News from the Amasango School

Track suits new design

New track suitsNew track suits

The principal, Linda Ngamlana, with two members of the marimba band who are modelling the new tracksuits. Currently eleven band members have them, but Mrs Ngamlana would like all the learners to have them. One track suit costs around 450 ZAR and sponsorship is needed to provide more. Anyone in the UK can sponsor a tracksuit by donating by donating through the Friends of Amasango.

New teacher aides

A government initiative, the Expanded Public Works Programme – a type of job creation scheme – has enabled the employment of three unemployed former Amasango learners as additional teacher aides on one year contracts. These are Siyanda Antoni, Misiwe Chibi, and Tamsanqa Klaas.

This is welcome news, especially in Grade 4 which currently has 24 learners, and have the merit of knowing the school well already and thus not needing much training

Three new class aidesThree new class aides

The first prefects

The management body of the school decided to appoint prefects for the first time in the school’s history, and grades 4 to 7 have chosen two prefects from each grade.
On Friday 16 February 2018, a bishop from the Ethiopian Episcopal Church conducted a ceremony at the school. The ceremony opened with a welcome from the chair of the governors. The bishop then preached on a passage from St John’s gospel and the prefects recited a pledge in English and IsiXhosa.

Prizegiving 2017

The annual prize giving took place at the beginning of December 2017, this year in the Town Hall opposite the cathedral. The entire school and staff were present along with family members and friends who came to support the learners.

There were speeches from Mrs Ngamlana the principal, the chair of governors, a representative of the Department of Education, some in English, some in Xhosa and some in a mixture. Between each speech there was music from the marimba band and dancing.

Crafts were on sale along with pottery and sewn items, aprons, etc.

Attendance and Marimba band September 2017

Grade 2Grade 2

Encouraging school attendance can be done in a number of ways and offering cake as a prize is one of them. Congratulations to Grade 2 who won the prize this month. We hope it encourages all the students at Amasango to take regular attendance at school seriously.

Marimba trophyMarimba trophy

Congratulations to the Marimba Band who came first in the senior level group in the provincial competition.

Past pupil becomes Eastern Cape President's Award Ambassador

Grahamstown’s Mandilakhe Ncwadi, a Nombulelo Secondary School learner and past pupil of Amasango who lives at the Eluxolweni Child and Youth Care Centre is a Presidents Award Gold ambassador, representing the Eastern Cape.

The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment is a sustainable national youth development programme that has been operating in South Africa for more than 30 years.

School buildings and facilities

The inadequacy of the buildings and facilities at Amsango continues to hamper the excellent work the school does. EduInfoAFrica provides a useful summary.