Community Development Centre
92 RIPPON ROAD
P.O. Box 19194 Dormerton 4015
Tel: 031 2084187
Fax: 031 2071256
FROM THE DIRECTOR
It is unbelievable that it is 3 years since Mr. Carey passed away, since then I have been walking in his footsteps in St Phil’s. I have to admit that St Philomena’s lost a very good Director. It has not been easy but if I put my trust in God, everything will be fine.
This year I would like to share a reading from the Gospel of Luke 24:13-35.
“That very day two of them were going to a village name Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, what is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?. And they said to him, “concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man that was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers deliver him up to condemn him to death”. And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken, was not necessary that he Christ should suffer these things and enter into his Glory?” So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he was going further, but they urged him strongly, saying, “stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent”. So he went in and stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took the bread and blessed it, broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were open and they recognised him.
SAINTS HOSPITALITY CENTRE
Saints Hospitality Centre continues to offer to our diverse groups and clients, a good conference and function venue and a place of rest, at very low prices.
We continue to commit ourselves to providing the best service at the lowest rates possible and to maintain our buildings as best as we can.
We offer cottages that accommodate up to 14 people; flats that accommodate up to 4 people and flatlets that accommodate up to 2 people.
For conferencing we offer a Hall that accommodates up to 200 people cinema style, a training room that accommodates up to 35 people in a "U" shape setting, the board room, which seats up to 15 people and the classroom that accommodates 11 people.
For more information visit our website www.saintshospitalitycentre.co.za
FROM THE CHILDREN HOME
It gives me pleasure to present a report on St. Philomena’s Childrens Home.
It has been a challenging but awesome five months for me at St Philomena’s getting to know each child with their different personalities and character has been a fulfillng experience. It is indeed a blessing to try and mould each unique individual into a wholesome being.
Currently we have 29 girls in our care, they are housed in different sections viz: Bethany, which houses 9 girls from the ages of 6 – 12; Eden, housing 13 girls from the age of 13 – 18 and Galilee which houses the after care program, girls age from 18 to 21. The aftercare programme is an initiative of St Philomena’s which runs for a two year period. The main objective if the programme is to encourage and foster independent living amongst the girls.
We have exciting programmes and outings planned for the girls in the months to come and hope to fulfill each and every item and outing listed. Our children are also allowed on their individual school excursions. We have been on a few outings to the parks, the movies and visiting other homes. A group of our girls belongs to the NACCW youth forum, where they attend sessions on a monthly basis. Two of our older girls attend the Kip McGrath Centre at westville, In a Cell C bring a girl child to work initiative. They fared very well at the centre and have been invited over again. We have also encouraged the centre to assist our girls with tuition in Mahts and English.
ST. PHILOMENA PRE-SCHOOL
There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being - to help someone succeed"
St Philomena's Pre-Primary School is playing an active part in the service of the children's needs in the community and in residential care.
The School has always lived up to their Mission to be commited to quality education, by mainteining high standards in developing each child holistically in a safe and caring environment.
Thanks to the interest shown by the community, our pre-school continues to operate with a manageable compliment of learners. The introduction of a management committee which consists of parents and the educators, has certainly proved to be of benefit to the running of the school. Regular meetings are held to discuss ways in which we can improve services to the school, and thus make it more conducive to learning.
The involvement of the parents has proved that they have embraced the school and the vision we have adopted. It is encouraging to see that every parent meeting we held was exceptionally well attended. All fundraising efforts are extremely successful, thanks to the interest shown by the parents.
This year we enrolled a total of 37 children at the beginning of the year, 23 are full day and 14 half day. We continue to have 3 groups: red group - 3 years; orange group - 4 years; and blue group - 5 years old (Grade R).
It is pleasing to report that our enrolment for 2014/2015 has not decreased, and that there is every indication that our enrolment for 2016 will increase. If this need does arise, we are well prepared and have planned for a capacity of 60 children.