Half way through 2021 already and we cannot believe how quickly this year is flying by. Take a look at what we got up to…
Early Learning Centre
As usual we have been busy learning and having fun while doing it. Our Grade R learners have adapted so well to the new way of doing school. Learners still attend on a one week on and one week off rotation. Masks, sanitiser and screens have become a normal part of the way things are done. An exciting addition to this term was the introduction of sessions from The Learning Initiative and we are blown away by the passion and professional service that learners are benefitting from. A visit from the petting zoo was a definite highlight and we don’t know who had more fun, the teachers and staff or the children.
Although things can’t go back to normal yet, we continue to do whatever it takes to make sessions a success. The introduction of individual phonics workbooks that volunteers and learners can actively engage with has been a highly effective tool in session delivery. Small group sessions have also enabled us to see more learners more frequently. Next term we will be easing the Grade 3’s back onto the full Shine Programme.
We are still needing more volunteers so that we can support more learners. Here is a short video clip giving a glimpse into what happens at our Literacy Centre. If you are interested in volunteering, please send us an email at .
Let’s just say that this has been a very different year for learners and it has to be said that we are so impressed with the resilience and dedication of the High School learners on our programme. Watch this short video to hear the impactful testimonials from a couple of the learners who attend our Education Centre.
Teacher Mentorship Programme
This year we have had the opportunity to provide this Grade 1-3 CAPS in a Snap curriculum to Range Primary School and the new Fisantekraal Primary School teachers. We meet with the teachers signed up to this programme once a term. We have had two Personal Development workshops so far; the first one was focussed on introducing the CAPS in a Snap programme and we focussed on the importance of reading groups in Term 2. It is always good to meet up and learn from one another.
“The greatest impact on learning is the daily lived experiences of students in classrooms, and that is determined much more by how teachers teach than by what they teach.” -Dylan Wiliam
Mandela Day is coming up and traditionally we would provide an opportunity for volunteers to give 67 minutes of their time making a difference in an area of need either at Won Life or in the community of Fisantekraal. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, this year we are unable to reliably plan for this SO we are doing things a little differently. We will be hosting a “DRIVE BY – DROP OFF” opportunity for companies and individuals who want to drop off donations, as per a defined needs list, that can be used to serve the various credible Non-Profit Organisations working into the community of Fisantekraal. If you would like to find out more about this, please send us an email on .