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Happy-to-be-back online: iBhodi Trust students return to Mitchells Plain classroom

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Posted on: 24 Feb 2021
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“Having students back online, in the physical classroom, is definitely the biggest win for the week.”

(PHOTO: Thomas Wrigley, iBhodi Trust Project Lead and Ricardo Buckton, Acacia's Learning Coach)

Guided by expert teachers and supervised by dedicated, highly-trained support staff, our iBhodi Trust cohort of pupils study an internationally-recognised curriculum, delivered entirely online at a dynamic physical classroom at Beacon Hill Secondary School in Mitchells Plain, set up with 28 computers, high-speed internet, and collaborative workstations.

The homeroom is called ‘Acacia’ and these students worked offline from home between 25 January and 13 February, completing Modules 1-3. 

“Our teachers converted their online work into printed work packs during this time, which we distributed to students on a weekly basis and which students then returned to us for scanning, uploading, and review,” says Thomas Wrigley, Valenture's iBhodi Trust Project Lead.

Students returned to the classroom on Monday 15 February along with the rest of the country. Teachers conducted exit tickets with each student to get a sense of their mastery of Modules 1-3 and have been providing office hours-led support off the back of those. 

Students wrote their first cycle test for the year last Wednesday (on their 3rd day back) - and we'll have their marks back soon!

Student feedback is that they are very happy to be back, happy to see their teachers again (multiple students listed this as their highlight for the week!), and happy to see their friends again. 

Many students specifically shared how they enjoyed meeting their new Afrikaans teacher, Janine Bombosch. 

“I really liked the Afrikaans teacher's confidence and the way she explains stuff,” said one student; while another said “...they (the teachers) made this week the best, they all were very attentive and explained the work well.”

Janine Bombosch says she loves teaching the students, saying "Ek geniet hulle so baie." (I enjoy them so much). 

General feedback from teachers is that they are very pleased to have students back online and that they believe that they missed the students even more than the students missed them.

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