Valentines Day



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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Baker Baker

BAKER BAKER…….with a difference


TODAY – Friday 10th February – we did our first Baker Baker in 2017 with the 3 x Grade R classes, YELLOW BUTTERFLIES, YELLOW BEES and YELLOW BIRDS.


The same excitement and anticipation seems to have flowed over from last year and even the new children join in the chant of Baker Baker when they see the black tray and all the goodies loaded on top.


Recently I discovered how to colour macaroni and got a little carried away so I decided to do something different. Instead of making something to eat we would make something to wear.


Each table was given a bowl of red, blue, green and yellow macaroni plus a bowl of “diamonds” – (plastic shiny beads)

Each child had their own piece of string with their name tag and after some fun learning activities started threading.


It was so rewarding watching the children, boys and girls alike, concentrating and creating.

Some opted for a one colour necklace, others 2 colours and others all 4. The idea was to let the children create and choose their colours but to thread one macaroni, then one diamond.

Some of the teachers even created their own necklaces and were deep in concentration beading macaroni and diamonds.


These fun sessions have much learning and developing. The children are having so much fun they don’t even realise they’re “working”.

Threading is very good for fine motor development as well as hand eye co-ordination, learning new words e.g. macaroni, diamond and of course emphasising the primary colours, red, blue, green and yellow.

The pride on each child’s face makes the dying, cutting, printing and all the work that goes into preparing this lesson for 80 learners worth it and more.


Each child made their own unique Makabongwe Macaroni necklace and wore them with much pride.


Watch this space for more Baker Baer activities…..

Thank you to our sponsors who make this all possible with their donations to purchase all the materials we need.


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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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Christmas at Durban Girls College



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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Dentist Visit



On Wednesday 23rd November, Dr Ramphoma, Keshrie and Sli – 2 Oral Hygienists – from King Dinuzulu Hospital came to visit Makabongwe.


Their purpose and mission was to give the children some basic education on how to look after their teeth as well as conduct screening.

We all learnt something new….. I learnt that you only need apply toothpaste the size of a pea onto your brush!

Sadly many children have poor teeth and need further assistance.

All parents will be encouraged to take their children to a dentist during the December holidays.


We have a song to encourage cleaning our teeth twice a day, early in the morning and just before you go to bed.

“This is the way we brush out teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth

This is the way we brush our teeth at Makabongwe Pre-School”

Sung to the tune of “Here we go round the Mulberry bush” doing small round circle actions pretending to brush your teeth.


Here’s to healthy teeth


Thank you Dr Ramphoma, Keshrie and Sli – we really appreciate your visit and what you taught us.


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Animal Farm Yard


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.


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









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Heritage Day

Heritage Day

uSuku lwamaGugu esizwe

Siku Urithi

Zuva Ratinorangarira Chinyakare Chedu


There are 3 main reasons we celebrate Heritage Day in South Africa – pride, gratitude and awareness.

We are a nation made up of many different cultures.

We celebrate this day to unite our diversity.

We need to be grateful for the many freedom fighters who fought for our constitutional rights.

Social change starts with the transformation of racist and discriminatory mentalities through education about these issues.

At Makabongwe we want to be active effectors of change.

We celebrated Heritage Day by dressing up, enjoying a rainbow cake, waving and learning about the flags of the countries our children represent, dancing and moving as one to the music of different countries and respecting and appreciating what makes us who we are.

It was a happy, colourful celebration and I pray that the unity enjoyed today by the educators and children will continue and be passed on from one generation to the next.


Enjoy this quote by Maya Angelou “We should all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry and we must understand that all the threads in the tapestry are equal no matter the colour.”


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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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Teacher Graduations

Congratulations past and present.

We are very proud of our teachers and teacher assistants, all of whom have some form of formal ECD – Early Childhood Development – tertiary qualification.

There are a number of recognised Institutions where ECD can be studied either full or part time.

At TREE, Training and resources in Early Education, the participant attends a week of every month completing 20 modules over a period of 2 years.

At Caversham Education Institute, the participant attends lectures every second Saturday and in order to achieve a Diploma, studies for a 3 year period.

At Embury Institute for Teacher Education the participant attends part time lectures over a 4 year period to achieve a Bachelor of Education (Foundation Phase)


Last year EMMA DLADLA, currently the BLUE GROUP teacher Gr 00, graduated from TREE, NTOMBIFUTHI NDLOVU, currently the Gr R YELOW BUTTERFLIES teacher and NICOLA WENTINK, currently the GREEN GROUP teacher Gr 000,  graduated this year from Caversham  and RACHAEL JAMALI, currently the Gr R YELLOW BEES teacher, found her photo of her graduation from Embury College6 years ago.

Watch this space for more graduation photos of the Makabongwe team.

Congratulations ladies for your persistence and dedication to achieve your qualification and still hold down a full time teaching job.

The children of Makabongwe all benefit from your knowledge and practical experience.


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Nicola Wentink
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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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