Sifunda Kunye writing competition 2021

 

29 November 2021

Sifunda Kunye Literacy project hosts annual writing camps for our partner schools but due to COVID we were unable to host our annual writing camp.

However, Sifunda Kunye launched an writing competition for our partner schools, together with our newsletter clubs and English faculty members at our schools our competition was successfully run.

Competition details was to write a short story themed “Where there is a will there is a way”

Top achievers from our partner schools were from St Matthews High School and Hendrik Kanise combined school.

Our 2021 writing competition winner was Natasha Mpondo from St Matthews High School in Keiskammahoek.

Congratulations to all learners that wrote in to our competition, keep on exploring your creative side.

History of Sifunda Kunye Writing Camp:

Innovative Writing Camp Empowers Learners

Eighty learners from four area schools explored creativity, learning, and self-expression in an intense writing camp over the weekend.  The camp was sponsored and hosted by the Sifunda Kunye Educational Project, a local public benefit organization that has been active in the King Williams Town district since 2008.

Sifunda Kunye invites 10 to 15 learners from each of its partner schools in the King William’s Town District and Grahamstown district participate in these camps.  This past weekend, learners from St. Matthew’s, Xolani, Richard Varha, Toise and Hendrik Kanise combined Schools spent an intense 3 days (Friday-Sunday) focusing on a specific theme, completing personal works, and submitting them for peer critique.  This session’s theme was “Dreams are made of…” and learners were encouraged to express what dreams and ambitions  means to them in essays, poems, and group discussions and drama. Participants received guidance from a talented group of volunteer facilitators, student leaders, and the Sifunda Kunye staff.  .” Participants submit their work for inclusion into a published student journal at the end of the camp.  The journal is a unique opportunity for many to see their work in print.

Learners and teachers are continually impressed with the writing camps.  Participants relish the opportunity to engage in an in-depth weekend of imaginative learning.  They enjoy improving their language and writing skills in a fun and creative venue outside of the classroom.  Teacher’s enjoy witnessing the progress these young writers make over the course of a weekend.

The Sifunda Kunye Literacy Project’s writing camps have been successfully running since they first launched in August 2014.  Sifunda Kunye is a non-profit that relies on donations and grants to support its literacy and technology programs in Eastern Cape schools

Sifunda Kunye computer lab at Toise Senior Secondary School

 

 

 

Sifunda Kunye computer lab at our school follows a caps aligned software program Cami. The program helps learners with English and mathematic skills.

The lab is also fully equipped with the internet that provides learners with the opportunity to access the internet for research, application to university and much more. Toise SSS are lucky to be connected to a fully functional lab, the lab assist our learners to connected to the outside world as many rural school in South Africa does not have the same opportunity.

Sifunda Kunye computer lab that is fully supported by full time Sifunda Kunye employees. Our computer lab creates great opportunity of computer literacy and assistance to many learners.

The use of technology is extremely important in todays life and our teachers and faculty is grateful to be one of the partner schools of Sifunda Kunye.

 

21 September 2021

Thandile Mazukwe is our Sifunda Kunye lab facilitator at our school for the past three years. Thandile works as a volunteer for all Sifunda Kunye schools when it comes to The Presidents Awards and have supported hundreds of learners from all schools to complete levels in this program.

During his free time Thandile runs a NPO rugby team the dragons, and he has helped many young rugby players achieve goals and further their education.

Thandile worked hard and was able to receive funding from the National Lottery to buy new jerseys and rugby equipment.

Thandile thank you for the work you do for our youth, thank you for believing in pushing our youth and guiding them both in the computer lab and the sport field.

 

 

Debating club

15 September 2021

Twenty schools was identified by beyond zero in conjunction with the department of education to take part in debating coemption held on the 13th of September 2021.

All schools that participated Toise SSS won the debating at district level and will now debate at provisional level .

The five school competing against each other at provisional level:

1.Philip Mtywaku -Bullying (Opposition)

2.Hoho -Bullying (Proposition)

3.Dumalisile -Pregnancy (Proposition)

4.Toise -Pregnancy (Opposition)

5.Imiqhayi -SRH (Proposition)

6.Philip Mtywaku- SRH (Opposition)

The debating team would like to thank Ms Mbusi for her active role in coaching our coaching our debating team.

Grade 12 farewell and motivation 2021

6 August 2021

We celebrated our grade 12 farewell with a lunch and motivational speakers from different organisations in the Eastern Cape. We used the event to celebrated all achievements by our grade 12 learners this year.

Sifunda Kunye project manager Zander Hampson did a motivational speech for our partner school Toise SSS.

Life is full of challenges, Nothing is impossible and anything is achievable if you change your perspective, your dreams are possible through a positive perspective and a positive attitude.

Mr Hampson did a visual demonstration with the grade 12 class, to demonstrate, anything is possible even your dreams if you change your perspective.

Wishing the class of 2021 good luck for the upcoming trial and final examinations.

Grade 12 top achiever Azukiwe Tyatya

Congratulations to  Azukiwe Tyatya for achieving such top results in your finals in 2020. Azukiwe achieved the following:

Physical Science 78 %

Mathematics 63 %

Agricultural sciences 83%

Life Sciences 82%

Life orientation 73 %

Xhosa 83%

English 90%

Azikuwe message to her fellow classmates and school:

Good day everyone,

I am Azukiwe Tyatya top achiever at Toise SSS in 2020, top results was achieved by working hard everyday. I have set my goals to achieve distictions and worked hard towards it, the COVID19 make things harder and caused a barrier,  but I still hard worked hard and achieved my set goals.

 

I would like to motivate and challenge the class of 2021 to achieve all their set goals. Study hard, study daily, pay attention in class and listen. You can achieve your goals.

Thank you to my teachers for all your support that contributed directly towards being a top achiever.

 

My future plans is to study medicine in NMU

 

Remember the following:

 

Nothing will work in till you try

 

Class of 2021 the ball is in your court.

 

Sifunda Kunye Computer lab at our school

 

Learners of all grades was very excited to return to our computer lab this term. The computer lab has been a huge resource to our school for many years using a program called Cami. The learners use this software program to improve English and math’s skills. Our lab is also fully equipped with internet.

Our lab sponsored, managed and supported by Sifunda Kunye Educational projects for years has countless benefits to our leaners during changing times.  Sifunda Kunye has supports the school in many different areas, visit their website to see who they are: http://sifundakunye.org/

 

Helping hand foundation donation to our pupils

Helping hand foundations is a youth led organization which aims to address social issues in rural schools. This organization emanates from an idea of ensuring that school learners are not academically affected by their poor backgrounds and lack of resources.

Helping hands want to bridge the gap of ensuring those challenges that hinder learners in excelling  are dealt with.

They want to ensure a brighter future to all learners by offering a helping hand to those in need, empowering them for inclusive education.

 

We want to thank helping hand for donating school uniforms to learners at our school.

 

Renovations at our school February 2021

8 February 2021

During the first week of February 2021 renovations started to replace our roof from old asbestos to a brand new roof.

We are blessed to start the year on such a positive note.

Toise Senior secondary school would like to thank old mutual for funding this project.

 

 

 

2020

November 2020

This year has proven to be a great challenge for the entire world. With so much at stake and so many lives at risk this is definitely the year that will go down in the history books as the year that changed the world.

With the year coming to an end and the grades have attempted to make up for lost time, we wish all grades including the class of 2020 all the best for their finals.

Our school including our partner Sifunda Kunye has done everything to ensure safety protocols are in place for this year to do our part in curbing the spread of Covid 19.

Hoping that 2021 will be a COVID19 free year and live would resume slightly more normal.

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2021.