St Francis College Golf Day

St Francis College would like to invite you to join our Golf Day on Friday the 13th of March 2020!  @ The St Francis Bay Golf Club

R1400 per 4 Ball/R350 each – includes Good Bags, Halfway House and Fabulous Prizes

For bookings please call:
+2742 294 0467

For more information about how you could be more involved in our Golf Day please call the School Office on +27422941395 or Golf Day Coordinator – Caroline +27832299017

St Francis Rotarians assist up and coming athletes

Sea Vista Primary Athletes Shine

Three Sea Vista  Primary School athletes have qualified for the Eastern Cape Provincial competition to be held in Cradock on 13 to 15 March 2020.

The three qualified during the recent Humansdorp Zonal Athletics competition held at Nico Malan High School, and hosted by the Sea Vista Primary School.

Jennette  Jansen taking part in the High Schools Girls u/14 was selected for the  Sarah Baartman District team and will be competing at provincial level in the  Girls u/141500m  and 3000m.  Racquel Titus  (Girls u/13 long jump) and  Similile  Dyini  (Boys u/13 1500m) also  made the  Sarah  Baartman team to compete.

St Francis Rotarians and friends chipped in to provide the funds needed for the three athletes  and their coaches to travel to the Cradock Provncials. The school, and particularly the sports coaches, are very proud of their young athletes and have high hopes for their success.

Sea Vista Primary School Athletes

Front (l to r) Similile Dyini, Jennette Jansen and Racquel Titus; Back (l to r) Coach Jacob Matroos, coach Bradley Stefaans and Rotarian Tom Roux.

 

Sea Vista Educational Project

It Takes a village – let’s help

Dorothy Ker-Fox draws our attention to the desperate needs of the Sea Vista Primary School

Sea Vista Primary School in St Francis Bay, moved from their “farm school” site and situation (with minimal / no facilities) into their new building at the beginning of  2017, this led to an influx of children who had been attending schools in Humansdorp and were registered at Sea Vista in 2017.

While helping out at Sea Vista primary at the end of 2017 two critical issues were brought to my attention: the lack of teaching staff (the staff allocation did not increase with increased numbers) and the low literacy rate due to very big classes, over 70 in grades one and two in a single class each). A decision was taken by some members of the community, it started with St Francis United Church, to help out, if possible, the following year.

2018 started with a crisis for the school. Their grade 1 enrolment was over 100 with 1 teacher, teaching English, Afrikaans and Xhosa children, all in 1 classroom. Grade two had a similar situation with over 75 children in one class, the grade two class had all completed grade one in Afrikaans (many had been allowed to proceed to grade two even though they were unable to read or function using numeracy). A decision was taken to sponsor a grade one teacher so that the class could be split into two groups, the classes were then taught in Afrikaans and Xhosa (according to the majority of children’s home languages and pressure from the community).  The local community, church and Rotary helped with the funding of this teacher. (It must be noted that the grade R classes at both Sea Vista and Talhado are taught in separate classes, Xhosa and Afrikaans).

In conjunction with this effort about 20 members of the community gave of their time and started “support classes”, small groups of grade ones, twos, and  threes who were unable to read were given support with phonics, reading and basic comprehension skills three times a week in the mornings. Another group of about ten volunteers started a Mathematics / basic arithmetic support programme for seniors who were unable to pass and did not have the basic numeracy skills. This was taught in the afternoons to small groups of children  (grade 4 to 7).

The principal and teachers at the school were thrilled with the progress made by the children who had been attending our classes and we were asked to continue with this project in 2019. The support programme is running again as it did last year.

The staff situation looked as if it might improve, in July last year the Education Department employed a grade one Xhosa teacher, this meant the teacher we were sponsoring could move to the grade twos and that class could be split into Afrik and Xhosa classes . Then in January this year the Department employed another grade two teacher. Our joy was short lived, two teachers (grade two and four) retired at the end of the tem (March 2019) and the Department has, as yet, not advertised either of these posts. The  community will continue to raise money through donations to sponsor the grade two teacher and has agreed to sponsor a grade four teacher for the second term only – hopefully by then the Dept will have appointed teachers.

The school situation at present

Grade R (preschool)  2 classes of approx 40 children each (Xhosa & Afrik)

Grade 1       2 classes of over 50 each

Grade 2         2  classes of over 50 each

Grade 3         one class – over 60 children

Grades 4 to 7 only one class for each grade – over 50 children, in some cases over 60, in each class.

JUST IN – 07:15 28th February

Pancake Day extended! R5 with sugar/cinnamon.

Ladies’ Guild of St Francis United Church is fundraising to buy cricket practice nets for Sea Vista School. Orders welcome to be collected at Sandown 16 Stavenisse between 11h00 – 13h00 today. Please bring container.

 

 

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.