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History of Siyathuthuka Junior Primary School

1. How the school was established in 1975.01.31 ?

(i)  The community gathered together and built a school named U-Phaphazi Combine School.
(ii)  It was form (SSA to standard 5) Grade 1 to Grade 7.
(iii)  Later u-Phaphazi Combine School was divided into two schools,
        A. U-Phaphazi Higher Primary School (Standard 3 to Standard 5) Grade 5 -7.
        B. Siyathuthuka Junior Primary School (first year to standard 2) Grade 1-4.

2. Staff members and staffing (6 educators )

(i)  SSA- D.N Mbatha and Mrs E.N Dube
(ii)  SSB- Mrs M.B Gumede
(iii)  STDI- Miss B.Z Nkosi and Miss Thobela
(iv)  STDII- Miss P.B Gcabashe
(v)  Three educatos were unqualified. There were six staff memebers.
(vi)  The total enrolment for the school was 464 learners

3. The school committee members were elected on the 23.02.1975 (Members were elected by parents)

1.    Mr F Mkhwanazi (Chairperson)
2.    Mr B Ndlovu (Vise Chairperson)
3.    Mr B Shandu (Secretary)
4.    Mr B Mngomezulu
5.    Mrs E Khumalo

        Four nominated members:-

        1.    Mrs M Buthelezi
        2.    Mrs A Mdletshe
        3.    Mr E Masuku
        4.    Mr S Xulu

4. Why the school was named Siyathuthuka Junior Primary school?

(i)  The majority of parents, committee memebers, U-Phaphazi H.P were given papers to write any good name they thought of. Mrs D.N Mbatha who was teaching at U-Phaphazi School             was also given a paper.
(ii)  The papers were collected, the names were all read. The name Siyathuthuka Junior Primary was selected by all and sundry present.
(iii)  Fortunatey, the name Siyathuthuka was written by Mrs D.N Mbatha who was the first principal of Siyathuthuka Junior Primary School.
(iv)  Mrs D.N Mbatha focused on progress, the school progress continuosly with flying colors from 1975 - 2021.

5. What I remember about that day on which the school opened for the first time?

(i)  That was the red-letter day for the staff of six educators, parents, the school committee and 464 learners.
(ii)  There was a staff meeting eary, the major purpose was staffing allocatiob of duties and enrolment of learners.
(iii)  I remember myself having class plus office-work, without the Admin Clerk, Deputy Principal or an HOD. Everything was on my shoulders.
(iv)  The three unqualified educators were allocated to Siyathuthuka J.P School from u-Phaphazi Combine School.
(v)  Some prompt involvement took place on yearly basis.
(vi)  Parent changed, they seriously workd hand in hand with the staff and the school committee.(SGB)

6. What were the weak points of the school when it started?

(i)  The financial position was poor beacause some parents were reluctant to pay the school fees. PPT were paid by SGB.
(ii)  The school was not fenced, learners and educators were not feeling safe, they felt unprotected.
(iii)  There was no electricity, no computers, no telephones, insufficient classrooms, and no descent shool uniform.
(iv)  Returning learners home on rainy days due to four licking classrooms, learners missed subjects. The work detoriated on rainy days.
(v)  There was poor water supply at school, one tank was insufficient.

7. What were the strong points of the school when it started?

(i)  The strongest point were to insist on progress.
(ii)  We encouraged parents to pay school fees so as to meet needs of the school. e.g. paying three PPT's and bulding classrooms.
(iii)  Strong discipline, proper learning, educators using excellent refences (books).
(iv)  We focused proceeding forward.
(v)  We wished to employ well equiped educators professionally, so that they could lay very strong and up to the mark foundation.
(vi)  We also focused at bulding a number of classrooms.

8. Learners at SiyathuthukaJ.P School, the school, in those yearly and presently.

(i)    Learners that I still remember are those who participated in numerous, various types of school activities e.g. Music, Sport, Drum Majorates, Zulu Dance Group, Red Cross Group,     Scouters, Girl Guiding etc.
(ii)  Learners used to succeed with flying colors in activities and in most of the learning areas, they attained position one.
(iii)  The majority of them are staff nurses, educators, policemen. The minority is serving as teachers at Siyathuthuka .J.P School, others I failed to recognize, they used to greet me.
(iv)  Learners Siyathuthuka J.P School are accepted and enrolled in Multi-racial schools i.e. Mtuba Primary School, Kwa-Mbonambi Primary School, and others at Empangeni.
(v)  Learners were respected, they gained their spurs to us by pushing the starndard very high at Siyathuthuka Primary School.

9. The difference between previous years and present years. 1975 to 2007

(i)  There is much improvement at present (2021) as compared to year 1975.
(ii)  The enrolment increased from 464 learners to 1525 learners.
(iii)  The PPN increased from six educators to 36 educators including four male educators in joniour primary school.
(iv)  The school building inmproved and increased from 6 classrooms to 20 classrooms.
(v)  There are 23 classrooms built by the Department of Education, an Admin Block and additional toilets.
(vi)  The SGB built a very big kitchen for the nutrition programme.
(vii)  The school geverning body provided three classrooms for Grade R in year 2000. This assisted in increasing the enrolment .
(viii)  The learners areas improved, we selected good refence books with sufficent information. Educators and learners communicate in english
(ix)  There is electricity installed at present and there was non before.
(x)  Computer literacy started in January 2004.
(xi)  There was no water on school premises except tank water which was not enough. We have enough tanks now. One tap-water form the windmill u-Phaphazi H.P School directions, the other one is from the bore-hole outside the school.We have two taps on school premises. We provided water even for watering the garden.
(xii)  Many educators were promoted to principalship position form Siyathuthuka J.P School. To mention a few, Mrs G.T Buthelezi, Mrs O.F Mkhwanazi, Mrs D.J Msibi,Mrs J.N Sikhosana , Miss E.N Shandu etc. The minority were promoted to HOD posts.
(xiii)  Siyathuthuka J.P School established a Junior Primary School called INDUKEBANDLA J.P SCHOOL. The school committee built four classrooms for learners in 1989. The first principal was Mrs N.C Mnguni.
(xiv)  Tours were taking place at school; learners were still touring in numbers to various places e.g. local places, Durban etc.
(xv)  The feeding scheme started in 1992 (Nutrition Programme, Durban) The feeding scheme continued (Nutrition Programme, Jozini). Suppler-Qedumona Tea-room(Mrs Thabethe).
(xvi)  The cleaner was interveiwed and employed by the Department of Education and Culture in year 2006. The security is employed privately and paid by the School governing body monthly. There is the security room at the gate. We must be assisted in the employment of the security.
(xvii)  A graduation of grade R and Grade four, yearly.
(xviii)  There is a siren instead of a bell. There is also an inter-com because the school is very big
(xix)  There is fanced outdoor play area for grade "R" e.g. there are swings, see-saw,running down-steps, jumping oer tyres etc. .
(xxi)  There is also a school garden where to plant vegetables to assist in the feeding nutrition programme.
(xxii)  The school is a NO-FEE SCHOOL from year 2007.

10. How teaching is conducted?

1    Communication in english both educators and learners.
2    Dividing, grouping learners and staffing.
3    Processing refence books with relevent good information.
4    Teaching, using proper teaching aids e.g. real objects, flash caards, charts, good blackboard summary.
5    Good printing, shaping of letters in the foundation phase, no rubbing! Enough written work, completed syllabus (good cursive hand writing in grade 3 & 4, educators must write correct good hand-writting for learners to copy, producing very good work.
6    The learners work must be marked and corrections done by the learners marked by educators.
6    Monthly test, Continuous assessment.

11. The principal Dr D.N Mbatha 1975 - 2007

1    Dr D.N Mbatha was the first principal of Siyathuthuka Junior Primary School.
2    The learners and educators increased in big numbers, yearly.
3    The school buildings / classrooms also increased up to 43 classrooms.
4    The learners from Siyathuthuka J.P are freely admited to racil-multi schools, learners compete with Europeans, Colored, and Indians. We are realy proud of the management and educators of the this school.
5    Siyathuthuka J.P School is a NO-FEE SCHOOL from 2007.
6    The siren and inter-com reflect the standard of the school.
7    The official opening on the 30.11.2007 crowns everything.