Laguna Beach Outing

Wednesday 8th March



I think today was the hottest day we have had this year.  It was a glorious summer day, even though we are officially in autumn, the temperature round 31 degrees.


All was quiet at the LAGUNA POOLS at 08h00 this morning BUT at Makabongwe the excitement was rising as the Grade R learners got ready for their excursion to the beach. It was toilet, wash hands, breakfast and then change into costumes and what a lovely selection of colourful costumes.


The 3 Grade R classes were literally buzzing – Yellow Birds, Bees and Butterflies.

This was a first on the school calendar. Thanks to the extra hands who volunteered their time. We had 5-6 children per 1 leader.


As soon as the bus arrived, there was no holding back. The children all boarded with their leader and the adventure continued.


As soon as the children could see the beach there were shrieks of delight. And then it was just fun, fun, fun, swim, swim, swim and enjoy the beautiful day. One class went onto the beach and enjoyed building sand castles and letting waves crash on their legs and getting their toes stuck in the sand. The other classes enjoyed the pools, some braver than others going up and down the slides fearlessly. Then the next class went down to  the beach until all had been in the sea.


We enjoyed a mid morning snack of cheese curl chips and a marshmallow sweet together with some delicious cold juice.


Then back in the water for more fun, each child braver and more fearless as they gained confidence.


Melissa arrived promptly at 11h30 with our hot dog lunch. Thanks to Kensington SPAR and Bluff Meat Supply for donating the rolls and viennas. I have never seen 200 hot dogs disappear so quickly. We had all built up healthy appetites and enjoyed 2 hot dogs each with more juice.


Then the children dried out in the sun for 5 minutes before boarding the bus to come back to school.


What an adventure – what an exciting day.

Well done to all the educators, volunteers and sponsors without whom these excursions would never happen. I know there will be lots of stories to tell at home tonight and also lots of tired little bunnies ready for bed a lot earlier than usual!!


Watch this space for our next adventure with the Gr 000 and Gr 00 learners………




























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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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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