Welcome to 2022 by Mr Myona

19 January 2022

Principal welcome speech.

Good morning all,

Good morning and welcome back to school, it has been an silence few weeks and empty classes and i am so happy to welcome you back into our learning environment.  I believe you had a wonderful summer holidays with your families under this trying times of Covid 19.

The pandemic has adversely impacted world wide, I am so overwhelmed with emotions; to see these eyes and faces peering over the top of mask and cant help to notice your readiness for the new school year. I am hesitant to tell you that we still have to keep to COVID19 protocols.

Future is now and what you do will determine your future and destiny, lets use God given talents for your betterment, believe in yourself and dream high.

You must have tenacity to accept failure, never give up and have persistence, failure is simply and opportunity to begin again. Please don’t take away your eyes from the price, success remember a fresh and healthy mindset is paramount.

May you all have a productive year ahead.

Thank you,

Principal – MP Myona

Sifunda Kunye writing competition 2021

29 November 2021

Sifunda Kunye Literacy project hosts annual writing camps for our partner schools but due to COVID we were unable to host our annual writing camp.

However, Sifunda Kunye launched an writing competition for our partner schools, together with our newsletter clubs and English faculty members at our schools our competition was successfully run.

Competition details was to write a short story themed “Where there is a will there is a way”

Top achievers from our partner schools were from St Matthews High School and Hendrik Kanise combined school.

Our 2021 writing competition winner was Natasha Mpondo from St Matthews High School in Keiskammahoek.

Congratulations to all learners that wrote in to our competition, keep on exploring your creative side.

History of Sifunda Kunye Writing Camp:

Innovative Writing Camp Empowers Learners

Eighty learners from four area schools explored creativity, learning, and self-expression in an intense writing camp over the weekend.  The camp was sponsored and hosted by the Sifunda Kunye Educational Project, a local public benefit organization that has been active in the King Williams Town district since 2008.

Sifunda Kunye invites 10 to 15 learners from each of its partner schools in the King William’s Town District and Grahamstown district participate in these camps.  This past weekend, learners from St. Matthew’s, Xolani, Richard Varha, Toise and Hendrik Kanise combined Schools spent an intense 3 days (Friday-Sunday) focusing on a specific theme, completing personal works, and submitting them for peer critique.  This session’s theme was “Dreams are made of…” and learners were encouraged to express what dreams and ambitions  means to them in essays, poems, and group discussions and drama. Participants received guidance from a talented group of volunteer facilitators, student leaders, and the Sifunda Kunye staff.  .” Participants submit their work for inclusion into a published student journal at the end of the camp.  The journal is a unique opportunity for many to see their work in print.

Learners and teachers are continually impressed with the writing camps.  Participants relish the opportunity to engage in an in-depth weekend of imaginative learning.  They enjoy improving their language and writing skills in a fun and creative venue outside of the classroom.  Teacher’s enjoy witnessing the progress these young writers make over the course of a weekend.

The Sifunda Kunye Literacy Project’s writing camps have been successfully running since they first launched in August 2014.  Sifunda Kunye is a non-profit that relies on donations and grants to support its literacy and technology programs in Eastern Cape schools

Liyema Ndabambi grade 8

This is Liyema Ndabambi but here at school we know him as Mapoyoyo and is doing grade 8. Liyema is known for his artistry in music and drawing. The school is full of his drawing and we have recently use his art piece for heritage day. Liyema said his struggle is what motivates him because he wants to be the one to change his home situation one day. He has never had any one to teach him about drawing but his love for drawing and music is through his own motivation. He believes that he is his own artist as he is always motivating himself to do better and the he believes that no one can motivate him more than he does. The school has these drawings for the kids to play that he and the other kids have drawn.  This is all thanks to Mrs GxamzaJ

We wish him nothing but great things in life…

Hertritge day 2021

September isn’t only the month when spring officially begins but it is also Heritage Month. On the 23rd of September we held an event to celebrate heritage day which is a public holiday that is celebrated every year on the 24th of September. The school holds this type of event every year and it is our way of remembering the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various event were staged during the heritage celebration which included cultural dance and poetry, The highlight of the day was taking group photos next to an art piece that was created by the school’s well known artist Liyema Ndabambi. A short story about him will follow.

Talent show

Talents are things you’re good at and can get you in a good place in life. Everyone has talents, but sometimes we haven’t found them. So a talent show can help us discover our performing arts gifts. Talent shows help cure stage fright because if you perform on stage once, you will not be as scared the second time. If you do it again and again, you can learn from your past experience and you won’t faint in front of everyone and embarrass yourself. Fear is in the mind. That is why the school hold these cute talent shows for kids to help cure those stage frights and it is always a wonderful thing to witness. Kids showcased their different talents and is

Hope the next talent show will be as fun as the one we had.

Spring day 2021

The first day of September traditionally marks the beginning of spring. In South Africa Spring Day falls on the 1st of September and marks the end of the dreary cold winter days and the beginning of sunny summer days and nights. On the 10th of September the school held a spring show where the kids were dressing in yellow and floral. It was a really fun day and the kids really enjoyed it.

Thank you Mrs Gxamza for organising the event.

UJ Career festival 2021- Empowering and enabling the youth

High school learners are often not sure about where to start when it comes to choosing the right option for their futures. To make the choice a little easier for them, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Northcliff Rotary Club, in partnership with the Canon Collins Trust and BTS Army South Africa, invited all Grade 8 – Grade 12 learners to attend the online Career Fest on Saturday August 21, 2021. Hendrik Kanise Combined School was part of that virtual fest. The career fest closed off with a message from the BTS Army of South Africa and prize giveaways to learners.

Thank you to Mrs Dyasi for organising this wonderful event.

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

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!!

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.