Having our own
computer center was a dream and desire of
teachers, parents and pupils at our school.
We did not
want a computer center just for the sake of
having one. Right from the start there were
major problems facing us and we decided to
tackle them one by one:
It was going
to be a very expensive exercise and we did
not want to exclude one pupil or teacher.
We had to
find a suitable classroom and decided on the
art room. There was enough space to fit in
forty or even more computers.
needed paint, carpets, desks, computers and
much more. For this we needed money and
there was none.
We needed an
excellent curriculum from which our pupils
We needed a
teacher to be in charge of the center.
project and the curriculum however, were the two
major problems. Mr. Pierre Potgieter, Principal
of Moregrove Primary School told us about
Knowledge Network and we decided to go for it.
Since the very
first meeting we had with staff of Knowledge
Network, we never looked back. A committee of
parents and teachers was given the task to put
the computer center in place. They had only
about two months and they did it.
When the schools
reopened in January 2000, our computer center
with 27 computers was ready. The whole staff was
trained and the pupils were excited to start.
This was a team effort and everybody was very
proud of the end product.
after almost three years, we can proudly say
that we made the correct decisions. The
curriculum of Knowledge Network is excellent and
it works in practice.
Our pupils are on
a very high standard as far as computer literacy
and the knowledge of all the programmes of MS
Office is concerned. They really understand how
the computer and the programs work and they
enjoy the lessons.
It was the right
thing to train the whole staff. It made
everything much easier and the staff grew with
the pupils and could share in their enthusiasm.
At present we are
planning further use of the center and again
Knowledge Network is ready to assist.
We decided to
start a computer club for learners after school
hours. Our only problem is a very full sports
program for the senior learners. They have to do
club after sports practice.
At the moment
there are three groups: Grade 1 and 2, Grade 3
and 4 and Grade 5 to 7.
Club Products are
excellent. The learners enjoy each session and
creativity is being developed.
Mr C J