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Curro Aurora’s Grade 12s rose to the challenge and donated 120 muffins and 120 sandwiches to One Small Act of Kindness to provide some relief to those in need. #BluePride.
22 April 2020

Curro Aurora High School:

Service Acts of kindness are perhaps more necessary than they have ever been as the pressure of the lockdown mounts and our community faces ever-increasing difficulties. The Grade 12s donated 120 muffins and 120 sandwiches to One Small Act of Kindness this week; helping to provide some relief to the most needy in Zandspruit and Diepsloot. Working in fully-sanitised conditions is difficult under the circumstances so thank you to our Grade 12s for rising to the challenge. #aparttogether! #bluepride #learners2leaders

I want to ride my bicycle….. Cycle2Ride launched.
30 April 2020

Cycle2Ride (C2R) is an initiative supported by Curro that aims to promote cycling as a medium for family cohesion, relaxation, fun, and possible career choice for those truly interested in becoming professional athletes. Through this initiative, we introduce young learners (and their parents) to their first cycling classes and provide families with the opportunity to spend time together to connect with each other. Parents and learners don’t necessarily need any cycling experience or career aspirations to join Cycle2Ride – it’s all about having fun and moms even get free memberships!

Benefits included in a membership

  • Access to coaching clinicsfrom beginner to advanced levels.
  • Joining in on fun eventsand expeditions in the countryside that allow families to participate together.
  • Access to advanced supportand guidance on equipment and setup, tailored training programmes and access to online coaches and biokineticists to members who have career aspirations or already are established athletes.
  • The privilege to wear exclusive cycling apparel available for purchase from our online store (coming soon).
  • Receive exclusive offers from partners such as HEAD Bikes SA when renting or financing bicycles for primary school learners through Cycle2Ride.
  • The opportunity to easily upgrade to larger bicycles when young members outgrow their bicycle frames.
  • The bonus of gaining entry to a lucky draw were members can win a sponsored team-entry for either the Tankwa Trek (a four-day stage race in Ceres), Wines2Whales (a three-day stage race in Grabouw/Hermanus), or the Absa Cape Epic (an extreme mountain bike race in the Western Cape).

Cycle2Ride also supports local community upliftment by teaching skills needed to become bicycle technicians according to global standards, as well as to build and maintain mountain bike trails in the country.

Do you want more information about this exciting new initiative? Click on this link for more information: http://www.cycle2ride.co.za/

Curro Aurora supports health workers.
22 April 2020

Curro Aurora, as part of a national Curro initiative, is supporting various hospitals, doctors, clinics, the SAPS, ER24 and other frontline health workers across South Africa currently involved in fighting against COVID-19. With the help of teaching staff and by using the school’s 3D printers and laser cutters, they have been producing, and supplying, frontline workers with 3D printed facemasks and protective face shields.

According to Mr JC Engelbrecht, Executive Head of Curro Aurora, they have produced and distributed more than 5 000 shields since the lockdown period was declared.

‘All staff involved in the protective-face-shield project received the necessary permits to travel to distribution points while many are working from home. It is indeed a great privilege for Curro Aurora to be using our 21st-century learning tools, specifically 3D printers and laser cutters, to assist our healthcare professionals in combatting COVID-19.’

This drive from Curro also included the delivery of 1 500 face shields to Jacaranda FM in support of the radio station’s drive to support health workers.   

‘We are grateful for the opportunity and very proud to be part of this initiative. Together we are making a difference’, JC Engelbrecht concluded.

Curro’s virtual and remote learning strategy during COVID-19 and school closures.
17 April 2020

Cape Town, 20 March 2020: While South African schools remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Curro Holdings, the country’s largest independent education provider, has announced that its schools are equipped for learning to continue via a virtual and remote learning strategy. While the education sector works to move in-classroom education into the virtual realm, Curro has been well-equipped in this department for a number of years already, with the group’s online learning approach stemming from years of development.

The education group’s teachers, staff members and learners will now have access to a set of digital tools and solutions to facilitate remote learning while schools remain closed. “Our priority is to ensure our learners continue to receive quality education so as not to fall behind in their studies. During these uncertain times, we’ve implemented a strategy so that learning can continue via online means,” says Andries Greyling, CEO of Curro Holdings.

Remote learning occurs when teachers and learners are separated by distance, away from a traditional classroom setting. Microsoft Office 365 for Education and other tools have been made available for teachers to connect and engage with groups of learners in real-time to facilitate online lessons. Content will also be accessible in the form of recordings. The software also enables teachers to share videos, resources and tasks to aid in learners completing work in their own time - independently or in groups through the use of collaboration tools.

“Virtual and remote learning strategies bring tremendous value to the education space during uncertain times such as these and there is no doubt that it will firmly remain a significant part of the way we learn in the future.” Greyling adds.

Many of Curro’s schools already have access to additional digital learning platforms including ITSI Pro, miEbooks and the Snapplify eReader. Teachers will therefore continue using these where applicable to maintain the usual routine with their learners. It remains a priority for Curro that their teachers keep in contact with the learners as much as possible.

Curro has also created a package of remote learning training tutorials, available to stream or download. A remote learning community space has been formed where teachers, executive heads, school management and other staff members can access and share resources, ideas and ask questions in a communal space.

Learners will be able to access all resources on most devices. However, not all learning needs to be online, with some tasks devised to get learners up and moving, and away from their devices. Some assignments will still be done on paper and shared with teachers by taking a picture when they need help or to review completed work.  

Learners, parents and staff members are also supported by a dedicated call centre to assist with technical issues to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Curro is aware that this is a critical time for their grade 11 and matric learners, and so the Curro call centre aims to prioritise support for these learners. 

For more information, email engage@curro.co.za.  

Curro assists the healthcare sector with 3D printed medical shields during COVID-19 outbreak.
17 April 2020

Johannesburg, 30 March 2020: Curro Holdings is stepping up to assist several healthcare organisations around the country by offering the services of their 3D Printers, as well as their staff, to aid in the printing of protective face shields for medical workers currently fighting against COVID-19 in South Africa.

Curro, South Africa’s largest JSE-listed independent education provider, follows a 21st Century education approach, resulting in many of Curro’s schools having 3D printers on site. These printers will be utilised to print protective face shields, including the head band and shield components. The group is in the process of rallying partners to assist with the supply of appropriate materials for the printing to take effect.

“As a country, we’re all in this together; and so we feel it is our duty as Corporate SA and teachers of the next generation to lead by our example and take a bold stand to help where we can,” says Andries Greyling, CEO of Curro Holdings.

In order to mobilise their 3D printers during the national lockdown, Curro has applied to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) for an essential services permit. Each individual who goes on site to the various school campuses will carry this document and the relevant  permits indicating that we are assisting with a specific service.

 

“While the country is in lockdown, it requires us all to think innovatively to tackle the outbreak,” concludes Greyling. “It was exceptional to see how our Executive Heads in various parts of the country took the lead and made plans to assist with the printing of the masks. We feel privileged to help in this manner and will continue do to what is necessary to assist in fighting this pandemic.”

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