Children are the future, help build that future

“It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations.”

Sea Vista Educational Support Group will be holding a meeting at 10h00 on today (Wednesday) morning at the church for anyone is interested in any aspect of this work.

For those who don’t know, this initiative has three main thrusts:

  1. Literacy is a huge problem in South African schools. Our volunteers give around 45 minutes of their time in the mornings to help small groups of Grade 1 to 3 pupils with their reading. We use a specific remedial programme and all materials are supplied.
  2. Numeracy/Arithmetic is another major problem, and becoming more urgent with the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which demands higher level logic. Here, we focus on Grades 4 to 7, with classes in the afternoons. We work mainly on the four basic operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – and trying to get the children to learn their tables.
  3. Raising money for a Teacher Support Fund. Unfortunately our teacher support fund is now quite low. Two teachers retired at the end of 2018 and the Education Department didn’t replace them. We sponsored the 2 replacements during 2019 and would like to continue or even increase this during 2020. This is where the rubber really hits the road – the teachers at this school have to teach more than 50 children per class. Just consider what this means, when some of the better resourced schools in the country try to limit their class sizes to 25, or at the very most, 30. At 50 pupils per class, teaching is more like crowd control.

We ask for your support for this initiative in 2020.

It is an initiative that recognises that the quality of the education our children receive will determine the kind of country we all live in. It is an initiative that recognises that our education system is broken but believes that through our actions, can help to fix it one child at a time.

How can you help?

  • Through sponsorship of teachers via our teacher support fund  – once off or regular donations are all very welcome. R100 per month from every family would be miraculous
  • By joining our literacy and numeracy support teams. No qualifications are necessary – if you are literate and numerate that’s good enough for us. If you travel extensively, join the club! We need all the help we can get, whenever we can get it!

For more information contact Dorothy Ker-Fox – dkf@telkomsa.net

 

 

Matric Looms – Is it University or a Gap Year?

BackpackingThousands of students will soon start writing their matric, their final school exam before venturing into the world beyond. Some will go on to university having long planned their road ahead. Many more will go to university with no real plan other than knowing they need a degree of some sort if they are to stand any hope of getting a job and yet others will go to on to follow more technically oriented careers, some entering an apprenticeships.

But there will be many who have no idea of their path forward and will join the labour market in whatever position they are fortunate enough to secure. Without further education or training they stand little hope in advancing in life unless they are exceptional and committed for there always will be a few unusual souls who will rise from poverty and no education to go on and accomplish great things.

Then there are those who choose not to pursue an immediate education or employment straight out of school but to rather take a year or two off to decide on their future and get over the harrowing experience a whole 12 years of school. Some will laze about the house enjoying free board and lodging and a suitable allowance to allow them to enjoy life. Others will take ‘temp’ type jobs as waitrons or other and survive as they decide on the path forward but others, those with a little, or a lot, of financial backing of family be able to take GAP year. 

Depending on the funds available today’s world is their oyster with many options, many not without significant I initial funding by way of airfares and seed money to get them off on a safe and secure start in the US in particular. Some may choose the way some of their parents chose and take a more adventurous backpacking route living hand to mouth with odd jobs here and there as they tour the world.

But there are local options and if your youngster or grandchild is still unsure of what to do a visit to a local company’s website (Cape Town) may give them some ideas whilst they put their education on hold until they are more certain of the route they want to follow.

The company, GAP YEAR SOUTH AFRICA offers various options working in volunteer programs helping and teaching in disadvantaged communities. (Read More)

And then there is one that is almost tailor-made for local youngsters who have been brought up in the surf of Huletts, Bruces or Seal Point by giving a little back teaching swimming and surfing in the Ubuntu Learn2Swim&Surf Program.

More on this subject to follow when an experienced luxury yacht skipper shares his thoughts on a career abroad in the luxury and super yacht industry..

If you have a youngsters / grandchild who is presently on a gap year or has had a successful experience in their year off, share it in the comments below.

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.

Win a Giant Choc Bunny

A chance to win this giant Belgian Chocolate bunny.

 
The Grade 7 class are raising money for their tour at the end of the year. They are selling tickets for the chance to win this giant Belgian Chocolate bunny. Tickets are R10 each and if you buy 5 tickets, you get one FREE. If you are interested in buying tickets, the Grade 7’s will be taking turns to sell their tickets in front of the office every morning before school.  Alternatively contact the office for EFT details. 
 
Please support them.

Giant Belgium Chocolate Bunny

Glamp Up Our Garden Weekend

St Francis College lives up to its Silver Eco-School Flag status

St Francis College lived up to its Silver Eco-School Flag status this weekend with a ‘Glam up our Garden’ event. Children, teachers and parents gave up their usual Saturday morning beach time and armed themselves with spades, wheelbarrows, plants and a healthy disregard for dirt and hard work. The aim of the event was to spruce up the school’s neglected veggie garden and to create a space to enjoy nature, learn how to live sustainably and, by selling the garden’s produce in the future, foster all important entrepreneurial skills.

The first ‘seeds’ of development were sown by generous donations of a truck load (12 cubic metres) of organic compost, by Andre Bonnet from Reliance, an endless amount of horse manure from Tess Strzelecki, An establishment of four worm farms by Andrew Morris and materials to build new vegetable beds and a shaded seed area, by Tanton Dace of Dace Construction.

A huge thank you to these sponsors, and to all of the parents, scholars and teachers who have so far donated their time, skills, materials and much needed enthusiasm.

If anyone would like to get involved, or join in the regular Garden Glamming days, please contact St Francis College on 042294139

Article and photos by Vicki Holder

 

Sea Vista Primary bids farewell to great teachers

At a full assembly on Tuesday 12th March, the staff and learners of Sea Vista Primary School in St Francis Bay bade a fitting farewell to two of their long serving teachers who are retiring from active service.

Mr Mentoor Leander taught at the school for 13 years and Ms Daline Felix for 10 years. Each of these veterans has clocked up 36 years of teaching experience and their contribution to the school over the years, both academically and in extra mural activities is going to be sorely missed

In his address to the school, headmaster Charles Coenraad said, “Sea Vista Primary was extremely fortunate to have had teachers of the calibre of Mr Leander and Ms Felix who are both highly respected by their colleagues, learners and in the community. They will certainly not be easily replaced. We all wish them both every happiness in their retirement and may God grace them both with good health and many happy memories.”

Front left to right front Ms Daline Felix, Berven Titus (Headboy), Brigette Davids(Headgirl) and Mr Mentoor Leander. Back left to right Shamima Yousuf (deputy Headgirl) and Devandre George( deputy Headboy)

Press Release & Photo – Lyn Aitken