Penpal Project connects kids

By Robyn Shulver | May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

There has been a regular exchange of letters between Sophakama Primary School and Elkanah House for our PenPal Project. What an awesome way for these two communities to connect! Every year, Elkanah House Blouberg campus hosts some of the Sophakama Primary Grade 2s for a morning of fun and games. The friendships that arose from […]

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Shine Literacy troubleshoots for YEBO

By Robyn Shulver | April 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Shine Literacy recently facilitated a troubleshooting session with the Year Beyond Programme (YEBO) volunteers. The Shine English Literacy Programme is used in conjunction with the Year Beyond Programme at Sophakama Primary School and other primary schools. ‘Feel good’ stories were shared and challenges related to helping learners on the Literacy Programme were discussed. Useful tips […]

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Easter Eggs from Elkanah!

By Robyn Shulver | April 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

A whopping 4 331 marshmallow eggs were collected by Elkanah House Senior Primary to be distributed to Sophakama Primary School. Looks like everyone had a good time participating in the distributing and the eating of them!                      Thanks to Elkanah parents and learners for their generosity and […]

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Spar donation puts a smile on little faces!

By Robyn Shulver | April 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

SPAR van Riebeekshof, via a ROGZ Academy contact, collected 25 lunchboxes and over 80 water bottles for learners from Sophakama Primary School. The owners, Ronald and Martin Vleggaar, are well known in the area and give back to their community wherever possible. This was one of their successful campaigns. Learners from Grade 1–4 received these […]

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Holiday fun offered by Yebo Volunteers!

By Robyn Shulver | April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sophakama Primary Schools six Year Beyond volunteers and their facilitator, Bonke, entertained learners during the March/April school holidays. The holiday programme forms part of the Year Beyond Programme offered to learners in Grades 1–4. Three mornings of full-on fun! Monday was Art day: Learners painted, cut, glued and pasted. Paintings, collages, drawing and clay-making were […]

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Sophakama receive a visit from BusinessCom, Switzerland

By Robyn Shulver | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

At the beginning of April, Sophakama School received a special visit from one of Rogzs’ biggest customers, BusinessCom, based in Switzerland.  Longtime supporters of the Rogz Academy and Sophakama school, it was a great opportunity for the BusinessCom team to bring their family and some friends to visit the school again and to see all […]

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Back to reading for our final term with this group of learners!

By Robyn Shulver | April 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that our final term with this group of Grade 3 learners has arrived! The year with them has absolutely flown by. It’s been wonderful to watch them grow and hear their English improve and we look forward to our final few weeks with them. Interested volunteers can contact Tracy on

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New and improved Brainboosters embraced by Sophakama!

By Robyn Shulver | March 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

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 Robyn Shulver | 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 Robyn Shulver | 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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