Beyond The Call Of Duty

We really care about the children at Makabongwe making sure they are looked after in terms of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development.

Over and above offering excellent pre-school education and feeding the children 2 meals a day, we try and ensure vital services are made easily accessible to the parents.

One of the additional services we offer is a visit from our local clinic ensuring the children are de-wormed regularly, have their vitamins and all the required pre-school inoculations.

 

On Wednesday 22nd February, Lancer’s Road Clinic visited our school.

 

Sister Lungi and Sister Lunga made sure that all the clinic cards for the children were checked.

Those children who needed de-worming were given their tablets and those who needed vitamins drops were given these as well.

The children were very well behaved. Majority of the children had all their inoculations up to date.

This is a service the clinic provides us on request twice a year in February and August.

It helps working parents who might not have the time to get to the Clinic and it also ensures that all the Makabongwe children are up to date in terms of their pre-school medical requirements resulting in healthy and happy children.

We look forward to the next visit in August.

 

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Some children were absent on account of the rain. Others did not have their clinic cards. The clinic will return another day to ensure all our children have been treated.

Valentines Day

TUESDAY 14th FEBRUARY

 

Makabongwe was filled with laughter and love on Tuesday 14th February.

ALL the children were dressed in red or pink or white or all three colours.

It was beautiful to see all the different outfits and shades of red and pink.

Every child was given a necklace beaded with coloured macaroni made by the UNISA Social Work students with a heart medallion that read JESUS LOVES YOU.

The children wore these the entire day with great pride

During MUSIC the children, teachers, students and volunteers “showed off” their Valentine outfits to lots of cheering and clapping.

Nandos treated everyone to a delicious chicken burger, chips and juice lunch.

What a happy and loving day for the children

THANKS NANDOS and well done to all the children who looked GORGEOUS

 

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DANVILLE PARK GIRLS HIGH

THE DAY DANVILLE PARK GIRLS HIGH BROUGHT CHRISTMAS TO MAKABONGWE

We started counting sleeps for the visit from Danville Park Girls High School at the beginning of November.

At last the day arrived, WEDNESDAY 30th November. The children alerted us before the bus even parked and all rushed to the fence to greet the visitors.

There were shouts of joy and much excitement as we watched 84 young ladies climb out the busses ready to enter the school premises.

It was virtually impossible to contain the excitement of the children so we decided not to. This was going to be a day of broken rules all in the name of fun, fellowship and Christmas.

Lyn Campbell, School Counselor and Head of Life Orientation, Laura Vickery and Marlene Cameron accompanied the learners, most of whom were Gr 10 students with 8 x Gr 11 students from Interact who quality checked all the boxes and helped get all the food together. This was no ordinary box. Inside was something to eat, to drink, items of stationery, toiletries and a toy PLUS an item of clothing donated by Just Us 4 Children.

 

On arrival the girls were all invited into the BIG shed to hear a brief history of the school and to prepare themselves for the children. I’m not sure who was more excited at this stage, the Danville girls or the children waiting in anticipation on the other side of the large green door!

 

Half the visitors joined our Gr 000 and Gr 00 classes for singing, dancing and some high energy fun whilst the other half played in our grounds with the Gr R children.

After 30 minutes, we rang the bell and those who were outside came in and those who were inside went out.

 

There were groups of children climbing, dancing, playing games, having their hair done and many more activities in the playground. Some of the Danville girls had to carry multiple children around as there were more Makabongwe children than Danville visitors! We shared some of our traditions : like high five, low five, baby five and respect. This is not only fun, but teachers the children how to count, the difference between high and low and ends with an affirmation of respect for your partner.

 

All this playing, jumping, dancing, singing, hairdressing, hugging is HARD work and by midday the children had built up a healthy appetite and thirst.

The hot dogs were super delicious and so were the chips and chocolate all washed down with a refreshing cold drink.

 

As a parting gesture, each child was presented with a hand made book mark by the girls who had lovingly designed and created these after their exams.

 

The Danville “sleighs” and all the “elves” left just after midday and the Makabongwe children remained with big smiles on their faces, full tummies and much excitement at the prospect of opening their gift to discover what treasure they had been given.

We are extremely grateful to Danville for making this day such a happy and memorable one for everyone at Makabongwe learners and staff included.

 

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Food Parcels from We Are Durban

 

The children of Makabongwe enjoy 2 healthy and nutritious meals every day they are at school.

Breakfast consists of Future Life porridge and brown bread sandwiches with either jam or peanut butter and a glass of milk. Lunch consists of a variety of menus all designed to ensure our children eat healthy and get as much natural goodness from the food we prepare. Bongi, our cook, ensures the meals are tasty and interesting. Rice, samp, sugar beans, mielie meal, pasta, vegetables – both fresh and frozen, soup, viennas, baked beans, pilchards, chicken gizzards, chicken fillets and meaty bones, delicious herbs and spices are just some of the ingredients she uses to make up a wholesome bowl of food. The children affectionately call her “Ms Somemore” because she is the one they go to for seconds!

A BIG, hearty and healthy thanks to “WE ARE DURBAN” who sponsored a generous food hamper for each child to take home for the holidays. This ensures the children continue to get healthy meals as well as enjoy some Christmas treats.

There are many good and positive stories of helping others, empowering people to be their best, ensuring our children are kept safe, off the street, educated and fed. Sadly we don’t read these stories in our local newspapers BUT at Makabongwe we only report good news.

THANK YOU We are  Durban for making sure there will be full tummies these holidays.

 

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Christmas at Durban Girls College

TUESDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2016

 

The Grade 00 and Grade R learners of Durban Girls College invited the Grade R learners from Makabongwe to celebrate with them again this year.

 

Nanin, our bus driver, arrived at school and we all boarded the bus with much excitement and anticipation.

 

Mrs Conradie – the JP Head – welcomed us – as did the teachers, Les, Ange, Jamie and Simone. We are always made to feel very welcome and special.

 

Lee and Lulu from Educate and Fascinate entertained the children with a wonderful interactive and colourful story about Billy who dropped his ice cream money in the sea and how all the sea creatures came to his rescue and helped him get back his R5.00.

There are some budding actors and actresses amongst the College and Makabongwe children. I watched as they listened intently and lived the story to it’s conclusion – which of course – was a happy one with Billy getting his money back.

The story had good life skills for our children to learn, remember and put into practice.

We also got to make a really colourful octopus with messages of love, peace, joy, caring, friends, family, giving and sharing. I made 3 and there were really fun to create.

 

After the story, the children got to play with the College girls in their playground and each child was presented with a gift pack containing lots of treasure.

 

We headed back to Makabongwe after a morning of caring, sharing, friends, joy, love, peace and giving. We feel like family!

On Friday 25th November, about 10 Makabongwe children went to Durban Girls College to attend their morning assembly and present each learner, teacher and Head a homemade Christmas cracker containing some marshmallow sweets.

A small THANK YOU for all the kindness that Durban Girls college show to Makabongwe throughout the year.

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UNCLE BRIAN’S COMPUTER TRAINING

Our resource centre is a well used cabin on our property.

Uncle Brian is a loyal volunteer who comes to the school every Tuesday and Thursday and sometimes extra days to catch up.

Tuesday is dedicated to ball skills training with the Gr 000 and Gr 00 children and Thursday is dedicated to Computer training with the Gr R children.

Working on a roster, each child gets to spend about 15 minutes on the computer getting familiar with the keyboard, mouse and engaging in age appropriate educational games.

My office is right next door and I love listening to all his affirming words of encouragement and much celebration when the children get it right.

Receiving a gold star from Uncle Brian is always a goal to strive for.

We are having a special assembly on Tuesday 29th November and Uncle Brian will be presenting every Gr R learner a Merit or Distinction certificate and reading book for having completed the Computer Skills Course.

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Animal Farm Yard

THURSDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2016

WOW what an awesome morning we spent at the Animal Farm at Botha’s Hill

What a pleasure to escape from school and the city and enjoy farm life.

The weather was perfect – not too hot, not too cold and NO rain.

This was a first for the school and I wasn’t sure what to expect or how the children would react.

This was also a first for Ms Nicola, Green Group Gr 000 teacher – who celebrated her birthday with the children and animals!

Clearly everyone had a wonderful morning; they loved the playground, they all thoroughly enjoyed the tractor ride and feeding the animals was a hit.

Some children were very brave and confident, others not so but I think every child got to feed some of the animals even if this meant throwing the food into their pens.

I had some very confident children in my group until we got to the cows. There was one with horns who did not seem too happy having all these little people around and kept head butting the fence with his horns.

Once one child tasted the fresh milk, most of the children put their hands up. I thought it was delicious – not very good for the waistline I’m guessing – it was so creamy.

The snack and juice went down in record time and majority of our little people fell asleep on the bus ride back.

I’ve never heard our children so quiet…… it was heavenly.

Thanks to Mr Price Audit Department staff for covering the cost of the bus hire and tractor ride, Jenny Bamber the owner of the farm who generously waived the entrance fee and Rik and Sarah Kennedy who sponsored a 40kg bag of animal feed.

Without you, our VIP Makabongwe friends, this outing could not have happened. We are very grateful.

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Watch this space for the next adventure with the Gr R learners…….

 

 

 

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HAPPY GREEN DAYS AT MAKABONGWE

 

THURSDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

 

On the 19th September 2016, we celebrated 21 years of serving the community of the inner city of Ethekweni.

These have been wonderful years as we have had the privilege of investing into and educating approximately 2000 learners.

 

We are incredibly proud of our school premises, the equipment we have been blessed with, our buildings and playground.

 

TODAY we celebrated another blessing.

BELGOTEX generously donated over 200 square metres of artificial to make a lovely playground for the children. Previously this area was very rough cement with patches and holes and definitely not appropriate or practical for little children to play on. We have had many scraped knees and tears.

 

Alex from Tuffturf and his team, Trevor and Boy, Boy prepared the area and laid the grass. They were super stars. They came, the installed, they left – 1 day earlier than estimated. It was a pleasure working with these gents and I know the children will miss them.

 

These still photos don’t capture the moment so enjoy the video attached and celebrate with us.

You’re welcome to do cart wheels on your lawn or in your lounge – whatever blows your hair back!

 

THANK YOU BELGOTEX AND TUFFTURF

You have made a dream come true.

 

 

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uShaka Marine World Outing

When I woke up on Tuesday 6th September, I knew it was going to be a good day, not just because it was a lovely, warm Spring day but because the Gr R learners of Makabongwe were going to uShaka Marine World for their excursion.

Our theme for the past 2 weeks has been WATER: what lives in water, saving water, re-cycling water, the importance of water and anything else relevant about water to pass onto the children. This excursion is one of the school calendar highlights and there is an even louder buzzing in the classrooms as the day of the excursion draws closer. It was as I predicted when I arrived at school. This children were overflowing with excitement. Our team of educators and volunteers worked quickly to ensure all the children had breakfast and were changed into their red t-shirts and black shorts. Each team leader looked after a maximum of 8 learners.

The 2 busses arrived on time with the compliments of Clifton School and we were on our way. The bus was filled with singing and lots of chattering. On arrival we went straight off with our respective tour guide leaders. These ladies were very patient, very informative and gave the children lots of interesting facts to think about and learn. The children loved all the colours of the fish. We found Nemo in one tank and a very large and old turtle in another. It looked like he was actually waving at us. The scuba diver cleaning the windows and feeding the fish was a hit. The children were fascinated watching him do his work. There was loud gasps as a very large ragged tooth shark swam past the window right where the children were standing. We learnt the names of many different kinds of sharks and the fact that the ragged tooth shark has 7 layers of teeth! They learners saw sea horses, octopus, hard and soft coral, eels, starfish, sea urchins, crayfish, lobsters, sting rays and many other creatures whose home is the sea.

The male penguins made a lot of noise sounding just like donkeys as they were calling for female mates.  We enjoyed a mid morning snack of sea creature cheddar biscuits. Our excursion ended with the Dolphin Show. What a pleasure to watch Gambit and his girls performing: talking, waving, splashing and entertaining the crowds. We left uShaka on the Clifton busses but the day was not yet over.

On arrival back at school, each learner and educator enjoyed a delicious Nandos lunch box and juice.

Can you think of a better way to spend your school day?

Grateful thanks to our 3 sponsors without whom this excursion would not happen.

Permoseal (Pty) Ltd – manufacturers of ALCOLIN and BOSTIK adhesives – for sponsoring the entrance fee

Clifton School – for providing transport to uShaka and back again to school

Nandos – for supplying the scrumptious lunch

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Mandela Day – Healthy Eating

On Monday 18th July, in celebration of Mandela’s birthday, the KZN Dietician from Future Life, Megan Lee, visited Makabongwe.

She gave a very interesting and important message to the children about eating foods that give you energy, strength and protection. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is vital to eat a healthy, nutritious meal avoiding chips and sweets so early in the day. On Friday 22nd July during Baker Baker the children created some delicious and healthy edible items using all the foods that give energy, strength and protection. The Ants on a Log used celery sticks, peanut butter and raisins. It’s an interesting combination of tastes. The fruit sticks were made of grapes, banana and naartjies and the savoury kebabs included cucumber, chicken viennas and cheese. HEALTHY FOOD is both delicious to eat and exciting to make!

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