Bushwillow
Year end
Newsletter

December 2018

Our second Bushwillow year has been a year full of growth, richness and diversity.

Growth in our number of learners and teachers; from 30 we grown to 55 learners this year and with 3 new teachers joining us we now have a team of 7 very dedicated teachers at our school.

Our learners also covered a rich variety of themes this year: from children’s rights they moved on to ecosystems and covered various hero journeys. Through these themes learners not only covered various learning areas, including maths, languages, biology and history, they also discovered how they learn and how they can further strengthen their learning abilities.

Lastly, through encounters with various oversees volunteers and local community members who shared their passions, our learners got a flavour of the diverse world we live in. 

Your generous donations to our school have contributed to these achievements and we are very grateful for this continuous support. Below a glimpse of the special year that we are leaving behind us and we trust you will keep following us in the new year. Wishing you all the best for the festive season!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 &...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Eco-brick building

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...

Hero theme

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...

Heritage day

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...

Kenton Rhino Run

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,...

Spring is in the Fair

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...

SACSSA Regional Athletics competition

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...

Permaculture rules!

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....

Radio talk

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...

Doing Geology

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...

A learner’s book launch

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...

Mapping ecosystems with a game ranger

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...

Being Interviewed

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...

Making Seed bombs

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....

Bonfire and games evening

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...

Bushwillow Breakfast

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...

Family Working day

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...

A Dutch Volunteer Visiting our School

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...

A Visit from the Kariega Foundation Volunteers

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...

Bushwillow is Starting a Pre-School Class

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,...

New School Building Now Ready

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...

Grahamstown Sci-Fest

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 right theme

Help us continue our good work and grow our school.. because every child deserves a great education