It has been a long time since we have posted a blog, and apologies to all our followers! We have been busy little (big) bees with all our programs with lots of stories to tell which we will hopefully catch you up on over the next few weeks.
To get the GCU girls creative juices going, we always try to have one or two lessons a month which are purely practical and allow the girls to use their imagination or learn some new artistic skills.
This past month the girls have been taught how to make the traditional Chinese lanterns with not so traditional sellotape and staples. I thought this was a great idea, simple and easy to make. Well it was a great a idea and the girls loved every minute but making the lanterns was a little trickier than I had anticipated. The older girls did a great job assisting others and I think you can see from the pictures everyone came up with their own unique design! They are now proudly decorating the library adding a more color to the space.
Combining practical and reading is always fun and this lesson was no different. One might think that this was a simple and normal dice and counters game but with a difference.! as players move round the board you must follow the instructions and create your own unique monster with 100 eyes or 20 legs, blue arms or red, every monster is different. The lesson was a blast with come crazy designs coming through. The girls also wrote some impressive sentence es to describe what their monster looks like!
By Jennifer Pickett
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Sunday, 24 March 2013
The morning saw the GCU boys give the field a spring clean with freshly cut grass, marking the field with chalk, getting sounds systems ready to go and the gazebo ready for action. All we needed was the children and boy did they come. 1pm soon caught up and on marched each team in their team colours chanting and clapping ready for the afternoons events. The usual athletic events were the order of the day starting with 800m girls in the U10. Of course no sports day would be complete without novelty races from grade R and 1, sack race with pillow cases, 'egg and spoon' with potatoes rather than eggs and the entertaining 3 legged race, mums of course got the chance to compete with a very eager Mrs Lee who put in an appearance in every parent race. The day rounded off with the ever exciting relay races with nail biting finishes.
The day was a true success and it was wonderful to see parents coming to join in the fun and support their children and the school. This has been the second fundraiser the school has hosted for the year and whilst we must wait to see what the final figures were there is no denying that no matter what was raised everyone took part and enjoyed the moment. There are some things in life that we all share in common not matter from what part of the world you are from. Sports days are always and forever will be something we all share in common weather we were sporty or not, they are days which we cherish and remember the uniting of schools and of communities and Woodlands sports certainly did that.
All that is left to reveal is that blue house came 1st with over 130 points, followed by yellow and red in joint 2nd with last but by no means least the greens. Well done to all those who took part!
By Jennifer Pickett
The basketball training are up and running we have three girls teams (12, 14, 16) and two boys teams (12, 16) which is new to the club, this year are growing bigger than last year and we hope the teams do well in the league and as we will be working together and help seek great talents amongst these young girls and boys.
The Western Province School Basketball team trails took place at Settlers High school on the 9 March 2013, we send four girls for under 13 Nina Rhoda, Aden Fancensie, Chante skipper, Esme De-Kock, you could see these girls gave there all on trails and they made me as a coach proud and to prove the coach they got what it takes to be on the team ……and they made it through so all for G.C.U Wolves girls made it for the Western Province School team.
On the 18 March 2013 our basketball girls went to
Beach front where we had the girls had
a team building and physical fitness programme at open air gym. Green Point
Girl’s basketball coach
Sunday, 17 March 2013
|Acting out a story really brings it to life!|
The past two weeks I have been reading the story of the big big box with my 1st group of grade 2’s. I and the class was excited because I used two boxes to demonstrate my story. I had a big and a small box. When the kids came in I read the story to them and then explained that we were going to act out the story by using the boxes! As I read, children one by one piled into the box to illustrate the story, they were so excited. It was very funny to see how they got in the box, some feet first some head first and then got stuck turning around. Eventually the box broke because of all the excitement but one thing for sure it bought the story alive.
|Rearranging sentences using students!|
I could see that they understood the story better using props, so I’ve learnt if you let the kids ‘do’ the story they will understand much more so I am definitely going to try and implement this more into my lessons in the future.
This has been my first time tutoring in this way and whilst it has been a challenge the improvement in the children and the fun I’ve had has been great. I have learnt so much that I can apply to other areas of my work and im excited to see how the second term develops.
|Bean bag game - student throw a bean bag to the word I say|
By Laaiqah Safter
Grade 2 tutor