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.
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.
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.