Ms Nolitha Mancoko – Deputy Principal

My name is Nolitha Mancoko, I am originally from Balasi Location near Bisho but I now reside in King Williams Town with my family. I am married with two sons, Intle who is 19 years old and is currently studying Law at the University of Fort Hare in East London. My Last born Kamva, whom is 15 years old doing grade 10 at Grame College in Grahamstown.

I studied my high school at Saint Matthew’s High School and finished in 1985. I went on to study at Lennox Sebe College of Education for a Senior Teacher’s Diploma majoring in Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

In 1989, I started teaching at Mpumzi Junior Secondary school in Middledrift, I decided to further my studies whilst working. I managed to obtain my Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Fort Hare, I majored in Economics, Business Economics and Industrial Psychology.

In 1990, I worked at Siyazama High school and in 1994 I became a senior teacher. In 2006 I obtained my Bachelor of Education Honors Degree from Rhodes University, majored in Management and Mathematics education.

In 2008, I was transferred to Hector Peterson High school, where I taught Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. I was fortunate enough to be elected as part of Management, first as an Acting Head of Department then later I was offered the post. I also started doing my Masters Degree at the University of Fort Hare but unfortunately I could not finish because of health reasons.

In the month of May 2019, I became a Deputy Principal at Saint Matthews High school, I am so very happy that I have returned to my high school after so many years as student. I am a hardworking person hoping to put my school on the map of performing schools. I believe in quality results

Amatole Water

Last year St Matthews high school faced quiet a few problems/troubling reports one of which was the water crisis, which saw many of our students being hospitalized. The cause of the hospitalization was suspected to be from drinking contaminated water.

Amatole Water then offered to assist the Amahlathi Municipality with handling the issue with our water, in the process Amathole Water decided to install a remote office on the school grounds as this would offer faster response when then having to call and wait for them to get to the school.

The office is equip t with a LAB so that they can test the water on site regularly, the is a Site Manager by the name Nomfundo Kekezwa available from 8:00am till 4:00pm. The school was able to offer her a room in of the houses that our teacher reside in so that in a way she is closely available if needed.

Sifunda Kunye writing clubs

The news story below featured in our term 2 issue, during this term there was a formal awards ceremony at Sifunda Kunye literacy center. We applaud the learners on their achievements and the organizers of this event.


Sifunda kunye learners entered the writing competition with schools from King William’s Town those schools were Hector Petersen, Eric Mntonga  and sikhulule HS. This competition was hosted by Maki Foundation, some of our learners managed to win the competition, they were writing short stories, plays, song writing, poems, set of jokes and drawing. School with most entries submitted was ST Matthews Highs School. These learners were under the supervision of their Sifundakunye facilitator Sanga Mabulu.

Short stories : Khanyisa Suswana got 2nd place

Nthasha Mpondo got 3rd place

Xhosa poetry : Mbali Nikita 1st place

Drawing category : Noble Sibulele


Sifunda Kunye Writing Camp 2019.


During the weekend of the 23-25 August 2019, learners from five of Sifunda Kunye schools attended the annual writing camp at Sifunda Kunye literacy center at St Matthews High School in Keiskammahoek.

This year the theme/topic to write about was UBUNTU. Learners was  preparing for this weekend before they arrived at the camp.

The weekend was a huge success! The learners all completed their writing with inspiration from their peers , facilitators and quest speakers.

We would like to thank all that made this weekend possible.

We acknowledge our funder Mr Andrew Summers for making this weekend possible.