Isolomezi bannersIn just five years, matric learners at Isolomzi Secondary School are achieving a 100% pass rate, thanks to the efforts of an exciting teaching outreach.

Over just five years, Isolomzi Secondary School has seen its overall matric pass rate rise to 100%, from 40% in 2012.  That’s thanks to a 12 day-long teaching outreach tour to the Eastern Cape school, where Cape Town learners and staff coach, teach and mentor its enthusiastic matric learners. 

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Organised in 2012 by Rowan Harmuth (staff at Rondebosch Boys’ High School) and his partner Marion Wasdell in 2012, the tour has since gained extra support from Rustenburg Girls’ High and Springfield Girls’ High School. The aim of the trips to Isolomzi has always been to ensure that senior Isolomzi matric learners are well prepared for their final Grade 12 exams. 

During the course of the nearly two weeks, the Cape Town team works closely with learners and the outreach programme has had a fantastic impact on the community and its youth.  As well as supporting Isolomzi learners, the team from the Mother City also gets involved in social activities with the host learners, like sharing musical sessions and playing rugby, soccer and netball together. 

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The interaction with learners from Isolomzi Secondary School has positively impacted matric results at Isolomzi, in subjects such as Mathematics, Maths Literacy, Physics, Life Sciences, Economics and Accounting. This rise to a 100% overall matric pass rate bears testament to the willingness of the Cape Town learners to teach, and committed Isolomzi Secondary learners who use their valuable holiday time to give their marks a boost. 

The next Transkei Outreach trip takes place in July 2018 and a portion of the fuel costs will be funded through the MySchool Thuso Fund. This year Isolomzi have a record number of Matrics (104), and the outreach team will be assisting their Grade 11 and Grade 12 pupils with Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Life Sciences and Accounting. The trip of course is not all work however; Cape Town learners will also get the chance to visit the local Sangoma, the famous Transkei “Gates” and to visit a few of the huts to see how people live in the area.