Kids prepare for new school year

2018-01-16 06:00

More than 70 children from ward 44 visited Green Point Park on Thursday as part of their preparation for the new school year.

The children, aged between eight and 18, were guided by team leaders who have been trained as youth team leaders over the past year.

Anthony Moses, ward 44 councillor, says that the purpose of the outing to Green Point was twofold.

“The basic idea of the programme for today was to welcome the children for the year. Because the children have come over the festive period into the new year, and as we have done in previous years, we are catching up from where we stopped, and now we are going forward into the year. The day was also a motivational session with the children to motivate them before they go to school, just to get their mindsets right,” says Moses.

He says that the day also gave the team leaders an opportunity to refresh their skills and build a better understanding of the task they face for the coming year.

“We have various team leaders who were trained during the festive period last year. It is the end result of their programmes to see how they are going to handle these children in an open space at Green Point Park with various activities,” he says.

“It is a twofold programme: To look at the skills of the leaders who we have trained over the past year and also their level of interaction with the children and how they motivate them to go back to school, being positive for the new year,” adds Moses.

He says he hopes the children have gained the necessary motivation, while encouraging others to seek assistance where necessary. “The kids are now going to enter into the new school year. We want to motivate them to look forward to it and to do well in the next year. We are hoping that these leaders will try to motivate them to do well at school continuously. We are also aware that many of the learners have learning disabilities. Sometimes they do not have close supervision. This is also a means to find ways to look at what the learning challenges are and how we can come on board and help our young learners.”

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