Category Archives: Education

End of term 1 test timetable

Tests begin on Friday 13 March and will be written every day for 6 days. One hour tests will be written from 07:30 and the second lesson will begin at 08:45. After the test, normal lessons will commence as per the timetable. The Technology test will be one hour but extra time has been allocated for handing out and collecting in drawing equipment.  To see the test timetable click on ‘read more’.

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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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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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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.

Inaugural Parents’ Meeting

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.

‘Good Vibrations’

RBI invited pupils to a Holiday Club for 3 days of the October school holiday. The programme was co-ordinated by Mr Ken Krige, Mr Dave Ryan, Mr Orateng Motsoe, Mrs Fiona Krige and Mme Tshepiso Morei. A number of teachers who have graduated from the RBI learnership programme volunteered as facilitators and were available to help the children during the classes.

More than 120 eager pupils participated in ‘Good Vibrations’. The programme ranged from making single string guitars using Pizza boxes generously donated by Milaneza in Waterfall Mall to learning about fractions and doing quizzes on iPads to collaborating on the cup song. The holiday school ended with a competition between 12 pupils playing ‘Happy Birthday’ solo on their guitars and groups presenting their rendition of the cup song. Prizes were also awarded for the individual and team relay races around the RBI offices.

Attendance was excellent and the children must be commended on their commitment to attending and learning during their holiday. We all had a lot of fun and the children developed skills that they had not been exposed to previously.

 

Doing a Moodle Maths quiz on iPads.

Doing a Moodle Maths quiz on iPads.

Collaborating on a poem.

Collaborating on a poem.

Focussed on making a guitar.

Focussed on making a guitar.

Assembly all together in the Hall.

Assembly all together in the Hall.

Morning registration - collecting name tags.

Morning registration – collecting name tags.

Learning more about fractions in the Hall.

Learning more about fractions in the Hall.

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