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Learners make a difference in the fight against gender-based violence
Learners make a difference in the fight against gender-based violence

Beacon Hill High School learners made their voices...

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WCED makes school more accessible for children with disabilities
WCED makes school more accessible for children with disabilities

Carpe Diem School in George gave recognition to the...

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Jeremy Dietsiso voted Kfm 94.5 Teacher of the Year
Jeremy Dietsiso voted Kfm 94.5 Teacher of the Year

Jeremy Dietsiso, a Life Sciences teacher at Silversands...

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Apex High School named Super School by News24
Apex High School named Super School by News24

Apex High School in Eerste River has not missed a single day...

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South African Mathematics Foundation Annual Awards
South African Mathematics Foundation Annual Awards

Western Cape schools raked in the awards at the annual South...

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Horizon Mathematics Competition
Horizon Mathematics Competition

The WCED, in collaboration with Horizon Education Trust...

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Banze Iness – a dancer destined for the world stage!
Banze Iness – a dancer destined for the world stage!

Banze Iness, a 17-year old learner at...

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Camps Bay learner wins second prize in Beeld Kreatiewe-Skryfkompetisie
Camps Bay learner wins second prize in Beeld Kreatiewe-Skryfkompetisie

One of Francois Kemp's Afrikaans essays was entered...

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Kraaifontein learner becomes first-ever Growsmart Live and On-Air Radio Champion
Kraaifontein learner becomes first-ever Growsmart Live and On-Air Radio Champion

After 24 weeks of intense competition...

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Cohnwill Swarts takes the art world by storm
Cohnwill Swarts takes the art world by storm

A social media post by Celeste Arendse, a Visual Arts...

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Schools encouraged to apply for smart water meter subsidy
Schools encouraged to apply for smart water meter subsidy

The Western Cape Education Department has assisted numerous...

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Elsies River High learner pays tribute to educators
Elsies River High learner pays tribute to educators

Malikah Swail, a Grade 12 learner at Elsies River High School...

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Messages of support for Class of 2020
Messages of support for Class of 2020

Celebrities, alumni and community members of Albertinia...

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Change Mindset Pilot for Non-teaching Officials Exceeds Expectations
Change Mindset Pilot for Non-teaching Officials Exceeds Expectations

The long-anticipated pilot of the Change Mindset for...

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Paarl Girls’ High School hosts leadership summit
Paarl Girls’ High School hosts leadership summit

Paarl Girls’ High School had the privilege to present...

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Camps Bay canoeist wins gold at SA Championships
Camps Bay canoeist wins gold at SA Championships

Holly Smith, a Grade 8 learner at Camps Bay High School...

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Western Cape Education Department celebrates World Teacher’s Month
Western Cape Education Department celebrates World Teacher’s Month

Until the end of October, the Western Cape...

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Local Maths and Science teacher explores space education
Local Maths and Science teacher explores space education

Memory Dizha, a Mathematics and Science teacher...

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Mathematics meets art
Mathematics meets art

Hyacinth Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain was...

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Wynberg Girls’ Junior teachers leading the way in digital education
Wynberg Girls’ Junior teachers leading the way in digital education

Two local teachers have been named Microsoft...

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Overberg Business Studies Top Performers
Overberg Business Studies Top Performers

Overberg High School and Emil Weder Secondary School were...

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News24 Super Schools Competition
News24 Super Schools Competition

News24 has launched a competition to celebrate schools...

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Tribute to Western Cape teachers on World Teachers’ Day
Tribute to Western Cape teachers on World Teachers’ Day

Happy World Teachers’ Day, and month, to all...

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#CommitToFinish
#CommitToFinish

The WCED has launched a campaign to motivate...

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Rhenish learner launches a writing career
Rhenish learner launches a writing career

Emily Hart, a Grade 12 learner at Rhenish Girls...

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Spurwing Primary’s young scientist represents SA at international competition
Spurwing Primary’s young scientist represents SA at international competition

Tamzhin Valentine, a Grade 7 learner...

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Wynberg Girls Junior School uses digital innovation to teach entrepreneurship and e-commerce skills
Wynberg Girls Junior School uses digital innovation to teach entrepreneurship and e-commerce skills

On Friday, 25 September 2020...

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Gansbaai Primêr garden project
Gansbaai Primêr garden project

Whale Coast Conservation (WCC) teamed up with...

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Discontinued dress fabric blooms afresh!
Discontinued dress fabric blooms afresh!

In March 2018, Berg River Textiles informed La Rochelle Girls’...

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Build up to Global Handwashing Day
Build up to Global Handwashing Day

The Western Cape Education Department’s Life...

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WCED, in partnership with Letsema, launches Change Mindset training
WCED, in partnership with Letsema, launches Change Mindset training

The long-anticipated launch of the Change Mindset for....

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Teachers spread messages of peace around the world
Teachers spread messages of peace around the world

Wendy Horn, Director of the Metro North Education...

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Gansbaai learner publishes first of many short stories
Gansbaai learner publishes first of many short stories

Daylen Tobias, a Grade 12 learner at Gansbaai Academia...

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Windsor High School learners’ act of kindness has ripple effect
Windsor High School learners’ act of kindness has ripple effect

A single act of kindness by the Grade 12Q class...

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Learners turn maths into art
Learners turn maths into art

The Western Cape produced nine winners in a...

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International story on Carpe Diem’s feeding programme
International story on Carpe Diem’s feeding programme

Carpe Diem is a school for learners with...

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Table View Primary celebrates principal’s birthday with Jerusalema Challenge
Table View Primary celebrates principal’s birthday with Jerusalema Challenge

Table View Primary School was thrilled to...

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Adopting a Growth Mindset to work during the pandemic…lessons from succulents
Adopting a Growth Mindset to work during the pandemic…lessons from succulents

Some weeks ago, the Metro South Education...

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WCED Director named as one of M&G’s “Powerful women”
WCED Director named as one of M&G’s “Powerful women”

Every year for Women’s Month, the Mail & Guardian...

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Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital supports children’s learning
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital supports children’s learning

As part of Mandela Month, Minister Debbie Schäfer...

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Building resilient school communities
Building resilient school communities

The Metro South Education District (MSED) celebrated...

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Rave reviews for WCED’s Women’s Leadership Webinar
Rave reviews for WCED’s Women’s Leadership Webinar

Inspiring, informative and unforgettable...

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Battle of the business brains in Overberg’s online weekly quiz
Battle of the business brains in Overberg’s online weekly quiz

The top performers in Business Studies...

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WCED shares tips to make reading fun
WCED shares tips to make reading fun

It is National Book Week and the Western Cape...

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T2P brings Growth Mindset within easy reach for parents
T2P brings Growth Mindset within easy reach for parents

Children need nimble mindsets to deal with...

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Knysna HS wins SACEE Online Public Speaking Competition
Knysna HS wins SACEE Online Public Speaking Competition

The South African Council of English Educators...

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Class of 2020 urged to buckle down for the final stretch
Class of 2020 urged to buckle down for the final stretch

Grade 12 learners have been assured of the...

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Westlake Primary Principal gives leadership perspective on managing Covid-19
Westlake Primary Principal gives leadership perspective on managing Covid-19

Westlake Primary School Principal and 2019...

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Addressing Gender-based Violence through Life Orientation
Addressing Gender-based Violence through Life Orientation

The Western Cape Education Department hosted...

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Apex High School forges new path to online learning
Apex High School forges new path to online learning

Apex High School, a no-fee, dual-medium school...

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CTLI helps teachers unlock their superpowers
CTLI helps teachers unlock their superpowers

The Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) offers...

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Die Bron Primary shares jars of hope
Die Bron Primary shares jars of hope

Die Bron Primary School in Stanford demonstrated...

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Save the date: Women’s Leadership Webinar
Save the date: Women’s Month Webinar

In recent years, the Western Cape Education...

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Growsmart Live on Air Championships underway!
Growsmart Live on Air Championships underway!

The much loved Growsmart Competition is back...

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WCED offers schools a subsidy to support water sustainability
WCED offers schools a subsidy to support water sustainability

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED)...

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Therapists provide a treasure trove of activities to help children thrive
Therapists provide a treasure trove of activities to help children thrive

Therapists have been collaborating to provide...

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Athlone learner wins provincial writing competition
Athlone learner wins provincial writing competition

To celebrate International Children’s Day, the...

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Highlands Primary School combats Covid-19 with wellness programme
Highlands Primary School combats Covid-19 with wellness programme

Highlands Primary School in Mitchells Plain has...

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Great Bosch Bake off 
Great Bosch Bake off 

As the Western Cape’s Covid-19 infection and...

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Coding contest in a not-normal year
Coding contest in a not-normal year

The first round of the South African Programming Olympiad...

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Alumni come to the rescue of Immaculata High School
Alumni come to the rescue of Immaculata High School

Former learners of Immaculata High School in Wynberg...

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Overberg schools take a stand against woman and children
Overberg schools take a stand against women and child abuse

Fourteen schools in the Overberg have embarked...

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WCED hosts webinar on learning at home
WCED hosts webinar on learning at home 

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) hosted...

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Company sponsors face shields for learners with special needs
Company sponsors face shields for learners with special needs 

The Western Cape Education Department’s Directorate...

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Train your child’s brain series
Train your child’s brain series

Therapists in the Overberg Education District have...

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The Class of KC – Bringing teaching into homes during Covid-19 lockdown
The Class of KC – Bringing teaching into homes during Covid-19 lockdown

During May 2020, listeners to Radio KC in the Saron...

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Team Read launch a virtual library
Team Read launch a virtual library 

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has pulled

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Maitland High School community band together to overcome adversity
Maitland High School community band together to overcome adversity 

Learners at Maitland High School receive a warm...

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Psycho-social support for teachers, learners and parents
Psycho-social support for teachers, learners and parents

We need to acknowledge the effect the...

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Back to School for Blouvlei Special Needs School
Back to School for Blouvlei Special Needs School

For more than four decades, Blouvlei Special...

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Learners receive warm welcome back to school
Learners receive warm welcome back to school

Excited, apprehensive and cautiously optimistic...

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Cape Town teacher addresses global education conference
Cape Town teacher addresses global education conference

Danielle van Eck, a Physical Sciences teacher at Protea...

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Parents give weekly lesson plans the thumbs up
Parents give weekly lesson plans the thumbs up

The Western Cape Education Department has been providing...

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School offers drive-through initiative to support remote learning
School offers drive-through initiative to support remote learning

With only Grade 12 and Grade 7 learners allowed back...

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WCED makes it easier for teachers to collaborate
WCED makes it easier for teachers to collaborate 

The Covid-19 pandemic emphasised the need to find ways...

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Heideveld teacher takes classroom online
Heideveld teacher takes classroom online

Riefqah Sasman, a teacher at Heideveld High School...

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Eversdal Primary staff’s “can-do” attitude lays foundation for school’s solid COVID-19 response
Eversdal Primary staff’s “can-do” attitude lays foundation for school’s solid COVID-19 response

Proud principal Henk Arangies says that when schools...

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West End PS goes “all out” in welcoming back its Grade 7 learners
West End PS goes “all out” in welcoming back its Grade 7 learners

West End Primary School in Mitchells Plain has...

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Preparing for ‘Back to school’
Preparing for ‘Back to school’ 

On Wednesday, 27 May 2020, Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer...

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Global online conference to discuss education post COVID-19 
Global online conference to discuss education post COVID-19 

What will the “new normal” look like post...

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Request for markers to apply
Request for markers to apply

The extended national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has...

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Jakes Gerwel Fellowship online series
Jakes Gerwel Fellowship online series

The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship (JGF) has launched a two-week webinar...

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Official goes the extra mile to support vulnerable learners
Official goes the extra mile to support vulnerable learners

Anusha Naidoo, a Circuit Manager in the Metro Central...

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Bridgeville Primary learner wins lockdown competition
Bridgeville Primary learner wins lockdown competition

Shiloh Alexander, a Grade 5 learner at Bridgeville Primary in...

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Knysna Primary rises to the occasion
Knysna Primary rises to the occasion

Never in his wildest dreams did newly appointed Knysna Primary...

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St. John’s EK PS Community Values Conversation
St. John’s EK PS Community Values Conversation

Shortly before the end of the first school term and the country...

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Western Cape schools serve over 1 million meals to learners during lockdown
Western Cape schools serve over 1 million meals to learners during lockdown

Over 1 million meals have been served in the past month...

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Interactive lesson plans helps you keep up with curriculum from home
Interactive lesson plans helps you keep up with curriculum from home

The Western Cape Education Department recently launched a...

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Learners provided with data for online learning
Learners provided with data for online learning

Qhayiya Secondary School in Hermanus provided Grade 12 learners...

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Online Safety Curriculum for learners and parents
Online Safety Curriculum for learners and parents

The Western Cape Education Department is working with Google...

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Kewtown “family of teachers” feeding programme
Kewtown “family of teachers” feeding programme

Ebrahim Abrahams and his family were so touched by...

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Witzenberg Matric Fund helps alleviate hunger
Witzenberg Matric Fund helps alleviate hunger

For the past four years, the Witzenberg Matric Fund (WMF) has helped...

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Lockdown anthem goes viral
Lockdown anthem goes viral

The Settlers High School in Bellville tapped into their creative side...

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Primary school's letters of hope
Primary school's letters of hope

Table View Primary School has been posting daily messages of hope during...

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Minister records and shares story with children on World Book Day
Minister records and shares story with children on World Book Day

Western Cape Education Minister Debbie Schäfer encouraged...

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Coping with stress caused by COVID-19
Coping with stress caused by COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need...

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Teachers start Facebook group to support remote learning
Teachers start Facebook group to support remote learning

A group of passionate teachers started a Facebook...

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Teachers get inventive to enable remote learning
Teachers get inventive to enable remote learning

Necessity is the mother of invention, something Ronald Kock, a...

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RCL message to fellow learners
RCL message to fellow learners

Stay at home and make use of available resources to...

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Essential Services at Head Office
Essential Services at Head Office

While most people are working from home during lockdown...

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Emergency feeding underway
Emergency feeding underway

Yesterday, thousands of learners arrived at their schools...

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Non-digital learning
Non-digital learning

While the WCED and other Provincial Departments are promoting...

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Teachers reach out to learners via WhatsApp
Teachers reach out to learners via WhatsApp

Evan Papier, a teacher at Groendal Secondary School in...

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Holiday packs keep academic boat afloat
Holiday packs keep academic boat afloat

Sunningdale Primary School pulled out all the stops to...

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Tips on how support reading @ home
Tips on how to support reading @ home

This week the WCED released tips and advice to parents...

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School reaches out to learners left vulnerable by COVID-19 pandemic
School reaches out to learners left vulnerable by COVID-19 pandemic

Camps Bay High School provided food parcels to...

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Wendy Horn to lead Metro North Education District
Wendy Horn to lead Metro North Education District

The Western Cape Education Department has appointed award winning...

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Donors join hands to fund new classrooms
Donors join hands to fund new classrooms

Thursday 5 March 2020 marked a milestone for Nederburg...

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Newly elected members of Provincial Principals Forum
Newly elected members of Provincial Principals Forum

A new group of principals started their two-year term as...

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Recipe for success to ensure functional schools
Recipe for success to ensure functional schools

The Western Cape Education Department has declared 2020...

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Eversdal PS to showcase self-funded project
Eversdal PS to showcase self-funded project

On Friday, 13 March 2020, Eversdal Primary School will...

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Sensational schools rugby showcase at DHL Newlands
Sensational schools rugby showcase at DHL Newlands

Newlands is described as the field of dreams and on Tuesday some...

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Number of online applications for 2021 school admission exceeds expectations
Number of online applications for 2021 school admission exceeds expectations

Despite a challenging start to the online admissions...

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Educators all ears at Protea Heights Academy3
Educators all ears at Protea Heights Academy

Learners at Protea Heights Academy (PHA) are consistently...

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GM seamlessly integrated into school’s curriculum delivery
GM seamlessly integrated into school’s curriculum delivery

Goodwood Park Primary, a school that has integrated values into...

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New Philippi high school features high level security
New Philippi high school features high level security

The Department of Transport and Public Works builds and upgrades...

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Win library books for your school
Win library books for your school

The Department of Arts and Culture, in conjunction with the Library...

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Heideveld Secondary’s boys U15 basketball team in winning form
Heideveld Secondary’s boys U15 basketball team in winning form

Heideveld Secondary School’s boys u15 team won silver...

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Experienced teacher makes ‘history come alive’
Experienced teacher makes ‘history come alive’

A retired teacher who is currently substituting at a Bellville South...

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Celebrating Excellence in Language and Mathematics
Celebrating Excellence in Language and Mathematics

This week the WCED celebrated the achievements of our Province’s...

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Metro Central empowers teachers with self-defence techniques
Metro Central empowers teachers with self-defence techniques

The Metro Central Education District invited...

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Shakespeare Schools Festival celebrates 10 years and a new association with the Fugard Theatre
Shakespeare Schools Festival celebrates 10 years and a new association with the Fugard Theatre

2020 marks the Shakespeare Schools Festival...

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WCED offers support for schools to attend My Future 4.0 Summit
WCED offers support for schools to attend My Future 4.0 Summit

With only three weeks to go, schools are urged to make...

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Javelin sensation sets new record
Javelin sensation sets new record

Bellville High School’s javelin star, Kayla Reyneke, walked...

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Celebrations for National Teaching Award winners
Celebrations for National Teaching Award winners

Three of our educators were given a hero’s welcome...

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Ground-breaking MOU between WCED and Muslim Judicial Council
Ground-breaking MOU between WCED and Muslim Judicial Council

Muslim learners attending Haafith...

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Vredelust Primary School raises the bar in terms of cleanliness
Vredelust Primary School raises the bar in terms of cleanliness

“Not sure I have EVER seen a cleaner...

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Paarl Career Exhibition
Paarl Career Exhibition

The annual Cape Winelands Education District’s...

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ID Mkize learners and international visitors create awareness about plastic pollution
ID Mkize learners and international visitors create awareness about plastic pollution

A partnership between ID Mkize Secondary...

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Pinelands learner earns bronze at African Wrestling Championships
Pinelands learner earns bronze at African Wrestling Championships

Congratulations to Pinelands High School’s Abdul Tchoufon...

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WC’s first unit for deaf learners opens at Carpe Diem
WC’s first unit for deaf learners opens at Carpe Diem

WC’s first unit for deaf learners opens at Carpe Diem School...

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Portia Primary convenes safety conversation with parents

Parents of learners at Portia Primary School in Lansdowne...

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Western Cape teachers continue to learn
Western Cape teachers continue to learn

The Western Cape Education Department’s professional...

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Stretching computer confidence
Stretching computer confidence

The Computer Olympiad has introduced a basic version of...

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Call for input for “Education Conversations for the Future”
Call for input for “Education Conversations for the Future”

The Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) second Future Focus...

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Cyclists create cancer awareness
Cyclists create cancer awareness

Groenvlei High School in Lansdowne will be welcoming home this...

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Western Cape celebrates the joy of reading aloud
Western Cape celebrates the joy of reading aloud

Schools and Western Cape Education Department (WCED) officials...

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2021 Enrolment process opens soon
2021 Enrolment process opens soon

Applications for school admissions in 2021 open on...

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Grade 12 learners receive tips for success
Grade 12 learners receive tips for success

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has prepared a...

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Young tennis stars go from strength to strength
Young tennis stars go from strength to strength

Leigh van Zyl of Paarl Girls’ High represented South Africa at the...

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2019 Systemic Test results show Western Cape Education strategies are working
2019 Systemic Test results show Western Cape Education strategies are working

Schools serving learners in the poorest areas of the Western...

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Teachers to be trained in online safety
Teachers to be trained in online safety

Western Cape teachers will receive training in the Online Safety...

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Westlake Primary School embraces values
Westlake Primary School embraces values

“Excellent leadership and compassionate towards the students.” This...

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Artscape to launch its year-long education programme
Artscape to launch its year-long education programme

Audiences can look forward to Artscape’s annual education and training...

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Curriculum hard at work to help schools perform at their best

More than 500 education specialists attended the first provincial...

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Heideveld High – home of basketball
Heideveld High – home of basketball

Basketball as a sport at Heideveld High has come a long way since...

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Twins support each other through personal tragedy to achieve success

Attendees at this year’s Matric Awards ceremony had tears in...

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Kenwyn Primary still going strong after 100 years
Kenwyn Primary still going strong after 100 years

Kenwyn Primary school has big plans for 2020...

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Bishop Lavis school mobilises community around values
Bishop Lavis school mobilises community around values

Bergville Primary School in Bishop Lavis has launched an...

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Introducing Story Stars!
Introducing Story Stars!

The Western Cape Education Department has launched an essay...

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My Future 4.0 is coming to Cape Town!

A digital skills and careers summit focusing on skills required....

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Western Cape U18 Basketball Team are national champions!
Western Cape U18 Basketball Team are national champions!

Huge congratulations to Camps Bay High School Matric Pupil...

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