Last year ended on a high with a Nativity concert at a Sunday morning service, followed by presentation of reports to parents and then a lunch for children, parents, staff and all those involved in helping iThemba become functional either through sponsorship or donations or giving of their time.
This year, 2013, began with many interviews with parents, and then finally opening our doors in early January to 38 children. Two classes were formed; the younger children became the ‘Sunflowers’ taught by Ncumisa and the older group took on the name of ‘Busy Bees’ with our new teacher, Natalie. Loveness resumed her duties as our famous chef and dutiful cleaner. In February, Edith as an assistant teacher, also joined us.
Soon the building took on the buzz of busy children exploring new toys, shining brightly at the challenges of tasks given to them and loving the open space and jungle gym of outdoors. Of course, the bikes are in most demand!
Birthday Parties are always fun to celebrate and each month end we have a party for the children who celebrated their birthdays in that month. What fun and what yummy food!!!
This second term has been a busy one as we assess the children for their first reports. We have also had the clinic come to the school to immunize the children against measles and polio and the Fire Department visited with their engines to teach the children basic fire safety.
An outing to Kirstenbosch gardens had also been planned for this term but it has now been postponed to September when hopefully the weather has improved.
iThemba school fully appreciates all the support, donations and giving of time from members of St. Peters, sponsors and others. We are very grateful for the donations of a Wendy House, laptop computer, printer, telephone, toys, books and blankets that have been given to us. We are extremely blessed. Thank you.