New learner at iThemba - Monday, October 17, 2016

Good morning from iThemba and welcome to Keenan! He is our newest learner in Thandi’s class. He started last Monday and seems to have settled in very well.


Tuckshop time - Friday, October 14, 2016

This months tuckshop was held in Sue-ellen’s class and the theme was “Spring”. Deyondre was asked to do the selling and she thoroughly enjoyed the experience as you can see in the picture!


Thanks for a nice donation - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Eva from Lufthansa InTouch donated a beautiful table, chairs and other goodies to our school. She and her friend Alfons delivered everything to iThemba - thanks a lot!


Back to school! - Monday, October 10, 2016

It's 'back to school' time today at iThemba after 1 week of holidays! We wish everybody a successful week :-)


Road safety artwork - Friday, October 07, 2016

Our learners did some beautiful artwork around the theme of “Road Safety” last week.


Seen painting his picture is Koyisa and Onako is showing off her drawing.


Big walk and Family Day! - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

 A huge thank you to our awesome parents, children, staff, families and friends for making our Big Walk/Family Day so special on Saturday 24 September.


We all had a fantastic day with socialising, games, and playing in the sea water.

Our children, parents and staff had so much fun participating in a two legged race, and also built sand castles.





End of third school term - Monday, October 03, 2016

We have come to the end of the third term! Teachers and learners are on a week school holiday this week and will return 10th October.


Thank you to the support staff who will be at school if any of our learners decide to come during the school holidays :-)

Impressions of the last weeks - Friday, September 30, 2016

Some impressions of the last weeks: Deyondre shows off on the cross bars and a team builds castles in the sand.
Mbasa is busy with a family of birds and Tyrese shows us a tortoise all made from playdough.



How to have fun with your teacher - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Having fun with their teachers: Juanita is seen assisting her learners in making a tortoise using clay and Thandi is doing a movement ring with her learners.

What to do in an emergency. - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Do you know what to do in an emergency? Charmaine and Sue-ellen are prepared! They attended a First Aid workshop at True North last week.


Seen in action doing CPR on a dummy is Charmaine, and Sue-ellen shows off a sling that one of their fellow first aiders secured on her.


A new week ahead - Monday, September 26, 2016
Are you ready to start the new week? Our learners are! Have a look at Kungawo dancing in the sun, so much positive energy :-) 
Play time at iThemba! - Friday, September 23, 2016

Here you can see Kungawo standing on the log and encouraging the other learners to play a game...looks like she has them eating out of her hand :-) Happy Friday from iThemba!


Year end concert: exercise time - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Our learners are in full swing to practice for the year end concert! Seen here are the younger leraners rehearsing.


What do create out of waste - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Do you like these pictures? They are all made of the waste we found at school! A huge thank you go Anya who did a workshop with us concerning creativity and which materials we could use...little is needed to be creative.


How fit are you? - Monday, September 19, 2016

Keeping fit is key to being healthy and we encourage our learners to do sports! Have a look at Thandi in action with her class doing movement rings. We wish everybody a healthy start in this coming week


Creativity rules! - Friday, September 16, 2016

Happy Friday everybody :-) In class our younger learners are seen getting creative working on their fish....

....and in the fantasy area they are riding in a train...it's all about being creative!


Recycling time! - Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sue-ellen and Nangi are doing recycling with their learners soon.

They visited the veggie garden and the recycling that Charmaine is currently busy with.


Cleaning up at iThemba - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We cleaned a lot outside recently! Seen here are the Grade R learners cleaning up the front of the school.

The younger learners picked up all the big stones.


Learning in fun ways - Friday, September 09, 2016

Learning at school is always about fun and exploring!


Seen with her learners here is Thandi experimenting with water and different objects the concept of “floating and sinking”.

Learners experimenting with cake flour, powder paint and water on white paper.

Some young learners creating beautiful drawings of a rainy day using white chalk on black paper.


Visitor at iThemba - Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Last week we had one visitor, Norma who works at Sunrise Educare. She came to do observations in the Grade R class as she is studying Level 5 at Cape College.

Swing is working again! - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

A huge thank you to Derek Naidoo, dad of Joansa in Grade R and Professor Aziz Choudy for fixing the swings in the garden :-) Our children were very pleased to have their equipment back to normal again.


Keeping warm - Monday, September 05, 2016

How to keep warm on a cold and windy day? Move!


Our learners had loads of fun outside this week, riding on the bicycles...


 ...and playing dodge ball.


Fundraising time at iThemba - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The motto this month was 'cultural day'. Everybody looked beautiful, but our three best dressed last week were Jaylin representing the Indian culture, Tylor the Moslem culture and Mbasa the Ndebele culture. Have a look at the picture

A huge thank you to our parents who put loads of effort into their children’s outfits!

Learning responsibility at iThemba - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Our learners enjoy being responsible and keeping their garden clean is part of that Job.

Farm animal week at iThemba - Monday, August 29, 2016

Happy Monday from iThemba Last week was all about farm animals!

Our two younger classes created artworks about animals like sheep.

Our older learners were busy working on a mathematics art activity.

Celebrating women's month! - Friday, August 26, 2016

In celebration of Women's Month, Africa A+ is putting the spotlight on our school principal Veronica Nicholas!


Running for hope - Thursday, August 25, 2016

A wonderful initiative by the Lufthansa InTouch colleagues in Melbourne, Australia: 21 participants  will run the streets of Melbourne to support iThemba at the Melbourne Marathon festival in October. If you want to know more or would like to support them, please have a look here: https://www.ammado.com/community/ithemba-means-hope

Thank you very much for your support! 
Creative Week continued! - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Teacher Thandi can be seen here assisting her learners with a colour matching game as they concentrated on getting the correct cards together.


Creative week at iThemba - Monday, August 22, 2016

Seen here are Charmaine and Nangamso two of the staff members who are with the aftercare project, “Bight Sparks”. They assisted the children as they made a flower with a paper plate and other creative materials.


Learning and fun at iThemba - Friday, August 19, 2016

Some of our little learners were dancing to the music that their teacher put on...

some were learning how to iron.


The Grade R learners did some drawings, have a look!


 Happy Friday :-)

parent/teachers meeting - Thursday, August 18, 2016

We had a parent/teachers meeting last week which was well attended. We started off with some fun and participated in Umhlobo Wam.

Karen Stewart also attended the meeting to talk to the parents about the pilot project “Bright Sparks”. It explores messy play and being creative using various waste materials.

Training the teachers - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Veronica, iThemba school principle, attended a Heartlife course with fellow principals and teachers last week.

"The course was very informative and emotional and every participant left with renewed positivity" says Veronica. Thank you to Gillian and Sophie from True North as well to Jessy Orwin who facilitated the course. Each participant received a certificate and a gift, grateful thanks to True North.

Outdoor activities - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

We had sunny day last week and the younger classes were given different tasks like walking across a balance beam...

...or using the sliding board.

Happy Friday! - Friday, August 12, 2016

At iThemba we encourage teamwork, sharing, helping and caring. Seen here are our two aspiring young hair designers, Kungawo and Unako busy working on Aminathi’s hair :-)


Playing at iThemba - Thursday, August 11, 2016

It is wonderful to see our young learners playing in the garden being creative :-)


Supporting children at iThemba - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

At this age, learners still need all the help and guidance that they receive from their teachers. Seen here is Emily assisting two of her learners to assemble their bin trucks together.


Learning at iThemba - Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Opportunities for learning arrise anywhere, at anytime as seen with this group of learners who are using the water collected from the recent rain in the sandpit to water the trees.


Creative Monday - Monday, August 08, 2016

Good morning and happy Monday from iThemba! Our learners artwork has progressed so much this year and they are encouraged to be as creative as they can: Have a look at these stunning pieces of artwork!

Mickayla shows off her butterfly and flower made from playdough.

Chadly’s version of doing the numbers, words and symbols from 1-6.

Koyisa showing us his airplane made from playdough.

Telling stories at iThemba - Monday, August 08, 2016

Story telling with the Grade R learners is becoming quite popular! We encourage them to retell the story of the week to their peers.

Seen retelling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears using puppets is Joansa

Anathi read the same story from the big book to her Peers.


Sunny days in Winter - Friday, August 05, 2016

We had some sunny days in winterish Cape Town last week! Whenever we have sunny days, our children love being outdoors playing with water and doing other fun things. Happy Friday :-)

Training the teachers at iThemba - Thursday, August 04, 2016

We had our second Inclusive Education workshop with Cindy Engelbrecht last week. She brought Ashlene, a new recruit along to shadow what she was doing with us.

Generous donation - Monday, August 01, 2016

Happy Monday to everybody Our children were spoilt last Monday when they each received a party packet from an anonymous donor - thanks a lot!

Freaky Friday! - Friday, July 29, 2016

It was Freaky Friday fundraiser at school today!  Everybody dressed up and transformed their faces for the occasion. Thanks to the parents who took the time and effort to dress their children. We decided to have a best dressed learner from each class, and chose...have a look yourself!

Jermica, Uyanda and Dorocus are the proud winners of our Freaky Friday!

Also our staff dressed for the occasion!

Training the teachers - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

We participated in the Africa A+ Schools Winter workshop which took place beginning of July during the school holidays with Chameleon and ABC Educare centres.


We created funny alien musical instruments from waste and used those instruments in our play. Everyone had loads of fun with plenty of laughter, sharing, collaboration and learning.


Thanks so much to Africa A+ Schools and Anya for the wonderful experience.


Back to school time - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Our children are very happy to be back at school after the break! Last week, it was time for some fun activities again. The two younger classes were given different materials to create land transport, and these are the results!


Sibongo made a truck using a stencil with playdough, Tylor made a car using stickers and Jeanell a truck.



Celebrating Madiba - Monday, July 18, 2016

Today we celebrat Nelson Mandela International Day in the Capricorn community! Our learners were invited to Living Hope who had their annual celebration with the South African Navy.


They spent time with the children, feeding them soup and bread and everybody received a party packet. 


Thank you to Hygiene Extreme for the toilet paper and hand soap, thanks to Sharon who collected it, we truely appreciate it!
True North Vrygrond invited their sponsors and the principals of the community to share in their Mandela 67 minutes celebration which school principle Veronica Nicholas attended. Home Choice and other sponsors donated about 450 boxes with groceries for the schools of which iThemba received 20.

A huge thank you to True North and their sponsors!

Last day of school holidays - Friday, July 15, 2016

Today is the last day of school holidays. From Monday on, our learners will be back to school to learn and play :-) Happy weekend from iThemba school! (photo: Radmila Kerl)


School holidays - Friday, June 24, 2016

School holidays are here! The second term of school comes to an end this Friday; the third term will start on 18 July. The school will be open for a holiday programme for the children who will be here.


Thank you to the staff who will be at iThemba to supervise it. (photo: Radmila Kerl)

Winter in Cape Town - Thursday, June 23, 2016

This week was very cold and wet and our children were fortunate to have warm blankets to cover them during sleep time.

Being creative at iThemba - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The grade R learners were given a page of shapes that they had to cut out and create...


...a train! Well done everybody :-) 



'inclusive education' workshop - Monday, June 20, 2016

We started our first workshop about 'inclusive education in early childhood development' under the guidance of Cindy Engelbrecht, an ECD facilitator, recently.


Cindy will be working with us until March 2017, assisting the teachers with the learners at school. She would also like to to facilitate 2 workshops with the parents of the kids.


Father's day preparations - Friday, June 17, 2016

In celebration of Father's day, which will take place on Sunday, our learners made beautiful mementos for their dads!


Happy Father's Day and happy weekend:-)


Fun & learning at iThemba - Friday, April 22, 2016

Sue-Ellen and Nangamso played musical chairs with their learners outside.

There was confusion...

 ...a bit of disappointment and lots of fun!


Visitors at iThemba - Friday, April 22, 2016

It was good to see Susanne and Tim again last week.


They brought visitors to see the school.

They were really impressed by our efforts and promised to return again when they visit CapeTown.

Fun & learning at iThemba - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Our children had loads of fun and excitement with their teachers in the garden this morning. 

They were blowing and chasing bubbles!


Ongoing construction work at iThemba - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

 Chad and his team have been on site since Monday last week. 

They are erecting concrete plinths under the school building as the metal stabilizers have rusted and are slowly disintegrating.


Bertie started working on the roof on Thursday morning and is still going strong, first step is to get rid of all the rust!


Learning at iThemba - Monday, April 18, 2016

The Grade R learners had their fantasy area set out for shopping today.

They experienced buying and selling.


Wonderful news to end up this week - Friday, April 15, 2016

In the course of a sales meeting of the Lufthansa Area Management for Middle East, Africa and Southeast Europe in Seeheim, Germany, a raffle to raise money for iThemba took place. An incredible amount of ca. 10.200 Euro was raised with area Vice President Tamur Goudarzi Pour generously adding another 5000 Euro!

Dr. Andre Schulz from Lufthansa Passage in Johannesburg and his team came to iThemba to hand over the cheque of 15.200 Euro to our board members Ian and Susanne. They also brought juice, chips and a chocolate for each of our children. The money will be used to pay maintenance work at the iThemba preschool building.



Learning at iThemba - Thursday, April 14, 2016

Teacher Thandi played a memory game with her learners recently.

The children could see the objects, then they were covered and the little ones had to remember what they had seen.


Back to school after Easter break - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Our learners are very happy to be back at school after the Easter break, and enjoy exploring the garden and the equipment!


Seen in the pictures are a group enjoying the water, Julio and Jermica and Theo building a tunnel.


Grace is designing a beautiful sun.


Feature in Lufthansa inflight magazine - Monday, April 11, 2016

Happy Monday from iThemba school Capricorn! We are proud and happy to be featured in the last edition edition of the Lufthansa  inflight magazine. "It's really the parents we teach more than the children" says Veronica Nicholas, school Director of iThemba in the feature.

You can find the whole article here:
ENG http://magazin.lufthansa.com/…/help-alliance-school-of-hope/
GER http://magazin.lufthansa.com/…/de/aviat…/hilfe-macht-schule/

Happy reading & sharing! 
'Back to school' time! - Tuesday, April 05, 2016

It's 'back to school' time! We are wishing all our learners and teachers a successful week after the Easter break!


Happy Easter break! - Friday, March 25, 2016

A huge thank you to Muizenberg Junior school who donated about 300 Easter eggs to our school!


Our children took the eggs home with them. Mr Bland, the estate manager of the school came to deliver the eggs. Our also children participated in an Easter egg hunt in the garden.


They had loads of fun and excitement when theywent looking for their egg and enjoyed eating it.


Learning in creative ways - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Last week, our teachers decided to adapt the story of the Three Little Pigs to “The Three Friends” by using puppets.


The friends were “Rabbit”, played by Thandi who built her house from straw; “Monkey”, played by Juanita who built her house from sticks, and “Cheetah”, played by Nangamso who built her house from blocks.


Sue-ellen was the narrator, Emily the supplier and Chardee the bad wolf. The children loved seeing and participating with their teachers while they dramatized the story.


Last week before Easter - Monday, March 21, 2016

It's Easter break at iThemba, but last week still a lot happened! Among the achievements of our learners for last week are Leah showing what she can do with a hula hoop and Inamandla hopping on one leg.


We also had a beautiful young visitor, Edina Chida, one of our first lot of learners who started with us in January 2010.


We wish everyone a safe and blessed Easter break! Thank you to the support staff who will be doing a holiday programme with the children here at school during the school holidays.

visitors at iThemba - Friday, March 18, 2016

Filou Fotos visited our iThemba school last week during their trip through South Africa!


They brought finger puppets from IKEA Deutschland for our kids: our children were really happy. Thanks a lot!


Maintenance work at iThemba - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The team of Damaqui Building Projects is currently busy replacing our floors.

In the pictures you can see John and Abongile doing the preparation work before the new floor will be laid.



visitors at iThemba - Monday, March 14, 2016

We had plenty of people visiting iThemba school during the last weeks. Juliane, Eva, Zoey, Maayan and Ilitch from the Lufthansa InTouch Global Communications Team came to visit the school several times to see how they could assist in doing more about raising awareness and donations for our school. Eva and Juliane came back last Thursday to conduct interviews with a few children, parents and staff.


Health care at iThemba - Friday, March 11, 2016

Thanks Noluthando Kaynyiso from the Retreat Dental Clinic for arranging a visit with our learners last week.


She brought Dr Ayesha Shaboodien and Veronica with her to talk about the dentist and caring for our teeth. Each child received a toothbrush and the school received toothpaste.


Hat day at iThemba this week! - Friday, February 26, 2016

"You can leave your Hat on": Hat day at iThemba this week!

For a small donation, parents and children were invited to design their favourite hats - with fantastic and colourful results!


iThemba school principle Veronica Nicholas states: "We are very proud of our parents and children for being so creative and putting so much effort into making the hats!"


New toys for iThemba - Friday, February 19, 2016

This week, our Grade R learners received educational equipment from the Western Cape Education Department.


The Grow Learning Company was given the tender from WCED to deliver educational equipment to schools that are registered with them - we are one of them! Thank you very much.


Dressing up for Valentine's Day - Sunday, February 14, 2016

In celebration of Valentine's Day on Sunday, the iThemba children and teachers dressed up on for the occasion...Happy Valentine's Day everybody!



Another school day at iThemba - Friday, February 12, 2016

Another insight into what happens everyday at iThemba: Teacher Thandi retells the story 'Goldilocks and the three bears' to the younger class using drama and props! 

The story came to life with the help of teddy bears, chairs, bowls and spoons.

Thandi was definitely inspired by the Africa A+ Schools workshop that took place at the beginning of this year!

What's happening at iThemba school? - Friday, February 05, 2016

A little insight into daily class activities: Here we see teacher Nangamso Sixubane doing a movement activity with her class. The movements involves everyone moving forward, backward, side ways, up and down. Movement is the key to learning!

A story well told - Friday, January 29, 2016

This week, Anathi Jim, a grade R learner, impressed teachers and pupils a lot: She explained her version of 'The three little pigs' to her peers. Veronica Nicholas, school principle, says: "It was so amazing listening to her retelling the story from the pictures in the book! It was as if she could already read. I just had to stay and listen to all her story." Well done Anathi Jim!

First parent-teacher meeting of the new school year - Monday, January 25, 2016
Last week, we had our first parent-teacher meeting of the new school year! 

To break the ice, we sang a song together with the parents that we learned during our training at the Africa A+ Schools workshop in the beginning of January. 

Veronica Nicholas, principle of iThemba, underlines: "The meeting was a great opportunity to inform parents about Africa A+ and to show them things we will be teaching their children."

Visit from former preschool students - Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Two of our former grade R learners, Angelique and Genna-Lee, came to us to proudly show their primary school uniforms! Don’t they look lovely? We are wishing all our former preschool students the very best for their start in primary school!

Angelique is happy with her uniform from Harmony Primary School!

Genna-Lee is looking confident in her uniform from the Christian David's Primary School!

First Day at School: Jitters at iThemba - Thursday, January 14, 2016
The sobbing of the three year olds was heart breaking on their first day of pre-school at iThemba School Capricorn on Wednesday 13 January 2015. The teachers for the three to four year old class, Thandi Isaacs and Chardee Marthinus, spent most of their time comforting the newcomers who were away from their moms for the first time in their lives.

After the initial tears were dried away, the little ones realized that they could actually be having loads of fun in the bright red class room and on the amazing playground.

Back to school time! - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It's back to school time! We wish all our iThemba kids a successful first day!

Students develop award winning business development concept for iThemba - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Expanding the iThemba preschool to a primary school and a Community College? Let’s go for it! The two students Lorrain de Silva (left) and Raoul Kammann (right), graduates of the Master's degree programme "Entrepreneurship & Business Development" at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, drew up an award-winning strategic business development concept for the further development of iThemba School in Cape Town, South Africa!

In their master’s thesis, Raoul and Lorrain built their concept around three pillars: An umbrella brand strategy, a cooperation network, and a fundraising concept. The school concept “community College” was designed from scratch by the two graduates: The focus shall be on adult education in line with the TVET Principle (Technical Vocational Education and Training) and the acquisition of knowledge and skills specifically for the work environment.

Raoul and Lorrain have been awarded for their master’s thesis and their social commitment with the graduation award of the University’s sponsoring association. The implementation of the business development concept is currently taking place; the completion of the new campus is planned for 2020.


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