Author Archives: Fiona Krige

Healthy Eating

In Assembly Mrs Krige challenged the children to bring a healthy lunch from home instead of bringing money and buying food at school. In the week preceding the assembly the children completed an anonymous survey on healthy eating and what they bring for lunch. The results were as follows:  Read more

Parents’ meeting

There will be a parents’ meeting on Saturday 7 March at 10:00. This is a general meeting to discuss school related issues and for the Principal to bring things to your attention and items for discussion. It is not an opportunity to discuss your child specifically.

Fun and Learning in the classroom

In every environment, there is a need for people to work in teams. Whether it be at home, sports, university, or even at school. Here at Kitsong we call it co-operative learning. In this lesson we help kids (through fun activities of course!) gain the skills to work and help each other. Below is one of the lessons where learners had to work on a scenario where each individual was given a character and they had to debate which of the three individuals in the group would be the successful candidate.

A lot of debate ensued with each child arguing their case and also listening to other people’s cases. This is just the tipping point of how we learn and teach at Kitsong.

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All kitted out!

It was a race to see which would come first – Valentine’s day or everyone in school uniform. Virginia and her team of dressmakers in Luka managed to match the material and make lovely wrap around skirts for our gilrs. The skirts definitely identify the girls as Kitsong students and they look very smart and feminine and adds an independent touch to our uniform. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and patience in this area; it has certainly paid off.

The uniform committee, under the leadership of Mme Onthatile Mataboge, is now sourcing sports uniform, winter uniform and maybe even a tracksuit. All updates will appear on this site.

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Girls in their new Kitsong wrap around skirts.

Interim Academic Assessment

On Monday 9 February the first Interim Academic Feedback went home to parents. With Kitsong using tablets and Moodle for assessment, it was felt that parents could lose touch with the work their children are doing at school. With classwork tasks being done on tablets it is not as easy for parents to keep an eye on their child’s progress; celebrate their successes and monitor their areas of weakness.

 

The feedback given was on individual activities done and was not a summative assessment or a full report for promotion purposes. It was merely a record of the work covered to date.

 

It sounds like they were well received and it looks like Interim Academic Feedback will be a regular occurrence. Parents are invited to contact the school with feedback and comments related to these documents.

Tuesday afternoon culture period

The last lesson on a Tuesday is our culture period. This Tuesday the students had the choice of playing Chess, quick Scrabble or writing poetry with our new Fulbright volunteers. The Headmaster, Mr Krige, challenged the best student chess player to a game and Lesane Rampete was unanimously pushed forward. The atmosphere was tense and a small crowd soon gathered. A momentary lack of concentration from Lesane was all Mr Krige needed to remove his queen and subsequently win the game.

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Quick Scrabble was played in pairs and much fun was had by all. Students challenged each other’s spelling and a row broke out when someone tried to slip in a Setswana word.

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Update on girls’ skirts

The material for the skirts will be collected on Monday 26 January and the first skirts should be ready for collection on Friday 30 January. In order to help parents who have not yet managed to take their daughter to Virginia, she will visit the school during break on Friday and will measure the girls. It is still the parents’ responsibility to liaise with Virginia regarding the skirt and payment.

Teaching and learning have begun at Kitsong

Wednesday, the first school day of 2015, was greeted by excited students and enthusiastic teachers. The day began with students receiving their 7 inch tablets in the first lesson and teaching started immediately. Children logged on to Moodle, downloaded and installed educational apps and uploaded pictures for their Moodle profiles. Great fun was had by all.

7 new students were enrolled by Thursday morning and learning continued. Silent reading, an English comprehension and Maths quiz were done and the students received immediate feedback. By the end of the day they had read Setswana on their tablets and headed home with Setswana homework, a couple of reading books, Maths revision quizzes and an Information Technology programming app. – all on their tablets.

There is an energy and passion for learning that I have seldom experienced in my 20+ years of teaching. I am unsure whether this comes from being at a new school, teaching via a medium to which young teenagers relate or whether the teachers and students are just amazing. Whatever the reason, Kitsong looks set to take education in Phokeng to a new height.

New Parents’ meeting – 6 December

On Saturday the first meeting of 2015 Grade 8 students and parents took place. 44 people attended and all left feeling excited and positive about the new venture. All information given out appears on this site and can be collected in hard copy from the Royal Bafokeng Institute offices.

 

The following were discussed:

Kitsong Parents’ meeting Agenda

Saturday 6 December 2015

  1. Welcome – Mr Ken Krige

  2. ‘Changing Education’

  3. Enrolment

  4. Kitsong staff

  5. Campus facilities

  6. Tablets

  7. Calendar and school times

  8. Stationery requirements

  9. Food

  10. Transport

  11. Uniform

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