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.

Heritage Day Celebration 2020

Heritage Month in September  and Heritage day on 24 September in particular is celebrated annually to mark our nation’s diverse culture and heritage. This year the theme was  “Celebrating South  Africa’s living human treasures.” . At the school we celebrated this year’s heritage day by doing a Jerusalema Dance challenge that has been keeping people busy globally. The President Cyril Ramaphosa also urged the country to take part in the dance challenge to reflect on the difficult journey we have all travelled, to remember those who lost their lives because of the Corona Virus and to quietly rejoice in the remarkable and diverse heritage our nation.

“The people’s relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother” John Clarke

 

 

Clean Water Tank Installation at Our School

Clean water is one of the few things in life that never fails to live up to expectations. It is difficult to overstate the importance of having it and it’s probably impossible. Clean water changes almost  everything. This is why access to and management of clean water is very important.  Sometimes we find ourselves struggling to get water as the community of Alicedale is facing serious issues with the shortage of water.

That is why the Sifunda kunye  water sanitation project  has helped us very much. They installed  more than 5 JOJO tanks at the school.

Words cannot express how grateful the school is to Sifunda kunye.

 

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.

Rugby World Cup Viewing 2020

Hendrik Kanise was one of the schools invited in Makana to view the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup at the Grahamstown’s Indoor Sports Center. Rugby coaches and players also got a chance to to rub shoulders with the Springboks captin Siya Kolisi and hooker Bongi Mbonambi. Siya Kolisi said a few words of inspiration to the audience. Hendrik Kanise learners and faculty would like to thank Sifunda Kunye for financial assistance for transportation to attend this one in a life time opportunity.

Our learners were over the moon with joy, a never to be forgotten experience.

Sifunda Kunye Sports Tournament 2020

Our school participated in this year’s Sifunda kunye Sports tournament that was help at Toise Senior Secondary school at Kwanonkcampa. We had two teams in the tournament for Soccer and Netball and both those teams played 4 matches and won 3. With the 3 matched that we managed to win we came in 2nd place and that gave us an opportunity to get Silver medals. St Matthews came in 1st place and theyrecieved Gold medals, then Richard Varha came in 3rd.  and they received bronze medals.

Thank you to Sifunda Kunye organization for organizing these events and allowing us to partake in them. We do not only form bonds with other schools, we also form interminable relationships.

 

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

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.