Cape Town Festival by Sanga Mabulu Sifunda Kunye Facilitator

 

Cape Town back yard arts festival.

Sifunda Kunye employee Sanga Mabulu attended a workshop in Cape Town 8 to 14 February 2022.

The concept of the backyard art/drama is an important concept as it showcased that talent can be showcased anytime at any location.

About theater in the backyard festival
Theater in the backyard mobile festival was held in Gugulethu, Cape Town. In this festival independent production were held in people’s backyard. This create an immersive artistic experience for audiences and performers. As Mhlanguli George (artistic Director) vision is to bring the art to the people. By staging productions in the township area to create accessibility.

Sanga quote was that she has gained valuable knowledge that will assist her very own drama club at St Matthews in Keiskammahoek.

 

Sifunda Kunye Reading club 2022


Our reading club was back ready and very excited to welcome back all our readers to our Sifunda Kunye reading club on the 29th January 2022. We had a full has and had a good time reconnecting with our readers and introduction our new facilitators for 2022.

Our facilitators for our Sifunda Kunye community reading club is:

  1. Nyala siyamthanda
  2. Mbere Sinobom
  3. James lupho

4.majola linovuyo

  1. Lunguza Sakhanya
  2. Gqokoma Emihle
  3. Sauli Anam
  4. Madasa phawu
  5. Mali yonwaba
  6. Rashalala linamandla
  7. Klaas Lisakhanya
  8. Tshoni Elam

 

We are looking forward to a productive, fun reading clubs in 2022.

 

Congratulations Mabhongo Athini Grade 12

We would like to congratulate Mabhongo Athini class of 2021 for obtaining 6 distinctions and completing her grade 12 year with a bachelors pass.

Mabhongo obtained distinctions in the following subjects:

Mathematics

Physical science

Life Sciences

Life orientation

Agricultural sciences

IsiXhosa

Sifunda Kunye Literacy center prize giving/end year function 2021

13 November 2021

We celebrated the completion of our annual facilitators program with a prize giving and a BBQ. The learners and faculty had loads of fun.

Sifunda Kunye is proud of all our hardworking facilitators that dedicated their time every Saturday at our literacy center.

Sifunda Kunye wants to thank Mr Kirben Rajopaul and Mr Dustin Hoffman from  Premier FMCG/Star bakery for recognizing our learners hard work.

Thank you for making the facilitators feel extra special by donating; lunch boxes, stationary, buffs, bread, caps and bags to all our facilitators. Sifunda Kunye, St Matthews High School and all our facilitators appreciate the donation received.

The mission of Sifunda Kunye Education Project is to have a positive impact on education and the individual lives of learners of all ages through the implementation of technology programs, literacy programs, and capital projects at deserving schools across South Africa.

We would like to thank our 2021 facilitators for positively impacting the lives of all ages through dedication and commitment to your role you play at our literacy center every weekend.

We wish all our facilitators, faculty, staff, donors and learners a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2022.

 

 

 

LRC Representatives 2021

At the beginning of the year St Matthew’s High school learners had to elect their LRC representatives. This seemingly simple project took longer to organize due to the COVID Regulations that meant the learner could not all be at school at the same time. Eventually everything was organized and we were all able to vote. We elected for LRC President Likho Ngemtu,  for the first time we have 2 Deputy Presidents,Sipumeze Mkuli and Lisakhanya Gadu. The three of them had to deliver speeches talking about their main aims for the school. Now, the question is, ” Are they willing to make history? ” Well, their actions will have to prove that.

 

Likho Ngemtu said ” My main focus about this school are three Rs which are reach, respect and relationship. Going to relationship, it is literally one of my first priorities will be to create opportunities for everyone to display their skills and talents. Secondly I would like to create an atmosphere of respect in classrooms. Thirdly let us strive to reach our full potential. ” Now from my knowledge quoting and listening attentively to what the school president was addressing to the pupils I believe that he is trying to brief us about the key aspects, actually the important things or the basics of what makes a school perfect and recognizable which is : discipline. Such powerful words by our president.

Sipumeze Mkuli , the Vice President of the school. She basically gave us the definition of her name and she ought to believe that her name carries leadership, indicates aspects of destiny and luck, evokes cheerfulness and shrewdness, also willing to reap and to soar. Such a scarce thing to do while presenting a speech was when she used a couple of Xhosa words which is good but also unique and  rare. She said this, I quote, ” Ukuze siphumelele, simele sikulungele ukuncama izinto ezithile ukuze siphumeze izigqibo zethu. ” Her main focus for the school was characteristics and qualities of being a student / candidate, she illustrated this by means of using a pencil as an example. Which a the five qualities of a pencil, she said. In those qualities she involved God, also a pencil always leaves a mark, a pencil that is not a wooden exterior but the graphic insight so meaning being humble and respecting the learners and teachers is what matters lastly she involved mistakes that a pencil can be erased meaning you can learn from your mistakes. It was indeed a powerful speech because she involved characteristics, challenges and life lessons which is what we face each and everyday.

Last but not least , Lisakhanya Gadu the Vice President who will be in charge when it comes to the school hostel, hostel dwellers and so on. Basically everything that has to do with the school hostel. Ms Gadu talked mainly about creating history in our school not just the school but making history in our country in the next years as black children. I quote, ” My main focus is to change St Matthew’s High school into the best vision of itself which education, sports and discipline, actually changing many narratives. Firstly the narrative of thinking that we as black children are inadequate. Secondly thinking that our success is limited and knowing change is indeed a difficult transition. As an individual I believe we can push and actualize what we want to achieve as pupils and also as a school premises by never giving up. At the end of the day it’s all about believing and making decisions now in that, that is what I believe as Vice President ” By observing and listening to her speech I take a very tenacious and fearless young lady. That was unique and enticing speech.

 

SIfunda Kunye facilitators has been amazing assisting our community reading clubs on weekends, every weekend  Sanga Mabulu our Sifunda Kunye facilitator with our lovely facilitators does community reading clubs in the

Sifunda Kunye literacy center, through song, dance, creative arts we  inspire creative reading.

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words!!!!!!!!

Beautiful work by our little readers during the term.

Siyandisa Scholarship 2021

 

Introducing Likho Mbuka, all the way from St. Matthew’s High School (Keiskammahoek, SA) in the Eastern Cape.

Wits – University of the Witwatersrand you have another Siyandisa Foundation 2021 Scholarship Recipient on the horizon. This enthusiastic 17 year old scholar has his sights set on becoming an Economist and is looking to pursue a B.Com degree in Economics in 2022.

“I believe that one’s future success should not be determined by background’ says Likho, whose dream is to set a high standard for young people in his community. Likho also shares that his mother and grandmother are his greatest source of support and making them proud is what he aims for.

We couldn’t agree more with your quote Likho and we will have you know that we are proud of you. Well done and keep up the good work, it will pay off!

#Siyandisascholarships #classof2021 #wecelebrateyou

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.

LRC Elections 2020

Term 1 2020 News Updates

School Improvements

When schools opened we as the staff we pleasantly surprised to walk into the front of the Administrative offices and see that the front entrance had been freshly painted and the tiles were spotless, we were later informed that the SGB over the December holidays had been busy not only with hostel renovations but they had also done some work at the school as well.

Aside from painting the administration office and thoroughly cleaning the offices and scraping the black marks from the tiles, they also attended to the classrooms by fixing the fallen and broken doors and cleaning the classes as well as the school yard.

Written by Z. Thompson

Social Clubs

It is all about uplifting social clubs at our school. When we say we’re uplifting it’s basically about grooming. It started with the DEBATING CLUB that is headed by the English Department teachers Miss Nangu and Miss Nzwathi. The debating club hosted an event at the St Matthew’s Tebra Hall, it was an intra-school tournament, meaning St Matthews pupils were debating against each other. This was a first-hand learning opportunity for the learners who were new in the Debating club.

We got debate and discuss things that are happening around the world and also local issues as well. Our debating motions gave the audience interest to listen and the way we were doing this was very professional. The audience gave us the discipline and respect we needed. Fellow learners in attendance got to take away from the experience interesting information from us. That a tremendously exciting and productive day. Those who cannot put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debating.

As Mr Albert Einstein said “the only source of knowledge is the experience.” So in order for us to gain knowledge we have to experience many things, so that our sense of thinking develops too.

Written by Natasha Mpondo

Cutting Down and Removal of Trees

In February the SGB began another big project of cutting trees which was sparked by the outcry from the parents of learners who said the many trees surrounding the school premises was not only dirtying the school but also posed a possible danger to learner safety as it provided cover for the learners to be ambushed by robbers or whoever wanted to cause them harm.

This led the SGB to hastily acquire a contractor to cut down some of the crowded areas, and remove the cut down trees as well clean up the area.

Written by Z. Thompson