New and improved Brainboosters embraced by Sophakama!

By Yolande De Klerk | March 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Brainboosters is an interactive programme designed to equip South African educators in Early Childhood Development and to show parents of Grade 1 learners how to stimulate early brain development. The programme has been embraced by educators around the country and has shown significant improvements in the Maths and English of Grade 1 learners. The Brainbooster […]

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UCT and Sophakama’s School development process continues in 2019

By Yolande De Klerk | March 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Gary Powell from UCT’s Schools Development Unit visited Sophakama Primary School recently. This continues the process, started in 2018, towards our strategic initiative of providing curriculum support to all educators. Gary recommended English and Maths courses: 1 per term – 6 hours per course. These courses can be presented during the week after school or […]

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Thursdays are good for reading too!

By Yolande De Klerk | March 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week, I took a photo of our Tuesday volunteers and this week, here’s our Thursday volunteers! Some of our volunteers attend both days and some attend one of the days (Tuesday or Thursday). Either way, all our volunteers contribute to sharing their love of reading with young learners. Our reading programme runs twice a […]

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The Rewards of volunteering

By Yolande De Klerk | February 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Taking time out of busy schedules to be a volunteer can be challenging, but the rewards far outweigh the effort of doing so. Seeing a child’s face light up when they learn something new and the pride you feel when they remember something you’ve shown they cannot be described. And there’s always the knowledge that […]

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Book Dash donation

By Yolande De Klerk | February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Rogz Academy Books and Beyond and Sophakama Primary School recently received a huge donation of 760 English and isiXhosa books from Book Dash. We were able to hand each of our 746 Foundation Phase learners (Grades R–3) a book of their own and keep a few over for the school library, classroom resources, and our […]

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Friday fun for Year Beyond learners!

By Yolande De Klerk | February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Year Beyond volunteers at Sophakama Primary School had their first Clubs and Societies session with learners on Friday afternoon. The idea with these Friday sessions is to have fun with learners by doing a range of activities. Learners from Grade 1–4 were divided into ‘teams’ and then rotated to ensure they participated in all […]

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First steps for Yebo Volunteers at Sophakama

By Yolande De Klerk | February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our Year Beyond volunteers started at Sophakama Primary School on 11 February, after their introductory visit on 7 February. Their first morning was spent preparing for sessions with learners that afternoon, discussing time management and possible challenges that they may have to overcome in their first few days. The focus for the first day or […]

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By Yolande De Klerk | February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our 2019 YEBO volunteers visited Sophakama Primary School for the first time on Thursday, 7 February. They were apprehensive but excited to enjoy this introductory day at the school. They were given time to spend with the teachers they will assist this year and to meet the learners they will support. Five Grade 5 teachers […]

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By Yolande De Klerk | February 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

We were reminded today what a privilege it is to be part of Sophakama Primary School’s English Literacy Programme! The children are enthusiastic and excited to be back and it’s been great for the volunteers to see them all again. While we have said goodbye to some cherished volunteers, we also start the reading year […]

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Boosting Brains with Brainboosters ‘Facelift’!

By Yolande De Klerk | January 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Brainboosters programme has been in action at Sophakama Primary School for just over a year now, bringing Grade 1 learners up-to-speed with basic, CAPS-aligned literacy and numeracy concepts. Our Brainboosters partner recently gave the programme a ‘facelift’. The new offering is more user-friendly, but its main aim is still to improve Maths and English […]

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