chelo - Children of Hout Bay Education and Learning Opportunity

chelo is the bursary program facilitated by Hout Bay International School (HBIS).

How chelo was started

This bursary programme was conceptualized in 2007 by a group of parents who were driven by a desire for their children to be educated in a more racially and culturally diverse environment.

The other main focus was to provide opportunities to previously disadvantaged communities in Hout Bay in the form of world class education.

Using research conducted at other schools where a bursary program was already in place, a suitable model for HBIS was created.

A bursary committee comprising parents, someone from the local community, the Principal and Vice-Principal was formed and a sub-committee became responsible for fundraising for the program.

The current committee consists of volunteers who serve in all areas from office bearers to mentors of the bursary families along with the crucial link to HBIS in terms of academics and the school ethos and vision, via the Principal and Vice-Principals.

chelo offers the bursary students at HBIS mentorship, textbooks, extra murals, stationery, school uniforms, homework support, workshops, school camps etc. along with social and emotional support. When applicable the entrance fee for university is also included as part of the program.

Much of the finance required to run the programme is raised through adhoc donations and from the fundraising events chelo holds during the school year.

What we offer the bursary students

The main goal of chelo is to offer the bursary students a world class education, in partnership with Hout Bay International School.

As part of the programme chelo provides the bursary students with mentorship, textbooks, extra murals, stationery, school uniforms, homework support, workshops, school camps etc. along with social and emotional support. When applicable the entrance fee for university is also included as part of the program.

When the need arises a social worker / psychologist will assist the student and / or family.

If the chelo student chooses to and has the required results to go to university the entrance fee for university is paid as the final part of the program.

Swimming lessons are given as a priorty as it is seen as a life skill. As the school only offers this from Year 3, the younger children are given the opportunity of weekly swimming lessons.

In 2016 we set up a dentist program in which all chelo children participate. With enormous thanks to the sponsorship of HBDS (Hout Bay Dental Studio) we are able to send the children for a bi-annual check-up. Additional dental treatment is also offered when required.

If a medical emergency should occur, chelo will offer financial help to the family. It goes without any saying that, as far as is reasonable, chelo will support the family and continue to find ways of enhancing the lives of the chelo students and their families.

Funds raised have to provide not only for annual costs but it is also the responsibility of chelo to make financial provision for each chelo child for the duration of their schooling (13 years) at Hout Bay International School.

We are proud of our successful students

Lifa joined ISHB in 2009 at IGCSE1 level, from a school in Limpopo.The move came with huge academic challenges as he entered an International Education where English was also not his first language.

He wrote his International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2012. He was Head of School in his final year and set an exceptional example of integrity and balance to the school.

He formed and trained a dance team that performs at community events and has gone on to a career in Management. He fully appreciated everything that the school and the chelo programme had to offer him.

Lucia wrote her International Baccalaureate in 2012. During her time at HBIS she was a keen member of the school’s first theatre class. The subject focuses both on acting and the direction and production of plays. She thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of learning about the many different genres of theatre. Her 400 word Extended Essay examined how a contemporary director would stage some of the protest plays of the Apartheid era. In her last school year Lucia delighted crowds playing the part of Edina in Absolutely Fabulous for the Inter-house One Act plays. A gifted jazz singer, she performed at many school and local events. She also assisted students at the Sentinel High school, helping them with their English homework.

She was so keen to pursue her drama skills after writing her IB, chelo paid for her to move to AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance.

With fluent English and the transferable skills obtained at HBIS, Lucia went on to take a job in administration.

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