|Contact Person||Mrs Terrill Nicolay||Address|
|Tel Number||021 671 4144||PO Box 23912 Claremont 7735|
|Mobile No||082 762 0460|
The Western Cape branch of SACEE will again be running their main projects throughout 2013.
Primary School Reading programme
On Wednesday 7 February the Rambing Readers commenced their weekly reading programme for Foundation Phase learners. The volunteer readers read to Grades 1,2 and 3, usually for about 30 minutes per class, with teachers present. Lively and colourful books are chosen, with a view to improving comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation, but most of all to encourage a love of books and the exercise of the imagination. The branch is always looking for more volunteer readers. No previous experience in schools is necessary, but a clear reading voice with good projection and a genuine liking for children are desirable. Schools participating in this programme have shown improvement in literacy rates as measured by the official ANAS testing. For further information phone Delia Scott on 072 342 0755 or Terrill Nicolay on 082 762 0460.
Primary School Reading programme
This reading programme now operates in five schools - H.J. Kroneberg Primary in Kensington, Holy Cross in Woodstock and Factreton, Windermere and Wingfield in the Maitland area.
At Wingfield they are in the process of setting up a library aimed primarily at Foundation Phase learners, with a computer provided by SACEE. A school staff member has been designated to run it and will be trained in the appropriate software. Several of the readers have donated books and some furnishings and more books may be obtainable in 2013 from Equal Education. Special thanks to Peter Henshall, Ursula Badminton and Delia Scott for all their help in the Wingfield project.
All the reading teams are doing splendid work in all the schools and thanks must go to the volunteers who give up their time so readily to help the learners.
2013 Spellcheck Competition - The closing date for school registration for the Grade 8 spellcheck was 25 February and the test was written on Wednesday 13 March 2013.
2012 Forum Discussions - 18 schools entered and the honours were split between Herschel and Abbotts College. Cash prizes for the competition, which go to individual speakers and school libraries, continued to be funded by money donated to SACEE by the Victoria League on its disbandment some three years ago. Warm thanks go to Roger Graham for his continued splendid organisation of this annual event.
English Alive - The formost national anthology for high school writing in English, ENGLISH ALIVE has been published in hard copy annually for over 45 years, giving many South African writers their first opportunity to appear in print. Such people include, Kelwyn Sole, Jeremy Cronin, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Nicholas Spagnoletti. New editor, Megan Hall, who has taken over from the distinguished veteran Robin Malan, is herself an award-winning poet. Contributors can submit work independently of their schools and there is no charge for submission.
The First closing date for submissions for ENGLISH ALIVE 2013 (which will be launched in August 2013) is Monday 1 April 2013. The Final closing date for submissions for this publication is Wednesday 1 May 2013