Northcliff House College, based in Hermanus, is using The Village NEWS as a teaching tool to inspire students to take an interest in what is going on in the community while also learning about the structure of visual and informative texts.   

The Grade 6 class at Northcliff House College sit down at their desks to read The Village NEWS.

“To motivate students to read non-fiction is not the easiest thing nowadays, that is why I thought The Village NEWS to be a good start. It is colourful, visual and has all sorts of different sections such as My Pet and My School, topics that captivate young minds,” says Amber Daamen, Department Head and Grade 6 teacher at Northcliff House College.

As well, to encourage her students to write and express their feelings, Amber uses journals in her class.

“Keeping a journal allows my learners, whether they are creative at heart or not, to engage in something that is slightly out of the ordinary.  It not only triggers some form of creativity, be it writing, sketching or simply pasting in pictures, but it also gives them a chance to rest their minds in between all the hard work they do,” says Amber.

Front (L to R) Tristan Pearson, Kaygan Swartz, Ambrose Funani and Luthango Maho.
Back (L to R) Pascalina Nyandwi, Palesa Lieke, Angie Esau and Talia Baardman.

As part of the drive to encourage schools and young people to take an interest in their community and reading, The Village NEWS is happy to provide additional copies of the paper to interested teachers.  The aim is to get the newspaper into as many young hands as possible.

The Village NEWS team would also be delighted, if invited, to come speak to students about journalism, marketing, social media, running a website or advertising.

We also encourage schools to have their students submit articles for publication that would be of general interest to the Overberg community.

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