All RESA schools follow the prescribed four term model used by the government schools. We just finished our second term and would love to share some of our highlights.
The word Eisteddfod comes from the Welsh festival at which competitions are held in music, poetry, art and drama. In South Africa, many regions host an Eisteddfod for school going learners to showcase their talent. The categories include visual art, recitation, dance as well as vocal and instrumental performance.
The Overberg Eisteddfod was held in the last week of term 2. Seventeen learners from Fynbos Academy and 19 learners from Hoopland Academy took part in the recitation category. The process involved picking an age appropriate poem, learning it off by heart and under the guidance of teachers and parents, learning how to use your voice and facial expression to bring it to life. Our learners excelled and they came back with achievements ranging from silver to Cum Laude.
This term the Western Cape was warned about a massive storm that would hit the province. The WCED decided to close all government schools on the 7th of June and we followed suit. Wet weather and strong winds play havoc with transport to schools in rural areas. Luckily the storm was not as bad as anticipated in our area and the learners could appreciate the snow-capped mountains the next day.
We found that our children are growing up in a world where drug and alcohol abuse are prevalent. We assume that our children would be guarded from such things until they have the maturity to understand what damage can be done by it. Unfortunately, children are being exposed to drugs and alcohol at an early age. The Wellington Police Department assisted us in this matter and visited Blouvlei Academy to teach about the dangers of drugs and how to recognise them.
Outing to Butterlfy World
Outings are an integral part of our curriculum. Our children aren’t lucky enough to visit as many places of interest as we would like, and therefore we have the privilege of fulfilling that role. At the end of June, Blouvlei Academy visited Butterfly World. Butterfly World is not only a beautiful place filled with exotic butterflies, but it is also a fully-fledged zoo. The learners were taught an eco-lesson that was presented by a qualified teacher. They covered the life cycle of butterflies in a unique way and bring exotic animals into the classroom for groups to see up close, experience and touch.
Jungle gym fun
A generous donor was kind enough to donate a beautiful new jungle gym to Fynbos Academy in May. This jungle gym is allows our children to develop their gross motor skills while having a lot of fun.
Gross motor abilities also have an influence on other everyday functions. For example, a child’s ability to maintain table top posture (upper body support) will affect their ability to participate in fine motor skills (e.g. writing, drawing and cutting) and sitting upright to attend to class instruction, which then impacts on their academic learning. Gross motor skills impact on your endurance to cope with a full day of school (sitting upright at a desk, moving between classrooms, carrying your heavy school bag). Caption from Child Development.com
Learning through play
Playful learning is very important in supporting children’s social and emotional development, confirms research by Oxford university. Results show this becomes evident later in life with academic successes.The most successful learning takes place best when children are engaged and enjoying themselves, research reports. At RESA our teachers look for new and innovative ways to make learning fun. Here are but a few:
Community is Key
What would a community organisation be without community? We are lucky enough to have great individuals and companies supporting our foundation. They share our heart and give selflessly. In June Stanford Spar and Overberg Agri donated hot soup and bread rolls to our learners at Hoopland Academy. Thank you to our great supporters!
On the 24th of July we open for term 3. We are looking forward to an action packed term with a few new faces on board. Watch this space!