Grade 3 and 5 camps at Poplar Grove

In September, the Grade 3 and Grade 5 classes and their teachers spent two days each with teacher developer Margie Osler on Poplar Grove Farm¸ in order to reinforce teaching and learning methods and processes. Fun activities with a learning content included walking trails with various challenges, including balancing on fallen trees; walking a labyrinth;…

Basic Concepts Expo Day

LESLEY Osler, the HCET’s project co-ordinator, recently addressed the first Basic Concepts Programme Expo Day, held at the Cape Town Science Centre on 24 August 2013. She was accompanied by Estelle Jacobs, the HCET’s project manager. Attended by 40 delegates, the event was hosted by ORT SA-CAPE, and opened by its director, Dr Lydia Abel….

Visit from Tjhabelang

IN JULY 2013, the HCET received a visit from Engela Fourie, project manager of Tjhabelang, an educational project in Bloemfontein from ECD up to Grade 3. Following her visit, she wrote the following letter: Dear Lesley Thank you for the opportunity to visit Hantam once again and for explaining your operational plan. You and your…

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome training

Five teachers from the Hantam Community Education Trust received FASfacts certificates last week following three days of training in Colesberg by Herschell Barron of FASfacts in Worcester. From left to right are Roos Pergoo, Vuyokazi Katise, Lettie Martins, Chrissie Swarts (Richmond), Angelina Allers and Hanna Mphemba. FASfacts is an NGO which aims to educate the…

HCET strategy against FASD

THE HCET’s three-pronged strategy for combating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) was outlined at a national conference in Cape Town recently. FASD encompasses a range of mental and physical birth disorders caused by excessive alcohol consumption by pregnant women. It damages many children in disadvantaged communities, especially in rural areas. A FASD Task Team –…

Trust plays key role in supporting its graduates

A SENIOR HCET manager has highlighted the vital role played by the Trust in guiding its graduates through tertiary education and advanced skills training up to the start of their working careers. Addressing a think-tank on youth skills development, job creation and unemployment, Estelle Jacobs, the HCET’s project manager, said this was essential in order…