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NMMU News

17/06/2015

Close to 900 Grade 11 and 12 learners will be exposed to the fascinating worlds of accounting, science and engineering over the June/July school holidays at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The Science Discovery Week – that will be attended by 300 learners from 56 schools in the Eastern Cape - promises to open the eyes of Grade 11 and 12 learners to the intriguing fields of Science in a fun and informal setting.

Daily activities will include visits to various Science Faculty departments where learners will participate in subject-specific experiments. Offered for the past eight years, the event is free of charge, but learners have to apply to be admitted. It started off with 60 learners and has now grown to 300 participants.

With topics like "Game Changers - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Science”, “Light Fantastic” and "’Chemistry Unplugged" learners will not only be educated, but also entertained from Monday, 29 June to Friday, 3 July 2015. Contact the Science Faculty on 041-5041111 for more information.

NMMU’s Accounting winter school programme, geared towards helping Grade 11 and 12 pupils improve their marks and their chances of attending university, boasts an impressive track record.

Almost a third of the 520 pupils who attended last year’s Grade 12 winter school successfully registered for degrees or diplomas at NMMU. An analysis comparing their June matric results with their December results has revealed that many of them shot up by as much as 30%. This year’s week-long Accounting winter school for Grade 12s, sponsored by Deloitte, takes place from June 29 to July 3, while the three-day Grade 11 winter school, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), takes place from July 7 to 9.

• Attendance for the Grade 11 or Grade 12 Accounting winter schools costs R60 per learner. To book your place, contact Jolandri van der Walt on 041 504 4690 or email jolandri.vanderwalt@nmmu.ac.za.

The annual engineering winter school has been offered for the past 10 years and will take place from 12 to 17 July. The programme for 30 learners from 14 high schools will include, among others, visits to VWSA and Continental Tyre. In addition, a winter school project with a difference will be held off-campus by the NMMU Department of Social Development Professions and driven by social work lecturer Dr Veonna Goliath. Dr Goliath says the winter school is truly interdisciplinary in nature and has a longer term community development focus. The project, located in the Northern Areas at Bethvale Primary School, was initiated by the Uniting Reformed church in Chatty and part of Dr Goliath’s post-doctoral work. From Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July 2015 tutors from mainly the Faculty of Education’s postgraduate programme will tutor Grade 10 and 11 learners in specific subjects.

The project also includes parenting workshops with the parents of learners focusing on how they can enhance a culture of learning and support in the home, developing a community of mentors for the learners in the programme and a career development workshop facilitated by the Psychology Department for the Grade 11 learners in the project.