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Mandela Initiative Conference

On 12—14 February 2018, Lesley Osler, the HCET Project Coordinator, and Estelle Jacobs, its Project Manager, attended a Mandela Initiative conference in Cape Town.

The Mandela Initiative is a multisectoral platform for investigating and developing strategies for overcoming poverty and inequality. It is a university-led national initiative, developed in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. For more information, see www.mandelainitiative.org.za/.

Education officials observe HCET Special Needs classes

On 8 February 2018, three members of the Department of Education Inclusive Education Team from De Aar visited the Trust school to observe our Special Needs classes, and to discuss possible support.

They were very impressed with our Special Needs initiative, which is aimed at providing an enabling learning environment for children who cannot cope with the normal curriculum. Among other things, we have developed a dedicated Special Needs curriculum, which has been approved by the Department.

HCET welcomes new staff members

In January 2018, the HCET welcomed five new staff members, namely Lizandi Breytenbach (Grade 2), Catriona Cronje (Afrikaans), Ciska van Rensburg (Afrikaans, Natural Sciences), Gustav Schoonwinkel (Teacher Intern in Grade 3), and Sarita Burger (School Secretary). We hope their careers with us will be enjoyable and rewarding.

Round-up for 2017

End of year staff party

The end of year staff party was held at Weltevreden Farm on 29 November. Staff members take turns to organise the party, and this year was the turn of Hanna Phemba and Roos Pergoo. They did a great job !

Hospitality Services assessment

On 29 November, Ms Cindy Greyling, the City & Guilds representative in Bloemfontein, visited the HCET Training Centre for a follow-up assessment of the Hospitality Services students.

Final Culinary Arts exams

On 27-30 November, Ms Maritha Steyn of Steyn’s Culinary School in Pretoria conducted the final practical exams for nine students enrolled for the Culinary Arts Diploma at the Hantam Training Centre in Colesberg. She was accompanied by Ms Suzanne Crozier, an executive chef and food writer. The students came from the neighbouring towns of Graaff-Reinet, Tarkastad and Cradock.

Grade Nine farewell function

On 25 November, 13 Grade 9 pupils enjoyed a lovely day out at River Destiny Lodge to celebrate the end of their school career at Umthombo Wolwazi. They were accompanied by Principal Marie Botha, teachers Florence Raisa, Cherry Dimphana, Charles Gavaza and Anel Heydenrych (their class teacher), and Trust staff Lesley Osler, Clare Barnes-Webb, Anja Pienaar and Estelle Jacobs (who was OC of the braai, while the pupils were in and out of the pool all day).

Prize-giving ceremony

On 20 October, the 2017 school prize-giving ceremony was held in the Colesberg High School Hall. It was extremely well attended by parents, learners and staff, who also enjoyed the display of art work in the foyer, as well as refreshments.

Family Day

On 14 October, the Effective Parenting team held another Family Day at the HCET. This was a great success, and attended by about 500 people – parents, children, staff and visitors. The morning started with a huge jumble sale for the adults, and a jumping castle for the children. This was followed by a demonstration from the Khululeka Education Development Centre in Queenstown on keyhole vegetable gardening, which complemented the theme for this year’s gathering, namely Nutrition.

Three interns graduate

Antonique Plaatjies, Unathi Asiya and Delia Allens at the graduation ceremony in Delportshoop.

THREE HCET interns — Delia Allens, Unathi Asiya and Antonique Plaatjies — have obtained Further Education and Training Certificates in Early Childhood Development(NQF Level 4) following distance training with the Custoda Trust. They received their certificates at a graduation ceremony held at the Custoda Trust training centre in Delportshoop on 5 October. We are very proud of our interns !

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.