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By Yolande De Klerk | May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s with Great sadness that we have to say goodbye to a very good colleague and friend who passed away earlier this week. Sabata also known as Mr English was always eager and open to any task at hand, He was the glue that held the pieces of the Admin at Sophakama together, above and […]

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BrainBoosters is boosting brains!

By Yolande De Klerk | May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

The BrainBoosters programme has begun in earnest at Sophakama Primary School on Monday, 8 May with the two Grade 1 pilot classes. Ms Nomthandazo Lumka will be responsible for the Literacy component and Ms Xolisa Magobiane will manage the Numeracy component. The team will be headed by the Deputy Principal, Mary Nell. Eddie Phillips, previously […]

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Update on DO IT FOR ED Challenge

By Yolande De Klerk | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

We apologize for the long silence on the below campaign. Unfortunately we have experienced a few setbacks along the way, but we are happy to report that we have not given up on the challenge and have some good news to share … Click Here to read more. I specifically didn’t want to chat about this […]

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Self and team development continues!

By Yolande De Klerk | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The second workshop and information session for the Teacher Self and Team Development Programme was facilitated by Bryan Opert (Quantum Learning) on Thursday, 4 May at the Rogz offices in Montague Gardens. This session was attended by the five Heads of Department (HOD’s) from Sophakama Primary School. During the session Bryan again provided the background […]

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Captain Chaos meets our Sophakama YEBO volunteers

By Yolande De Klerk | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week our Sophakama Year Beyond volunteers had the privilege of meeting Captain Chaos, (aka Irené Raubenheimer, co-founder of Rogz). They were invited to “the fish tank” board room at Rogz to hear tips on good presentation techniques. The scene was set, a funky music vibe was heard and then … in burst Super Hero […]

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Afternoon art classes in full swing at Sophakama

By Yolande De Klerk | April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

After a pilot art programme last year, Sophakama’s art classes for Grades 1–4 are now an ongoing programme at the school. The classes run from Mondays to Thursdays in the afternoons. Two young women from the Dunoon community, Zintle and Mamele, are trained on Friday mornings by the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI). They […]

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Teachers learning the ropes for Brainboosters!

By Yolande De Klerk | April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Recently, the Foundation Phase teachers were given an introduction to the BrainBoosters programme, the catch-up Maths and Literacy programme that Sophakama will use to ensure that all Grade 1 learners are up-to-speed on basic concepts. The idea is that this way, everyone starts at the same level, as many of the Grade 1 learners have […]

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A busy Easter bunny at Sophakama this week

By Yolande De Klerk | April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elkanah House, one of our most passionate partners, organised an Easter egg collection among their learners, as a donation to the learners at Sophakama. Amazingly, they collected over 2 000 chocolate marshmallow eggs! The eggs were distributed to the learners and teachers at Sophakama and, of course, there’s no need to mention how many excited smiles […]

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Social innovation challenge 2017 launched for YeBo volunteers

By Yolande De Klerk | April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Social Innovation Challenge of the Year Beyond Programme combines the theoretical learning and the practical experience of our young YeBo volunteers. Over the course of the year, they are guided through an intense design process, and challenged to develop innovative solutions to real problems faced by schools in the Western Cape. Through this process, […]

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Grade 3 learners start final term of Literacy programme

By Yolande De Klerk | April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Volunteers on the morning English Literacy programme are excited to start their final term with their Grade 3 learners. Learners have been on the programme since July 2016, having started in their Grade 2 year. This has given them a full school year’s worth of extra English twice a week. This term, they will be […]

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