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CBN has a home …

For three years we have kindly been hosted by The Butterfly Centre – a school for children with additional needs in Stanford. Now we have entered into a more formal agreement, where we will rent a room at the back, that will become a library and workroom, and have the use of two classrooms and […]

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October Plans

After an exciting Heritage month (see reports under WORKSHOPS) we are back to Saturday Stories at Butterfly Centre. The themes will relate to bravery and coping with life – including the dreaded exams that will be upon us after the current school holidays. Dates for workshops will be: Saturday 6th (holiday workshop) Saturday 20th (Song

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On happiness …

Making children happy is one of the most important objectives of CBN. Yes, we are about books and reading. But the children who come to our workshops are exposed to other things as well. We aim to make them happy. Our workshops follow a theme – lately it has been Imagination – or as the

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New developments

After a stunning Winter Workshops season (seven workshops) in Stanford, we are developing fresh ideas and thinking about how to handle the numbers of children keen to come to workshops. In particular, we are expanding our ideas to include the 9-year-olds who come anyway! Why would we discourage them? We are also working on plans

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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

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Community reading requests

CBN is really encouraged by a request from parents at De Kop settlement between Stanford and Gaansbaai to meet with them to discuss ways of encouraging reading. Community worker Vuyokozi Siza has already been working with CBN in Stanford for some time and is now officially giving workshops on her own and she has spearheaded

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Workshops galore …

We are now embarking on our new workshop programme, having done an extensive revamp of the toolboxes and worked with our colleagues who will be giving workshops in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. This is going to be a very exciting year for CBN, when we begin to see the efforts of the first five years

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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!’

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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

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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

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Taking a deep breath!

CBN turns five this year and we are in deep thought about new ideas, new ways forward and new inspirations. There are exciting changes coming up, so watch this space! During the rest of July, and most of August, this website will be quiet as we contemplate exactly how to make the next five years

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Busy, busy bees …

In the first of three April workshops, Stanford children visited Overberg Honey and had an incredible time. Our thanks to Nadia and Daniel for the opportunity and to Nauthando and Aaron for the excellent and informative tour. Home

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April Holiday Plans

Bees and Butterflies are on the programme with a visit to the Overberg Honey Company to create entries for a honey-bee art competition and a workshop at the Butterfly Centre, which could … just … feature butterflies! We are also planning a workshop with Red Hill children later in April – more news on that

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Ducks in a row!

Getting a tax exemption certificate might not seem like front-page news, but it is for CBN. The trail of paperwork has been long and hard, but now we have everything we need, from Trust Document and constitution to NPO Certificate and now the final brick in the wall. What this means is that we can

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