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Winter Workshops in Stanford

Theme: Music and Story. Music and Books
Dates: Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July
Venue: Butterfly Centre

The Winter Workshops in the school holidays will run from 10.00 am to 2.00 and will include a healthy snack to start and lunch at 12.30. Musical input will come from a group of Hermanus High boys who have asked to help and who intend to introduce isiXhosa songs, Vuyokazi Sizwe, who already facilitates workshops in Stanford and Nash Makwarimba, long-standing CBN volunteer.

Workshop programme for 2018 - 20 workshops!

The new toolboxes are in production – we are ordering the books and the materials we need to have two full toolboxes with our two stalwart facilitators who will be beginning a ten month programme of workshops in two different areas of Cape Town – Mitchell’s plain and Khayelitsha. CBN is braced for the launch pad and very excited about the expansion that will enable us to reach new children. More information will be following soon.

New Year … New plans

CBN has got off to a cracking start in 2018 with new projects in view and old projects continuing. This is going to be a landmark year for us and for the children we work with. We are particularly happy to welcome Gcina Mhlophe as our Patron. Her message for the new year? 'Shine on!'

End of the year is nigh!

CBN will be doing some informal workshops in November and December with the children, fitting around their exam schedules.

Lesley and Chantel will also be talking to 30 librarians of the Winelands and Overstrand Districts on 10 November – about the toolbox project.

Lesley and Primrose will be giving a workshop for the children at the Red Cross Hospital School using the toolbox previously donated by Rotary Newlands.

From here until January

We are expanding our new project – Our World – to reach children in Gansbaai (where we are talking to the municipal library), Hermanus and Stanford. Each child involved in the project will produce their own book (which they will take home when it is finished) and CBN hopes to produce, and self-publish – and anthology of their ideas, writing, poetry, pictures, maps and photographs. Watch out for further information in News and reports under the Workshop tab.

Spring is sprung and CBN is back in action!

We will be kick-starting a new season of workshops with a new project called Our World, where we will be looking at the heritage as well as the environment of the children we work with.

The first workshop will be in Stanford on Saturday 23 September, hopefully at Butterfly Centre (to be confirmed). This theme will be spread through workshops in Gansbaai and Hermanus with a view to making a booklet for each participating child – and a book encompassing the whole project. As usual, we will incorporate stories, music, drama, song-writing art and craft activities.

July Workshops with Enlighten Education Trust

As we did last year, we will be holding a two-day workshop in Hermanus, on 3 and 4 July at Enlighten Education Trust in Zwelihle with a star-studded cast! Blaq Pearl will be working her magic with poetry and song, various people will give input on their work in environmental education and share stories with the children and CBN will provide the solid background of books and stories and the critical importance of reading.

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