State of Kouga address

State of the Kouga Municipality Address

With the ‘Opening of Council’ and the ‘State of the Kouga Municipality’ address by Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen this morning, it will be interesting to hear how the land lies, particularly in terms of finances for the year ahead.

During his budget speech last week, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced 47.5% would go to central government, 43.4% to provincial government and 9.1% to local government. He went on to emphasise  that about two thirds of the budget will be dedicated to realizing the social rights of all people, particularly the poor.

“These are the sacrifices that we have to make to ensure optimal inclusion of all our people and eradicate gross inequality.”

No doubt these sacrifices relate to ‘less to the wealthy more to the poor’ and so hopefully Mayor van Lingen will present us with a clearer picture of the year ahead in her speech today for there can be little doubt that it will have an influence on the thinking regarding the proposed SRA. Either way!

St Francis Today will hopefully be able to tell you more in tomorrow’s news.

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St Francis College News

Kouga Cricket Performance Centre selects St Francis College Boys

Eight St Francis College boys have been selected to represent Kouga Cricket Performance Centre also known as KCPC.

St Francis College cricketers

They are (left to right) James Beckley (U13), Connor von der Marwitz (U9), Alexander Moolman (U11), Nicholas Niven, Rylan Jarvis, Jac Duval, Declan von der Marwitz and Gian Moolman (all U9).

The KCPC Under 13 team play matches on Wednesdays against top schools in the Port Elizabeth region in a league format.  On Thursdays, the Under 11 team play and, for the first time, the Under 9 team will play various Under 9 and 10 teams from Port Elizabeth. The squad which includes representatives from St Francis College, Stulting, Jeffrey’s Bay Primary, Victory Christian School, Pharos, Sea Vista and Gamtoosvallei, practises every Friday in Jeffrey’s Bay.

The KCPC teams are selected from schools in the Kouga region that play their own internal cricket matches on Mondays (Under 13) and Tuesdays (Under 11).

St Francis College Valentine’s Market Fun

The Grade 2 annual Valentine’s Market on Valentine’s Day raised just over R1000 – a wonderful achievement for these young entrepreneurs!

As part of their entrepreneurial curriculum the children formed groups to plan and market their stall. All items on the stalls were to be hand made by the children and everything had to be priced at R5.00. All the of school pupils were given an opportunity to shop at the stalls where they could choose from popcorn, hand-made cards, beaded bracelets, cupcakes, biscuits, love floats and other lovely hand-made gifts. No assistance from parents was allowed on the day and the groups had to work together to stock their stall and sell the products.

These Grade 2 entrepreneurs will now have great fun deciding what to buy for their classroom with the proceeds.

St Francis College Valentine's Market


St Francis College Senior Primary Camp 2017

On Thursday 9th February, all 54 St Francis College senior primary pupils (Grades 4 – 7) attended an overnight camp at Wacky Woods, fifteen kilometres outside Jeffrey’s Bay.  The pupils were divided into seven groups and the fifteen Grade 7 pupils, who arrived the day before, were evenly distributed amongst these groups tasked with providing leadership in the various activities.

Group activities included fishing, practising team war cries, making ‘stokbrood’, designing their team logo using flowers/nature, making dessert for the evening meal, performing a skit and swimming in the resort’s pool.

St Francis College Senior Primary Camp

Articles and photographs supplied by Lyn Aitken