Sacred Heart Take Technology in their Stride
Adversity breeds character, so the saying goes; at Sacred Heart Primary in Oudtshoorn it has resulted in vision, commitment and determination. All of which were rewarded with the launch of the schools much dreamed of Khanya computer laboratory on 7 November 2008.
The school had watched as other schools ‘got connected’ and they were determined to realise their vision of technology integrated curriculum delivery. A series of fundraising ventures saw the raising of sufficient funds to develop the infrastructure for the laboratory and their inclusion in the Khanya Project.
The launch event was attended by Bishop Adams, Father Dettmer and Father Mostert as well as Marie van Antwerpen, Circuit Manager, and Christelle Barkhuizen, Khanya’s Co-ordinator in the Eden/Karoo Region.
The thread binding the day’s proceedings together – formal speeches where role players had the opportunity to address the learners, the official opening of the laboratory and a demonstration by grade 7 learners – was the enthusiasm for the technology process and the hope that it represented. A hope that the learners at Sacred Heart will grasp the opportunity present by the technology and that they will develop the skills that will enable them to carve bright futures for them in a future South Africa.
The plaque commemorating the opening of the laboratory was officially unveiled by Bishop Adams who toured the laboratory with the other guests and watched in amazement as the learners went through their paces on the computers.
Sacred Heart Primary envisioned a computer laboratory where their learners could develop the skills needed in society. They committed to this vision and, with the support and guidance of the Khanya Project, they have been able to realise their dream. The optimal use of the laboratory by every learner and by every educator at the school is what will breathe life into the dream.