very exciting day for all our little readers as Santa Clause made a special visit for all our hard working young little readers.

The Sifunda Kunye community reading club assists young readers on Saturdays to improve their reading skills and to create a safe, friendly, fun learning environment.

The club focuses to introduce reading in a fun way, through song, dance, group and individual reading sessions.

The club is run by Sifunda Kunye Lab Facilitator Yonela Swayi and assisted by Sifunda Kunye facilitators (Volunteers) from grade 11. The facilitators program for grade 11 is a great way and opportunity for our future leaders to give back and pay it forward.

2019 was over all a very successful year with an average of 100 little readers  attending our Saturday Reading clubs.

On the 9th of November 2019 after our end year Santa Clause visit our well deserving facilitators enjoyed a BBQ at Bushmans Sand hotel.

Our school is grateful to Sifunda Kunye Educational project for running and sponsoring this club.

 

Santa Clause Visit 2019

                                           

 

Hendrik Kanise Sifunda Kunye Reading club facilitators 2019

 

 

 

 

Facilitators End Year Function at Bushmans Sands Hotel.

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.