Our Grade R’s are very blessed because Stanhope Boot and Shoe Manufacturers in Westmead have donated a new pair of school shoes to every Grade R learner graduating from Makabongwe and going to BIG school.
They have been making these donations for at least 6 years.
I was at school a LONG time ago but I can still remember the excitement of being kitted out for school with all new clothing, shoes and stationery!
Thank you Stanhope for your ongoing generosity and ensuring the Makabongwe children look smart starting with their feet!
Last year we installed another wooden cabin to be used as our Resource Centre.
This was generously donated by Macsteel Trading.
Sadly it was not used for the intended purposes initially due to COVID BUT we certainly turned a challenging situation into something VERY positive.
The new cabin stored all our jumble and by the time we finished selling we raised over R80 000.00!
Before we re-opened this year on the 27th January, I got to work creating, designing and setting up the Resource Centre for its intended purpose.
Now we have a computer station where the Grade R learners come every Thursday for computer skills training.
The computers have been loaded with age appropriate educational games and the children learn hand/eye co-ordination and become familiar with the keyboard and mouse.
There is also our library / reading corner with 6 bean bags and a large RED one for teacher.
Every Monday the teacher assistants visit the library with 6 learners on a roster basis who then enjoy a story in a different environment.
Our 2 mannequins are dressed in season appropriate clothing which is changed with the seasons.
Their next change will be taking place soon into some AUTUMN attire.
We have a large doll’s house with lots of furniture where the children can create and display the various items and at the same time learn the names of the different rooms of a home and what usually goes where.
The education games corner is bright and colourful with cubes for the children to sit on or soft pillows.
Here there is a variety of activities to choose from : matching, sorting, puzzle construction, threading, memory games to name just a few.
There is also a desk where a child can sit and draw, colour in, stick and paste or create something of their own choice using different mediums – crayons, kokis, roll ups, etc
All the activities are teacher supervised. The room is nice and cool with 2 oscillating fans donated by Solent.
There is even a CD player.
Every Wednesday we are visited by students from UKZN Speech and Language Clinic.
Here are some photos of the students in action at the various stations in our new Resource Centre.
I think it is very safe to say that every child loves a birthday celebration and we had a very special birthday to celebrate serving the community for 25 years!
That is exactly what we did on Friday 2nd October starting from when the children arrived at school……
A team of face painters got to work early and created beautiful art on all the children’s faces.
The décor team was busy designing and converting ordinary tables and chairs into items of beauty and elegance.
The aroma’s from the kitchen proved our cooking team was on track and that our lunch was going to be deeelicious.
Our volunteer chief cake baker, Auntie Melissa, made 6 cakes, 1 for each class and iced in the colour of the class: green, blue, red and 3 x yellow.
The staff were treated to cupcakes and this was displayed to make the number 25
Each class presented 2 items, either a song, or a prayer or a poem and then performed the Jerusalema dance.
Our dance choreographer, volunteer Ms Christie, had done a sterling job with all the classes who were clearly enjoying doing their moves.
The staff performance with everyone wearing their cobalt blue shirts looked stunning.
If you interviewed each staff member, I have no doubt they would say with confidence and conviction. “It was a morning of fun, laughter, celebration and joy.”
This was a special day in more ways than just a birthday celebration.
The weather was gloomy and predicted to rain quite heavily.
I kept checking the forecast and it didn’t change – RAIN PREDICTED FOR FRIDAY 2nd October from 06h00 onwards!
At 03h00 I was praying and asking God to keep the rain away just until we finished our party.
The entire morning remained dry, we were ALL able to present our items, including the Jerusalema dance, enjoy a delicious lunch and fellowship, tidy up and pack away before the rain came down at 13h30.
That was our Makabongwe Miracle gift for our birthday.
Our founder member Liz Ross joined us with some friends, as well as committee members, family and the press.
Sunday Tribune posted an article on the 4th October and Berea Mail on Friday 9th October.
We were very happy to welcome them and share our celebration.
The pictures tell the best story even without words or sound.
HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY MAKABONGWE Here’s to the next 25 years, uplifting and educating the children of the inner city of Durban
Today we hosted a special assembly at school – it was a thanksgiving assembly celebrating and thanking God for 25 years serving the community.
Our VIP guests were Bishop Linda Mandindi, Rev Ayanda Nyobole and Hazel from the Methodist Natal Coastal District Office, committee members, including one of our founder members, Mrs Elizabeth Ross – affectionately known to us as Auntie Lizzie, friends and family as well as the UKZN Speech and Language Therapy students.
The staff all read THANKS and PRAISE scriptures, the children said “Thank you Jesus for….”prayers, we sang, we danced, we thanked God for all His love and abundant blessings over our school.
Our Bishop presented a short children’s story and then led the children singing “We’re building up a temple”.
The staff performed “our fast becoming famous” Jerusalema dance with Coach Christie leading us.
A morning filled with thanks, love and appreciation ended with refreshments, fellowship, delicious eats and new found friends.