Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Thank you!

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Thank you for reading about our joy and triumphs and tears and challenges over the last six years, and please don't stop!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Lourier, Little Stars

Volunteers preparing for their session
 Mrs Jardine the new principal of Lourier has made some lovely changes at Lourier, school, including the newly located literacy centre, Little Stars. The centre is now triple the size, with a fresh primrose interior. Themba, Carrie and Bea visited last week, and delighted in the energy and innovation taking place there. Bea mentioned to me that the atmosphere at the school was one of joy, fun and engagement: a great place to learn.  

Themba and Collette the centre manager at Little Stars 

Playground fun 

The Grade five playground monitor with some of their  charges

Kam from Life matters with Collette, Liz and Jenny from Little Stars

Monday, 17 September 2012

Volunteer Testimonial from Tania Reza, California

Tania Reza and two of her learning partners

One of our overseas volunteers from California sent us a lovely testimonial the other day, that I wanted to share. We are so honoured to be able to work with such special people. 
'Working at the Shine Centre branch at Prestwich Primary School was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The children were such a pleasure to work with—they are so happy when they are at school, always smiling and laughing, and very enthusiastic about learning. I especially remember working with a child who was struggling with the letters of the alphabet. After only a few sessions, he was able to spell basic three-letter words. The expression on his face after he realized that he could identify and write letters, and even sound out and spell basic words, was priceless. My experiences with these children reinforced to me the importance of the work the Shine Centre does on a daily basis. My only regret was that I wasn’t able to spend a longer period of time in Cape Town, but I know I’ll be back soon.'
We look forward to welcoming you back, Tania!