iThemba (Hope) Primary is going from strength to strength and Wynberg Rotary Club is proud to be with them on their journey.
On Wednesday 10th August, iThemba’s library was officially opened, in a joyful ceremony attended by the Principal and teaching staff and entertained by learners from the school. Rotarians from Wynberg attended and met representatives of various other organisations that have been part of iThemba’s journey.
Our initial contact was made at the beginning of lockdown when the school had a stationery drive. One thing led to another and we have now installed 20 library shelves. This has been followed up by book drives to help equip the library proper.
The school was built by Lufthansa, but is run by WCED. It is in a poorer section of town, and services Vryegrond and Capricorn Park areas. It opened in 2018 with 105 learners, 3 teachers, and a principal. There are now 19 classes, up to Grade 5 with 630 learners. The learners come from a diverse international background, with the majority having a home language other than English.
What is inspiring is the eagerness of all the staff to grow the quality of the schooling and the school, through libraries, veggie gardens, and, one day, a science and computer labs and a sports field.
Every year learners from two schools – Haugaland Vidergående Skole in Haugesund and Oddemarka Junior School in Kristiansand ,Norway raise funds by working one day of the year and donating these funds to a project called Action South Africa.
The funds raised are managed by a committee of Wynberg Rotary led by PP Are Hovstad for the benefit of 5 primary schools and 2 secondary schools in the Grassy Park, Lotus River and Zeekoevlei communities. In this year alone the Norwegian Committee gave out bursaries to the value of R940 000!
On Wed 6 December we visited Isiphiwo Primary School with the donors Steve and Geraldine from France. Using the funds that Steve has donated, stationery packs were handed to all Grade 7s leaving the school to go to High School. Steve gave them a talk about succeeding in future and that anything is possible if they put their head down and work. He gave real examples of people he is currently working with. A handful of children Continue reading “Visit to Isiphiwo Primary School”
The Literacy Committee has been hard at work deciding on new approaches to make a practical difference to our learners. We are involved in various ways, developing libraries, donating books, and with mentors such as Wordworks and Literacy for All.
Following on international trends we have decided to implement ‘Reading Corners’ wherever possible in our Primary Schools. These corners are like mini-libraries situated in the class. They contain only age-appropriate books and are designed to be areas where the child can relax and read during a break or a quiet time.
On Saturday 14th Feb we donated our first reading corners to the 3 Grade 1 classes in Perivale Primary. Very bright and cheerful, they help to liven up the rooms. Once we hear from the teachers how successful these are, we will expand into G2 and G3, and then into other schools.
Every year our club takes a group of learners on a ‘Kids Day Out’. It has generally been a fun filled day at the beach, but as of this year we decided that there should be an educational aspect, so we chose the Two Oceans Aquarium in the Waterfront.
On Saturday, 31 January we took 37 Grade 3 learners from Perivale Primary and their teachers to the Aquarium. It was an hectic, but exciting day.
The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the sea life especially the touch pool. The aquarium followed by lunch and Spur. We ended the day with a visit to the scratch patch and gave each child a bag to fill with gem stones to take home, as a token to help them remember the day by.
Our club aims to do more projects like this throughout 2015.