St John’s RC Primary School in Kensington will offer its Shine literacy hour programme to more learners as they now have a better venue.The school received a free-standing building from on of South Africa’s leading clothing retailers on Friday 1 November. The literacy programme was introduced at the school earlier this year and could accommodate 18 Grade 2 learners.Teacher Suzanne Beck says the programme will include Grade 3s next year. Beck says the programme is vital because it helps learners who are struggling. She says learners who are part of the programme have improved their reading, writing and speaking skills. Thanks to one-on-one sessions with Shine volunteers, the learners have more confidence.“They are not scared of failing in front of a large class and as a result, they are willing to take more risks,” she says.“These days it is normal to have large classes of 38 to 40 learners, and weaker learners struggle to cope in class. Although teachers try their utmost to offer intervention to the weaker learners, it is challenging with an already compact curriculum and many administrative duties,” says Beck.Beck says despite the lack of infrastructure, learners were eager to take part. “We were running the programme from a room in the hall, it was not always conducive to learning as the noise from the hall travelled into the room,” Beck says.The new building is located next to the school library, forming what Beck calls a ‘literacy corner’.“We are extremely grateful to the sponsors who choose to invest in our school, as this enables us to offer more opportunities to our learners and the wider community,” concludes Beck.