Bushwillow School News

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

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

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

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 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

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!

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 & build...

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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

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

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

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 ideas for our playground, coaching some ‘football’ on a Wednesday and introducing the teachers and...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 low-income...

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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

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

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!

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

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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Bushwillow Camp

From 4-8 July Bushwillow school organised its first holiday camp at Beehaven farm. A total of 13 children in the age of 4-14 joined us for a week full of fun and adventure! The programme included a lot of outside activities such a kayaking on the Bushman’s River,...

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