VICTORY PARK – Don’t let the pink fool you, these girls are unbeatable.
The girl’s cricket team at De La Salle Holy Cross College were fortunate enough to tour KwaZulu-Natal.
The second annual Vryheid Girls Cricket Festival was hosted recently in KwaZulu-Natal and Victory Park’s very own De La Salle girls’ cricket team was invited to participate. Fifteen learners from the school dived into the cricket action between 4 and 6 October.
At the festival, De La Salle’s girls took on and beat Vryheid, Felixton and the Zululand Hub. Tayla Vester, one of the team’s players, believes their attitude going into the tournament resulted in them winning all their matches. She said, “Our college motto was lived up to by all players with the other teams and staff members complimenting us on our players’ conduct and community spirit.”
The team is a combination of girls who have played the sport for years and some, only for weeks. Regardless of the length of time individual players have played the sport, the key characteristic between them is their determination to learn and succeed. Every player contributed in all aspects of the game.
At the festival, they also had the opportunity to play a match in mixed teams to support those living with breast cancer. The cricket field was filled with girls in bright pink cricket uniforms, bringing awareness of the disease that affects millions across the world.
The experience was an incredibly valuable one for the girls and they thanked their school for making it a reality. “Thank you to Mr Vernell and Ms Lawless for accompanying the team and wearing their shirts with pride; we had a great time,” said Vester.
Is extra work at home worth it?Decades of global research, shows that homework in primary schools is unnecessary and unproductive.
Johannesburg - Before the teachers at De La Salle Holy Cross College Junior School assign homework, headmaster Neil Berndsen asks them to consider one key question: Is the extra work at home worth eating into the already limited time the school’s young pupils have at home?
“If they feel it is worth it, then they must go for it,” he says. “But they mustn’t just give homework for the sake of it.”
There are other “golden rules” for the teachers at the Catholic primary school in Victory Park, north of Joburg. Homework can only be assigned on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - Wednesdays are strictly family nights. And it mustn’t exceed 15 minutes for young children and 30 minutes for children in the higher grades.
Homework must incorporate sufficient reading, skills-based exercises and activities, as opposed to content-driven tasks.
Berndsen is part of a small but growing movement of educators in South Africa who are redefining their approach to homework - or scrapping it.
#THESHIFT:Please click on the image below to watch #TheShift video, taken on the evening:2018 is well on its way, and we’re stepping into the future and the new year with #TheShift!Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for an evening of fun as we revealed our exciting plans for De La Salle Holy Cross College – here’s to some incredible years ahead.