About Sparrow Schools

We offer education and training to cognitively impaired children and youth.

Dreaming to fly!

Kayla Louw is a vibrant, bubbly and confident 18 year old young lady that is determined to reach her dreams and aspirations.

Prior to Sparrow Combined Technical School, Kayla briefly attended Blairgowrie Primary School and then moved onto homeschooling for two years. Her decision to be homeschooled was due to her having no interest in school because of the environment she was in.

Although, the decision to be homeschooled seemed sensible at the time, she started to become despondent. As a result, she was demotivated and stopped swimming with her swimming team, this coming as a shock to her as well as her friends and family as swimming was her outlet that kept her motivated.  Kayla became extremely lonely due to the lack of social interaction while being homeschooled.

Regardless of these challenges, Kayla was determined to continue her education and decided to find a school that would be able to assist and accept her in the middle of a school term. Kayla then heard about Sparrow Combined Technical School and was certain it would be the best fit for her.

Kayla has always been a headstrong and focused student, but as her Grade 9 year started coming to an end she became anxious on what the following years held in store for her. However, because of her work ethic and her focus on academics, she was accepted by Sparrow FET College to study Information Technology: End User Computing at Sparrow FET College in 2018. She was grateful knowing she had direction moving into 2018.

Kayla’s future dream is to become a pilot. She has endless potential and despite her challenges and mental obstacles she has faced, she continues to be determined and a role model in her community to help empower and guide young women around her.

 

 

Our Rising World Class Chef Tshepo Mbeazi

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Tshepo is an inspiring young man looking to make his mark internationally, one dish at a time.

He joined Sparrow’s FET College on July 4, 2016 and enrolled in the Professional Cookery course to obtain an NQF level 4 Qualification. He wanted to gain the necessary skills to fulfill his passion and enter into the hospitality industry.

Prior to Sparrow, Tshepo started a bakery at home, baking cakes, breads and muffins for his community in Rustenburg. He then heard about Sparrow through the National Youth Development Association and decided to apply online. After his assessments and interview, he was accepted into the course and was eager to start his journey in Professional Cookery. Tshepo graduated from Sparrow FET College and in 2017 started working at the Sandton Sun Hotel.

After realizing his talent, Tshepo wanted to test his new found talent and skills, by entering the Lucky Star competition in March, where he prepared a delicious terrine wrap. However, his journey in the Lucky Star Competition came to an end, as he was overqualified for their competition. Tshepo continued to put his talent and skills to the test by entering into another competition, the Unilever Chef of the Year, and was delighted to make it through to the Regional Finals Top 6 out of 1000 entrees, an outstanding achievement!

 

What does Tshepo’s future looks like?

Tshepo is a truly inspiring young man. At the age of 22 he has been selected to sail off and work in Miami as an Executive Chef on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Ship.

Sparrow FET College wishes him nothing but success on his future endeavors and we look forward to his visit at the College and hopefully teach us a few tricks of the trade.

Sparrow flies with Melanie

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela

Sparrow flies with Melanie

To reiterate what Mandela has said time and time again, Education is a fundamental aspect in youth development and provides an opportunity to address social injustice by providing one of many solutions to the rising issue of youth unemployment.

 

With this in mind, Melanie Malema realised the need to bridge the gap between skills development and unemployment amongst our youth. With her passion for uplifting and empowering our youth she developed the Sparrow FET College in 2010, to train the students on our NQF accredited qualifications, thus providing an opportunity for employment in artisan work after their studies.

 

 

 

Mr. De Klerk interactive with the kids in Mechanics.

Our floor laying skills programme.

Students acquiring some culinary skills.

 

 

 

With the help from Melanie, Sparrow FET College was appointed by the First Rand Foundation to conduct extensive research in Mpumalanga, with the hopes to establish a college or to partner with existing institutions throughout the province, therefore taking Sparrow Schools national.

Over the next few months, she will be interviewing government officials, community’s leaders, principals of colleges, youth, industry and other stake holders.

 

 

Once Sparrow identifies the needs for the youth in Mpumalanga, these findings will be presented to the First Rand Foundation and Sparrow Schools Educational Trust and together with Melanie this will continue to drive change in South Africa.

Never let poverty have the best of you!

I don’t think you have ever met a lady who loves cars like I do. I am that daughter that would break things just to see how they operate or to check what’s inside and why it’s there. Khomotso Makuru is a 26 year old lady from Tafelkop which is a town in Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo Province, who is currently residing in Thembisa, Johannesburg. When she arrived in Johannesburg she started looking for a part time job to sustain her and keep her going. Even though her family was not financially stable enough to pay for college fees, she never lost hope and continued to believe that she would become a motor mechanic.

Khomotso was referred to Sparrow FET College by her relative who was once a student at the FET College and is now a permanent employee at Sasol mine in Mpumalanga. Khomotso is one of two ladies who are currently enrolled for the motor mechanic course at Sparrow FET College. She is determined to do her best in the course, due to her love for cars and regular research to find out more about the course she is doing and more about cars, she is not experiencing any challenges at the college. Although she is crazy about cars, she is also an entertainer, as we saw her dominating the dance floor at the FET College spring day event which took place on the 1st of September 2017, Khomotso is clearly a lady of many talents.

 

After completing her studies, Khomotso would like to open up her own business, where she will be able to provide for her son and her family, while also empowering women from her community to have more than one income, through creating their own businesses. Women are encouraged on a daily basis to take the challenge and get into the industries which were once male dominated, like automotive repair, fluid power hose assembly, plumbing and installation of floor coverings.

If you want to further your dreams, let us help you achieve your dreams now! Contact the Sparrow FET College and book your assessment on 0116734419/10

Sparrow FET College spring day fundraising!

The best way to start spring is with great food, good music and good friends. The delicious smell of freshly baked muffins and grilled meat filled the campus with lots of excitement and leaving everyone drooling. The professional cookery students prepared delicious food to be sold on campus during the spring day celebration which took place at the FET college campus. Delicious pap, wors, chicken drumsticks and delicious chakalaka was on the menu together with cupcakes for dessert and cool drink to wash down the divine plate filled with goodness. The food plate was sold at R25 and R10 for a cool drink while a cupcake was charged for as little as R5. The professional cookery class learnt how to be patient, provide quality food, work in a team and most importantly learn how to be an entrepreneur and what it takes to be in the food industry. The learners took everything that they had been taught by their lecture Chef Mpho and put it to the test as they did all this work without supervision.  Big ups to our chefs who will in the near future own their own restaurants!

The automotive repair and maintenance students took to the car wash challenge, as they washed cars at the college for the day. The cost of washing a car was R30. Both young ladies and gentleman did their best, and proved to everyone that being a mechanic is not only about the engine, but also about how the car looks. If you want to be an entrepreneur these are the key skills that you need:

  • The ability to manage money
  • The ability to raise money
  • The ability to be productive
  • Networking
  • Great communication skills
  • Time management
  • Adapt to change
  • Work hard 

#SparrowFETentrepreneurs

Assistant teacher with a secret talent

Many people struggle to get into a university because of their low admission Point Score (APS) that result from their matric results, therefore when such happens they either repeat matric or upgrade their marks at institutions that offer those study options. This was also the case for Tenielle Johnson, the 22 year old young lady didn’t give up on her dream all because of university APS score marks, and she took courage and decided to upgrade her mathematics and science marks after matric so that she can study further. Her aunt referred her to the school as she was an employee of Sparrow Schools.

Before enrolling at Sparrow FET College, she was planning on studying a teaching course after upgrading her marks. She enrolled for the Early Childhood Development programme at Sparrow FET College as she has a passion for teaching. Her biggest challenge while at the college was to achieve more than 80% on all assessments. Even though it was challenging, she worked hard and was determined to pass the course. According to Miss Johnson, 2016 was the best year for her as she met a lot of people that she is still friends with today. Her facilitator, Miss Tessa  who has extensive knowledge in Early Childhood Development, taught her alot. She is currently on her workplace experience as an assistant teacher at The Foundation school where she is getting hands on experience of teaching foundation phase children. Working with children requires patience, versatility, problem solving skills, being able to multitask but most importantly having the passion to teach. The Early Childhood Development programme is a 12 months course, where learners are based at the college for 6 months and 6 more months at a workplace to gain practical working experience.

Tenielle is planning on studying either a psychology course or a teaching course and this is because of the exposure she has received in dealing with children that have special needs and her passion for teaching children. The ever so bubbly and happy assistant teacher says that if she is given the opportunity to be a permanent teacher at the Sparrow Foundation School she would like to be an art teacher because she can draw very well and that is her secrete talent that she has been hiding from colleagues and some of her friends. As a young person after living in your parents’ house for a while, when you have a stable career you need to move out and start your own life so that you can be independent and learn to be responsible so that you can also have your family depending on you.

If you love children and have a passion for teaching, contact the Sparrow FET College and book your assessment now! 0116734419/10

We also have other great courses that you can choose from. 

B-BBEE: revised codes of good practice

The first BEE codes of good practice where introduced in 2007 and the amended codes came into effect on the 1st of May 2015. These codes were designed to fill the gap of inequality in South Africa as the rate of poverty and unemployment increases every year. The new legislation is much more demanding than the previous codes of good practice especially in calculating the BEE scores and proof of BEE activities. As a company having a BEE certificate will have a positive impact on relationships with customers and will also create a good business to business relationship and increases repeated business. Without a document proving BEE activities as a company you cannot claim BEE points and companies are advised to keep record of all the BEE documents or files with activities that involve the company. To avoid disappointments, companies should consult the verification agency to verify their BEE activities and BEE score points.

Some BEE scorecard changes:

Sectors Old New
Ownership 20 25
Management control 10 15 (19?)
Skills Development 15 25
Enterprise and supplier development 15 40 + 4
Socio economic development 5 5

The Socio-Economic Development points have neither increase nor decreased making it much more difficult for businesses to engage in that programme as it has the least points on the BEE score board. More companies would like to take on the skills development programme but don’t know how to invest in the programme. Investing in the Sparrow  FET college skills development programme you would either be funding a student to study, giving them workplace experience in a form of an internship or learnership and you will benefit 25 points on your BEE score card while also reducing the unemployment rate in the country. Various courses are offered at the FET College including early childhood development, professional cookery, end user computing and furniture making out of wood. You can only qualify for the 25 skills development points when you spend 6% of your company’s annual payroll on skills development. Sparrow Schools can help you earn BEE points, to find out how contact us on 0114821015 or send us an email at sparrow@mweb.co.za

Sourced from BEESA & BEE.co.za

To maximize your scorecard call one of our sales consultants, 011 482 1015.

Sometimes all our children need is a splash of colour: how colour aids learning for children of all ages

According to a whitepaper published by the Malaysian Journal of Medical History, colour is believed to be the most visual experience to human beings.  And we agree.

Colour is critical for young children, and as they grow through each life stage, and pass through the schooling system, so they need to be taught to adjust how they make use of colour, to study and succeed.

We find that in the foundation phase (grades one through three), the younger learners have a predisposition to warm colours, and thrive in a warm environment.  The reds, yellows and oranges that make up the warm palette, showcase more energy, and are dynamic for the eyes.  They convey energy and movement, which is a reflection of the learners.  Children in the foundation phase, are generally used for an audience that is curious and inquisitive.

Intermediate and senior phase learners, that are made up of grade four and above, are are actually looking at cooler, more neutrally aligned colours like blues, greens.  We find that this helps with learning because they are calmer, more relaxed colours.  These colours also aren’t as distracting as the warm colours – and puts them in a good place especially for concrete learning and longer periods of focus.

Where many people go wrong, is that in their enthusiasm to introduce colour is an all or nothing approach.  It is not about splashing the colour everywhere, but finding balance and subtlety.  We encourage parents and teacher to either identify one wall that could be (for example) fire engine red, or opt for a more muted shade or tone of red, that puts the colour in the vicinity, without compromising its intention – to facilitate learning.

Consider choosing different shades of a particular colour, rather than opting for lots of different colours.  Too much colour can lead to children being over stimulated, especially in a special needs school or environment.  This can be quite distracting for the learners.

When it comes to studying, we have a couple of tips for using colour:

  1. General work day – direct learners´ attention to an object or topic – if there is an important information cue, or critical information in a picture, show this either as bolded content, or better yet, use a different colour.  
  2. Sometimes, when there are similar words close to one another, or a lot of different information on a page, we suggest breaking it up into different colours to help learners see this in a contextual block.  It improves readability for learners and assists with information retention..
  3. Especially in mathematics, colour provides useful symbol and function differentiation.  For learners that have visual perception or mathematical learning challenges, the numbers and symbols can sometimes blur together.  We encourage learners to write numbers in blue pen, and allocate a colour to each symbol (or function) so plus and minus signs in a bold colour like red or green.  It stands out – and there are fewer mistakes in the calculations.
  4. Because we are dealing with a 21st century, technology driven learner, we find that colour worksheets help in terms of alleviating boredom.  Learners have become accustomed to colourful, image driven content – blogs, youtube videos and image driven tools that are dynamic.  So their brains are stimulated by this type of dynamic content and PowerPoint presentations, delivered using colour projectors, have become a useful teaching aide
  5. Emotional expression is critical, especially in the younger grades, when children don’t always have have the vocabulary to express their feelings.  Using colour in their workbooks on in drawings, allows them to get that emotion out, but make sure you are clear on the context of what they are feeling.

There is no right age to introduce colour, but we would always suggest this happening as early as possible.  More important than introducing colour, is ensuring that as your child grows and progresses through their schooling career, so too does his/ her exposure to colour both as a visual and learning tool. But be specific – don’t just give learners a bag of crayons or coloured pencils and sit back and get a rainbow from them.

Provide your child with guidelines, on how best to integrate colour into their learning processes.  For example, pre-determine what colours you would like to be used to show the symbols (functions) in Maths.  When they are learning study skills, attribute a specific colour to certain content – for example, everything related to plants could be in green, keywords related to photosynthesis yellow.  

Assign a purpose to the use of colour, and specific colours for learning.

But also consider context and don’t automatically decide on the emotional connection of a colour, without asking a child first.  We had a child in class in the foundation phase, who was drawing houses, and friends and siblings beautifully, but all the images were dark – lots of use of black and brown crayons.  Parents and teachers were all called together, and a concern was expressed that this child was very depressed.  When the child was called in to ask about the drawings, he explained that he sat at the back of the class, so by the time the crayons got to him, the only colours left were the browns and blacks.  

While it is amusing to recall this example, it is a good reminder to also put colour use into context, ask the child and check that assumptions aren’t being made about their emotional state.

Because we believe in inclusivity and celebrating diversity, Sparrow Schools support the Color Run, and will be participating at the superhero color run in September in Johannesburg, after all, everyone covered in coloured powder looks the same!  If you’d like to feel  how happy colour can make you feel, and celebrate inclusivity, please join the Sparrow Schools team (click for more info) for the Color Run on 10 September 2017

Warren Thompson, Learning Support manager at Sparrow Schools. 

To sign up, email your details through to us: sparrow@mweb.co.za 

From missing netball goals to sports coaching

Failure opens up room for improvement, motivation and gaining more knowledge. Zanele Nkabinde has always been a fan of netball but she kept missing the goal pole every time when she was practicing and also playing a match at school. Most people usually give up when they fail but this wasn’t the case for the 26 year old lady who loves teaching and netball. Her love for netball pushed her to teaching because she knew that even though she couldn’t play netball she will learn the rules of the game to teach children who are more passionate and talented.

Before enrolling at Sparrow FET College, Zanele was a sports coach at Hector Peterson Primary school for 2 years and was introduced to the college by her friend who heard of the college through word of mouth in the community. She then enrolled for Sports Coaching at the FET College and is currently doing her workplace experience at the Sparrow Foundation School. As she was only a netball sport coach at the Hector Peterson primary school, she is learning more about other types of sports and exercising activities at the Foundation School. This has helped to increase her knowledge of sports and physical fitness.

While at the college she was pregnant and it was difficult for her to perform most of the practical’s but that didn’t stop her from being positive and working hard to complete her studies. Liam, who was her facilitator at the college guided and supported her. Sports coaching is a broad career with a lot of opportunities that require dedication, versatility, commitment and persistence.

Zanele will be enrolling for a sports management course next year at a distant learning college to fulfill her dream and goals.  Before she enrolled at the College, she didn’t socialize with people as much but as soon as she started networking and socializing she was then told about the FET College. Zanele says that as a young person, if you are unemployed or you need any kind of assistance you don’t need to be shy as opportunities come to you when you start talking about your issue and socialize more with people. Miss Nkabinde is a living proof that opportunities can be acquired from word of mouth in the communities.

When you are advised about available opportunities , always make sure that you do your own research about of those opportunity as there is a high rate of job scams including bursaries scams in South Africa due to lack of funds and availability of jobs. To find out more about opportunities offered at the FET college contact us on 0116734410, let us help you to achieve your dream.

Supplier and Enterprise Development in a nutshell

The amended BBBEE codes of good practice reveal that more points can be earned through enterprise development and supplier development. Companies can score 40 points on the BBBEE scorecard for enterprise and supplier development and 30 points on qualifying small enterprise (QSE). The sub sections of ESD are preferential procurement, supplier development and enterprise development which makes it easier for points to be scored as businesses can choose which element of the subsection they think would best benefit their company taking into consideration the available resources.

Preferential procurement measures how a company purchases goods from suppliers who are BEE compliant as it is a system where government tenders are awarded based on a selection system that gives preference to disadvantaged individuals. While supplier development assists in growing suppliers from your database, enterprise development assists businesses that are not on a database of a business.

Enterprise and supplier development is about growing existing businesses, new and small businesses with more than 51% black owners and a turnover that is less than 50 million per year. In order to earn points for SD you need to spend 2% of your net profit after tax per annum on supplier development and 1% of your net profit after tax on enterprise development. You can earn your ESD points by supplying goods to the Sparrow Schools including printing service, computers for the IT class, stationery and other relevant resources.

Source from SEESA, BEESA, SA-tenders