UCT Mathematics Competition in George
On 20 April 2017, Prof John Webb administered the UCT Mathematics competition at George High School. The excitement that learners experienced is reflected in the faces of these Thembalethu High School entrants.
100-UP at UCT Open Day
Open Day engagement at exhibition stalls
ACE and ACT Graduation at UCT
Our cohorts of Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) and Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) students graduated from UCT on Wednesday, 3 May.
100-UP at Aqualibrium Workshop
100-UP Grade 11 learners at Aqualibrium Workshop - 2017
TeachOut at Usasazo
Every Saturday a group of UCT TeachOut tutors provide maths and functional English sessions to 100 Grade 8...
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Exciting News! UCT’s support process begins for Sophakama!

Link to article in We Can Change Our World

Major focus area for Rogz Academy Books & Beyond team over next three plus years will be the School Management, Curriculum & Teacher Support Programme

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with the Schools Development Unit (SDU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), who are able to offer expertise and well-founded research to our thinking about the implementation of this programme.

The first steps of the process began at the school this term! Patti Silbert and Gary Powell from the SDU conducted a ‘case study’ at the school (using observations/interviews/focus groups)

They will provide a written report and, together with the school, determine key development priorities and decide on appropriate solutions.

They were very excited and complimentary about how Sophakama has embraced this opportunity!

We look forward to the next stages of the programme. Watch this space!

UCT Visits Sophakama Assembly!

LINK to post on Rogz website

As part of the School Management, Curriculum and Teacher Support Programme, our partner, UCT’s School Development Unit (SDU) observes a school assembly.

This is an element of their ‘case study’ of observations, interviews and focus groups.

Patti Silbert from UCT returned to Sophakama Primary School on Friday 17 August, after an initial three-day visit, to observe the morning’s assembly.

She also interviewed the Deputy Principal, Mary Nel, as well as two Rogz Academy Books and Beyond (RABB) team members.

Patti’s comment about the assembly: ‘Imagine if the school could start each day like this!’ – Children were disciplined, but spontaneous. Singing and dancing flowed naturally after announcements. What a positive experience!

Patti and her team are hoping to provide a written feedback report to the SMT and RABB by the end of Term 3.

SDU developed the Grade R Mathematics Programme (R-Maths)

Diane Hendricks and Nomfundo Mfobo, SDU’s R-Maths trainers setting the scene to inspire their colleagues during the Phase 2 block training, 25 – 28 June 2015. SDU developed the Grade R Mathematics Programme (R-Maths) and in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) SDU trained ECD/Foundation Phase Subject Advisors and supported the training of approximately 3 600 Grade R practitioners/teachers.

The Schools Improvement Initiative wins the Social Responsiveness Award. 

LinkUCT SII Award ceremony

At the 4th April graduation ceremony, the SII received the 2017 VC Social Responsiveness Award. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all our colleagues in the SDU, FHS and across the university who made this possible. We especially want to acknowledge our SII school partners and principals who were co-applicants for the award: Mxolisi Mbobo (Intshayelelo Primary); Mlungisi Siko (Ummangaliso Primary); Patrick Barnes (Usasazo Secondary); Themba Mbathane (Sivuyiseni Primary) and Phadiela Cooper (COSAT).

UCT-in-Eden Competition Day

The UCT-in-Eden Competition Day was held on 26 August 2017.  Learners competed against their peers among the 15 project schools.  Competitions were held for Grade 7, 8 & 9 respectively for mathematics and natural sciences.

PLAY CONFERENCE, facilitated by Cotlands, Unicef, DBE, Lego Foundation.

On 11-13 July 2017, St Georges Hotel, Pretoria. Main discussion: The Power of Play in preparing children for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century. The SDU R-maths team in Partnership with the WCED completed Phase 1 training of 1400 Gr R Teachers in the Western Cape. In the light of this Is is noteworthy that this R-maths programme is aligned to the competencies identified as being critical for teachers and learners for the future.

Graduation of our ACE and ACT students at UCT on 3 May 2017

Our last cohort of Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) students graduated from UCT on Wednesday afternoon. In all 11 graduated with and ACE in  Curriculum Leadership in the Intermediate Phase; 14 graduated with an ACE in Curriculum Leadership in the Foundation Phase. 

Short Course: Leading and Managing a Curriculum Delivery Team

Participants from different WCED schools are presently attending the management short course Leading and Managing a Curriculum Delivery Team. The course is designed for school managers as well as those who aspire to upward mobility in the profession. For information on this, and other short courses on offer through the Schools Development Unit, contact Gary Powell ( or Wadeeah Fisher ( ).

Bulungula Grade R Maths training

Tami and Sue visited the Bulungula Incubator from the 19-22 April.

This is on the coast in the Eastern Cape, 5 hours from East London and 3 hours from Umtata. They worked with the Education Project manager from Bulungula and 4 teachers from 4 Gr R classes in the area. 3-5 hour training sessions took place over 3 afternoons. 

Despite varied teaching contexts the training was successful and the participants valued the experience.