This is the second year that the Jump Maths programme has been run in Westlake. During 2010 three classrooms at the False Bay College in Westlake were utilised for this programme. Grade 4, 5 and 6 children attended the programme a separate grade was accomodated in each classroom. On a Wednesday the school bus stops outside the college and the children come straight to “Jump”. Constantia Catholic Church supplied the children with muffins and juice every week. A committed group of adults and a wonderful group of Springfield girls arrive each week to do the tutoring. Herschel Outreach does all the photocopying and supplying of stationery for the programme.
68 children registered this year and most of them attended regularly. As the children attend at least 5 different schools in the area, the programme was tailored to meet their specific needs. The Westlake children thrived on the attention given and the satisfaction of mastering a new Maths skill.
Despite disruptions, and no teaching in the last term, the programme organisers are convinced that they have made a difference in the lives of many children living in Westlake. The Jump Math material is donated by JumpMath in Canada and the programme is managed by Dorothy Raine. The team is inspired by John Mighton’s philosophy and hope to produce many Junior Undiscovered Maths Prodigies.
On Wednesday 1 December all the children and volunteers met in the Westlake Community Hall and the children each received a certificate and a party pack. It was a very happy occasion and they are all looking forward to Jump 2011.