Cape Town Festival by Sanga Mabulu Sifunda Kunye Facilitator


Cape Town back yard arts festival.

Sifunda Kunye employee Sanga Mabulu attended a workshop in Cape Town 8 to 14 February 2022.

The concept of the backyard art/drama is an important concept as it showcased that talent can be showcased anytime at any location.

About theater in the backyard festival
Theater in the backyard mobile festival was held in Gugulethu, Cape Town. In this festival independent production were held in people’s backyard. This create an immersive artistic experience for audiences and performers. As Mhlanguli George (artistic Director) vision is to bring the art to the people. By staging productions in the township area to create accessibility.

Sanga quote was that she has gained valuable knowledge that will assist her very own drama club at St Matthews in Keiskammahoek.


Sifunda Kunye Reading club 2022

Our reading club was back ready and very excited to welcome back all our readers to our Sifunda Kunye reading club on the 29th January 2022. We had a full has and had a good time reconnecting with our readers and introduction our new facilitators for 2022.

Our facilitators for our Sifunda Kunye community reading club is:

  1. Nyala siyamthanda
  2. Mbere Sinobom
  3. James lupho

4.majola linovuyo

  1. Lunguza Sakhanya
  2. Gqokoma Emihle
  3. Sauli Anam
  4. Madasa phawu
  5. Mali yonwaba
  6. Rashalala linamandla
  7. Klaas Lisakhanya
  8. Tshoni Elam


We are looking forward to a productive, fun reading clubs in 2022.


Congratulations Mabhongo Athini Grade 12

We would like to congratulate Mabhongo Athini class of 2021 for obtaining 6 distinctions and completing her grade 12 year with a bachelors pass.

Mabhongo obtained distinctions in the following subjects:


Physical science

Life Sciences

Life orientation

Agricultural sciences


Welcome 2022

We would like to welcome all to 2022. During the past year our school has faced many challenges. Our school will overcome these challenges and continue to work hard to achieve the best outcome possible for all our future leaders.

We would like to congratulate our class of 2021 on a overall pass rate of            81.9 %, our breakdown of results are as follows:

Bachelors 62

Diploma 28

Certificates 24

total number of learners that wrote was 138, total of 114 passed. Let the class of 2022 make everyone proud and aim towards a 100% pass rate.


School opening : 19th of January 2021

A day full of excitement, nerves, being anxious and truly happy, the first day of school. It is where we as a school premises have new pupils who’ll be joining our school or the family as we usually say. We’re here to show the good and the bad days of high school. Even how we as a school premises play with books, how we cooperate and also how we truly are welcoming.

At the assembly, the most precious place where we pray and announce the most important things for the school. On the first day of school, the principal does the welcoming speech, most importantly welcoming the new ones which are the ones doing grade 8 telling them the pros and cons of high school.

A message from the Newsletter writer Natasha Mpondo to the new school pupils and the entire school : We are basically a school that finds ends to the beginning. Why? Let’s be specific : When we say we find our ends to the beginning, we say the success of this school never ends, we’re always hungry for success and being the well known. We are meant to be a historic school because we strive and always leave a mark. As a new person to the family have the characteristics of a St Matthew’s learner. We welcome you to this wonderful school premises. There’s still a lot to come.

Going to the pupils who have been here for years, let’s teach them how it is done. As I said we find our ends to the beginning, success never ends here. We’re meant to be like this, we are SAINTS. Kids you’ll see how it is done. If you have the VOICE to speak, the body to play, the intellect join one of the school clubs that will be presented to you in each class. Remember to find your end to the beginning, the success will never end. I’m saying it repeatedly because I know how we as a school strive. It’s time to play with the books, Saints. Welcome to St Matthew’s.

Wishing everyone all the best in academics.

St Matthew’s first day of school.

Authores : Mpondo Natasha


Sifunda Kunye literacy center security

13 December 2021

Sifunda Kunye project manager Zander Hampson together with Wesley and a small team installed a wi-fi camera security system at our Sifunda Kunye Literacy center this weekend.

The security system was fully funded by Sifunda Kunye Educational project.

This security will definitely increase security at our center.

Sifunda Kunye would like to thank everyone that worked hard to complete this project over this past weekend.

LRC Representatives 2021

At the beginning of the year St Matthew’s High school learners had to elect their LRC representatives. This seemingly simple project took longer to organize due to the COVID Regulations that meant the learner could not all be at school at the same time. Eventually everything was organized and we were all able to vote. We elected for LRC President Likho Ngemtu,  for the first time we have 2 Deputy Presidents,Sipumeze Mkuli and Lisakhanya Gadu. The three of them had to deliver speeches talking about their main aims for the school. Now, the question is, ” Are they willing to make history? ” Well, their actions will have to prove that.


Likho Ngemtu said ” My main focus about this school are three Rs which are reach, respect and relationship. Going to relationship, it is literally one of my first priorities will be to create opportunities for everyone to display their skills and talents. Secondly I would like to create an atmosphere of respect in classrooms. Thirdly let us strive to reach our full potential. ” Now from my knowledge quoting and listening attentively to what the school president was addressing to the pupils I believe that he is trying to brief us about the key aspects, actually the important things or the basics of what makes a school perfect and recognizable which is : discipline. Such powerful words by our president.

Sipumeze Mkuli , the Vice President of the school. She basically gave us the definition of her name and she ought to believe that her name carries leadership, indicates aspects of destiny and luck, evokes cheerfulness and shrewdness, also willing to reap and to soar. Such a scarce thing to do while presenting a speech was when she used a couple of Xhosa words which is good but also unique and  rare. She said this, I quote, ” Ukuze siphumelele, simele sikulungele ukuncama izinto ezithile ukuze siphumeze izigqibo zethu. ” Her main focus for the school was characteristics and qualities of being a student / candidate, she illustrated this by means of using a pencil as an example. Which a the five qualities of a pencil, she said. In those qualities she involved God, also a pencil always leaves a mark, a pencil that is not a wooden exterior but the graphic insight so meaning being humble and respecting the learners and teachers is what matters lastly she involved mistakes that a pencil can be erased meaning you can learn from your mistakes. It was indeed a powerful speech because she involved characteristics, challenges and life lessons which is what we face each and everyday.

Last but not least , Lisakhanya Gadu the Vice President who will be in charge when it comes to the school hostel, hostel dwellers and so on. Basically everything that has to do with the school hostel. Ms Gadu talked mainly about creating history in our school not just the school but making history in our country in the next years as black children. I quote, ” My main focus is to change St Matthew’s High school into the best vision of itself which education, sports and discipline, actually changing many narratives. Firstly the narrative of thinking that we as black children are inadequate. Secondly thinking that our success is limited and knowing change is indeed a difficult transition. As an individual I believe we can push and actualize what we want to achieve as pupils and also as a school premises by never giving up. At the end of the day it’s all about believing and making decisions now in that, that is what I believe as Vice President ” By observing and listening to her speech I take a very tenacious and fearless young lady. That was unique and enticing speech.

Annual prize giving 2021

Our annual prize giving was an memorable event this year, we celebrated all our top achievers and ended our service with a special prayer service for our grade 12 learners.

We would like to thank Sanga from Sifunda Kunye and Sifunda Kunye drama learners for making this event spectacular.

Natasha Mpondo – Sifunda Kunye newsletter club


Nathasa Mpondo is part of our Sifunda Kunye newsletter club, she is an inspiring writer and  always encourages our learners at assembly  and events. She is courage and hard working. Thank you for being part of our newsletter team.

Siyandisa Scholarship 2021


Introducing Likho Mbuka, all the way from St. Matthew’s High School (Keiskammahoek, SA) in the Eastern Cape.

Wits – University of the Witwatersrand you have another Siyandisa Foundation 2021 Scholarship Recipient on the horizon. This enthusiastic 17 year old scholar has his sights set on becoming an Economist and is looking to pursue a B.Com degree in Economics in 2022.

“I believe that one’s future success should not be determined by background’ says Likho, whose dream is to set a high standard for young people in his community. Likho also shares that his mother and grandmother are his greatest source of support and making them proud is what he aims for.

We couldn’t agree more with your quote Likho and we will have you know that we are proud of you. Well done and keep up the good work, it will pay off!

#Siyandisascholarships #classof2021 #wecelebrateyou

Thank you for always keeping us connected!


St Matthews high school and Sifunda Kunye would like to thank Wesley for always assisting our school with wi-fi or any computer/server related problems.

During the past weekend Wesley and Sifunda Kunye project manager Zander Hampson did maintenance on signal strength and replaced all damaged network points.

Thank you to Wesley and Zander for always being there to ensure we are connected.