AT Kitsong, tablets are used as an essential tool in the learning process. Our students are provided with reading books, audio books, youtube clips and apps, which all assist in the learning process. Perhaps most important of all, they get the opportunity to practice newly learned skills by doing quizes. For this purpose we use powerful web-based assessment software called Moodle.
Maths quiz on tablets
In Moodle, students are immediately given feedback on their work and then have the opportunity to reattempt the quiz as often as they want to until they achieve complete mastery of the skill. Each time they attempt a quiz, the questions will be slightly different.
Athletics is always an important start to the sporting year as it establishes a fitness and skills platform for other sports codes. Athletics is also an important sport (or group of sports) in its own right, and perhaps the purest and fairest of all sport. This being the year of Rio Olympics perhaps heightens the awareness and interest in athletics.
At Kitsong, Inter-House athletics is on Wednesday 3 February. Please come along and watch. Spectators always make a big difference to athletes. Every morning, Kitsong children can be seen practising on the athletics field for the Inter-House Meeting.
In the 3 sport lessons at Kitsong so far this year, scholars have participated in a Basketball Clinic, a Soccer Clinic, a Netball Clinic and a Beep Test. The Beep Test is a simple international benchmark for measuring fitness. This will give all the scholars the opportunity to monitor their improvement in fitness as the year progresses.
Sport plays an important part in the curriculum at Kitsong. There are 3 compulsory sports lessons every week. Any scholar who has an injury or for any other reason is not able to participate in a sport lesson has to bring a letter to school to excuse herself or himself.
The assembly on Monday was based on a passage from Genesis and revolved around the importance of recycling. The school now has a colour coded bin system with different bins for plastic, paper, glass, cans and general waste. It is the first important step in Kitsong learners and staff looking after our precious planet.
Due to late applications we will be running another round of entrance testing at 09:00 on Saturday 10 January 2015 at Kitsong / RBI. ANYONE who is interested in attending Kitsong in Grade 8 in 2015 is welcome to come and write the test. Please tell your friends and neighbours in case they are interested.
The dressmakers in Luka will be making the skirts for our girls. It has been agreed that the girls will wear wrap around skirts that tie at the back. Please contact Virginia (0737730353) to discuss making your daughter’s skirt. The dressmakers are currently on leave and will be back at work in the middle of January.
For the first week or two of school while skirts are being made girls may wear any skirt with their Kitsong shirt, white ankle socks and black school shoes. However, please ensure that they look as smart as possible.
At the parents’ meeting on 6 December the parent body made a few decisions regarding the uniform children will wear in the first term of 2015. However, discussion needs to take place regarding jerseys, blazers, winter uniform, sports uniform etc. A uniform committee made up of parents and staff needs to meet to make suggestions relating to Kitsong uniform.
Any parents who are interested in joining this small committee are invited to contact the headmaster, Mr Ken Krige, by email on email@example.com so that a meeting can be arranged.
Our school shirts have arrived and they look stunning. They are available at the RBI offices and cost R100 each. Although RBI offices have closed the Kitsong office will be open on Monday 15 December and Thursday 18 December from 15:00 – 18:00 and from 08:00-16:00 from Monday 5 January onwards.
We have not managed to find a school supplier who stocks the girls’ skirts and are looking into local dressmakers to make flared wrap around skirts in a similar fabric to the boys’ pants. Once a dressmaker has been sourced and a price negotiated details will be sent to all parents.
The writing of entrance tests for Grade 8 2015 is well underway. To accommodate a number of late applicants there will be an opportunity to write the test on the following two Wednesday afternoons (26 November and 3 December) at the RBI offices, Luka street. A number of children have already been offered a place at Kitsong. For more information please contact Tsephiso Morei on 0145661471.
The first meeting for interested parents was held in the school hall on Saturday 25 October at 9.30. The meeting was very well attended with over 90 parents present. Ken Krige addressed the parents on the establishment of Kitsong in 2015. If you were not able to attend you can read his notes here.
George Harris, CEO of the Royal Bafokeng Institute, was also in attendance to answer questions. There were a number of interesting questions asked and the feeling of the meeting was very supportive of the idea of establishing an accessible, high quality school in Phokeng.