Welcome to Ziyanda Thompson

Getting to know the new Lab Facilitator at St Matthews, Ziyanda Thompson

I grew up in Mdantsane, but moved to Keiskammahoek with my family in 2016. Im currently studying at the University of Fort Hare towards a Bachelor Arts Honours in History,

I was a tutor at Fort Hare Univisertiy  prior to getting this job.  My fondness started when I saw first-hand the struggle of some student with researching assignments and doing basic computer work in University, many of the students has had no prior exposure to computers.

When I heard St Matthews High school was looking for someone to assist learners with computer classes I jumped at the chance because I knew the experience would also benefit me as much as the it would the learners.

On the 4th May 2018, I received the call I had been hoping and praying for, I was selected as Facilitator for CAMI, so I must admit I had no real knowledge or experience with CAMI. What excited me the most was knowing I would be helping educate learners from my village not just with using a computer but also help improving their maths and English as well, thanks to the CAMI software.

I am finding CAMI quite fascinating and helpful and I look forward for it to be incorporated to all schools, as it is not just makes things easier for the learners and for the teachers as well. With a system like it we won’t just be able to pin point the problem areas in real time but it also offers assistance to the learner in the form of speed notes.

 

Written by Ziyanda Thompson

Motivational Day in King Williams Town

Motivational Day

On 19th of May 2018 all, the schools around Keiskammahoek was invited to attend a motivational programme hosted by the Isipho campaign from King William’s Town. The programme was attended by three schools around Keiskammahoek, St. Matthew’s High School was one of the 3 schools in attendance. The programme took only 3 hours due to late preparations and late coming of the hosts. We had different activities that took place, one activity was about your own goal what you want to achieve in life and what you want to be. The were three hosts in total, each telling us their life story, one story that stood out for me was one told by Aphiwe. Aphiwe told us about the effects of consuming alcohol. How just one glass, his first ever, led to him getting mixed up in a robbery and murder. He told us how he was pressured into drinking by friends and then while drunk his friends decided to rob some people and ended up killing someone, because he was there, he was also arrested, charged and later found guilty of a criminal act. He was sentenced to 20 years, his friends were sentenced to life, and he served 11 years and was paroled. The motivational aspect of his story is that even though he is a parolee he is not letting that fact bring him down instead he is using it for the greater good, by showing the younger generation the possible consequence of alcohol. Altogether everything went well we had lots of fun and learnt a lot.

By Mateta Nomfundo

Wednesday Sport News

Sport time at St.Matthew’s

Every Wednesday we have sport practise from 12:00 to 14:00.

On the 16th of May 2018, it was a different ball game. The teachers decided to challenge the school netball players to a friendly match.  However, it was not a fair match it was fun to watch, not surprisingly but still sadly, the teachers won.  At the end of the day, though everyone enjoyed themselves and thanks to our teachers for surprising us with such a fun show.

By: Mateta Nomfundo Grade 10.