Lessons resume on Monday and Tuesday next week (16 and 17 April 2018)

Newsletter 19 October 2019
Hello Visitor,

We hope that you have all had a good break.

Our lessons resume this coming week on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th April 2018.

Please note "Dates to Diarise" at the end of this newsletter. We have the Saturday School starting again this term and our AGM scheduled for next month. The Baby Club has a fundraiser planned and we're also starting to work on the Holiday Programme which will be run in the last week of June.

Saturday School starting this term

We are excited to announce the return of Saturday School at DCS beginning 14 April and continuing through the end of term 2. All Pink Level Grade 3 learners will be invited to attend in an effort to improve their literacy.  The programme will be co-led by school librarian Benedict Masipa and grade 3 teacher Ms. Mphaka and lessons will be held in the grade 3 classrooms. 

Volunteers are invited and encouraged to come and assist with the lessons and provide individual attention and support for these struggling learners. There are approximately 35 pink level learners so the more volunteers who attend, the more personalised attention the learners will receive. Kids, spouses and friends of volunteers are all welcome! Volunteers do not need to commit to come every week and are encouraged to come as dates allow.
The dates are 14 April, 21 April, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 June and 9 June. Note, there is no Saturday school on 28 April or 16 June.

Lessons will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 10:15. 

NOTE: Please note that traffic to school this Saturday might be a challenge due to Winnie Mandela's funeral

Annual General Meeting - 17 May 2018

Edu Fun volunteers and supporters are invited to join us for our Edu Fun Annual General Meeting (AGM).  As a valued member of our Edu Fun family our volunteers and donors are an essential part of our success. If you are able to come, please email liza@readforafrica.com so that we may add you to the list that we will give to security at St. Peter's. We will post our financial information and other documents on the Edu Fun website on or before 26 April.  Adults only please. 
Date: Thursday 17 May 10:00 a.m.  - noon
Location: Mvukuzane Pavillion - St. Peter's School - 105 Witkoppen Road 
We are grateful to St. Peter's School for generously donating this venue for our AGM! 
Coffee and light refreshments to be served


Sponsor a Learner (or Multiple Learners) at DCS

Thank you to Lucy and Rob Taylor for recently sponsoring a Grade 3 Edu Fun learner.

All of our Edu Fun volunteers display tremendous commitment and dedication to helping DCS students improve reading, writing and spelling skills. In addition to teaching the Phono-Graphix method, volunteers and learners form bonds throughout the year not only during lessons but through social Edu Fun activities such as the zoo trip and annual Christmas party.
The hard work of Edu Fun volunteers is reaping rewards for learners. In 2017 assessment scores showed that over the course of the school year grade 3 student reading skills improved by 60% and spelling skills improved by 73%.  
Volunteers who form bonds with specific learners are welcome to select the children (by name) who they would like to sponsor. If you have friends or contacts who don't come to school with us or who live abroad who might be interested in sponsoring a child or children, we can also put together photos and bios of learners and we are happy to update donors with information about the progress of those they have sponsored at various points throughout the school year.
A donation of R500 per child will cover all costs Edu Fun incurs for stationery, books and supplies needed to teach that child throughout the year. In addition the donation will cover the costs for the sponsored children to attend the annual zoo trip, receive an Easter gift and participate in the annual Christmas party.

Please contact Liza@readforafrica.com if you would like to find out more or if you would like to contribute to this initiative.

Lessons this week


The learners should be grouped in the various classes before we arrive and we will continue with lessons as usual with the Grade 3s.

On Monday, we will

  • Hand out the books and name tags to each learner.
  • Team leaders and volunteers to greet the learners and play any ice breaker games - e.g. Simon Says, Kiddies Yoga etc. 
  • Activities will include:
    • Phono-Graphix reading and spelling activities differentiated per group. I've attached a basic lesson plan on the 4 key Phono-Graphix lessons  as well as an information sheet on the method. These are the basic steps that are currently being following in the Pink, Blue and Green groups where we are revising 3 sound words such as cat, cot, bug, van etc. The Purple Group are doing the same except with 4 sound words  such as desk, plum, frog.  The Orange Group are working on slightly more advanced words where sound are represented with more than one letter such as the sh, ch, th, qu.
    • Some revision of the sounds covered last term will be done at the start of the lesson and new work will be introduced. Groups for Monday:
      • Pink Group with Jenny in Ms Mphahlele’s  class (3B)
      • Blue Group with Gillean in the Container class room
      • Green Group with Ms Mphaka in the Library
      • Purple Group with Sachi in Ms Dladla's class (3A)
      • Orange Group with Meghan in Ms Mphaka's class (3C).  
Where possible we like to encourage volunteers to work with the same group of children each week to encourage consistency and so that one can build up a rapport with specific leaners. However, there may be times where we need to re-allocate volunteers if we are short of volunteers on a particular day.

We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am outside Piatto's and car pool to Diepsloot and are usually back in Dainfern by 11am.


Volunteers will continue to work with the same small groups of children building 3 sound words.

I've attached a basic lesson plan on the 4 key Phono-Graphix lessons  as well as an information sheet on the method.

We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am outside Piatto's and car pool to Diepsloot and are usually back in Dainfern by 10:30am.

Please continue to "Spread a Little Love" when you can on Mondays

We continue to make peanut butter sandwiches as well donate bags of apples every Monday to supplement the school's feeding programme. Please assist when you can by bringing a loaf of sandwiches and/or a bag of apples. 

Ngangifisa Food Distribution - next Wednesday 18 April 2017

The next food distribution will be on Wednesday 18 April at 10am in the school hall at DCS.  Ngangifisa feeds up to 14 of the most vulnerable families at Diepsloot Combined School.

Click here to find out what Meghan and her Ngangifisa team are up to.

The Top Up Project - Mending School Uniforms

Karin and Veronika have started  the "Top Up" Project at DCS and will mending school uniforms on a weekly basis after our Tuesday Buddy Reader Programme. They welcome volunteers from 10am to 12:30pm every Tuesday.

Karin and Veronika are appealing to our volunteer community to assist them in their preparations for Winter and have asked to keep them in mind if you have any of the following items that are used but in good condition

  • Black/blue/navy socks, stockings, thick leggings,

  • Long johns, thermo tops,

  • Long or short sleeve T-shirts to be worn under a school shirt

  • school bags

  • black shoes

  • an iron

To see what Veronika and Karin are up to, follow them on Facebook by clicking on this link.


Health Project - Meets on Tuesdays

Please email Carolien on cesalbers@gmail.com if you would like more information. This group does eyesight and dental checks with the learners as well as provide nutritional and other guidance.

Whilst having qualified doctors and dentists and other health practitioners on the team is a bonus, one does not need to be qualified to assist.


Baby Club

The Baby Club now meets on Fridays. This club caters for teenage mums who are trying to stay in school whilst dealing with the challenges of parenthood.

The Baby Club is arranging a fundraiser in May.

Click here to find out more about the Baby Club and what Anthea has been up to.

Please see our "Dates to Diarise" below.

Please contact Jenny on 082 322 0608 or reply to this email if you have any general queries. You can also contact the relevant person mentioned above for specific projects or events.

Thank you



Dates to Diarise 

TERM 2 for Edu Fun starts this coming week. Lessons resume on Monday 16 April and Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Saturday Reading School - Saturday 14 April 2018

Extra Reading lessons are being offered to the Grade 3 learners in the Pink group to give them additional with their reading. The programme will run on Saturday from 9am to 10:15am on Saturday 14, 21 April; 5, 12, 19, 26 May and 2 & 9 June 2018. Note: Traffic in Fourways may make traveling to Diepsloot tricky this Saturday, so you may want to join the programme from April 21st.


Grade 3 Teaching Programme – Monday 16 April 2018

Meet in the parking lot outside Piatto’s at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am for a brief meeting to discuss the assessments.
Car pool to the school at 9:10am.
The lesson will run from 9:30am to about 10:45am and we should be back at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre soon after 11am.


Grade 2 Teaching Programme - Tuesday 17 April 2018

Meet in the Parking lot outside Piatto’s at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am for a brief meeting to discuss the assessments.
Car pool to the school at 8:40am.
The lesson will run from 9am to about 10:15am and we should be back at Dainfern Valley by or shortly after 10:30am.

Ngangifisa - Food Pantry - Wednesday 18 April 2018

The next food distribution is on Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 10am.

SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday 30th April and Tuesday 1 May 2018. There will also be no Saturday School on 28 April.

School continues from Monday 7 May until Tuesday 19 June 2018

AGM - 17 May 2018

Our AGM is scheduled for Thursday 17 May 2018 at St Peter's School.
It will take place from 10am to 12pm.

Holiday Sports and Buddy Reader Programme - Tuesday 26 June to Thursday 28 June 2018

Edu Fun, in Partnership with Read For Africa and St Peter's School will run the annual Holiday Programme from 8:30am to 1pm daily on Tuesday 26 June, Wednesday 27 June and Thursday 28 June 2018.

Term 3 - Monday 23  July to Tuesday 18 September 2018

Lessons resume on Monday 23 July 2018 until Tuesday 18 September

International Literacy Week Celebrations
- Week starting 3 September 2018

Zoo Trip - Monday 10 September 2018

Heritage Day theme and last day of term on Monday 17 September 2018


Term 4 - Monday 15 October to Tuesday 13 November 2018

Lessons resume on Monday 15 October until Tuesday 13 November 2018

Grade 3 Year End Party - Monday 12 November 2018

Grade 2 Year End Party - Tuesday 13 November 2018