MAINTENANCE AND CREATING AT MAKABONGWE

MAINTENANCE AND CREATING AT MAKABONGWE        

This is an ongoing, never ending job.

Every term we try and introduce a new feature to our school – either indoors or outdoors.

This is over and above the general maintenance that takes place constantly.

Behind the scenes are busy, energetic workers making sure the school is in top shape when the doors re-open at the beginning of each new term.

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WITHOUT THE GIVERS

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WITHOUT THE GIVERS

NOVEMBER 2020

For 3 years, Danville Park Girls High School have made up Christmas boxes for the children at Makabongwe all filled with treats, some edible, some practical, some wearable and others just fun!!

We usually choose a suitable day and the busses arrive with much excitement from everyone – Makabongwe children, staff and Danville young ladies alike.

There’s also the hot dog lunch, chips, sweets and juice treat and lots of lots of photos.

This year was different.

A bakkie arrived groaning under the weight of all the shoe boxes so beautifully decorated. In fact, it made multiple trips to get all the boxes delivered to the school.

Instead of being labelled with a specific child’s name, the boxes were packed unisex to be distributed to the children, regardless of their age or gender.

So we didn’t get to meet our donors, we didn’t get to sing, dance and play together or showcase some of the concert items, like our rhymes and poems BUT the children were so happy to receive their gifts.

THANK YOU DANVILLE PARK GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL for making a difference and making the children feel so special even in your absence.

A special thank you to Mrs Lyn Campbell who co-ordinates and drives this Christmas campaign.

We can only share our photo memories with you so until we meet again in 2021, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you one and all.

2020 CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AND GRADE R GRADUATION

2020 CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AND GRADE R GRADUATION

These celebrations are always a highlight on the school calendar, not just for the children, but especially for the parents with emphasis on the Grade R parents as they say farewell to Makabongwe and graduate to BIG School.

The virus continued, the numbers of infected people was climbing as was the number of deaths. It was dark and difficult times.

Fortunately the children at Makabongwe were not greatly affected by all this but protocols and safety measures had to be implemented and adhered to strictly for the safety of our educators, parents and the children in our care.

So I made one of the toughest decisions in my time as Principal at Makabongwe.

Parents would not be invited to the concerts and Graduation.

Instead the Grade 000 and Grade 00 classes would perform for Grade R and the Grade R’s for the Grade 000 and Grade 00 classes respectively.  

We set up the stage outdoors and tried to make everything as special, colourful and Christmassy as we could.

Well done to the team to erected and dressed the stage area. It looked really professional and full of Christmas cheer.

The children performed their items so beautifully and we all gave the Grade R graduants an extra cheery send off and congratulations.

The concerts were filmed and the parents blessed with a copy of the DVD which was very well received.

HAPPY CHILDREN WITH FULL TUMMIES

HAPPY CHILDREN WITH FULL TUMMIES

DECEMBER 2020

Without dwelling on the many challenges and ongoing ones of COVID, it would not be wrong for me to say that last year was a crazy one.

Our school routine and calendar was completely disrupted and when we did re-open we all had to adjust to the new normal way of doing things.

Let me assure you this is NOT easy when working with 170 little people between the ages of 3 and 6 years.

HOWEVER, our children did enjoy some constants, one of them being a delicious food hamper with all sorts of goodies to indulge in from KOS KOS.

Ian Carter has continued to support the children of Makabongwe through thick and thin and we are very grateful for his ongoing support.

I have no doubt that these hampers brought a good dose of Christmas cheer and magic into the homes of the Makabongwe families.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL

GETTING READY FOR BIG SCHOOL

GETTING READY FOR BIG SCHOOL

END OF 2020

This is both a daunting and exciting prospect.

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!

CREATING AND CRAFTING WITH BOSTIK CLEAR

CREATING AND CRAFTING WITH BOSTIK CLEAR

THURSDAY 18th MARCH 2021

We are so proud of our beautiful grounds at Makabongwe and everyone works hard to keep them clean, neat and tidy, colourful and stimulating.

We also re-cycle and use these materials to create and craft.

Today we made these little people out of plastic cooldrink and milk bottle caps and a pallet donated by Permoseal (Pty) Ltd – manufacturers of Alcolin and Bostik adhesives and many other brands.

The caps have all been glued on with BOSTIK CLEAR.

Nhlakanipho, our gardener and maintenance champion, will display it on our front wall next week.

THE BAKERS ARE BAKING – BAKER BAKER BACK IN FULL SWING

THE BAKERS ARE BAKING – BAKER BAKER BACK IN FULL SWING

Now repeat that line getting faster and faster each time!

Every day for me is a happy one at Makabongwe, but I’m even happier on Tuesdays when I teach MUSIC and on Fridays when I do Baker Baker with the children.

Last week, Friday 12th March, the children iced a traced Easter egg with bright pink strawberry flavoured icing sugar and then made their own patterns using mini smarties and coloured round sweets.

Every ingredient used is a lesson: language development, counting, shapes. It’s also sensory development and this lesson used 4 out of 5 senses:- smell, taste, touch and see.  

In fact, all 5 had to be used, because the children had to listen to the instructions so they could create their own Easter eggs.

There was much licking of fingers and eager anticipating for “after lunch” when they could devour the creations they had made!

OUR NEW RESOURCE CENTRE IN ACTION

OUR NEW RESOURCE CENTRE IN ACTION            

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.

RAISING FUNDS FOR OUR SCHOOL

RAISING FUNDS FOR OUR SCHOOL

We have 3 ongoing initiatives to raise funds for our school.

  1. Tuckshop 2) Re-cycling and 3) Jumble

Every Friday the Makabongwe tuckshop opens with the most expensive item being R5.00 for a hot dog.

Ms Bongi, our cook, runs and manages the tuckshop.

We raise about R400 per month from our sales.

It’s also teaching the children life skills – what they can and can’t afford, what they need to save for and how to budget.

For example: they can buy 1 hot dog for R5.00 OR they can buy 1 packet chips, 1 biscuit and 2 sweets for R5.00.

If they started with R5 and they only spend R3, they have R2 change to buy more the following Friday.

There is the issue of litter but by the end of the day, the school grounds are clean and clear of chip packets, sucker sticks and any other evidence of tuck!

The children know the cleanliness of our grounds is very important.

We even have a song for picking up litter so it becomes an enjoyable task – something to look forward to!

What’s new on the menu

WHAT’S NEW ON THE MENU

Thanks to Durban North Rotary who donated 8 x LARGE packets of frozen chips, the children have enjoyed a real afternoon snack treat – cooked chips.

This is when I wish I was still a little person with a bowl in hand and some delicious chips – saying “Please Miss I want some more!” Sound familiar?