Principal note October 2021

Greetings to all of you,

Whew! the term which has been chequered by uncertain, polysemous bigotry has finally come to an end. The infrequent academic year has caused more harm than good to many of our schools. Learners drop-outs, inadequate curriculum coverage and corrosion in discipline to mention, but a few has plagued our schools.

We have been living under the shadow of the pandemic for more than 574 days counting. We have experienced much hardship, and the most difficult of these has been the innumerable relatives, colleagues, and friends we have lost to this pandemic. We mourn every one of them.

Naturally, we cannot wait to resume many activities that we have been unable to do for

much of the past two years. We want to attend tradition rituals, birthday parties and other

social functions freely with our friends and family. Enough about my ramblings.

ACADEMICS

As the saying goes, every dark  cloud has a silver lining. Our  school has been spared of the

sorrow the pandemic has brought and we were in full throttle as far as academics are

concerned. Allow me to welcome new additions to our staff: Mr Vayo, Melikaya and

Miss Ntozini,Zimkhitha  who are both teaching in the Intermediate and Foundation phase

respectively. Spring classes will continue for the Matrics and the Last Push is in progress.

CO-CURRICULA

Born Free Foundation  has been the lodestar to our learners with the edu-environment

programs this term. Also, we had an opportunity to honour the Arbor Day by planting  trees

at the school.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Heritage Day was celebrated to the glee of all. Our learners were allowed to showcase their

talent in this very successful event. Music is the food of the soul, the music talent show unearthed the best of the learners.

DONATION

The school is eternally grateful to Mike and Helen Wood of the Broubart Group for the kind donation of library materials, this can only enhance our school and grow the learning nation.

Before I sign off, our thoughts and prayers go to our dear colleague, the industrious Mrs Dyasi who was befallen with a mishap as we wrap up the term. May the Gracious Lord shelter her under His wing.

Till we meet again,    ( Myona, M.P- Principal)

Welcome Miss Ntozini

Welcoming and introducing Miss Zimkhitha Ntozini to our small family. Miss Ntozini was born and bred in Grahamstown. She went on to study at Rhodes University where she did Politics and Psychology before she did her PGCE in Foundation phase. She is a sports person and adores adventure. She now teaches Grade 2. Miss Ntozini is goal driven and lives by a code (“Throw me to the wolves and I’ll return leading the pack”) which mean that with every given challenge, she does her best to complete and to be prosperous.

Welcome Miss Ntozini!!

Greetings from our principal Mr. Myona.

Greetings to all, it is surreal that this first term is coming to an end. Phew! What an indifferent and onerous term it has been, having to navigate and adjust in the ‘new normal’ caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted the verve associated with schooling.

Despite a challenging year, with all odds stacked against them, the Class of 2020 did the school proud, surpassing a benchmark laid by their predecessors with an outstanding 92,8% pass rate, the best in recent past. Fortitude and hard work displayed by both educators and learners can never be discounted.

Cautiously, the school had to adjust and adopt a rotational timetable to maximize contact time with learners. Unfortunately, the Foundation phase classes (Grade 2 &3) were dealt a heavy blow as their teachers did not come back after the heavy lockdown of 2020.

The school was granted 16 appointees through the PEEI (Presidential Education Employment Initiative whose contracts run out by the April, 30.

School safety remains a priority during these trying times and the school has to make better use of the JoJo tanks for storage as water has become a scarce commodity.

We wish all our school community a healthy and safe year ahead.

Till we meet again in the second term which resumes in May, 3 2021. All the best!

Myona, Monde (HKCS-Principal)

School Support Staff

The following are the members of the school support team. They are responsible for making sure that our learners are maintaining physical distancing and that screening of both learners and teachers is conducted in an orderly manner.

The members are:

  1. Babalwa Ndzandze
  2. Siyabulela Pontsana
  3. Busisiswe Nesi

Education Assistant

The school would like to welcome the following  education assistants.

Miss Ngcwayi

isiXhosa & Maths

Grade 7 & 8

 

Mrs Kolweni—Mnana

Maths & N.S Tech

Grade 4 to 6

 

Mr Vayo

N.S Tech

Grade 4, 6 & 8

 

Mr Gojela

Social Science

Gr ade 6

 

And two  assistants that are helping in the foundation phase in Grade 2 and 3.

Welcome to Hendrik Kanise Miss Bani and Miss Bavuma

10 Pieces of Life Changing Advice You Can Learn From

Only 24 hours, yet so much goes in that time span. You go about your day, going through the boring and often dramatic evets. How often do you stop to realize that each hour of your day is packed with life-changing wisdom? Sure, there are  big events that punch you in the gut. The lesson from those are hard to ignore, but there are also many mundane things that happen in a day that also have a lot to teach you if you become aware of them.

  1. You have the opportunity to make a difference in the world and in yourself. Make the day meaningful.
  2. Breathe your way to a calmer, healthier and happier life.
  3. Start the chain reaction of positive tasking.
  4. Most things are not as bad as you think they are. Do your home works.
  5. Smaller problems are much easier to manage than larger problems. Do your tasks on time, so when the exams approaches you’ll only stress about them.
  6. Be considerate of other, always.
  7. The power of habit can transform your life. Study everyday.
  8. Your moods are contagious, share positive energy.
  9. An organized life is a calmer life. Time management is very important.
  10. Respect other people’s opinions, even when they differ from your own. Its rare that two people agree on most topics.

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.

Black Monday 2019

BY: MISS JAMES

The staff of Hendrik Kanise together with the learners stand together to fight against Gender based violence. The past few weeks we all saw the tragic passing of Uyinene Mrwetyana,whose  death has shaken the whole country.

The school is raising awareness to the learners as well as the community at large with regards GBV. It has come to our attention that the violence starts from a young age.

One of the LO teachers had given a public lesson on how to prevent situation where, he emphasized on boys to speak out and not bottle things they are going through which in turn builds up anger. One of the important things is CONSENT (ukuvumelana) it is important that kids learner at a young age that you ask for something as little as stationary (relatable example), if a person says NO then it means No.

The issue of GBV affect everyone and that we need to continue raising awareness not because its August Women’s Month, or take action when something happens to women. It should be our everyday responsibility as the society to fight against violation and harassment of women and young girls. We need to learn and unlearn things that will build our communities to be a better space for everyone who lives in it regardless of their gender, sexuality, race and so on and so forth.

Farewell to Mrs Lulama Maninjwa

The school bids farewell to Mrs Lulama Maninjwa, who has been a substitute in the place of Mr Myona during term 3. Mrs Maninjwa was teaching English FAL to grades 7 to 9. It was a pleasure having Mrs Maninjwa on board, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.

MRS LOUW-ARNOLDS

SMT Note September 2019

Unyaka uphelile.” These famous words have been spoken on many occasions by our former late principal, Mr. M. E. Kosi, much to the amusement of the learners, and many of them only realising later in their lives that with those prophetic words Mr Kosi actually wanted only to warn all of us that there merely is no time to waste, and that time is speeding by very quickly. And once again, in the blink of an eye, we have come to the end of Term 3.

This term once again brought with it a lot of challenges, including trying to come to terms with the poor June results, which meant a lot of extra hard work by both teachers and learners. We also had to face the entire term without the leadership of our principal, Mr Myona, who is still on sick leave, and therefore the school had to be managed by only 50% of the normal SMT, Mrs C. Louw-Arnolds, and Mr M. Gumenge, who managed to keep the school boat afloat regardless of the shortage of manpower. This term brought the usual pressure on our Gr 12 learners, with teachers trying to complete the syllabus, as well as fit in time for revision and getting learners exam-ready. And we were faced with numerous disciplinary cases which had a detracting impact on general discipline and the culture of learning at the school.

However, we are filled with much hope for the new term as we have observed a significant improvement in learner achievement for this term, especially in the intermediate phase. And we are delighted at the prospect of having our beloved principal back with us next term, bringing with him a sense of normality and much-needed stability as we are heading towards the National Senior Certificate Exams for matrics and final exams for the whole school.

To all staff members and learners, thank you so much for your hard work and diligence during this past term, it surely has paid off. Enjoy the short but well-deserved holiday and may the Hand of the Lord be over us all during the short break.

Hendrik Kanise SMT