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
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
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.
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
Farewell Mr Adabla
Bidding farewell to a teacher is always hard as words spoken never seem to be enough, saying goodbye is never simple especially to a teacher like you. Even though at times we were naughty with a bad attitude but putting aside a side our mischief and noise, teachers like Mr Adabla are extremely prized and adored, the reason his class was fun is because he always sparked inspiration and interest within us. We hope to see you again Mr Adabla and also that you are having fun at your new school and new post. As you know, we love you and you will always be remembered in our hearts and minds. But you know as they say “teacher’s words are the sparks that light up works of imagination in their students minds”.
Written By Mamayo Awonke
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
During this past term on the 12th of February 2017, twelve learners from St Matthews High School visited Addo, Port Elizabeth. The twelve learners were chosen based on their essay that was written about “What would I like to change about my school, community and themselves”.
The 12 learners visited Columba Leadership Academy, learners learned about awareness, focus, creativity, integrity, perseverance and service as a leader. Quote of the day “Sharing resources selfishly and effectively, using your strength and experience to take meaningful action, let all contribute to the greater good”
Let us all activate the inner leader in ourselves as individuals, and remember we all have the potential to be a leader you just need to push in the right direction.
By Mbalentle Mafai Grade 11
Leaders are said to be nurtured not born. With that said, it is alright for leaders or should I say future leaders who holds so much power unto their hands must be trained, given techniques and ways on how to lead the flock.
When the University of Fort Hare facilitators came for the leadership training session which was held at St. Matthews High School organized by Mr. Lwazi Mbambo and Mr. Siyanda Mqalo. We knew little about what leadership was and how to lead others. Mr. Thando Rulashe from UFH came with so much gravity, in a way He left everyone who attended the session “wowed” with a perspective that said, how much of a true leader am I and we must believe in our leadership skills, have morals, be honest to those who we lead and not forget that their input and voices needs to be heard. Leadership is not measured monetary but by the smiles that the leader leaves behind when they passes through. In these words I believe.
By: Maweza Luyolo