On 31 July, two HCET teacher interns – Delia Allens and Unathi Asiya — received their Level 5 ECD Certificates from the Custoda Trust in Delportshoop after completing their distance studies, undertaken over several years. Delia Allens was the top student. This is a huge achievement, and we salute both of you !
On 30 July 2019, we celebrated the HCET’s 30th anniversary with a wonderful production of dance and music in the Coleserg High School hall, depicting the journey of children from our humble beginnings to the present.
The storyline was developed by Ann Hill, our English language and literacy consultant. Gay Morris, a retired professor of Drama at the University of Cape Town, who trained the Grade 7, 8 and 9 learners in acting and mime, and Mzo Gasa and Nkosinathi Mngomezulu, two outstanding choreographers, managed to train the novices in one week to bring the story to life. More scenes from the production follow.
Two of our most generous and loyal donors have funded the purchase of a pre-fabricated classroom. Our principal, Marie Botha, will use the classroom for her maths classes. Given the recent growth in learners at Umthombo Wolwazi, she has been teaching maths in the school hall since the beginning of the year.
The Gerber School Room has been named after Mr and Mrs Jack Gerber, who live in the United Kingdom, and have supported the HCET for many years. The foundations were cast in June, and the classroom itself was erected in July.
In May, the Grade 9 class went on an excursion to Port Elizabeth, accompanied by Anja Pienaar and Cat Cronje. As previously, the trip was a great success, enjoyed by learners and teachers alike.
The Northern Cape Provincial Athletics meeting was held in Upington on 1 and 2 March. Three of our athletes did well enough in Prieska to compete. They were driven by Steytler Sifuba and accompanied by teacher Cat Cronje, and they all spent the night at a B&B in Upington. The excursion was funded by the Trust.
Liyema Goliath (Grade 5) came third in the Under 11 distance race over 1 200 metres, Aqhama Martiens (Grade 9) came second in the long jump for his age group, and Anesipho Fax (Grade 9) came fourth in the shot put for her age group. We are very proud of our learners who acquitted themselves so well against stiff competition.
On 27 February, 12 learners participated in the Pixley ka Seme regional athletics meeting in Prieska. The athletes had to be in Prieska by 8h00, so they had to make a very early start. They were accompanied by teachers Hanna Phemba and Lizandi Breytenbach, and driven by Steytler Sifuba and Zollie Maquina. Estelle Jacobs provided food for their journey. Thanks for the teamwork !
Mary Ann Murdoch Smith joined the HCET in January. She will become the Financial/Administration Manager by the end of the year. She previously worked on Rietfontein, the thoroughbred horse breeding farm owned by Gary Player, for 20 years, first in various positions in administration and finance, and then as General Manager for the past five years.
The first of two intakes for the HCET’s diploma course in Culinary Arts for 2019 started their formal training at the HCET Youth Development Centre in Colesberg in January. They will also complete a certified SkillsWise computer literacy course. With them are Chef Maryke Jeffrey, the Culinary Artrs trainer, and Theo Kleinhans, SkillsWise trainer and Hospitality Certificate Course facilitator.