10 June 2009

CSR Project 2009 – Day 3

For once Tamar was most definitely lost for words.   Split into 3 groups, we were given practical, interactive lessons that ran sequentially through this morning on the basics of British sign language (BSL).    Led by one teacher with the able and enthusiastic support of two oak lodge students, the rules were clear… Don’t talk, stay attentive and follow …

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10 June 2009

Oak Lodge – Day 3

  ‘Frustration, content, calm, and surprise’ are emotions that shape our every day. But seeing and experiencing these through the eyes of extraordinary children aged 11 to 19 years, all of whom have one thing in common, deafness, and like me, I know that you would be truly humbled and delighted!   At Oak Lodge School in Balham, I have had the privilege …

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10 June 2009

Tamar TLC – Gugulethu round 3, Day 3

Day 3 of Tamar Cape Town’s project at Vuyani and once again the sun rose over the industrious painters and diggers who finished off the bookshelves and outdoor classroom in record time. First up was the shade cloth over the outdoor classroom area, while a very long assembly line of bookshelves was set up, with everyone enthusiastically painting in the …

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10 June 2009

Oak Lodge – Day 2

There is a real sense of enjoyment from Team Tamar at the end of day 2 as all our Oak Lodge projects start to take shape – see Aaron’s blog today for all the details on the vegetable garden, fish pond, outdoor classroom and more. The staff and students have again welcomed us into their school and shown a massive interest …

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10 June 2009

Technology Acronyms

We have all been there.  You are in a meeting with a large number of people, when someone starts ratling off acronyms one after another like they are going out of fashion.  Before you even have a chance to ask what the first one means they are on to their fourth, and you end up feeling like the conversation needs …

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9 June 2009

CSR Project 2009 – Day 2

There was a lot of activity around the school today and all the projects are progressing well.  Despite the grey skies overhead, the rain has stayed away, and with the kids getting involved everyone is feeling really upbeat.  The status of our projects around the school are as follows: Jungle Gym The remaining uprights for the jungle gym were cemented …

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9 June 2009

Apple IPhone 3G – S

One of the worst kept secrets in Apple IPhone history was confirmed yesterday with the announcement of the new Apple IPhone at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). Apple have taken a leaf from the automotive industry by appending an “S” to the souped up version on their new phone and are calling it the IPhone-3G S. As expected the …

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9 June 2009

Tamar TLC – Gugulethu round 3, Day 2

On yet another unseasonably warm Cape Town winters day the team began the day in high spirits and excitement. Todays tasks included completing the bookshelf structure, painting them and then also mounting the support beams that will eventually hold together the shaded area we are constructing for the children. As the pictures below will, tell we achieved most of which …

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8 June 2009

CSR Project 2009 – Day 1

Well, today was the the first day of the 2009 CSR project for Tamar.  Here in the UK we are working with Oak Lodge School in Balham, South London.  An amazing school which specialises in teaching and working with children who have severe hearing difficulties.  While I was wondering how to sum the day up I recalled a documentary I saw two …

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8 June 2009

Tamar Community Project at Oak Lodge School – Day 1

  On an overcast morning that broke into occasional sunshine, the Tamar team were warmly welcomed to the Oak Lodge School by School Principal, Denise Morton, Senior Teacher, Claire Ingham and Communication Co-ordinator Lesley Davidson. After a very useful initial sign language session, we were introduced to the students of the school and were each given a personal ‘sign name’ …

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