The Good Shepherd School Library is at the heart of the school and is one of the learner’s favourite places to visit weekly. It is stocked with English, Afrikaans and isi-Xhosa fiction and non-fiction books for junior primary and senior primary learners, some of which were provided by the Department of Education but the bulk of which have been donated by friends of the school. Biblionef supplied a hamper of books and the Good Shepherd Trust bought a large number of books for the Library before it was officially opened in 2012. Other big donations since then have been made by Victoria Primary School, the McAdam family, Paul and Sue Edey, Prof Carolyn Burns (from Berg Elementary in the USA), June Chiaroni (from New Zealand), Tibby Bennett, June and Paul Walters, Anne Eales and Sue Hennessey and friends (in the UK). Each child from Grade 1-7 gets the opportunity to take a book out each week and to take it home and read it or read it during the ‘drop all and read’ periods in the school day.

Project Read

A programme replicating the Wordworks and Shine methodologies from Cape Town in 4 sites (schools) surrounding the Lebone Centre, targeting Foundation Phase children from Grade R to Grade 3. A team of 40—50 vol-unteers work once a week with 2 Children each on reading and writing skills in English and Afrikaans, depending on the medium of instruction at the particular school.

by: Lucille Moleko

Writing Competition

During May there was a writing competition for Grade 4s to 7s at Good Shepherd School. Learners were encourage to write on one of five topics: “If I were President, this is what I would do to make my country a better place to be”, ” My dreams for the future”; All about me and my family”; When I grow up I would like to be”; “This is what I love about my school… This is waht I would change about my school”. This being the first writing competition the response was a littel slow to start with but in the end 30 entries were submitted. Cathy Meiklejohn, Good Shepherd Trust Manager, read each entry and wrote personal responses back to the learners who had taken the plunge and submitted a piece. She complimented all 30 of the learners on their writing and being brave enough to submit it. The Grade 7 overall winner was Asive Ntonga who wrote a wonderful creative pice “When I grow up I want to be and artist”. He won a book voucher from Bargain Books. Other winners who all won slabs of chocolate were Abongile Feni(Winner of”When I grow up…” category), Logan Wessels (Winner “My family” category), Ayakha Faltein(Grade 4 winner). Their prizes were handed over at Assembly on 10 June and there was much exitement. The next time there is a writing competition there is sure to be an even bigger response.

By: Cathy Meiklejohn

Library Timetable
Time Lesson Tuesday Thursday
08h30 1 grade 5 grade 2
09h20 2 grade 4 grade 3
Break break break break
10h35 3 grade 1 grade 6
11h25 4 grade 7