Holiday and Saturday School

OVERVIEW

The Tomorrow Trust Holiday and Saturday School Programme provides Orphaned and vulnerable children with additional academic support in a holistic manner to ensure that they achieve good academic passes in Grade 12 thereby preventing them from dropping out of school and enabling them to access a tertiary education.

 

The Tomorrow Trust Holiday and Saturday School Department provides the following academic and support programmes:

1. Holiday School Programme- Foundation Phase (Grade R- Grade 3)
2. Holiday School Programme- Intermediate Phase (Grade 4- Grade 7)
3. Holiday and Saturday School Programme – Senior Phase (Grade 8- Grade 12)

a) Support Programmes:

i. Computer Literacy Programme

ii. Teacher Development Programme (Foundation Phase teachers)

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Monitoring and Evaluation:
•    Baseline testing is an important component of the programme and is utilized to understand the level a child is on individually, as well as collectively as a Grade.
•    The baseline test is designed by CAPS Leaders (They teach all teachers the new curriculum for the department of education) who fully understand the curriculum and the levels that children should be at in each grade; and is undertaken on  commencement of the academic year.
•    The baseline tests are at a much higher level than the tests conducted by government and are on par with private and model C schools standard that enables us to “encourage” learners to strive harder to achieve better results. Unlike government, The Tomorrow Trust does not lower grade pass marks to ensure a pass and we aim to develop our beneficiaries’ academic potential exponentially.
•    Currently baseline testing is done in numeracy & literacy for the juniors and then Mathematics, Science and English for the senior and intermediate phase learners.
•    We also obtain feedback via questionnaires designed to obtain the most information on the efficacy as well as the short-comings of the programme enabling us to monitor and evaluate our own performance. This is done annually.

PHASES

FOUNDATION PHASE

Junior or Foundation Phase:
•    Grade R to Grade 3 learners.
•    Gauteng and Western Cape based programme
•    The focus is on literacy, numeracy, Life Skills and introduction to English as English is a major barrier to learning.
•    In addition to receiving academic support, the children are supported holistically by the provision of psychosocial support. A Psychologist and counsellor oversee the well-being of the children in the Programme. We work closely with care organizations and refer concerns back to them in order for them to provide follow up as well as home visits to the child.

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•    Transport is provided from the township to the host schools as it changes their point of reference and is more conducive to learning due to the necessary resources being available.
•    All beneficiaries receive a nutritious meal and snacks during the Holiday School Programme.
•    Learners are provided with all their stationery and textbook requirements each year.
•    Learners attend the programme during the school holidays (March, June/ July and September) and are accompanied by their educators so that teacher development also takes place.
•    Teacher development in the foundation phase is important as this is where the basic skills in the various subjects are built and it has been scientifically proven that these are the developmental years of children.
•    Teachers obtain practical implementation skills that enable them to better understand and implement the necessary work plans at their own schools. This has proved to be a highly successful programme and we have plans to increase the teacher participation as well as provide additional support.

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INTERMEDIATE PHASE

•    Grade 4 to Grade 7 learners

Our current Intermediate Phase beneficiaries have been with the Tomorrow Trust since Grade R and will continue to the Grade 12 and tertiary studies enabling us to track them from Grade R to Alumni status.

•     The intermediate phase continues to build on lessons learnt in the foundation phase and becomes more focused on the mathematical, English language skills of learners as well as the sciences and computer skills

•    Transport is provided to and from the host schools. We transport the children to an environment that is conducive to learning and promotes academic achievement.

•    All beneficiaries receive nutritious meals and snacks during the programme.

•    Learners are also provided with their stationery and textbook requirements annually.

•    The children are supported holistically by the provision of psychosocial support. A Psychologist and counsellor oversee the well-being of the children in the Programme. We work closely with care organizations and refer concerns back to them in order for them to provide follow up as well as home visits to the child.

•    Specialist teachers provide the lessons that are aimed at keeping current with the curriculum as well as bridging the gap of the foundation phase in the event that children have not been with us prior to Grade 4.

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SENIOR PHASE

•    Grade 8 to Grade 12 learners

•    The senior phase is the most intensive phase of academic support provided to learners. Learners in this group commit not only to Holiday School but also to Saturday school sacrificing weekends to focus on their academic needs.

•    The focus  on Science, Life Science, English and Mathematics and lessons are structured according to learner needs as well as curriculum needs.

•    Saturday school enables us to provide “Catch Up” lessons especially for those learners who don’t have teachers or face lack of support from subject specialists so that children remain aligned to the curriculum and understand the subject matter.

•    Transport is provided to and from the host schools as the environment needs to be conducive to learning and this is absent at most township schools that lack the necessary resources.

•    We provide children daily nutritious meals and snacks during the programme.

•    Learners also receive all their stationery and textbook requirements. E.g. Scientific Calculators, Mathematics Sets, Pens, Pencils etc.