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Feeding the stomachs and the minds during lockdown: Westlake Primary

Posted by Breggie Hoffman on 14 January 2021 3:15 PM SAST
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Posted by Magali von Blottnitz on 13 April 2020

Westlake Primary teacher Elizabeth Koeberg gives pupils schoolwork when they come to pick up their lunch packs. 
Image: Esa Alexander

This post is an excerpt of an article published by Sunday Times about the efforts of a PfP Principal in the Cape to provide not only food, but also worksheets to her learners during lockdown.

We have also included the example of another school where a teacher is using whatsapp groups, voice notes and Google Forms to continue teaching and assessing his matric class during lockdown.

For the full article, click here

 

Cape principal's nifty plan to keep kids fed, educated during lockdown

Teachers hand out worksheets to pupils lining up for parcels

12 April 2020 - 00:00 BY PREGA GOVENDER
Westlake Primary principal Landeka Diamond, right, oversees social-distancing measures as Abieda Isaacs hands out food. When the children pick up their lunch packs, they are given worksheets to help them catch up on lost lessons.
Westlake Primary principal Landeka Diamond, right, oversees social-distancing measures as Abieda Isaacs hands out food. When the children pick up their lunch packs, they are given worksheets to help them catch up on lost lessons.
Image: Esa Alexander

A school principal has found a novel way to educate her pupils during the Covid-19 lockdown - by dishing out worksheets to them when they arrive to fetch their food parcels.

For Landeka Diamond, headmistress of Westlake Primary School in Cape Town, providing online lessons to her 750 pupils is not an option.

Some pupils in SA can access schoolwork online because they have cellphones and data for internet connectivity, but 80% of her pupils are from very impoverished backgrounds and cannot afford this.

Since the start of the lockdown, about 250 of her pupils have been receiving food parcels seven days a week. They are prepared at the home of a school staff member with food sponsored by a private family foundation.

 

Pupils are given the worksheets while they queue to collect food. "Learners observe social distancing and they are provided with hand sanitisers", Diamond said.

 

 

Meanwhile, using WhatsApp groups to teach pupils is becoming the new norm for others during the lockdown as anxious teachers scramble to cover the syllabus.

Evan Papier, a teacher at Groendal Secondary School in Franschhoek in the Western Cape, is teaching his 113 matric pupils life orientation lessons via WhatsApp.

"I send them the content in the form of a picture and then explain it and send a voice note afterwards. It's a low-cost way of learning for the learners," he said.

 

He uses Google Form - an assessment tool - to test pupils' knowledge, and the marks are available immediately.

Pupils are sent a link to Google Form and they then complete an informal activity online.

One of his pupils, Sibrina Ouanga, asked Papier if he could convince other teachers to use the link to Google Form as she found it a very useful way of "evaluating ourselves every day".

"I use my time and cellphone positively," she said.

Papier's colleague Heidi Snyders, who teaches Afrikaans to grade 11 pupils, asked her pupils to make a video recording of themselves reciting a prepared speech about Covid-19.

 

"She used their recordings to assess them and give them a mark," Papier said.

Click to see the full Sunday Times article


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