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3 R's News: Reading, Running, Right-ing
Reading: The literacy/numeracy worksheets focus on emotions and an area entitled “I am informed” which explores alcohol abuse – a topic which is particularly relevant for the approaching school holidays. As a practical group-work exercise the children examine a variety of pictures which depict scenarios relating to alcohol abuse: peer pressure, a parent who is drunk, the effects of alcohol on an unborn child. Together, the learners come up with another course of action in place of misusing alcohol, for example deciding on an alternative way in which they can be considered ‘cool’, such as playing in a sports team or in the school band.
Build up to Exams: Literacy and numeracy revision worksheets are completed, serving as constructive preparation for school exams. Each child writes a grade-specific Anna Foundation exam which is done every 6 months and serves as part of our monitoring and evaluation process. Reading assessments are also undertaken, tracking the progress of each child’s reading ability. A report card which indicates each child’s overall mark will be handed out in the last week of the school year.
Running: We wrap up the last few lessons of the year with a summary of all that has been learned last month about athletics and dance. All the skills required in athletics have been incorporated in fun games, and the children get a chance to dance hip-hop, the waltz and even some line dancing. The lessons are varied and most enjoyable as the children’s minds start gearing towards the holidays on the horizon.
Right-ing: The Grade R – 3’s look back and recall all the characters from the books which they have explored during the course of the year. Each child chooses the animal character with which they can best identify and creates their own with clay, with the aim of internalising that character’s strengths. The Grade 4 – 12 group completes their 6-frame comic strip which they started last month, dealing with obstacles, personal fears and doubts. They decide on a conclusion to their story and how their obstacles will be overcome.
Each year after exams, our farms begin preparing for a time of Giving Back. This is a chance for the children to think back to all the wonderful things which others have been given to them and done for them during the year – things which have made them feel spoilt, appreciated and special – and help others to feel the same. This is a time to “pay it forward” to others in need. This year we did things slightly differently and instead of advising the children as to what they must do, we left the ball in their court, simply giving them information as to who they would visit. We were so impressed with the mature attitude with which so many of our learners approached not only the planning but also the compassion and respect that was shown towards others on the various excursions. It is clear that our life skills lessons are having an impact on these children!
On 26 November, the Dornier, Waterford, Stellenzicht and Neethlingshof children visited Huis Ebenhaeser for tea, scones and a chat. Our Stellenzicht learners arrived in their ‘Sunday best’, and each with a rose to give to the elderly residents. A friend of the old age home lead the children and residents in song while Clint (Grade 11) took it upon himself to do a Bible reading and then it was time for tea and the sharing of the scones which the children had made or contributed towards. At first the younger learners were anxious about conversing with the older residents, not knowing what to say but after explaining that they simply needed to introduce themselves, they immediately took it in their stride and chatted happily away! What a special afternoon, not only for the residents of Huis Ebenhaeser but also for us, witnessing how so many of our children enjoyed the experience, being an ear for others and giving them the time and attention they deserve.
On the same afternoon, the children from Solms-Delta organised a fun-filled afternoon for the children of Youth Outreach, a temporary safe care centre in Stellenbosch. Facilitator, Karlien and her Grade 1 learners took to the ‘stage’ and performed a dance routine. This was followed by a short recital by facilitator Patricia’s “choir” and in return, children from the youth centre decided to perform a few of their songs for the farm children. Space was limited but the games which followed had been planned accordingly and there was much laughing and fun had by both groups of children. Before saying goodbye, the Solms-Delta children handed out pieces of cake which they had made.
On 27 November, Buffet Olives, Rustenberg, Villiera and De Meye visited Butterfly House - a children’s palliative care centre. With both Xhosa and English speaking children at this venue, our Afrikaans-speaking learners were not bothered and as children do, found a way to communicate with one another. An art activity provided an opportunity for the older children to assist the younger ones and this really helped to increase the interaction. A number of exciting team games followed and before leaving, cake was handed out to the hospice children – a small gesture to brighten their time at Butterfly House.
Our Simonsig learners visited Huis Horison - a residential centre specialising in the care of people with intellectual disability. The enthusiastic Grade 4 – 7’s had written their own play, together with their facilitator, all about loving one another unconditionally. They had practiced every day for a week and in addition, had made 100+ Father Christmases, Christmas trees and other gifts from recyclable material, each filled with sweets. The Grade R – 3’s performed Christmas carols which were sung with gusto as everyone joined in. The children enjoyed giving a hug with each gift that was handed out and the residents were so touched by the gesture and asked that the Simonsig children to come back next year, when they will prepare something special for our learners!
The Anna Foundation Year-End Showcase was held at the Rustenberg Community Hall on 14 November. Among the guests present were a number of our clients, corporate funders and fundraisers, 1%Club members, volunteers, teachers and supporters. Education, life skills and sports exhibits were on display and guests were free to have a look at the various resources and photographs before the start of the presentation whilst enjoying snacks and glass of juice or wine.
Founding Director, Anna Brom started the presentation by reminding guests about the core purpose of the Anna Foundation’s programmes: to empower rural children with life skills and core values, to improve self-esteem and self-worth which will lead to improved educational/literacy levels, improved fitness and health, greater life opportunities and bigger future visions. A detailed explanation of the “3 R’s Programme: Reading, Running, Righting“ was given, with a special focus on the life skills (Right-ing) curriculum. Uné Conradie, who has designed the programme with the assistance of a registered drama therapist, enlightened guests as to how drama can be used as a tool to address important and relevant issues, build self-esteem, improve communication and develop problem-solving skills in children. Uné gave details of some of the methods which we use to tackle sensitive topics and shared stories of the positive impact which the life skills programme is having on our learners.
During the remainder of the presentation, other members of the Anna Foundation staff shared about the School Scholarship Programme, finances, and highlights of the year, of which there are many in 2013! Guests also heard from two facilitators as to how the 3 R’s Programme is impacting the children in their after school and making a difference in their community. In closing, all corporate and private donors, media, clients and supporters were thanked as without their backing, the Anna Foundation’s programmes would not be possible.
1%Club Pub Quiz Fundraiser
The third 1%Club Pub Quiz Fundraiser was held on 20 November, once again at the historical Fireman’s Arms Pub in Cape Town. This annual event had 15 teams entered comprised of 1%Club members and non-members. Everyone attending was looking forward to a fantastic evening, and that’s exactly what it was!
There were a number of teams who had returned to defend their title from previous years and arriving in appropriate getup: “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs”, “Who the Heff are Hugh?!?!”, “The Revenge of the Nerds” and “It” (a la Stephen King) representing the team from the Anna Foundation. The prize for best outfit went to “The Wallies” (you know, as in “Where’s Wally?”). This team was most certainly not difficult to spot!
The quiz was one again hosted by Quintin from “Quiz Nite Cape Town” who had a tough job, doing all the evening’s announcing over the zealous nattering. A variety of categories were covered, including the old, school favourites, sport and music (which required some serious listening skills), as well as general knowledge questions, current affairs and film. All questions conveniently appeared on one of the many TV screens around the venue making it easier to mull over the answers. After each round the correct answers and team scores were read out giving teams an idea as to where on the ‘podium’ they ranked at that point in time. Throughout the course of the evening, waiters brought out the pre-ordered meals, table by table. Each dish was beautifully presented and tasted out of this world!
After completing 10 categories of questions, it was time to see who would walk away with the title of Quiz Champion. The team and spot prizes for this year’s Pub Quiz Fundraiser most certainly raised the bar: there were game drives, picnic, physio and cranial massage vouchers, J & M Biltong hampers, vouchers for top-notch restaurants in the Winelands including Dornier’s ‘Bodega’, Simonsig’s ‘Cuvée’, and Neethlingshof’s ‘Lord Neethling’, not to mention plenty of wine and even an outdoor misting kit.
Team “Figure of Eight” came in 1st place (49 points), while the nerds from “Master Class” were hot on their heels in 2nd with 48.5 points. In 3rd place with 45.5 points was “My Wife Can’t Wrestle but You Should See Her Box”.
Yet another successful 1%Club Pub Quiz Fundraiser and not only from the quiz point of view – an astonishing R13 220 was raised for the 1%Club’s beneficiary: Anna Foundation!
Thank you to all teams who supported the evening and THANK YOU to all sponsors for being so willing to contribute such magnificent prizes. See you all next year!
Prize Sponsors: Arabella Wines, Dornier Wines, ElJoSa Travel and Tours, Joubert & Monty Biltong, Kaapzicht Wines, Neethlingshof Wines, Simonsig Wines, Solms-Delta Wines, Tamsin Hodgson Physiotherapy, The Misting Company, Villiera Wines
- The Gun Run: Most generous contribution!
- Lilla Howe Trust: Financial donation and on-going monthly support
- Croft Trust: Financial donation and on-going monthly support
- Dr Brom: Financial donation and on-going monthly support
- de Villiers Family: Financial donation and on-going monthly support
- Marius and Martinette van der Merwe : On-going monthly contribution towards school tuition
- 1%Club Members: Your monthly support helps a great deal
- Francois du Plessis: Your generous donation is most appreciated
- JET Lee Will Trust: Thank you for your support
- Stellenzicht Wines/Guy Webber: The most generous contribution
- Distell: Financial donation
- DG Murray: Contribution towards children's event
- Wines with Heart: Donation and on-going monthly support
- Johan and Ann Brandt: Contribution towards prizes is much appreciated
- H20: New water dispenser!
- MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and all our 'card swipers'
- Eikestad Mall, Woolworths: Permitting our supporter recruiting
- Eikestadnuus: Article and general support