We have reached the end of another busy and successful term at the College. That being so, we have to bid a sad farewell to two staff who leave us.
Mrs Sindi Zwane joined our College in May 2017 from Aurora College. Ms Zwane quickly made her mark in the isiZulu department. It is never easy joining a school midway through a year but Mrs Zwane took this all in her stride. At the end of last year, when the matric pupils celebrated their last day, it was clear that in a very short period of time, Mrs Zwane had crept into the hearts of the pupils she taught. Her pupils had grown to respect and admire her as a teacher and mentor.
Life - the biggest gym every single one of us is training in on a daily basis, whether we want to or not.
The thought that this year would be greater and better than the previous year was definitely a thought that crossed all of our minds at the beginning of the term. To be honest, it feels it has steamed ahead at a pace I am unfamiliar with, definitely testing every management skill I have. Scrolling through different articles, I stumbled onto a podcast written by Justin C Scott. He summarised 7 life lessons every individual will learn at gym. For me the gym is not a Virgin Active, for me the gym is life on a daily basis. A place where you will find yourself and one that teaches you self-control, discipline and a work ethic that will lead you to become a more confident, self-assured and more complete individual
How to make our pupils’ education relevant.
In a recent article published on the website topunivesities.com, it listed various job titles which did not exist five years ago, yet today are in high demand in the marketplace. Social Media Manager, Content Manager, Data Analyst and User Experience Manager (UX) are jobs I had never heard of when I arrived at Beaulieu College. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that around 65% of the jobs that primary school pupils will be doing when they finish high school do not exist today.
I know it has almost become cliché to talk about 21st Century skills but the more I read about it the more I realise that everyone is embracing this trend except the institution that most needs to develop the workforce of the future, our education system. We spend a good deal of time training pupils how to answer questions, but not enough time is used to teach how to ask a question. Before you can solve a problem, you must be able to critically analyze and question what is causing it. This is why Critical Thinking and Problem Solving are essential skills in need of development.
Balance, planning and participation.
Beaulieu College is certainly a very busy place. In the past week and a half we have hosted a water polo festival, played in two hockey festivals, attended cricket matches, chess tournaments, debating league fixtures, dance practices, drama production practices, held an open day and begun in earnest with pre-season winter sport conditioning and fitness.
School has also continued as normal. Thus lesson preparation, marking, setting of assessments, drafting budgets and writing and keeping of comments for reporting is also underway. I know that I have felt rather stressed.
Our pupils too are feeling the pressure. Some manage this pressure really well, others not so much. Over the years, as a Grade Tutor, it is this time of year that pupils appear at my office door wanting to wave a white flag. To quit. To give up. When exploring their reasoning with them, I often do feel sorry for them, fully empathetic. I understand their stress. How do we mitigate this stress?
To the matric class of 2017, family members, staff of the KS Group, Mrs Meikle, and members of the board.
It’s been a long leg of what I hope will be a lifelong learning journey; 12 or so years for most of the matric pupils. Matric pupils of any year are special. There is a signature specialness attaching to this group. We have pupils who were born at the turn of the century; some at the end of the 20th century and others at the beginning of the 21st century. I believe that you have worked well together as a team and in keeping with your turn of the century mould, you have turned the notion of matrics’ privileges on its head. I have it on good authority that the matrics’ lawn privilege is no more, and that you have successfully sought to have it replaced by something else.
It is already the month of February, and as we look back at January, it is amazing how much has already happened at the College. For pupils and staff the excitement of the new year, the anticipation of the unknown and the intrigue of the unexplored is now behind us.
The Grade 8’s are already into their routine, with primary school a distant memory and College life now the norm.
The Councillors have established their place as the leaders of the College pupil body and the teachers are well into their syllabi as February begins to unfold.
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