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

Welcome 2019

Wow! what an amazing day, it was a day to be remembered because I finally got to see my friends. Everyone had a smile on their faces except some of the new Grade 8s. I was so over joyed to be a grade 9 learner. we went to a welcoming ceremony at the school church. We arrived at the church and sat down then one of our teachers stood and welcomed us with an encouraging and inspiring message. Then our lovely choir sang for us and the song was so nice that I even sang along with them. The message that we got from the teachers, pastor and our principal was so motivating. What I took away from it was that I should work hard and look forward to every opportunity and even challenges that come my way. The best thing was that we should not give up on anything because of what people say about you because that can destroy your confidence. Also know what you want in life don’t depend on other people’s things, have your own things and focus on your studies to make yourself and your parents proud.

 

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Written by Awonke Mamay

 

 

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

Grade 12 Farewell

On the 31st of March 2017, grade 12’s celebrated their farewell at Skhenjana Hall in Bisho, Eastern Cape.