Tracey brings to our attention ShelterBox's appeal for donations in the light of Hurrican Irma devastation

Shelterbox Hurricane Irma Donations Appeal


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Dave Wilson shared his recent experience at Heathrow Airport that the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland are promoting the Rotary Public Image by making their magazines available at an American Airline check-in desk.

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Hello Clive, Nicci, and Lesley,

I hope this mail finds you well? It’s been awhile since our last mail.

I trust you have received some of our newsletters this year. We are long overdue for our next newsletter, I know. But I have been busy with work and my cycling J

Most organisations required feedback and a new funding proposal for the next year round about this time of year and I was wondering if we must / can submit one? And if so, what format do you require? I usually also do an annual report towards the end of the year or towards February.

On a personal note, I thought I would let you know that I have had great success on the cycling front. The Para-Cycling World Championships took place in Pietermarizburg 31 Aug – 3 Sept. I was the only woman in Team SA and I brought home a silver medal in the road race in my category!! I was also one of only two medallists for South Africa at the Championships! If you are interested in more news about the World Champs , I am busy writing a blog series about my experience. You can read it here: Toni Mould's Blog. I’m planning about 3 blogs. I am now trying to approach various media outlets so they can share my story and so I can get sponsors to continue cycling in 2018.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,
Toni Mould
Bridging Abilities Director
“Get up, Move & Live”

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1. General. On Thursday 3 rd August 2017 a visit was made to Temperance Town Primary
School to assess the continuing impact of the Kagiso readers at the school. The visit team was
comprised of Jeremy Glover, Anna-Louise Coetzee and Robert and Julie Kydd.
2. Interview with the Principal. We met the Principal – Zay Windvogel – in her office first and
she invited the acting HOD Foundation phase – Ms B Bayer – to join us. We were well received
and expected. We had a 15 minute discussion about the effectiveness of the LFA scheme and it
was clear that the Principal had acquainted herself very well wrt the scheme since our visit in
July last year when she was new in the job and not fully briefed about LFA. The Principal made it
clear that she liked and supported the scheme, and this also became evident when we did our
subsequent classroom visits. The school has a daily feeding programme with support from the
3. Class Numbers. Grade 1: Grade R + 3 Classes
Grade 2: 3 Classes
Grade 3: 3 Classes

4. Classroom Visits. After our initial discussions with the Principal we split into 2 groups –
Jeremy and Anna-Louise, and Robert and Julie. Visits carried out were as follows:
4.1 Class 1A. Ms B Bayer. 38 in the class. The classroom, as with all the others, was neat and
tidy and workmanlike. She made various points, the most important one being that her learners
and she enjoyed the books. She also said that there is a wide variety of languages used as the
first language, so being able to have the books in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa is a great help.
She likes to use the books to help the children develop sentences and improve their vocabulary,
and she had no problem integrating them into the weekly curriculum. She uses them as often as
possible, but a minimum of twice a week, usually four times a week. She agreed that without
ANA tests, practical assessment of the value of the books is very hard to make. Most of her
learners are from Strand or Nomzamo and only a few from Temperance Town itself. The reason
for this is that TTPS is a fee paying school, although it was interesting to note that because of
this many of the learners do not turn up for the last week of term to save on taxi fares.
4.2 Class 1B. Klarissa. 40 in Class. Again the classroom was neat and tidy and the children very
well disciplined. Points made were the same, as was the standard of reading by the children. We
did hear some of the less able learners reading, especially amongst those who had not been to
Grade R. Although we felt that the visit had been well prepared and thought out, it was clear
that the children enjoyed the books and enjoyed reading from them.
4.3 Class 2B. Ms Nel. Visited by Robert and Julie who were both full of praise for what they
saw and listened to. No major problems.

4.4 Class 3A. Ms Meyer. Visited by Robert and Julie and the same observations as in para 4.3
5. Conclusion. This was a very positive visit and much more rewarding than the one made a
year earlier. The teachers were very positive, the LFA scheme much enjoyed and the reading was
good. As Zay said, the books are useful in more ways than just reading – they are good for
developing vocabulary, sentence construction and visual stimulus. This was an enjoyable and
rewarding visit.

August 2017

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During Donna's talk at our breakfast meeting she kindly shared a poem written by 10 to 11 year old children from disadvantaged communities

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Making the Difference 135x135 2017

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