Well it is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of our first term of 2020 already. It really does seem like just yesterday that I was writing my first Newsletter at Canaan College. It has certainly been a momentous few months for all of us in this special school.
COVID19 has arrived in our country and is starting to have an effect on our lives. Our President has taken decisive action to give us the best chance of combating this virus. He stated “We have decided to take urgent and drastic measures to manage the disease, protect the people of our country and reduce the impact of the virus on our society and on our economy”
Our teachers will be sending some extra work home with your children to do in the extended break. In addition to this please ensure that they do some reading every single day and that they practice speaking English at home.
I would like to focus some attention on our
CANAAN COLLEGE DAILY DECLARATION:
I am a child of the Most High God.
I am unique.
The blessings of the Lord are upon my life.
I respect my teachers, my fellow learners and my parents.
My mouth only speaks positive words.
I am not average but a world changer.
I am an entrepreneur – I see, think and innovate.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,
In Jesus Name Amen!
As a way of engaging with your children during this long enforced break, it would be a valuable exercise to go through this declaration with your children and ask them what each line means to them.
We have celebrated some significant milestones in the history of our school this term:
On the 31 January we held an emotional farewell assembly for Dr Edwards that was attended by all our staff, children, some parents and Edinvest representatives
Canaan College Official School Launch
Wednesday 19 February was a truly meaningful day for Canaan College and our community as we officially launched our school. Despite the pouring rain (actually a blessing), we hosted more than a thousand invited guests in a huge marque on our field. We were graced with the presence of many dignitaries at our auspicious opening. These included: the Honourable MEC for Education in KZN Mr Kwazi Mshengu; Mr Nhlanhla Khambule , CEO of Edinvest and founding father of Canaan College; Pastor Mkhize from the Pinetown Christian Centre and fellow pastors; Mr Thabo Ncalo, Chairman, Old Mutual Schools Fund; Ms Neo Shabalala from Ithala Development Finance Corporation; Sindile Faku and Rojie Kisten from the Public Investment Corporation; the Chairman of the Edinvest School PROPCO and OPCO, Prof Wayne Hugo; parents, staff and children from Grade 1 to 10.
Old Mutual investors walk about
On Monday 10 February, we hosted Old Mutual and a group of investors at our school. It gave us an opportunity to highlight our school and let them know about our unique educational offerings.
Our staff and children have all had training and lessons on Entrepreneurship, Emotional Intelligence and our unique SEE, THINK, INNOVATE ethos. Our children are really privileged to be receiving Entrepreneurship Master Classes from our own Mr Khambule who has dedicated much of his time to personally deliver these classes. We are grateful to him and the Edinvest team for the expertise they share with us. Our Grade 10 Mathematics learners have also benefited from the Mathematics Master Class that Dr Mthethwa has given on Saturdays.