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Grade 12 Tourism
De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Centre And Maropeng
By Jennavieve Cromie
On Friday the 20th of July Grade 12 Travel & Tourism learners had an early start from school and headed off to North West Province and a full day itinerary. First stop was De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife centre where we were introduced to a variety of animals. Starting with Jedi the Anatolian sheep dog and including normally coloured as well as an albino honey badger. From there we went onto one of the many cheetah enclosures and had opportunity to ask questions and learn about these beautiful animals. In addition to huge conservation and breeding success with cheetah, De Wildt has managed to breed wild Dog also known as Cape Hunting Dogs or painted wolves. The pack was excited to see us as they knew that a snack of whole chickens was waiting for them. Other animals that we learnt about were the African Wild Cat, Caracal as well as a variety of vultures. We were surprised and interested to discover how important the vultures are to the ecosystem. At the end of the tour we had an opportunity to touch and have a photo taken with Byron, who is and ambassador cheetah, which was exciting. Everyone was asked to write a poem about their visit and we were complimented on the quality of our writing. Our second destination was Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind. The first thing that greeted us was a sign “beware of the snakes” – everyone jumped off the grass very quickly. Our tour guide gave us a brief history of evolution and where Mrs. Ples was found. Then we took off on our tour which started with the four elements of water, fire, earth and wind after which we went of a boat ride to experience all of these elements. After the boat ride we moved into a large room where there were a variety of displays that we could look at, touch & listen to. I enjoyed the dodo telling his story through a telephone. Our guide showed us how caves and the continents were formed. Then we had time to experiment with electricity and use our senses to experience all of the displays. There was so much to see and do. The whole day was a fun filled adventure and experience. Most of the learners fell asleep on the bus on the way home. Once we arrived at school we were all verbal chatter boxes about the trip.
Tourism at high school is a vocational course that is intended to give learners a broad spectrum understanding of the tourism industry and an introduction to a career in the industry. For this reason we pay close attention to organisational skills, behaviour and work ethic. By the end of Matric learners should have a good idea of proper office etiquette and of the responsibilities of getting work done. It is considered a practical subject as we learn by doing. Projects and research assignments are an important part of course. We concentrate on the South African tourism industry, its components and how they work together as well as study the aspects that make South Africa unique. We will also touch on international tourism markets and attractions.
Grade 11 Tourism
At the beginning of this year I took over the Tourism department which has been an interesting and challenging undertaking. I have had the pleasure of working with a dynamic group of learners who have responded enthusiastically to a range of activities and tasks. As part of our study on global events and Southern Africa, learners were asked to put together a Southern African Development Community (SADC) trade fair to showcase the tourism potential in our region. In small groups they randomly chose a country and set about preparing a display table and fact sheet for their allocated country. The trade fair was held in the tourism class and teachers and learners were invited. After much activity and organising all of the tables were ready and we had our first visitors. The class was awash with colour and a wide variety of display items. Energy and atmosphere was completed with the rhythm of drums. Teachers and learners who visited us took a genuine interest in the countries and hopefully learnt something about our neighbours. Thank you to everyone who visited and participated to make this a fun and interesting learning event.
Welcome to SHS 2008
Subjects offered to grades 8 and 9 are in line with the National Curriculum Statement (NCS):
• Languages (English, Afrikaans or Zulu) Read about our incredible achievement
• Mathematics • Natural Sciences • Life Sciences • Arts and Culture • Life Orientation • Economics and Management Sciences • History and Geography • Technology
Sandringham High Offers These NCS Subjects to All Grade10 – 12 Learners
• Languages (English, Afrikaans or Zulu) • Mathematics and Mathematic Literacy • Natural Sciences • Life Sciences (Biology) • Visual Art and Design • Life Orientation • Economics and Management Sciences • History • Geography • Engineering Graphics and Design • Travel and Tourism • Consumer Studies
Sandringham boasts a highly educated and qualified teaching staff. Sandringham follows the FET syllabus and ensures that each willing learner will be ready to write their final examinations.
We are currently in the 4th term sports calendar
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Physical Sports Offered at SHS
• Soccer (Girls and Boys teams) • Rugby • Tennis • Hockey • Netball • Squash (Team and Social) • Swimming • Athletics • Cheerleading
Non Physical Sports Offered
• Drama • Chess • Rhetoric • Public Speaking • Debating • Choir • English and Maths olympiad
Optional Courses and Voulenteer Work
• First Aid • Community Service • Self Defence • Enviromental Service
Sandringham has a friendly and efficient ground staff, these men and woman strive to keep all the fields, courts and the pool in top condition all through the year.
11 August 2008
Dear Past Pupils
We, as fellow past pupils, presently teaching at Sandringham High School would like to update you about where your old school is now.
In some ways there have been changes in line with a changing SA, but Sandringham High School still stands as a beacon of top-notch affordable schooling, maintaining consistently superior academic results such as 100% matric pass rate, a high university exemption rate and many distinctions in matric. Last year, three of our pupils were placed in the top 10 in the district. Extra-murally too, our school continues to participate and achieve well in both the sporting and cultural areas.
Our pupils are culturally and racially diverse and come from vastly differing backgrounds – some impoverished and other privileged with approximately 40% of pupils unable to pay school fees. Unfortunately the government perceives us a privileged school and gives us very little money (R140 000 per year), beyond paying for a minimum number of teachers’ salaries. In order to maintain our excellent standards we have to pay many teachers from school funds.
Some of you may remember the “temporary” prefab classrooms that were built to deal with burgeoning numbers. After + 30 years these classrooms are now collapsing and dangerous – and still being used. The boiler-room which used to heat up classrooms, no longer exists. Our classrooms are freezing and we require heating and when it rains, pupils get wet, moving from classroom to classroom because of leaking roofs. Security is a necessity in SA and our palisade fencing needs repairing.
Our computer centre is no longer operable and we desperately need to set up a new one, not only to keep up with international trends, but to institute a much needed literacy programme. These are just a few of the things that need to be done. We are sure that many of you will agree that your success has a lot to do with the education you received at Sandringham High School and we would like to give modern pupils the same firm educational basis that we were given.
We are passionate about maintaining Sandringham High School as a non-racial, affordable and excellent school which functions harmoniously with none of the cultural and racial tensions that many people expect.
To this end we would like to raise two million rand (especially as it’s the 40th anniversary of our official opening) and we would appreciate whatever you may be able to contribute. If possible please furnish us with names and contact details of other past pupils.
Our website address is www.sandringhamhigh.org.za
DEBBIE JOFFE VIVIENNE HELFER (SHINDLER)