Day 14: Thursday morning began with a ‘goodbye’ assembly. We were called up to the platform to watch some of the learners perform traditional songs and dances and recite poems they had written. Everyone was excited and didn’t stop cheering and clapping all morning- Mrs Aitken’s ears were ringing for the rest of the day!
Snothile Gumede, grade 11, read aloud one of her poems entitled ‘Humanity,’ wearing traditional dress! She addressed her audience stating, “I was a flag flung high but today I’m like diamonds in dust.” The talent at Ikusasalethu is unbelievable. We really appreciated all of the work that went into the assembly and loved watching all of the learners perform. Mrs Gilchrist made a wee speech afterwards on behalf of all five of us to thank them: “Siyabonga kakhulu bangani!”
After assembly we were directed over to the new media centre conversion which was built using funds raised by friends in Scotland outwith school.
Mama G had the honour of cutting the ribbon in front of the whole school to officially open the centre for use of all the learners. This media centre provides alternative learning resources for the pupils and is a comfortable place for small groups to study.
Snothile came to see us in the media centre.
Later in the day we held a partnership meeting to discuss reciprocal visits in the media centre to put it to good use.
In the afternoon we joined a few classes for P.E. It is quite different from P.E. at home. The learners are allowed free time in the playing field at the side of the school and are given access to the skipping ropes and footballs which we provided in previous years. We had a great time joining in with the learners and were taught some traditional games.
Miss McKenna brought along a frisbee too for everyone to play with!
This free time allowed us to get to know lots of the pupils outside of work and we were able to share our interests and meet lots of new learners.