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Prize giving ceremony

IN December 2015, the HCET held its annual graduation ceremony in the Colesberg High School hall. The photograph below shows all the learners who came first in their standard, from Grade 1 to Grade 9. The ceremony was attended by Trustees, learners, parents, and other family members. Learners from each grade performed an item on stage. Refreshments were served after the ceremony.

2015 Prize giving

Visit from Good Shepherd School

On 18 September, staff members of the Good Shepherd School in Grahamstown visited the Trust to exchange ideas on best education practice and the way forward for South African schools. Founded in 1884, the Good Shepherd School is an Anglican school which provides education for girls and boys from Grade 1 to Grade 7. It largely caters for disadvantaged learners.

good shepherd staff visit the hcet

Visitors from the Good Shepherd School in Grahamstown with HCET staff.

Visit to Tjhabelang

Several years ago, Engela Fourie of Bloemfontein visited the Trust and was so inspired that she started the Tjhabelang Primary School at Bainsvlei, a rural area to the west of Bloemfontein. In May 2015, Clare Barnes-Webb and Anja Pienaar visited the school and were highly impressed with the project.

VIsit to Tjhabelang

Left to right: Engela Fourie (founder and manager of Tjhabelang Primary School), Anja Pienaar, Clare Barnes-Webb, and Antoinette Coetzee (an auditor from Newtons in Bloemfontein, who introduced Engela to the Trust).

HCET graduate excels

ivan pergooIn May 2015, Ivan Buregoo, an HCET graduate, completed a one-year tracker course at the SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy in Graaff-Reinet. He came top in his class, and won the trophy for Tracker of the Year. The Trust helped him to compile a CV and find employment. He has since been employed as a game tracker at the prestigious Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Grahamstown district. Ivan grew up on the farm Weltevreden in the Hantam district, completed Grade 9 at the Umthombo Wolwazi Intermediate School, and went on to matriculate at the Colesberg High School, where the HCET paid his boarding expenses.

New teacher

Karina von ZonIn April 2015, Karina van Zon joined the Hantam school staff as Grade Two teacher. She previously taught in Paulpietersburg in KwaZulu Natal. She knows the Karoo well, as her brother farms in the Colesberg district.

Science festival

In March 2015, the Grade 9 class, accompanied by Marié Botha and Anja Pienaar, attended the annual Grahamstown Schools Science Festival, and visited other locations in the Eastern Cape.

hcet learners in museum

Some Grade learners who made the trip to the Eastern Cape in the Grahamstown Museum.

Regional athletics

bathu modia
In February 2015, one of our Grade 9 learners, Bathu Modia, who lives on the farm Dankbaar, made us very proud when he progressed to the regional athletics meeting in Kimberley, where he took third place in the long jump event. He was taken to the meeting in a Trust vehicle, and was accompanied by a Trust teacher.

Attaclick donates books

attacklick books

In February 2015, Stefan Botha and Christo Rothmann of the Attaclick Group of Companies visited the Trust school with a wonderful gift of books in a sturdy metal cabinet. The variety, quality and quantity of the books are very impressive, and the Trust is very grateful to them for contributing so meaningfully to our goal of entrenching the culture of reading in our school.

New principal appointed

marie botha

Following the retirement of Niekie Pretorius, Marié Botha has been appointed as principal of Umthombo Wolwazi Farm School. She has been on the staff since 2001.


Family Fun Day at the HCET

Family Fun Day at the HCETMORE THAN 250 parents and children attended a Family Fun Day held at the HCET complex on 5 September 2015.

Organised by the Trust’s FASD field workers, Hanna Mphemba, Roos Pergoo, Lettie Martins, Lolly van der Ranse and Nandi Seekoei, it was held to mark world FASD Day, and to reinforce the message that drinking during pregnancy can seriously harm unborn children and affect their subsequent development.

Each family painted a family tree on a poster. A jumble sale was held, largely comprising good second-hand clothing, shoes, and household items. Items sold for between R5 and R20 each so that everyone could buy something. Sweets, cold drinks, cakes, popcorn, and hot dogs were on sale.

A soccer match was staged between workers from Tweefontein and Weltevreden farms, which was won by the former. A light lunch was served for everyone.

Everyone agreed that the day was a great success, and spoke of a wonderful community spirit. The proceeds will be donated towards costs of the next TLC camp for learners with emotional difficulties to be held at Poplar Grove Farm.