Sinenjongo High School is a high school in Joe Slovo Park , Milnerton , Cape Town , South Africa .

History

In 1993 Elda Mahlentle started a school (the Elda Mahlentle Primary School) in the informal settlement called Chuku Town to the stablehorse in Milnerton . Grades 1 to 4 were housed all in one small shack. By the end of 1994 the school had expanded up to Grade 9 and consisted of eight container classrooms. The Department of Education.

In 1996 the new homes were being built in Joe Slovo and so the school moved there with 16 educators. Elda Mahlentle Primary School became Sinenjongo High School and Marconi Beam Primary School .

Gaining recognition

Rabie Property Group has taken on Sinenjongo High School as the major beneficiary of their Corporate Social Investment Program. [3]

Malinga Nopote was appointed as the principal school in July 2010, and spoke at TEDxCapeTownED in 2012 about the remarkable improvement in the school’s pass rate. [4] [5]

The school received an award for being one of the 10 most improved schools in the Western Cape in 2012 from the Western Cape Education Department . [6]

Resources

A classroom at Sinenjongo High School

As of 2012, the school had:

  • 1 prefabricated science laboratory [7] [8] [9]
  • 1 small garden [10] [11]
  • 2 prefabricated computer laboratories (with less than 40 working computers in total) [12] [13]
  • More than 18 prefabricated classrooms, with 27 teachers (in addition there are 4 Maths-and-Science and 1 English teachers, hired by the private sector [13] [14] [15] [16] ) and more than 800 learners. [17]

Academic results

Learners studying in Sinenjongo High School

From 2010 the school has a high pass rate [15] [18] [19] and has been graduating students who matriculate to a university level. [20] [21]

year Pass Rate Number of learners Bachelors Bachelors Rate
2008 27% 71 3 4%
2009 44% 66 3 5%
2010 98% 44 7 16%
2011 88% 87 19 22%
2012 95% 92 32 35%
2013 93% 91 30 33%
2014 89% 137 33 24%
2015 91% 149 49 33%
2016 85% 149 42 28%

Extramural participation

  • Athletics
  • Choir
  • Chess
  • Debate
  • Drama and dance
  • netball
  • Soccer
  • Rugby

Other program participation

  • Star Schools [22] [23]
  • BBN [24] [25] [26] [27]
  • ASSET [28]

Free access to Wikipedia

See also: Wikipedia Zero
Grade 11A Class who penned the open letter for free to Wikipedia on their cellphones, (photographed in May 2013 as the 12A class) reading their open letter
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A sample from a Cape Town radio interview between Kieno Kammies and Pam Robertson, Maths and Science Teacher at Sinenjongo High School about their class and their campaign for free access to Wikipedia on their cellphones.

In 2012, the 11A grade school at the school lobbied South African cellphone network operators to provide free access to Wikipedia to assist students with research. [29] [30] FNB Connect (a South African ISP) Wikipedia browsing through certain hours to their own customers. While this is not available for cellphone users, it will be more pressure on the cellphone network. [31] [32]

In May 2013, the school was visited by Victor Grigas and Charlene Music from the Wikimedia Foundation to shoot a documentary about the school and this campaign. [33] [34] [35]

More, in June 2013, national, provincial and local newspapers, published the students’ letter and had articles written about it, especially on the South African national holiday of June 16 “Youth Day” . The province of the Western Cape , to provinces like the Gauteng and the KwaZulu Natal . [36] [37] [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] [43] [44] [45]

On February 14, 2014, in response to a NekNomination challenge from Five Roses Tea, the cellphone operator MTN Group announced via a YouTube video that they would provide access to Wikipedia without data charges. A NekNomination is an internet craze that has been developed to make a positive difference in South Africa. [46] [47]

The Gr 12A learners have written a number of articles for the IsiXhosa Wikipedia. ‘Ukucinezeleka kwamanina’ (Oppression of Women) by Sinako Mtakati took first prize in a competition held in August 2013. In 2014 grade 11A learners joined WikiAfrica and started editing and creating articles. Nicholas Dodo, Sinoxolo Cotyi, Esethu Dudumashe, Asiya Bucwa and Sesethu Mdikane joined Lead SA in association with WikiAfrica and an Edit-a-thon. [48]

WikiReaders being used in Sinenjongo High School

In late 2013 Sinenjongo learners received more than 95 WikiReaders with mixed funds from a Wikimedia individual commitment grant [49] and an Indiegogo campaign. [50]

Yearly events

There is a Grade 8s and Grade 9s Career in Grade 9s where people from different career fields speak to the learners. This is done because the learners in Grade 10 have to choose which subjects they will in major matriculation. The other grades’ pupils get included too. [51] [52] [53]

Annually there is an academic awards ceremony for the Grade 12 class. It is also their valedictory. [54]

Matric Dance “or” Matric Ball ” [55] A month before the valedictory, the school has a social farewell celebration for the Grade 12

References

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  2. Jump up^ Mediaweb: SA Journalist Network
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  5. Jump up^ “Excellence through Trust: Malinga Nopote at TEDxCapeTownED” . Youtube. 2012-06-18 . Retrieved 2013-06-13 .
  6. Jump up^ “WESTERN CAPE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE (NSC) AWARDS FOR 2012” (PDF) . info.gov.za . Retrieved 2013-06-13 .
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  46. Jump up^ “NekNomination leads to free mobile Wikipedia in SA” . BizTechAfrica . Retrieved February 14, 2014 .
  47. Jump up^ “MTN gives free access to Wikipedia” . Iafrica.com . Retrieved February 14,2014 .
  48. Jump up^ “Youth Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” . Lead SA. 2014-06-16 . Retrieved 2014-07-13 .
  49. Jump up^ “Grants: PEG / Aislinn Dewey / Distribute WikiReaders to Schools / Report – Meta” . Meta. 2014-03-12 . Retrieved 2014-07-13 .
  50. Jump up^ “WikiReaders 4 Kids” . Tumblr.com .
  51. Jump up^ “School’s achievements recognized (Workplace)” . Highbeam.com .
  52. Jump up^ Dozens of speakers address learners at Sinenjongo’s 2012 Careers Day | Rabie Blog
  53. Jump up^ 4. “Rabie.co.za Fifth Careers Day for Sinenjongo High School – Rabie.co.za” . Rabie.co.za .
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  55. Jump up^ “Dance spectacular for Sinenjongo” . Rabie.co.za. 2012-10-02 . Retrieved 2014-07-13 .

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