Monthly Archives: October 2014

Grade 11 Learner of the Week – Likoro Cecilia

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Likoro Cecilia, 17 years old

What is your tribe/mother tongue?

I am a Kavango and my tribe is Gciriku.

What is your favourite thing about school?

I always learn new things and making new friends.

Who lives with you at your house? What are some of the chores you have to do at home?

I live with my Aunt and some of the chores I do at home is to help clean, cook and water the garden.

What would you like people in America to know about your country, Namibia?

Namibia is a very peaceful, loving and beautiful country with beautiful sites of wonderful animals that inspires tourists.

What are some of your goals and dreams? What do you want to be when you grow up?

My goal is to study hard and some day have my own traveling and tourism agency.

What is your favourite traditional food?

My favourite traditional food is mutete and mahangu.

Who is your hero and why?

My hero is my Aunt because she sets goals and acts according to her plans which motivates me to move forward.

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Grade 9B Learner of the Week – Samuel Denini

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Samuel Denini, 16 years old

What is your tribe/mother tongue?

Portuguese, Swahili. Angolian tribe

What is your favourite thing about school?

My favourite thing about school is sports, reading and learning new words.

Who lives with you at your house? What are some of the chores you have to do at home?

My parents. I do house chores such as washing dishes, cleaning the house and watering the garden.

What would you like people in America to know about your country, Namibia?

Namibia is surrounded by many natural wonders.

What are some of your goals and dreams? What do you want to be when you grow up?

My goal is to pass my grade and become a rocket scientist.

What is your favourite thing about Namibia? What is your favorite thing about your culture/tribe?

My favourite thing about Namibia is Popa Falls where you can see the water flowing. My favourite thing about my culture is that we communicate with baboons because we learned their language.

Who is your hero and why?

My brother is my hero because he saved me from drowning in the sea.

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Learner’s Essays

Namibia the Land of the Brave

By Ebben Ndatipo

The most wonderful thing about Namibia is its beautiful, gracious and remarkable people of its nation. Namibia is a home to many tribes like a rainbow. Namibia has many different tribes with different cultures and beliefs.

Namibia is divided into fourteen rich regions with many rich natural fresh clean water. Our fertile soil has natural vegetation and minerals. You can find diamonds, copper, silver, gold and uranium in Namibia.

Namibia is known to have the oldest deserts, the Namib and Kalahari desert. Namibia is a developing country, meaning it is the process of developing. We depend mostly on agriculture and imported products. Namibia exports salt and fish which makes a very large profit.

Namibia is a beautiful country with a lot of towns and natural resources. It has one of the best brewing companies. It has a very fair constitution. I am proud to be Oshiwambo-speaking and I have many reasons to be a proud Namibian.

My Idea of a Good Life

By Joy Naweses

My idea of a good life will probably sound weird when I tell you but let me just tell you. Well it’s to live a life as a vampire, but not just any type of vampire. I will be an extraordinary vampire with a little twist.

To be a vampire will fill your life with excitement, adventure, drama, heartbreak and romance until something terrible and unexpected happens. On the night of a full moon I felt the urge for blood and immediately I went hunting for my prey.

For a moment I lost my mind but during daylight I lost control of myself. That’s when I saw it. They say vampires can not see their reflection but this time I did. If only others saw what I saw will die immediately on the spot. The teeth, eyes, ears, skin and nails were so amazing and terrifying at the same time.

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Grade 8B Learner of the Week – Johannes Dominga

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Johannes Dominga, 16 years old

What is your tribe/mother tongue?

Rukwangali/Kavango

What is your favourite thing about school?

Getting to know a lot of things.

Who lives with you at your house? What are some of the chores you have to do at home?

I live with my parents and three sisters. I help my mother in the kitchen and wash the dishes

What would you like people in America to know about your country, Namibia?

It is a very beautiful country, they should come visit!

What are some of your goals and dreams? What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to become a teacher.

What is your favourite thing about Namibia? What is your favorite thing about your culture/tribe?

I love Namibia because I was born here.

Who is your hero and why?

My Dad because he’s always been there for me.

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Grade 8A Learner of the Week – Lydia Haikali

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Lydia Haikali, 16 years old

What is your tribe/mother tongue?

Portugese/Angolan

What is your favourite thing about school?

Learning. I also like meeting new people every year. Mostly I love learning new words to express myself.

Who lives with you at your house? What are some of the chores you have to do at home?

I live with my father, step mother and step siblings. At home I mostly clean the house, wash dishes and cook.

What would you like people in America to know about your country, Namibia?

Namibia has wonderful wild animals and people with warm kind hearts. We have beautiful a culture.

What are some of your goals and dreams? What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would love to become a scientist to experiment with new things. I believe in science.

What is your favourite thing about Namibia? What is your favorite thing about your culture/tribe?

I love my culture’s dance moves.

Who is your hero and why?

My hero is Zora because I believe in science.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I grew up being read to as a child. Like many Americans, as a kid I went to the library and picked out new books to read and that was fun for me. The illustrations, the words, the characters could hold so much excitement, hope and beauty.

I have been reading Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with my grade 8s this year. Teaching this book, I became re-enamoured with the talent of Roald Dahl. The kids loved listening to me read to them (most did not grow up being read to, books are hard to find here, and when you do find them, they are expensive) and following along. On the days when we couldn’t read Charlie, I had to field grumpy complaints. Why can’t we read today? When are we going to start again?

Having 45 learners in a class makes it challenging for this new teacher to keep order. However, on the days that I read Charlie aloud, you could often hear a pin drop in class. The illustrations, the descriptive words he weaves together, and the characters Roald Dahl created. It was just as much magic for them to listen as it was for me to see their faces engrossed, excited and filled with wonder. Learners who were often talkative trouble makers were asking me to borrow the book to take home and read ahead. Indeed, reading can change your life.

One of our writing assignments to accompany reading the book was to create a new character who would have a role in the novel. Here are the three best essays:

Robo-Recipe

By Nina Erastus

My creation’s name is Robo-Recipe. This Robot is designed to give new recipes for chocolates and sweets. This robot gives ingredients and ideas which Mr. Wonka uses to make his chocolate and candy so delicious.

Mr. Wonka does not come up with his own ideas, it’s Robo who does. Mr. Wonka lies about him being the one creating the new recipes, it’s really Robo.

Robo-Recipe is blood red and she only functions if a chocolate milkshake is poured into her. Robo-Recipe was the first thing Mr. Wonka ever created before he came up with his chocolate factory. Robo-Recipe lived with Mr. Wonka for a long time.

Robo-Recipe wears a pink bow on her head and is very polite when she speaks. Robo is a candy lover just like Mr. Wonka. She stays on the top floor of the Chocolate Factory and is taken care of by the Oomp-loompas.

Wrapper Boy

By Peter Richard

This is a boy that likes to wrap. Wrapper boy has a daily job in the chocolate factory. He wraps the chocolate bars. He is also an artist. The pretty drawings you see on the chocolate bars, that is the work of Wrapper boy.

Wrapper boy likes words like Whatsupp, YoYo, Hey Homie, etc.

Whenever Mr.Wonka wants to laugh he calls Wrapper Boy. Wrapper Boy likes to rap about funny stuff which makes him cool! He also wears funny shoes.

Wrapper Boy can also be quite naughty. That also what makes him so special to the Chocolate Factory and Mr. Wonka.

Mrs. Sweetlover

By Abigail Clarke

Mrs. Sweetlover is one of Mr. Willy Wonka’s most trustworthy workers. She helps Mr. Willy Wonka invent new delicious treats in his factory. Mrs. Sweetlover is a kind, helpful person who has long beautiful blonde hair that is made of bubble gum. Her eye colour is bright blue. Mrs. Sweetlover smells like sweets and loves to wear funny dresses with amazing shoes to match her outfit.

Mrs. Sweetlover loves to wear different colours each day of the week. On Monday she would wear a blue dress with a blue bow in her hair that smelled like blueberries. She designs the Oompa-Loompa’s clothes and Mr. Wonka’s too. Mrs. Sweetlover has a pet named Pea who is a talking doughnut that loves eating peas.

Mrs. Sweetlover used to live in France before she met Mr. Willy Wonka. She was a very well-known singer who loved to eat sweets. Those times were very hard for singers because of the war in France so she left her singing career and went to work for Mr. Willy Wonka.

Mrs. Sweetlover loves helping Mr. Willy Wonka invent a new lollipop called “Rainbow.” Every time you licked the lollipop it turned a different colour.

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Grade 9A Learner of the Week – Maria Brockerhoff

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Maria Brockerhoff, 15 years old

What is your tribe/mother tongue?

Filipino

What is your favourite thing about school?

The fact that I get to learn new things everyday and participate in activities.

Who lives with you at your house? What are some of the chores you have to do at home?

My parents, my brother, sister, aunt and grandfather. I clean the house and wash the dogs.

What would you like people in America to know about your country, Namibia?

It is a very beautiful country, it has a lot of beautiful animals, and it is the land of the brave.

What are some of your goals and dreams? What do you want to be when you grow up?

My aspiration in life is to finish my studies and become an astronaut.

What is your favourite thing about Namibia? What is your favorite thing about your culture/tribe?

I really like the different tribes and cultures in one place. Also no one is racist here.

Who is your hero and why?

My mother because she raised us on her own and she would do anything for my siblings and I.

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