Bushwillow School News

Ocean Theme

Ocean Theme

Our pre-school class is exploring the ocean this term. They drew the land and the ocean, designed their own boats and ships, built their class boat together out of card box and sailed around the world with it in one day! During this ocean adventure they explored many...

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Ubuntu – ‘I am because we are’

Ubuntu – ‘I am because we are’

In July 2019, we started the Ubuntu Skills Programme, providing sewing lessons to teachers, parents and women and men from our local community. A group of 10 people have enthusiastically started two-hour lessons twice a week and will continue till the end of the year....

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Kenton on Sea, Let’s live sustainably!

Kenton on Sea, Let’s live sustainably!

In the week 20-27 September millions of people took to the streets all over the world to call attention to the urgency of climate change. The children of Bushwillow School decided to join these people and try to raise awareness in our own town Kenton on Sea by...

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Athletics 15 August

Athletics 15 August

We attended the annual invitational athletics in PE on the 15th of August.  Well done to all our students who attended this fun and eventful day!Help us provide education to children from low-income families & build premises that nurture experimental learning.Is...

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Next development phase

Next development phase

To meet our future growth needs we are already preparing for our next development phase, which consists of building two new classrooms and a reception / kitchen area by the end of 2020. Together with New Earth Architecture we came up with initial designs for these new...

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Construction starts on our new Classroom building

Construction starts on our new Classroom building

During the July holidays, whilst our children and teachers were enjoying a well-deserved break, we started development on our new classroom building! We are so excited to see the completion of this project (due end August) as our senior learners will benefit from the...

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Edu-change workshop

Edu-change workshop

Edu-change: bringing together teachers from across the country for educational change From 1-3 July 2019 Bushwillow school hosted the edu-change workshop in which we bought together Bushwillow teachers and other change-makers in the South African educational field....

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Winter Solstice Bonfire Evening

Winter Solstice Bonfire Evening

Another Bushwillow School tradition!  This year we had our well supported and very popular bonfire evening on the night of the winter solstice - 21 June. Teachers, parents and children enjoyed the warmth of the fire and washed boerie rolls down with hot chocolate. ...

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The Lion King Production

The Lion King Production

On Friday 3 May Bushwillow performed its first ever musical production! There was a lot of roaring, singing and great humour. All the children from the school were involved in the production either through acting, singing, dancing or creating the stage, masks and...

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Extended School Grounds

Extended School Grounds

During the school holidays, a team lead and managed by Stephen cleared a section in and around the circular drive and parking area of the school and erected a fence around it. The result is a beautiful extended playground for the children with many more trees and more...

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Term 2 Theme:  Rights and Responsibilities continued

Term 2 Theme: Rights and Responsibilities continued

Our theme for term two follows on from term 1's "Rights and Responsibilities", but shift to different theme projects: Rights and responsibilities with regard to our body (body systems, human skeleton compared to other animals, evolution) our ecosystems (estuarine and...

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Bushwillow family day

Bushwillow family day

Thank you to all the teachers, staff, parents and children who got involved during their free time to help us beautify our school. Time was spent on erecting a new climbing structure called "the shipwreck", tidying gardens and making a banana circle!Help us provide...

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Beach day

Beach day

We spent the last day of the term at the beach! What better way to celebrate the end of a fantastic school term and the start of our first holiday . In true Bushwillow style we walked along the Kariega River all the way to Kenton Middle Beach where the children and...

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KFC cricket match

KFC cricket match

Our first cricket match!  Coach Moses and our Bushwillow cricket team were invited to a mini match in Ekuphumleni, sponsored by KFC.  Much fun was had by all.  Help us provide education to children from low-income families & build premises that nurture...

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Steve from Living Maths says hi

Steve from Living Maths says hi

Steve Sherman from Living Maths in Cape Town was so impressed by our children and our school that he made a special detour on his way to the airport back from the Makhanda Science Festival to come and see us. The kids feel the same way about him and great fun was had...

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Makhanda Science Festival

Makhanda Science Festival

On Sunday 10 March our Grade R-7 learners piled into cars and headed off to the Makhanda Science Festival. Both adults and children had a wonderful time exploring what was on offer. Below are but a few pictures of our fun day out.Help us provide education to children...

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Bushwillow turns 2

Bushwillow turns 2

To mark the occasion of our 2nd birthday, our children organized a Talent show for the Bushwillow community. It is always so inspiring to watch our kids in action as they emerge themselves into creating something special. It provides them with the opportunity to...

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The Wild Olives going wild at Rock Bottom camp

The Wild Olives going wild at Rock Bottom camp

Both children and grown-ups had such good experiences on our camping trip to Assegaai in November last year that we all jumped at the opportunity to add the same weekend trip to our learning project about the Khoisan rock art. The hike to the sacred place with the...

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Introducing our sports coach Moses

Introducing our sports coach Moses

A warm welcome to coach Lonwabo Moses Platyi! Moses was born in Port Alfred and an avid soccer player from a young age. He is passionate about teaching and coaching children in sports so 10 years ago he quit playing and his coaching career started. He was recently...

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A Bushwillow Nature Walk

A Bushwillow Nature Walk

We were joined by Dutch volunteers on the 25th on January this year. Both children and teachers had a wonderful time. Ntsiki Anderson will be volunteering every Thursday for first term. She's worked in play services and sharing her expertise with us here at Bushwillow...

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Eco-brick building

Eco-brick building

After making eco-bricks during the course of the year it was time to make out first construction with them: a bench next to one of our classroom buildings. This turned out into a project full of mud and laughter! Very exciting to start seeing the fruits of all the...

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Hero theme

Hero theme

Our theme this term is Heroes. The junior class has approached the theme as “Heroes Under the Night Sky”. They have been learning about astronauts and other heroes of space. The middle class is doing one historic hero a week. To date they have learnt about Rachel de...

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Heritage day

Heritage day

On heritage day, school families came together in their traditional clothes and shared their traditional dishes brought from home. The meal was a perfect illustration of the diversity in our school, while the beautiful dancing and singing of the learners made this...

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Kenton Rhino Run

Kenton Rhino Run

The 2018 Rhino Run was held on the 16th of September The Rhino Run was started in 2012 in response to a horrific poaching event that happened at the Kariega Game Reserve just outside Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast. Ever since then there has been a Rhino Run every...

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Spring is in the Fair

Spring is in the Fair

Spring has arrived! We celebrated this with our annual Spring Fair, a fun afternoon for the whole family providing delicious lunch treats and great kids’ activities. Many bushwillow families and community members joined for pony rides, paintball, face painting, good...

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SACSSA Regional Athletics competition

SACSSA Regional Athletics competition

A total of 17 Bushwillow learners participated in the SACSSA (Southern African Christian School's Sports Association) Regional Athletics competition in Port Elizabeth. Learners took part in 60m, 80m, 100m, 600m, 1200m, long jump, javelin, shot put, cricket ball throw...

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Permaculture rules!

Permaculture rules!

Today Edward Gaybba, a permaculture expert known as ‘Redbeard’, visited our school again after helping us with starting our permaculture school gardens last year. Redbeard was blown away by our learners: ‘they remembered everything I had taught them over a year ago....

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Radio talk

Radio talk

Radio 5 FM DJ SmashAfrica and musician Nation came to talk to the kids today after shooting a music video in the area. Not only did they share their passions and how they are achieving them, but they gave us a sneak peek into the world of music and performance art....

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Doing Geology

Doing Geology

Prof. Harilaos Tsikos and his team from Rhodes Geology department presented fascinating rock samples for us to study and identify. We then went down to the Kariega River to study the rocks along the river bank and try work out what type of rocks they were and what...

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A learner’s book launch

A learner’s book launch

One of our last year’s learners, Thomas van der Nest, recently wrote, illustrated and published his own book called ‘Godzilla vs the Shin Monster. Today he presented his book to us. The children were so delighted to see him, and it was such a powerful testament to...

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Mapping ecosystems with a game ranger

Mapping ecosystems with a game ranger

Game Ranger, Chris Ovens, from Sibuya Game Reserve, shared his journey to becoming a game ranger. His interactive talk revolved around the subject of Ecosystems and the web that connects us all. His stories and anecdotes were jam packed with fascinating facts and...

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Being Interviewed

Being Interviewed

Today we had some Dutch visitors joining our school: Lisa Koolhoven, storyteller and interviewer, told more about her life through being interviewed by our learners. Some of the questions she answered were ‘What is our favourite Xhosa word’ and ‘what is your favourite...

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Making Seed bombs

Making Seed bombs

Today Rory Clark, a father of two of our learners joined us to learn the kids how to make seed bombs for our permaculture gardens. We had lots of funning rolling our hands in the mud!     Help us provide education to children from low-income families &...

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Bonfire and games evening

Bonfire and games evening

After having to cancel this event two weeks ago because of strong winds, tonight was an ideal bonfire night! Sitting around a massive fire, the kids enjoyed their boerewors rolls, hot chocolate and marshmallows. We sang camp fire songs and played games in the dark. It...

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Bushwillow Breakfast

Bushwillow Breakfast

On Sunday 15 April, we organised our first Bushwillow Breakfast, which was well attended. Together with our spring fair this event is one of our annual small fundraising events, where we invite parents, learners and the general public to have a relaxing social morning...

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Family Working day

Family Working day

On Human Rights Day (21 March) we held our first family working day to further develop our playground. We had a lot of fun working together in weeding the garden, making a new sandpit, planting plants, developing new playground equipment and building a sensory path to...

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A Dutch Volunteer Visiting our School

A Dutch Volunteer Visiting our School

It is with great pleasure that we have had Laura Leijser visiting us from the Netherlands to volunteer at our school for one month. She has been a great help with providing ideas for our playground, coaching some ‘football’ on a Wednesday and introducing the teachers...

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A Visit from the Kariega Foundation Volunteers

A Visit from the Kariega Foundation Volunteers

On Wednesday 7 March, the Kariega volunteers visited our school to teach our classes about the importance of owls. After making owl masks and Origami, we learnt a great deal about these birds in Chris Pretorius’ fascinating presentation which included the visit of...

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Bushwillow is Starting a Pre-School Class

Bushwillow is Starting a Pre-School Class

In May 2018, we will open up our pre-school class, which caters for children turning 4 and 5 in 2018. We are looking forward to this new step as we grow Bushwillow and its ethos from the ground up. We will be welcoming Paula Scholtz as our pre-school teacher. The...

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New School Building Now Ready

New School Building Now Ready

During the December holiday our team has worked hard to finalise our new school building. We are very happy with the results! This new building consists of a new classroom for our class 3 and a multi-purpose room. The multi-purpose room will be used for meetings, can...

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Grahamstown Sci-Fest

Grahamstown Sci-Fest

On Friday 9 of March our learners visited the Scifest in Grahamstown. Our class 1 had a lot of fun conducting and watching natural science experiments themselves, from making milk magic and planting seeds to watching ‘erupting volcanoes’. Class 2 and 3 watched the...

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Children’s right theme

Children’s right theme

In this first term of the year our Theme is children’s rights. The junior class (GrR – Gr2) started with learning about their bodies before moving on to exploring what their rights are. Learners in the Middle class had a lot of fun in making colour full  ‘children’s...

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Visit to the Helping Hand Soup Kitchen

Visit to the Helping Hand Soup Kitchen

On 6 December we visited the ‘Helping Handing Soup Kitchen’ to hand-over Christmas presents that our learners collected and wrapped. The children supported by the Soup Kitchen were very grateful for the presents we delivered. Thanks everyone for the generous donations...

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Walk to Shelley beach

Walk to Shelley beach

On 18 November 2017 we walked to Shelley beach with parents, learners and siblings for a picnic. We had a great turn-out and thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful morning filled with swimming, castle building and fun conversations. It was great to all get to know each...

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Bushwillow School Spring Festival Stall Hire

Bushwillow School Spring Festival Stall Hire

Stall hire is available at our Spring Festival on the 2nd September, at a cost of R50.00 per stall. For all enquiries, or to book a stall, please contact Anouk on 071 628 6656 or email anouk@bushwillow.co.za.     Help us provide education to children from...

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Spring Festival 2nd September 2017

Spring Festival 2nd September 2017

Join us on Saturday 2nd September for our Spring Festival from 10.00am until 2.00pm at Bushwillow School. Entrance is free. There will be children’s activities, a food corner serving a selection of traditional foods, craft stalls and a second hand stall to name but a...

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Movie Night Friday 21st April 2017

Movie Night Friday 21st April 2017

We will be hosting our first Fundraiser on Friday the 21st April. Please join us at Bushwillow School for a family movie night. To book tickets, please pop into the Final Touch (next to Beachways), or contact Martin at martin@bushwillow.co.za. We look forward to...

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Opening Bushwillow School Friday 24 February 2017

Opening Bushwillow School Friday 24 February 2017

During this day we will be building climbing and balancing structures at the natural playground. Beforehand we will make an inventory of what material can be supplied and the tools that need bringing. Children are encouraged to come with and be part of this playground...

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Our new website launched!

Our new website launched!

We have launched our website. Our thanks go to to Tessa Mac Taggart and Kristie Botha from littlefishagency.co.za for all their hard work and creative skills. We really appreciate all their time and input. Anouk Verheijen (Chair Person), right, presented Tessa...

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9 August: (Women’s day) Jungle gym building

9 August: (Women’s day) Jungle gym building

During this day we will be building climbing and balancing structures at the natural playground. Beforehand we will make an inventory of what material can be supplied and the tools that need bringing. Children are encouraged to come with and be part of this playground...

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