Before the unprecedented lockdown period in South Africa which came almost at the end of the first term in April Gateway Christian School was well on its way to a very successful year. However we needed to cut the term short by a few days and send the children home having written Term one examination’s and we were able to send the reports to parents and guardians with the children.
Since then much has changed. As Principal I have kept in touch with all teachers and administration staff on a regular basis. We have discussed methods of teaching remotely bearing in mind that many of our children do not have access to technology in the townships where most of our children live. Our teachers have been communicating with their learners through WhatsApp, on a regular basis and we have been posting regular updates on our social media platforms.
Some exciting news is the launch of our Gateway Christian School Face Book page last week. Like our page to get regular updates about our school https://www.facebook.com/ProjectGatewayKZN. Earlier this year we decided that although we are a project under Project Gateway, it would be beneficial to our parents, guardians and children if we launched our own school Facebook page. We would love all parents and guardians to “like” the page and receive regular updates regarding the school. We are also in the process of designing our Gateway Christian School Website. We will update you once this has been completed.
One of the set-backs we have encountered during the lockdown is the difficulty some parents have faced in keeping up with regular payments of school fees. This has created a difficulty in us honoring our monthly accounts as a school. We appeal to anyone who would like to assist us to please contact us regarding the quickest and easiest way to donate towards our school. This is open to South African donors as well as donors from overseas.
As we plan for the re-opening of our school, in line with Government regulations, we are sure that we will emerge from this lockdown even stronger than we were before. We ask you to continue praying for our school and we give thanks to Almighty God for all that we have been able to achieve so far this year.
We are Christian based school with strong Christ centered values and principles. This is encouraged with daily devotions and Chapel once a week.
CARE | EDUCATE | EMPOWER
Gateway Christian School
About the author:
Mitchell Joseph Clark (M.Ed. B.Ed. (Hons) B.Sc. PTD PTC)
Mr. Clark is the Principal of Gateway Christian School since, 01 June 2018.
He began his teaching career in 1973, teaching Mathematics to different grades, Biology, Geography and Physical Science at various schools over the years. Having served as an HOD, Principal and eventually a national official at the Department of Basic Education, Pretoria, and Directorate: District Coordination, Monitoring and Support until his retirement in June 2017, the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.
Still physically well and driven by passion for teaching, working at Gateway Christian School keeps the dedication alive and I get to be part an incredible organization and team at Project Gateway. Our vision for the school is to build a well-rounded school with highly qualified and dedicated teachers, investing spiritually and academically into future leaders for our country.