Adventurous Journey 8-10 March 2019.

Adventurous Journey

8-10 March 2019

Participants from Sifunda Kunye partner schools, Toise SSS, St Matthews High School, and  Hendrik Kanise Combined School took part in a 48 km hike during this weekend.

Participants were qualifying for their silver in The Presidents Awards level.

 

During our arrival at camp it was raining but we were determined to complete our camp and required km to qualify for our silver.

We hiked for 4km during the night walk, the following morning we hiked along the beach for 40 km and on the 3 day we hiked for 6 km.

This was a challenging hike, it rained the entire 3 days and 2 nights, all together it rained 124 mm during our camp, we were wet, tired but determined. We had to work together in teams to survive  the weekend. It took a lot of determination, teamwork, motivation and courage but we concurred and completed what we aimed to achieve.

 

Top Achievers

At St Matthew’s High School, we have got our top achievers, those amongst us that work the hardest and out-perform the rest. In third place is Chwayita Xhatana whom is doing grade 10, second place is Siphumeze Mkuli doing grade 10, and our number one Academic achiever is Siphelele Ulana.

We interviewed all three achievers first on our list was Chwayita Xhatana, she told us she felt inspired and has more power to do more than she did last year. She would also like other students to follow in her foot-steps and possibly do more than her. The key to her success is sticking to her books and being a hard worker.

Next on the list we have Siphumeze Mkuli, when we asked how she feels about being our second best academic achiever, she told us that she feels really blessed and honoured, and thankful to God that she achieved so much last year. It was something she didn’t expect. She would also like to inspire our next generation to go for what they want and aim high no matter how hard it may seem because in the end you will achieve something. She also said not to wait to do something but do it now while you’re thinking about it because we don’t know what tomorrow brings.

Last but not least we then spoke to our number one spot holder Siphelele Ulana.   When asked how he felt about being the Top Academic Achiever in 2018 he told us it was a shock to hear his name called during the assembly as the top achiever, it was also a proud moment that he hopes to achieve again.

 

Written by Maliti Ayakha and Asemahle Plaatjie

The President’s Awards

St Matthews Prize Giving 2017

Presidents Award

Bronze Award Winners

Environmental Awards Competition

On 13 August 2015 Gcilitshana, Mahola, Hangana, Makhuzeni, Gladile, Tyali and Mpana took part in the Environmental Awards Competition representing St. Matthews High School Geography Learners.

The results were announced at 16H15(Regent Hotel) that we managed to place second in the Regional phase 2015 and won R15000 for our school. When I first heard the news, I was very ecstatic, my hands were shaking and my heart was beating faster than usual.

East London offered us a great time and I truly admire the beauty and kindness of the Department of Environmental Affairs who served us.

This for us has been an incredible achievement, as learners of St. Matt, we are grateful for this opportunity. We hope to take first place next year.

By: Sisonke Makhuzeni

St. Matthews Presidents Awards Participants Celebrate June 16

June 16, every year, is celebrated across Africa as the “Day of the African Child” and it is in observance of the 1976, South African-Soweto uprising. During the event, hundreds of black school children in the Soweto Apartheid regime then gather to use the means of advocacy through protesting the inferior quality of their education and demanding their rights to be taught in their own language. While seeking for equal rights opportunity they were unmercifully and brutally gunned down. In doleful measure of the atrocious act against the black school pupils, the heads of states of the African Union met in Abuja Nigeria, and took into consideration the UN Resolution 1290, adopted in 1990 declaring June 16, each year as the Day of the African Child and should be observed by all signatory to the convention annually specially by all member states.

This year’s celebration is intended to gain Government’s commitment in allocating appropriate funding for children’s related programs and activities for their protection, participation, growth and development taking into consideration the Children’s Law. based on the above background St. Matthews Presidents Awards participants are embarking in an Initiative “Africa Child Make a Change” under the theme “Educating the Mind, Heart and Hand to its maximum potential” where will be having the bellow activities:

Parade from St. Matthews to Sinenjongo Edu Care and Guzana Family

Painting, Cleaning campaign & Award Leader Bursary hand over

Sporting Activities – Soccer & Rugby

The sporting activities are to boost and motivate young people to be active in their society and leave a healthy life style by understanding their critical role which they should play in developing their community. Thanks to Sifunda Kunye for and other stakeholders to make this day a success.