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School-Based Activities & Programmes

The following diagrams reflect the activities we facilitate in each of SII schools:

Secondary Schools

Matthew Goniwe

  • In addition to the SII’s management support programme for the SMT and SGB, support programmes are conducted for Maths, Physical Science and Life Science educators.
  • Grade 11 & 12 learners receive extra tuition in English and Ubunye runs Saturday morning tuition programmes in functional English and Maths for all grade 8 learners and 100 grade 9’s.
  • An IT programme is offered to all grade 12 learners to teach them basic functional IT skills.

COSAT

  • Signifying the collaboration between the SII and the Faculty of Health Sciences, a ‘Wellness Centre’ at COSAT has been approved by the Metropole East Education Department and the Department of Health in Metropole East. This pilot will involve SHAWCO and the 4th year medical students.
  • Grade 11 learners are involved in an after-school homework programme at Intshayelelo. The homework programme marks the first partnership initiative between the SII schools.
  • As with the other SII partner schools, the SMT and SGB receives management support

Primary schools

The following support programmes are active in all four of the SII partner primary schools

  • Ikwezi is an Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Primary School Language and Mathematics improvement project. The main goal of the project is to improve instructional proficiency in Foundation and Intermediate Phase Language and Mathematics.
  • Management support: Support for the principals, SMT’s and SGB’s is based on the particular needs of the school. Implementation is monitored and measured according to the objectives set by the individual school.
  • IT support: IT training is needs’ driven, and is offered by UCT ICTS staff members as well as by HOCIP students (Honours Outreach and Community Involvement Programme), facilitated through the UCT Knowledge Co-op. All students registered to do their Honours in Information Systems are required to engage in a community project of their choice in order to gain practical on-site, community-based experience. The SII schools comprise a site in which the HOCIP students may complete their mandatory 30 hours.
  • Sandwiches provided by Westerford High School’s Interact Society are delivered weekly to each of the primary schools

In addition to these programmes, at Ummangaliso Primary, the Sciences education specialists from the Schools Development Unit offer support to the Natural Science teachers. In addition to classroom-based support, Short Courses are offered on particular areas of work identified by teachers as requiring additional support. In 2014 a library will be set up at the school. This has been facilitated through the collaboration with Rotary Claremont, the Bookery and the SII.

Similarly, at Sivuyiseni Primary a library will be set up at the school in 2014. This has been facilitated through the collaboration with Rotary Claremont, the Bookery and the SII.

Intshayelelo Primary represents a pilot school for the collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences for the placements of students undertaking the practical component of their qualifications in Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Audiology. In addition to the rotational blocks in each of these health disciplines, a two-day grade R screening, organised by SHAWCO takes place. This screening is in its second year of implementation and is conducted by all fourth year OT students.

As with Ummangaliso Primary, the Sciences education specialists from the Schools Development Unit offer support to the Natural Science teachers. In addition to classroom-based support, Short Courses are offered on particular areas of work identified by teachers as requiring additional support.

In 2013 a library was established through the partnership between Equal Education (the Bookery) and the SII. The SII continues to offer the library assistant regular support in the management and running of the library.