New St Francis Today News Page Layout

To keep abreast with reader preferences we have changed our news layout to accommodate a growing readership that reads the news on their Phones (43%) rather than Tablets (4%) or Desk / Laptops (53%). We will have to hone the new layout in the coming days as no ‘trial run’ ever quite works out the way on would expect so please bear with us as we make minor adjustments.

Most of the changes are  in the way the advertising (unfortunately necessary to keep us going) presents with some adverts taking on a totally different look  on a phone yet making the ‘read’ hopefully easier and more flowing.

We will also be adding some new features to the page in the coming weeks including a couple of interesting gust writers who will have their own blogs on the site. Anyone with an interesting subject who would like to participate with either a weekly or monthly blog / article please feel free to chat to us (Call Colin on 082 554 0796 or email colin@stfrancistoday.com

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Sea Vista Primary School hosts for this year’s District Level WOW spelling competition

There was great excitement on July 23rd at Sea Vista Primary School, in St Francis Bay, the hosts for this year’s District Level WOW  spelling competition. More  than  400  learners  and  200  educators  from Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Oyster Bay and St Francis participated in the event.

Participating schools were Sea Vista, Graslaagte; Pellsrus ;  Kruisfontein  ;  St.  Patricks  ; Sandwater  and  Victory  Christian  School  Primary schools as well as   Jeffreys Bay  Comprehensive  Senior and   Humansdorp  Senior  Secondary  School.

The WOW co-ordinator from the University of Stellenbosch, Mr Peter Loxton and the EDO of the Department of Education, Mr Garth Jacobs attended the event offering words of strong encouragement to the participants.

The national Wow (Woorde Open Werelde) competition sponsored by Sanlam, Suidoosters Festival and ATKV aims to improve learners’ language, spelling and pronunciation in both English and Afrikaans. Learner’s who excelled at District level will go through to the Provincial level to be held in Port Elizabeth of 24th August. Thereafter,  learners  who  qualify  will go   to  Stellenbosch  University   as  National  Competitors. Winners stand to win tablets and cash prizes for first, second and third places.

Sea Vista’s star performers who will go through to the Provincial competition were   Shameema  Yousuf  (Gr.7.- FAL  first place)  ;   Brigette  Davids    (   Gr.7. FAL second place) and   Alulutho  Klaas   (FAL   Gr.6.  –  8th  place).

Sea Vista Primary Headmaster, Mr Charles Coenraad said “ My staff and I are extremely grateful to all the executive members in the Kouga area for helping us make this important event such a success for Sea Vista Primary. Our congratulations go to all the successful participants who will compete in the Provincials”

Sea Vista Headmaster, Mr Charles Coenraad welcomed the WOW officials to Sea Vista Primary’s first official WOW competition. Seen from left to right : Mr Garth Jacobs (EDO Dept of Education), Headmaster Mr Charles Coenraad, Sea Vista Primary’s WOW Co-ordinator, Mrs Deborah Alexander and Mr Peter Loxton from the University of Stellenbosch where the National competition will be held.

Scientific paper on flora of Cape St Francis & St Francis Bay Nature Reserves

Our Seal Point scientist Richard Cowling and his colleague Adriaan Grobler from Port Elizabeth together with three of our local citizen scientists have produced a paper on the flora of the Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay nature reserves. This has been accepted and published in a PeerJ Journal, Life & Environment.

Click here to view the article: https://peerj.com/articles/7336/

It is only too clear that what remains of the coastal dune habitat in the Cape Floristic Region should be conserved in its entirety.