Celebrating teaching excellence

The annual provincial round of the National Teaching Awards (NTA) is well on its way. Cluster Winners and runners-up for these coveted awards were announced at Cluster Award Ceremonies across the province from the 12 – 14 September 2019.

The announcement of the winners and runners-up was preceded by intense Cluster Adjudication rounds, where nominees were required to do presentations as part of the Interviews to a well experienced and knowledgeable panel per cluster.

The Clusters are Metropole North & East, Metropole South & Central, Cape Winelands, Eden & Central Karoo, West Coast and Overberg. We are delighted with the increase of nominations for 2019. In 2018 we received 205 nominations and this has increased in 2019 to 247.

The NTA’s objective is to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our excellent teachers and creates a platform to publicly show our appreciation for the hard and sterling work our teachers do under sometimes very difficult circumstances.

Amongst the prizes received at cluster level were:

  • All winners received an R 4 000 ICT voucher;
  • Runners-up received each a R 2 000 ICT voucher;
  • In addition, Capitec Foundation sponsored cash vouchers to the winners of the following categories, i.e. Excellence in Primary School Leadership and Secondary School Leadership each R 6 000, Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (GET)each R 6 000, Excellence in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning R 3 000.
  • Each provincial winner will each receive cash vouchers from Capitec Foundation, ICT vouchers and Laptops from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

The 49 NTA cluster winners across the 6 clusters will now compete for the Provincial honours of representing the WCED at the national round of the NTA.

The provincial Adjudication process will start on the 1st October 2019 and will be completed on the 11th October 2019, thereafter the Provincial Minister will announce the provincial winners at the provincial Awards Ceremony in the form of a banquet on the 08 November 2019. We want to encourage schools to watch this space and to visit our NTA Gallery on the WCED website and view highlights of the cluster processes.

The WCED is proud of our teachers that has participated in the 20th edition of the NTA and wish to congratulate all teachers who were nominated and who were ultimately rewarded with the accolades of best teacher in their respective category of entry and cluster. #’coswecare #recognisingexcellence 

National Teaching Awards 2019

Cluster Finalists 

Category: Excellence in Primary School Teaching 

No Name Cluster School
1 Megan Abrahams South/Central Zwaanswyk Academy, Retreat
2 Charlynn Pass North/East Kalkfontein Primary, Kuils River
3 Shelly Lourens Cape Winelands Baden Primary, Montagu
4 Nomsa Charlie ECKED Thembalethu Primary, George
5 Chantel Fourie Overberg Kosie de Wet Primary, Villiersdorp
6 Eugenia Paulo-Goagoses West Coast Masiphatisane Primary, Vredenburg

Category: Excellence in Secondary School Teaching

No Name Cluster School
1 Steve Michell South/Central Fish Hoek High, Fish Hoek
2 Geraldine Whitmore North/East Jan Kriel School, Kuils River
3 Gizelle Johnson Cape Winelands Charleston Hill Secondary, Paarl
4 Brandon Claassen ECKED Morester Secondary, Oudtshoorn
5 Ian le Roux Overberg Emil Weder Secondary, Genadendal
6 Roderick Andrews West Coast Weston High School, Vredenburg

Category: Excellence in Grade R Teaching  

Nr Name Cluster School
1 Annemi Barnard ECKED Vorentoe Primary, Groot Brakrivier
2 Michelle Swart Overberg Hermanus Pre-Primary, Hermanus
3 Cecilia de Vries West Coast Langebaanweg Primary, Langebaanweg

Category: Excellence in Special Needs Teaching  

No Name Cluster School
1 Petra Anderson South/Central  Vista Nova School, Pinelands
2 Shannon Dreyer North/East Rusthoff LSEN School
3 Helene Vermeulen Cape Winelands Dorothea Special School, Stellenbosch
4 Hazel Human ECKED Olympia School of Skills
5 Pumza Citwa Overberg Lukhanyo Primary, Hermanus
6 Roeleen Fisher-Holloway West Coast Karitas Resource Centre, Vredenburg

Category: Excellence in teaching Mathematics (GET) 

No Name Cluster School
1 Faldila Gassiep South/Central Fairview Primary, Grassy Park
2 Anria Viljoen North/East Bosmansdam Primary, Bothasig
3 Tiffany Schwegmann Cape Winelands La Rochelle Girls’ High, Paarl
4 Letita Solomons ECKED Leeu-Gamka Primary, Leeu-Gamka
5 Juanita Oosthuizen Overberg Hermanus High School, Hermanus
6 Jason Cicero West Coast St Thomas Primary, Malmesbury

Category: Excellence in teaching Natural Sciences (GET) 

No Name Cluster School
1 Danielle van Eck North/East Protea Heights Academy, Brackenfell
2 Desmond Williams Cape Winelands Dalweide Primary, Paarl
3 Prosper Nopondwana ECKED Thembalethu High, George
4 Frances de Kock West Coast Steilhoogte Primary, Klawer

Category: Excellence in Technology – Enhanced Teaching and Learning 

No Name Cluster School
1 Riefqah Sasman Central/South Heideveld Secondary, Heideveld
2 Andrea Coetzer North/East Protea Heights Academy, Brackenfell
3 Nikki Potgieter Cape Winelands La Rochelle Girls’ Prim, Paarl
4 Mthunzi Ngwane ECKED Thembalethu Primary, George
5 Ronaldo Blauw Overberg VRT Pitt Primary, Swellendam
6 Deidre Marais West Coast Liebenberg Primary, Malmesbury

Category: Excellence in Primary School Leadership 

No Name Cluster School
1 Landeka Diamond South/Central Westlake Primary, Tokai
2 Nompapa Thobela Cape Winelands Mbekweni Primary, Paarl
3 John van Wyk Dames ECKED Milkwood Primary, Mossel Bay
4 Amanda du Plooy Overberg  Kathleen Murray Primary, Grabouw
5 Ursula Carsten West Coast Sederberg Primary, Clanwilliam

Category: Excellence in Secondary School Leadership 

No Name Cluster School
1 Gregory Kannemeyer South/Central  Beacon Hill High, Mittchells Plain
2 Wendy Horn North/East Protea Heights Academy, Brackenfell
3 Andre Morone Cape Winelands Hexvallei Secondary, De Doorns
4 Sheridon Adonis OED Swellendam Secondary, Swellendam
5 Elvin Vraagom West Coast Weston High School, Vredenburg

Category: Lifetime Achievement Award 

No Name Cluster School
1 Reo Stoltz Cape Winelands Courtrai Primary School, Paarl
2 Edna Loxton ECKED Hillcrest Secondary, Mossel Bay

T2P: ECKD lead Grade 12 Growth Mindset

19 September 2019 

On 6 August 2019, a group of principals and teaching staff of seven high schools in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay attended a Growth Mindset (GM) facilitation session at Knysna High School. 

Circuit 4 officials, including the Circuit Manager, Suzette de Villiers, were also in attendance.

The Eden and Central Karoo Education District (ECKED) is taking the lead in GM implementation and is currently piloting the programme to Grade 12s. 

The scene was set for active engagement and interaction. Trainees and officials alike were all very enthusiastic and in high spirits right to the end. The “take home” impression was that everybody was ready to serve and assist the Grade 12s to achieve their potential with some attendees verbalising that they “envisage a positive difference in the overall National Senior Certificate (NSC) results at the end of the year!”

A further positive spin-off is that the schools that attended the session would have a head start in 2020 and could deliver the programme to their NSC candidates without delay as soon as schools open in January.

Following the training, the new GM master facilitators chuffed, excited and armed with their “license” to facilitate the GM strategy to Grade 12 learners, already conducted a planning session to implement the programme.  They are eager to unleash the power of “yet” on their matriculants as opposed to the common place fixed mindset that have seemingly captured their learners for far too long. 

Lessons on World Milk Day

19 September 2019

On 11 September 2019, the Western Cape Education Department, in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Woolworths celebrated the annual World School Milk Day (WSMD) at Masiphumelele Primary School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

The initiative first began in 2000 by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and has become an annual event held in many countries throughout the world.

The 2019 WSMD, celebrated under the theme “Dairy gives you go”, highlighted that “milk and other dairy products are a great source of protein, calcium and energy to help Learner’s bodies grow.”

Lindelwa Dlulemnyango-Sopotela, WCED Director for the National School Nutrition Programme, said that the event was being hosted to “create awareness on the importance of drinking milk to learners”.

Under the WCED’s School Nutrition programme, learners currently receive milk once a week. Over 480 000 learners benefit from the WCED’s school nutrition programme at 1006 schools. 

The nutritional value of meals has increased since 2011 with the inclusion of fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned fish and lentils, and milk.

At the event Woolworths presented an Education Programme which highlights health and fitness. Learners were taught how to focus on exercises that will assist with bone strength and density; as well as, a class lesson on nutrition which spoke on the benefits of milk and the role that calcium plays in the body. Learners also received a meal pack with milk. 

Learners also showcased their acting skills – watch these four learners entertainingly describe to their fellow learners the benefits of milk!

300 000th learner at the Centre for Conservation Education

19 September 2019 

The Centre for Conservation Education in Wynberg recently welcomed its 300 000th learner. Since 1989, the Centre has had a total of 300 000 school children participating in its environmental education programme. That is the equivalent of six full Newlands Rugby Stadiums! 

The 300 000th learner in question was Kwamkelo April, a Grade 5 learner at the Dominican School for Deaf Children in Wynberg. Kwamkelo’s class came for a lesson on the Weather Station where they were introduced to a number of modern scientific weather recording instruments, and learnt how weather information is collected globally by both scientists and ordinary people – a nice introduction to citizen science.

Deaf children follow the same curriculum as other schools, and the Dominican School has been coming to the Centre for many years.

So congratulations to the centre- and Kwamkelo – who unknowingly became part of the centre’s own history when he entered the building!

For further information about the Centre for Conservation Education, please call (021) 762-1622.  

Photo caption: Kwamkelo April with his teacher, Sharnelle Petersen.

Learners in the West Coast find their Career Path

19 September 2019

On the weekend of 2-3 August 2019, Vredenburg High School’s (VHS) hall was opened to learners from all over the West Coast for a Career Expo. In partnership with the West Coast Business Chamber (WCBC), they hosted a regional Career Expo to provide learners with more information regarding their future career path and to meet industry experts from multiple sectors, industries and businesses.

 “We believe every learner should have the opportunity to explore all career options available to them in their immediate geographical locations so that they will be properly equipped to make informed decisions about what they would like to become one day.” said VHS & WCBC in a joint statement.

“We believe that it is important to expose learners to career opportunities from a young age so that they will know their strengths, weaknesses and interests in order to make the right career choices.”

Businesses and trades from the private and public sector were invited to exhibit and to provide learners with information about their line of work, helping them navigate their potential and interest in pursuing it as a possible career path.

Businesses and trades/sectors that exhibited ranged from estate agents, accounting firms, beauty academies, chef schools, law enforcement departments, special forces, music academies, energy and engineering trades, hospitality businesses, healthcare services, military academies, tourism services, colleges, navy training, commercial diving services and many government departments, to name a few!

Businesses and trades in the area were also looking for learners to join their programmes/learnerships, making it the ideal opportunity for learners to meet potential employers.

“Learners really enjoyed being exposed to trades and to be able to make personal contact with industry experts. It really does bring a sense of encouragement that there are many opportunities available to them in and around the West Coast. We are truly happy about the success of the Expo,” said VHS and WCBC.  

Some businesses offered prizes to learners: West Coast Chef School – a course to the value of R6000; EUSA – a computer course; Sunrise Energy – a two-hob gas stove and a gas bottle; and The West Coast Business Development Centre who will help two entrepreneurs start their businesses.

VHS and the WCBC wants to thank every exhibitor for their contribution to the Expo. VHS said, “The school is looking forward to seeing the rewards manifest in our beloved Western Cape for both learner and employer and we are looking forward to another successful Expo next year!”

“A special thanks to our media partners Radio West Coast, Bok Radio, Perron FM, and Die Weslander for their support.”

Action packed Marine Sciences weekend.

19 September 2019

This past weekend, learners from seven schools across the Province were treated to an exciting and engaging programme celebrating Marine Sciences Week organized by Gansbaai Academia School.

The programme kicked off with a shark dissection by the Marine Dynamics team, followed by a visit to the I&J Abalone farm to showcase the different growths stages of Haliotis midae species.

At the Abalone farm, Gansbaai Academia welcomed learners from five different schools that also form part of the Marine Engagement programme run by the South African Observation Network (SAEON).

These schools include, Simon’s Town High School, Houtbay High, Ocean View High, Sophumelela High and Masiphumelele High School.

Later that afternoon the South African Weather Services (SAWS) spoke to learners about “Understanding metocean interactions”. Their team consisted of five Meteorological and Marine observers.

Tammy Morris from SAWS also had an introductory session with the learners on Ocean salinity. Simons Town High and Gansbaai Academia gave feedback on their journey as a Marine Sciences Node and presented on Porrifera and Tides.

A team from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries then addressed learners explaining ‘Aquaculture’ and the career paths and bursaries offered by the Department.

Miss Pinkey from Dyer Island Trust presented on Pollution and gave an overview of her organization.

The evening ended off with Mr Thomas Mtontsi presenting on Robots in the Ocean, highlighting Argo floats that are monitored by SAEON.

The next day, learners were up early to do a beach clean-up from Stanford’s Cove to Gansbaai Harbour. They were joined by the Gansbaai Academia Tourism learners.

The group managed to clean the area thoroughly and recorded the debris collected on the beach area. The Marine Sciences learners also recorded species data on the Rocky shore for their end of year final practical mark.

Tommy Wilson, Principal of Gansbaai Academia, said “Overall the weekend was very successful and informative from the various organisations presenting to us, our Abalone farm visit, Shark dissection, beach clean-up and Rocky Shore data collection.”

Well WCED News completely agrees with that statement! What a weekend of discovery and learning, as well as, the opportunity to meet new friends and do something positive for the environment!

Well done Gansbaai Academia for this amazing initiative!

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