Notice from SMT term 3 2021

Dear Parents

 

Thank you once again for all your support through this unprecedented and challenging time.

You will be aware from the recent government announcement that schools will be reopening on the 26th of July 2021 for the 3rd term.

As part of our risk assessment, we have agreed that ONLY grade 11 and 12 are to report at the stipulated date and grade 8,9 and 10 are to join us on the 2nd of August 2021

Hostel dwellers are to arrive on Sunday the 25th no later than 17h00.

The water crisis still persists but we are doing everything in our power to try and bring a permanent solution to the problem though not easy.

Kindly assist by educating our learners on the importance of social distancing and wearing of masks, as well as making them aware of the benefits of handwashing.

We will further inform you should there be any changes  to the above

 

Thank you

SMT

Water crisis at our school

Every year we sit with this crisis, we are aware that we a water scares country but it is difficult especially for our hostels.

This happened again in March 2021 and we were sent home for 2 weeks, we were given assisgnements and home work.

when we came back we didn’t even revise we just wrote our term 1 exams / controlled tests, there was no time to get tuition from our educators or even a glimpse because the time to write exam or controlled tests was around the corner. If we weren’t taught something, we wrote two or three major subjects in one day, some could not even study all the subjects at the same time because they were behind, in order for the learner that was behind to understand something they have to be taught by fellow  pupils.

This water crisis that happens every year in our school holds a very bad impact and that is bad for our school. As a learner I advise the school to demand answers and feedback from the Department of Education,.

If we don’t take action  as a school, our school will always be behind in terms of tuition.

 

Authoress : Natasha Mpondo

 

 

Bumbi Exhibition 2021

The Bumbi’ngomso exhibition

On the 15th of April , on Thursday. we had an exhibition that was done by the Bumbi’ngomso campaign. The Bumbi’ngomso campaign is all about building sisterhood , it involves girls and it is basically a session between girls and women only. It is very fun, interesting and therapeutic. They get to teach us everything about girls and we get the right to ask questions in order to know about ourselves as ‘girls’. The theme that day was Intro to I ” that means we get to talk about everything that happens to us young girls, the good and the bad.

The Bumbi’ngomso campaign workers introduced themselves and told us about the theme. There was music in order for us to feel comfortable before we start the session. After 10 minutes the real deal we came there for, started. We were grouped into 30s.

Important things we heard while we were having the session and we got to present. Each presenter had five minutes to present that was a bit hectic but we had fun at the same time. I was one of the presenters, I actually did perfectly, but I was panicking also chilled at the same time, cliché”. The participants which are the scribes and presenters of each group got special rewards and the rest of the girls was given Bumbi’ngomso backpacks witch included; Bumbi’ngomso magazine called the Yaka Magazine and’ sanitary pads. We were also told as participants to start the Bumbi’ngomso clubs of ten girls at our school and when we’ve progressed with these groups they will visit our school again.

 

When the exhibition ended we were given some snacks.

I enjoyed and I learnt a lot from that exhibition, all the girls that attended agreed, we had fun, we were educated, it was therapeutic and quite emotional exhibition.

 

All in all we learnt alot from the Bumbi’ngomso exhibition, We learned valuable life lessons that we go through as girls in life.

I believe that Black Girls will always strive for success. We are queens, usually called iimbokodo ( rocks ) and we havevoic es and leadership skills, We can lead!

Written by: Natasha Mpondo

 

The return of Mr Mnqoba

The returning of our principal : Mr Mnqoba

On the 16th of April 2021 on a Friday , when our principal returned. The staff and the pupils were at the assembly when this was announced. ” As a school we’ve been through alot and as a team we shall surrender, we will be back on our feet once again “that was said by Miss Blom , encouraging, realistic and solid words said by one of our teachers. That made me realize there’ll really be a change in our school. After Miss Blom gave us a glimpse of what the announcement will be about, our principal said some encouraging words and what his vision about school is. One of the words I remember that were said by Mr Mnqoba were that our school will be back on its feet once again and we’ll get our dignity back only if we work together as a team. I liked how the school pupils welcomed him and I keep reminiscing everything that happened that day, it was such a precious moment especially for us school pupils. What I learnt that day was that in life there are ups and downs and as a school we’ve through the downs now its time to be on our ups! Let St Matthew’s High school be the school that was known for the 100 percent pass rate once again, let it be a school full of historical moments and dignified students together with a dignified school staff. As a school that is our goal

 

and it is very compulsory for us to make that goal happen.

As a school we are ready, we are ready to make history in our province. We are one of the schools in the province that were known for a 100 percent pass rate, lets bring that back. My vow to you guys is that I will make sure that happens as you all know there’s an African leader who is the person that is known for good leadership skills and receives awards for good leadership that is, Amica Cabrau everything she touches turns into gold. She makes sure everything goes according to plan and I will do exactly that. Said by our principal, Mr Mnqoba. Such educational and encouraging words, he really does have the good characteristics of leading even by the person he looks up to as a person you can

tell.

The time has come, i repeat the time has come for our school to be back on its feet once again! We welcome our principal.

Authoress : Natasha Mpondo

 

Sifunda Kunye community reading club facilitators 2021

Welcome to  our Sifunda Kunye reading club facilitators for 2021. These young ladies are our facilitator volunteers for our community reading club  at our center on weekends. The young ladies are dedicate, trained and very excited to be part of this initiative at school. The ladies was shadowed by our facilitators for 2020 during term 1, we are excited to see these ladies in action in term 2.

School cameras 2021

The new school year has come with a much needed upgrade to the school security system. Surveillance cameras were installed in strategic places in and around the school, all 3 computer labs were also fitted with cameras. The new system was installed on the 17th and 18th February  2021 at the school as well as the hostels. This new system is sure to boost parents confidents in the school’s promise to ensure their kids safety when in school and after school for the hostel dwellers.

Welcome to 2021

17 February 2021

 

On behalf of the faculty of St Matthews we would like welcome all back to 2021 and wish all a prosperous 2021.

Since the start of this school year, educators, management, SGB was hard at work to allocate work for educators, analyzing the 2020 results, time tables and preparation of the the curriculum for each educator. We are proud to say that the planning of the returning of learners was successful and the learners was welcomed and teaching started on the 15/02/2021.

The hostel was cleaned and all learners welcomed to hostels on the 14/02/2021. The capacity of our hostels is 300, 100 at Wadell and 200 at Cullen. Unfortunately the issue of COVID19 has meant that we could not take learners to full capacity this term.

On our first  day we welcomed back grade 12,11 and welcomed our new grade 8 classes.

Attendance was appreciative as it is on 394 learners. Learners welcomed, we couldn’t assemble them in one place due to COVID but we welcomed them class by class then welcome all the grade 8 in our school.

 

Grade 12 Motivation 2020

The grade 12 pupils had a motivational session in the school hall. They were motivated by ms Monki Gabshane. I her motivational word she said: many challenges faces the class of 2020, but this is the time to focus and put aside all that worries us and work hard as success is knocking on the door. We leave no one behind as the class of 2020 and work towards a 100 % pass rate.

Keep going !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New Lab for Our School

On the 20th October 2020, an exciting new project initiated and spearheaded by Miss Damoyi with the backing of our Principal Mrs Mancoko and our SGB has finally come to fruition at St Matthew’s High school. It is with great pride to announce that our school now has got 3 computer labs with 96 fully operating computers.

The construction of this new lab was not an easy task to take up as money for such a big project was not easy to come by but seeing the need for a back-up lab for when we experience unforeseen technical faults with the 2 existing SIFUNDA Labs during exams, Ms Damoyi made it clear building the lab would not be wasteful venture but rather a smart move. With CAT students being above 50 and the numbers looking to rise next year, the extra lab would be needed during exams as the Department requests a backup plan during national exams. Also with the pandemic forcing social distancing a third lab was a must for the school.

The construction of the new lab start on the 14th October with Ms Damoyi and Miss Booi working closely with the guys constructing everything, the main objective was to have the computers up and running before the Final exam for Grade 12 and they succeeded in that goal as the 3rd lab was also used yesterday by the grade 12 CAT students for exams

By Ziyanda Thompson—Lab facilitator

In Loving Memory of Mr Nanginsimbi

In loving memory of St Matthews High School principal Mr Nangintsimbi

We ache with his passing knowing the role he played in building ties within the St Matthew’s family. A legend, a historian, a man of integrity full of wisdom and character, a humble man full of love, strength and encouragement to us. In life and now death, you wouldn’t want us to focus on the sadness and sorrow but to continue to love and support each other no matter the situation.

Your warm smile taught us that love reigns supreme. This is what those who were fortunate enough to know you will remember you by. You referred to all of us by our clan names and that we have adopted. But . . . no matter how skillful a teacher/ principal and administrator he was . . . no matter how patient and how kind he was with us . . . no matter how much energy he put into making us the best readers we could possibly be (as we sometimes consulted our dictionaries because of his good command of the language English) . . . Mr. S C Nyangintsimbi touched some of our hearts in very special ways that we can never, ever accurately or fully explain with the mere tools of these earthly written words . . . . only a heavenly based language is capable of conveying that message . . .

Rest easy Gambu, Memela, Msuthu, Nontuli, Ngwekazi!!!!