Academy, a foundation of education

2016-11-08 06:00
 Photo:supplied  iThemba Academy's full cast of ‘Aldred’s Autumn’.

Photo:supplied iThemba Academy's full cast of ‘Aldred’s Autumn’.

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THE iThemba Academy is a foundation phase school - grade R to grade 3 - in the heart of Hillcrest.
It is run by Focus on iThemba, which offers 100% bursaries to deserving children from the adjacent Embo Community.
Itemba Academy says that studies have shown that if a child cannot achieve the required level by grade 4, the chance that they will reach university is slim.
With the assistance of donors through an education fund, the iThemba Academy hopes to eradicate this issue within the community, by offering young pupils quality Foundation Phase education from Grade R, following the national Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (Caps) curriculum.

On 28 October, the iThemba Academy hosted their annual play, Aldred’s Autumn, which showcased the talent and skills the pupils have developed throughout the year.
Aldred’s Autumn was written and directed by Sarah Sherwood, a teacher at the iThemba Academy and tells the story of a selfish tree named Aldred, who learns an important lesson about the cost of being nasty to others. The moral of the play is to value those around you, and to remember your friends, which is a great lesson for the young pupils at the crucial foundation learning phase.
The dancing in the play was co-ordinated by Michelle Clark, owner of Michelle Clarke Dance Academy, who volunteers her time and expertise to the iThemba Academy every Friday.
The play was a great team effort says Sue Sage, iThemba Academy principal.
“The pupils and teachers all put in a great deal of preparation for the performance, but is was well worth all their efforts.”
Pupils were totally involved throughout the production, and assisted with prop development, as well as the design of the backdrop. The costumes were designed by Emsie Horsley from the academy.

One can support Focus on iThemba through a MySchool card or partner with the organisation through its Education Fund.
Contact Tayla Blades at info@fo cuso nithemba.org

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