The trouble with bringing children into the world is that they do not arrive with user manuals! How much easier would it be if we could troubleshoot in a manual and find the solution that would solve their problems with minimal mess and fuss! As parents, one of our deep-rooted fears is that our children may behave badly whilst at school, upset their teacher, classmates or, worse, the Principal (whom we have learnt to fear from our own childhood misdemeanours)! As a mom and teacher, Cindy Glass Co-Founder and Owner of Step Up Education Centres can relate. She offers some advice and a new perspective to parents who are navigating the world of not-so-perfect kids. She starts out by acknowledging that negative behaviour at school can affect all who associate with the individual who has behaved badly. Parents, in particular, can feel angry, frustrated and even helpless when their child consistently chooses negative, self-harming behaviours. “It is very easy for a parent to slip into ‘reaction’ mode and punish the child in ways that they may have experienced as a child. It takes great courage, however, to choose to understand these behaviours and find positive, creative solutions,” says Cindy. She adds, “Consider this: Every choice we make, every action we take is based on how we feel about ourselves as a person! Negative behaviours at school have a solid and powerful root – FEAR. Fear of rejection, fear of not being good enough, fear that the teacher will notice that he is struggling to understand the work, fear of being alone and fear of not being noticed and acknowledged. Think about it! Many children would rather get into trouble for negative behaviours than it be discovered that they are not coping with the pressures of school!” So what can you do? Cindy says that children need to understand that all actions have consequences. “Positive choices result in positive consequences and the same applies to negative choices. Being consistent in your . . .
The fourth term has got off to a great start for the Grade R pupils attending Umthombomuhle School in the Hammarsdale area, after the establishment of an interactive play area on site, provided by funds raised by the Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre. The handover, which took place on Tuesday 24 October, was attended by a number of sponsors involved in the generous donation. “Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre, along with a number of sponsors, really wanted to assist the youth from the local community and Umthombomuhle School seemed like the perfect choice,” said Grant Langley of Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre. “A number of staff from the centre send their children to the school and it’s a really high performing educational centre, with friendly, dedicated staff. Unfortunately, it is lacking in a few facilities, which is why we stepped in.” Langley said that, on a recent visit to Umthombomuhle School, he noticed that there was no safe play area for the younger children. The decision was then made to create a play area which included a jungle gym and swing set suited to the Grade R age group. In addition, a number of people came forward to donate books, toys and puzzles for the classroom. School principal, Aubrey Sibonelo Khumalo, said the staff and children were very grateful for the donation which would be used by 97 pupils in Grade R, aged between four and five years. “We really appreciate this donation because young children need to learn and develop through play activities,” said Khumalo. “As it stands, there are 97 children in one classroom with no outside area, so this will make a huge difference to their daily lives.” The school has an enrolment of 970 pupils from Grade R to Grade 9 with anywhere from 70 to 115 learners in one classroom at a time. Situated within an expanding community, there is a massive drive for parents to enrol their children in the school, which has a great reputation. . . .
25 October 2017-Mitchell’s Plain’s most loved and recognized shopping centre, Liberty Promenade, has partnered with local non-profit organization, Read to Rise, to encourage and promote the importance of reading and art across the community. To achieve this, Grade 3 learners from ten local primary schools have been invited to the shopping centre to compete for their share of R20 000 in cash. Each school will perform a 10-minute theatrical play which they have adapted from a book. The book which will be adapted and performed by the Grade 3’s is called, Oaky The Happy Tree. This book is part of The Oaky Series, which was written by three-time, international award-winning Mitchell’s Plain poet, and social philosopher, Athol Williams, and illustrated by Read to Rise’s very own Taryn Lock. Oaky The Happy Tree is a feel-good children’s book about an oak tree who discovers the secret to being happy. Athol Williams feels that the translation of this book into a stage play provides valuable exercises in reading comprehension and active learning. “I am delighted to be part of this initiative with Liberty Promenade because the youth in Mitchell’s Plain are in need of role-models from their own community, and this opportunity can only inspire our talented learners to reach their full potential and unlock their creativity,” he says. Liberty Promenade’s Food Court will be transformed into a breath-taking wonderland, equipped with a theatre-like stage and ample audience seating. “The Oaky Stage Play Competition has created a lot of excitement amongst the public, our shoppers, and most importantly, amongst the participating schools. We look forward to sharing this enriching initiative with all our shoppers”, says Dorothea Wright, General Manager of Liberty Promenade. “We are committed to our community and especially in enriching the lives of the youth and encouraging education. With this in mind, we are proud to sponsor 1600 Oaky The Happy Tree books for our . . .
Vega announces its national open day – 28 October 2017 Vega campuses nationwide invite parents, scholars, and prospective students to attend their final open day for the year which will take place on the 28th of October 2017. The Vega open day will allow prospective students and parents a first-hand glimpse into a day in the life of a Vega student. Vega, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), aims to produce a new breed of thinker with fully accredited IIE Certificates, Baccalaureates, Honours and Masters programmes in design, brand and business. Vega open days are structured to allow parents and students to meet with its campus navigators and gain first-hand experience of what their courses are all about. “Vega prides itself on being a highly interactive environment, providing our students with real-world, on-the-ground experience.” Says Dr Carla Enslin, founding member of Vega School. “The IIE Vega equips graduates with future-proofed degree that embed both fundamental knowledge and soft skills to produce graduate thinkers and problem solvers capable of exploration and analysis – essentially we are graduating the employees that businesses will need to survive. The IIE degrees offered at Vega campuses have been designed to enable graduates to develop the skills needed in real-world scenarios,” continues Dr Enslin.” Make sure to get your applications in now - 2018 applications close 31 October. Date: 28 October 2017 Time: 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM Venue: Vega Campuses nationwide Cost: Free CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(Centurion) – As South Africa struggles with its political leadership crisis, a youth-oriented initiative has been working quietly to cultivate the leadership skills that will allow the next generation to step into the breach. The “Learners Today, Leaders Forever” conference, which took place on Saturday (October 21), saw a gathering of 150 high school pupils from Grade 7 to 12 in public and private institutions across Gauteng, including Mamelodi, Cosmo City, Olievenhoutbosch and Pretoria. Hosted this year by the Forest Hill City mall in Centurion, the conference has impacted more than 800 pupils since its inception in 2015. According to provincial organiser and teacher Mathibedi Medupe, the aim of the conference was to uplift high school leadership and to enhance the collective leadership skills within their schools’ learner representative councils, although pupils do not need to be part of a council to attend. “I started this initiative two years ago because I saw the leadership crisis our country is faced with and I said to myself: ‘It all starts in the schools.’ Learners who attend the conference get to implement the leadership skills in their everyday life and with other peers at school,” said Medupe, adding that some of the previous participants had gone on to become SRC leaders in their respective universities. “It is crucial that we nurture young leaders in such a way that they will turn out to be leaders of great character and integrity, and that they will serve the people and fully understand others. They need to be prepared for the real world that is loaded with negativity, greed, racism, sexism, politics and immorality.” He said the programme was designed in such a way that pupils learned more about themselves and the issues of importance to their communities, and also helped them to develop their leadership potential and values by getting involved in public and community service. A line-up of guest speakers presented on a variety of . . .
“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” Sidney Hook, philosopher It’s World Teachers Day 2017 (on 5 October) and Tsogo Sun, which has education as the primary focus of its CSI programmes, is recognising the committed and hard-working educators around the country who strive – often against the odds – to give their learners the best chance for a successful future. Shanda Paine, Tsogo Sun’s Group CSI Manager, says, “Our work with is primarily with school learners – in leadership development programmes, in career guidance and job readiness, in chess, in life skills development, in soccer, in environmental initiatives, and more – but we know that without the input, support, dedication, and special efforts by the educators, our programmes would not be nearly as effective.” She adds that their role goes way beyond teaching the curriculum. “Their discipline and conduct, the life lessons they impart, and their listening and communication skills with the learners, all make a huge difference in how learners learn and grow in their own conduct and attitudes.” The success of Tsogo Sun’s numerous initiatives within disadvantaged schools around the country are greatly dependent on how the principals and educators support, and present them to the learners. “Because of their their participation and commitment, we are able to work together to impact on the lives of the learners and their future. For this reason, we salute and acknowledge the often unappreciated and extremely demanding role that they play in producing the next generation of educated, principled, hard-working, and great leaders.” Educator Mali Ntombi, Life Orientation and isiZulu educator at Mandisa Shiceka High School in Kagiso on the West Rand, which has been part of the Tsogo Sun-sponsored Columba Leadership programme, learned from the programme that “treating learners better, not judging them, . . .
Polyflor SA recently assisted Cape Town-based Noero Architects with an installation of a 624 m² floor at Wynberg Girls’ High School (WGHS) as part of an innovative expansion project at the school. Founded in 1884, this beautiful and historic school is situated in the shadows of Table Mountain has once again proven why it is renowned for offering excellent facilities and its ability to embrace change. We need to grow… but where to? According to Uno Pereira of Noero Architects, the school needed to add additional classrooms in order to meet the demands of a growing school. Previously, they were told that the only way to build eight new classrooms was to add an extra floor onto the two side existing banks of classrooms. This, however, would obliterate the view of the Table Mountain range from the courtyard and paralyze the use of eight classrooms below the new classrooms during construction, creating havoc with the school’s timetable. Noero Architects suggested an alternative to this option. After much deliberation, they presented a novel solution by creating a “street” between existing classrooms and the new ones on either side of the court that allowed for the adding of two new wings of four classrooms. Each wing was placed to either side of the court at ground level. Classrooms for the future “The school’s headmaster, Shirley Harding, wanted us to start imagining what the classroom of the future would be like. To this end, she allowed us to hold a series of workshops with the teachers and students to understand how the classroom environment and teaching methods have changed and what new possibilities await us as we embrace new technologies and rethink how learning can happen in these new spaces,” Uno explains. The newly built classrooms were covered with earth for environmental and climatic reasons – resulting in a new inclined planted courtyard and which offers even better views of the mountain range. The increased size of the courtyard and the . . .
The annual Engen KlevaKidz campaign which engages with and educates learners about the importance of paraffin safety launched in the Western Cape on October 13th and runs until the end of the month. Over the course of three weeks, Engen KlevaKidz will travel to 30 primary schools in the Khayelitsha and Strand area. Engen KlevaKidz takes the form of an interactive educational stage drama relaying key safety messages – in the learners’ mother tongues - combined with a jingle to reinforce the theme. Over the past few months, the KlevaKidz roadshow has already travelled to the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. Since its inception in 2008, Engen KlevaKidz has reached over 145 000 learners in 436 schools across South Africa – from rural villages deep in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape to townships in Gauteng. In partnership with The Communication Firm, the travelling industrial theatre show features engaging characters who deliver important safety messages. In this year’s show, Mr Wise is the super hero and main character who educates young learners about how to identify and use paraffin safely. Mr Wise interacts with Bongi and Junior and urges them to be careful when using paraffin. Stories are used to explain to the learners what to do if paraffin is ingested or inhaled. Mr Wise also focuses on the importance of being clean and washing hands after being in contact with paraffin, and how to store paraffin safely. Prizes, including super hero masks and funnels, will be handed out to all learners. This is because the learners are all heroes who have the inner strength and ability to take care of themselves, says Engen Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane. “Young children in under-resourced households are often the primary day-time care givers, often looking after their siblings while their parents or guardians are at work. “Without supervision, and uninformed of the multiple dangers associated with using paraffin, children . . .
Uitenhage, 13 October 2017 – “I was the smartest kid in my school and that made me popular. I worked hard every day. If you want a certain life for yourself you must work for it, prepare for it,” said Itumeleng Sekhu during her visit to schools in Kwanobuhle, Uitenhage. Sovereign Foods and Khulisa a non-profit organization, arranged that Sekhu, a burn survivor, deliver an inspirational talk at schools recently. Sekhu visited Solomon Mahlangu High School, Nkululeko Secondary School and the Ithembalethu Project for children with special needs. Sovereign paid for flights, accommodation, books donated to the learners and food parcels for the matrics at Nkululeko Secondary School who went on a study camp. Sovereign also hand out food vouchers to different beneficiaries in the Uitenhage area on a monthly basis. Thuto Maepa, Sovereign Foods Group Executive Human Resources, said working with the schools was very important for the organization. “I want you to know how important you are to us. You must work hard and follow your dreams,” Maepa said at Nkululelo Senior Secondary School. As part of Sovereign Foods’ Corporate Social Investment (CSI) mandate they focus on uplifting communities and assisting with educational programmes and other socio - economic programmes. Sekhu told the learner that her scars were visible. “My scars are external, most people are hiding their internal scars. I am not ashamed of myself. I’m so confident now. Before I cried myself to sleep but now I go in front of people so that they can ask me what happened.” Sekhu was burnt by a candle when she was 11 months old. Her right hand as well as four fingers on her left hand are amputated. This did not deter her from reaching her dreams she told her predominantly teenage audience. She has had a successful career in radio and television for the past six years and published her book What do you see? last year. “I grew up with low self-esteem as 90% of my face is literary scarred. . . .
For the third year running, Engen participated in the Mayoral Charity Golf Day at the Port Elizabeth Golf Club, and contributed R100 000 to the Community Chest. Held on 6 October, the 12th Mayoral Charity Golf Day was spearheaded by the Mark Headbush Foundation, in partnership with the Community Chest and Nelson Mandela Metro. The proceeds raised from this charity Golf Day are set to make a meaningful difference in the education space in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan area, playing a small part in helping to build a better future for children aged 5 to 10. Engen contributed R100 000 to the Community Chest which will be utilised to make a meaningful difference in the education space of the most deprived children. “At Engen we are very passionate about education which is why our Engen Maths and Science Saturday Schools (EMSS) have for over three decades, seen thousands of successful graduates, benefit from the programme,” says Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane. Engen Maths and Science Saturday Schools provides supplementary classes in Maths, Science and English in four provinces across South Africa. Scholars from grades 10-12 attend free classes every Saturday at 4 centres in KwaZulu-Natal, 3 in the Eastern Cape and one in both the Western Cape and Gauteng. “Our EMSS are central to our efforts to contribute to the growth and transformation of our country. The programme has worked tirelessly to transform young lives and has made a useful contribution to a more transformed and vibrant workforce,” adds Nduvane. EMSS respond to and recognises the need we have in our country for more engineers and technical experts in the petrochemical industry. Through its support of EMSS, Engen is committed to addressing this critical skills shortage and helping to build a prosperous, future skilled workforce. Nduvane says that in a country where hope can often be circumscribed through poverty and dire socio-economic circumstances, every . . .