WCED Winter holiday programmes for learners and educators
Following a busy examination period, the upcoming winter holiday is also a much needed break for many learners and teachers.
Many of our schools will however be buzzing with activities over the holiday period.
The July holiday period is when many of our learners in the province are left unsupervised and are at risk of becoming involved in negative anti-social behaviour.
Over the course of the next few weeks, the WCED will once again offer holiday programmes during the winter school holidays which will include Safe Schools Holiday Programmes as well as Winter Schools for our Grade 12's.
Some of the highlights include:
SAFE SCHOOLS HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
The aim of the safe schools holiday programme includes providing constructive activities for children while also protecting schools by ensuring that they are visibly utilised during this period. The programmes are aimed at keeping our children positively engaged, entertained and safe, especially in areas where they are at a greater risk of exposure to substance abuse, drugs, violence and gangsterism.
Each district organises programmes according to the perceived need in the district concerned.
Educational programmes on offer include topics such as peer-pressure, moral values, substance abuse, HIV/Aids and sexual abuse. Other important topics covered are truancy, gangsterism and bullying as well as career guidance.
A special programme has been designed which addresses sexual abuse, gender inequality and gender based violence.
Fun activities include hiking, kayaking, board games, arts and crafts as well as drama and dance classes.
A number of stakeholders have come on board to assist us with the various educational and fun activities. The programme includes various government departments and NGOs, the City of Cape Town, Metro Police and the South African Police Service.
For more information on the Safe Schools Holiday Programme, parents can contact their child's school or their nearest district office.
GRADE 12 WINTER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
Providing curriculum support to our Grade 12 learners is always a priority, particularly in schools where learners are struggling in specific subjects. During the upcoming holidays, the WCED has organised holiday study programmes at a number of our high schools.
The "winter schools" aim to assist learners in high enrolment subjects. These subjects include Mathematics, Physical Science, Geography, Life Sciences, Accounting and Economics.
Many of the programmes on offer will be taught by tutors selected by the WCED.
In some schools, curriculum advisors will be supporting and assisting individual school programmes. Additional resource materials have been developed to complement the lessons being presented.
The dates of each school's programme differ. Some schools have offered programmes on specific days, while others, throughout the holiday period.
For more information on the Grade 12 Holiday Programme, parents can contact their child's school or their nearest district office.
In order to protect our schools, as far as possible, from burglary and vandalism over the holiday period, the WCED's Safe Schools directorate has arranged increased security at some of our high risk identified schools.
We also ask every community member to help their schools by reporting any suspicious behaviour in and around our schools to the police immediately.
While we are pleased that we have been able to offer safe school programmes at schools across the province, we cannot compensate for the role that responsible, committed parents must play in the lives of their children. That is the bedrock of a functional society and we call on parents to take responsibility for their children's safety during the school holiday period and ensure they are kept off the streets and away from alcohol, drugs and gangs.
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
Ongoing training and development of our educators is another important focus, with a particular focus on Language and Mathematics strategies and e-learning/ICT integration. The Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) is therefore running a number of teacher training and development programmes throughout the winter holidays. Ongoing professional development and training of our educators is a priority for this government.
In addition to the annual Maths and Language Solutions Conference, new courses include Senior Phase Career Planning Workshop, EMS Provincial Training and Instructional Design Course.
The Career Planning teacher training will be happening at CTLI on the 3-4 July will focus on up skilling teachers at a Grade 8 and 9 level to assist learners in making informed choices in terms of the right subjects for the right career. Career and Subject choices are critical in the lives of grade 9 learners who are faced with those life directing choices.
The Instructional Design Course is an ICT integration course which forms part of the e-Teacher programme. It is a course for officials, from various sections of WCED on the design of online courses or the re-design of existing face- to face courses to become online and blended mode courses. The course will take place over a period of 9 days.
This year, we will again offer the 5-day course to women that aspire to be school managers and leaders. This course aims to facilitate and enhance the leadership development of women within the WCED and to develop their leadership skills.
I wish to take this opportunity to wish all our educators and learners a pleasant and safe holiday and we hope they return refreshed and ready to tackle the second half of the school year.