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Grade Nines visit the Eastern Cape

In September, the Grade Nines undertook their annual road trip to the Eastern Cape. They were accompanied by Marié Botha and Anja Pienaar.

In Port Elizabeth, the learners visited the BKB, where wool is received, stored, displayed and sold, and the Nelson Mandela Stadium. They also attended a movie, went ten-pin bowling, and swam in the sea.

In Uitenhage, they visited the Science and Technology Centre and the Volkswagen Pavilion. They also visited various institutions in Grahamstown.

FASD Annual Task Team Conference

On 7 September, Lesley Osler and Estelle Jacobs attended the FASD Annual Task Team Conference held in Cape Town. The conference was organised by FASD South Africa, a group of professionals working in the field of FASD in the Cape Town region.

The aim of the conference was to share information and the latest research findings on FASD among the various stakeholders. It was open to health care workers, psychologists, representatives of NGOs and NPOs, social workers, teachers, parents, foster parents or caregivcers of children with FASD.
The keynote speakers were:

    • Prof Denis Viljoen, medical geneticist at the University of Stellenbosch and founder of Foetal Alcohol Related Research)
    • Dr Tracey Naledi, Chief Director, Western Cape Department of Health
    • Berenice Daniels, Director of Inclusive and Specialised Education Support in the Department of Education
    • Sarah Barratt, Department of Education, former teacher and psychologist.

Among other things, the conference brougth to light the shocking fact that 28 per cent of learners in the Northern Cape are affected by FASD.

Hospitality course upgraded

FROM 19—22 July, Estelle Jacobs, facilitator of the HCET Hospitality training programme, and Maryke Jeffrey, chef trainer at the HCET Training Centre in Colesberg, attended a culinary workshop in Pretoria to familiarise themselves with the latest culinary trends.

In February, the HCET was registered with City & Guilds as a subcentre of Steyns Culinary School. This will enable the Trust to offer a Diploma Course in Hospitality as opposed to the Certificate Course offered in the past.

The Diploma Course started in January this year with an intake of 10 students recruited from Cradock, Graaff-Reinet and Tarkastad. A matric certificate was required to enrol for the course.

All 10 students passed their six-month theoretical course, and were placed at hospitality venues for six months of practical experience. After completing their final City & Guilds exam at the end of November, they will be placed in permanent employment. The second intake of students was enrolled in July.

All 20 hospitality students passed the Skillswize Computer Course which was run concurrently with the Chef’s Course.

Address at Rotary District Conference

On 26 May, Lesley Osler and Estelle Jacobs attended the Rotary Annual District Conference held in Grahamstown. Lesley delivered a keynote speech on ‘Kindling the spark of change in the Hantam community’.

Former learner trains in arts and crafts

Sinethemba Mbova, who left Umthombo Wolwazi at the end of 2016, has been apprenticed to Judith and Theo Kleynhans, our Art and Craft teachers from Noupoort. A wall mosaic created by Sinethemba appears above.

Arts and crafts


The HCET has appointed Theo and Judith Kleynhans of Noupoort to train learners in the Special Needs Classes in producing arts and crafts. Some of the items produced were on sale at a Christmas craft sale at the Herb Garden in Colesberg. In the picture, members of the Senior Special Needs class appear with Theo and their teacher, Unathi Asiya.

School prize-giving

The 2016 School Prize-giving has been held in the Colesberg High School Hall.

Christmas Party at Poplar Grove Farm

Some members of the Junior and Senior Special Needs classes who recently attended a Christmas party at Poplar Grove Farm, where each received a gift. With them are Margie Osler, the HCET’s teacher developer, and Estelle Jacobs, its project manager.

Paper at FASD conference

Estelle Jacobs, the HCET’s project manager, has delivered a paper on ‘Supporting Children with FASD through School and into the Workplace’ to a one-day conference in Stellenbosch, organised by the FASD task team.

Rural social cohesion conference

Les Osler, the HCET project co-ordinator, and Estelle Jacobs, its project manager, recently attended a conference on Rural Social Cohesion held by the Mandela Initiative in Victoria West.