Visit the local museum

2019-03-27 06:00
photo: suppliedHermannsburg pupils Langelihle Xulu, Melizwe Ngobese, Okajehova Sibisi, Unathi Xhakaza, Lubanzi Mbatha and Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Khayelihle Makhoba, Lwandiswa Hlongwa and Lusekho Shongwe with Petra Middleton (curator of Hermannsburg’s Mission House Museum.

photo: suppliedHermannsburg pupils Langelihle Xulu, Melizwe Ngobese, Okajehova Sibisi, Unathi Xhakaza, Lubanzi Mbatha and Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Khayelihle Makhoba, Lwandiswa Hlongwa and Lusekho Shongwe with Petra Middleton (curator of Hermannsburg’s Mission House Museum.

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FOR many teachers, museums may not be the first place that come to mind as being particularly pupil-friendly — there is, after all no touching, no running, and no snacking. But museums are the caretakers of history and our connection to history, and the Mission House Museum in Hermannsburg provides exactly that.

Themes from the national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) such as “homes”, “different cultures”, “religions” are covered, as well as many other subject-specific themes, content and skills.

Museums introduce new knowledge to pupils through new vocabulary, spaces and objects that they might never have encountered before and, by expanding their general knowledge, teachers can use the museum as a vehicle to get their pupils excited about their subjects again.

One doesn’t need to see the whole museum in one visit — one can focus on just the items relevant to the subject content being taught.

Teachers with a care for history should visit the Mission House Museum and engage with the two highly competent curators, to make appointments for their classes and to discuss the aims of their field trips.

Take Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks Kindergarten pupils, for example: the Grade R’s recently had a look at how people cooked long ago, how their living rooms were different from ours today and with what toys the children played.

There are displays and themes in the museum that speak to primary school and high school subjects and topics as well.

So, teachers: what are you waiting for? Book your appointment today.

The museum is open on Mondays from 8am to 1pm and on Tuesdays to Fridays it is open from 8am to 3pm(or after hours by special arrangement with the curator).

The curator can be contacted at 076 051 7555 during office hours, or via e-mail at curator@hmbschool.co.za — Supplied.

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