Mindworks 2017

PARENTS TAKE OVER TEACHING AT SACRED HEART COLLEGE

Sacred Heart College works hard to be at the forefront of educational innovation and Mindworks is one of these innovations.  More than 20 years ago, the Mindworks programme was introduced in the Primary school.  The programme is designed and organised by a group of generous parents, who put in hours of work to present this 4 day programme to our learners. 

Mindworks was the brainchild of parents who were concerned at the stress the teachers experienced at the end of the second term.  It has become a tradition: every second year the normal school curriculum is suspended for four days at the end of the second term and parents and invited guest presenters take the children through a programme of exciting and educational workshops.

The theme this year is “Live the dream” in line with the theme for the celebration of the wonderful 150 years that marks the presence of the Marist Brothers in South Africa and the bi-centennial anniversary of Marist worldwide.  The theme was explored in various ways through the workshops and hopefully our children started their holidays, having learnt and explored many new things and having had a lot of fun along the way.

Some of the fun and exciting workshops that delighted our children over the 4 days were: Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park, following the footsteps of the history of Sacred Heart College, Dancercise, Zumba Zumba Jive, Mini Me Yoga, Dream Catchers, Hands on Science, Space Rocks, Radical Rainbow recycling and Celebrating our diversity through friendships, to name a few.

Each child got an iced block to decorate, however they wished.  The blocks were then iced onto a cake for each class.  The cakes were then put together to make a huge cake celebrating the 150 and 200 anniversaries.  Each child then received a piece of cake with the block that they had iced.  

We wish to thank our committee members: Penny Leong (Chair), Marietjie Zimmerman, Dilshaad Hartley, Lynda Wilkinson and Jane Ferreira for their tireless work, organising this programme.  We also send our heartfelt gratitude to all our parents who donated eats; who were presenters or volunteers at the various workshops and to all those who helped in some way.  Looking forward to Mindworks 2019!!!