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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Global Chess Day Celebrated in the West Rand @SilverstarZA @TsogoSun #TsogoCSR

Hi Guys,

The International Day of Chess was celebrated with fun chess games and lessons by Silverstar Casino’s Tsogo Sun Moves for Life programme at nine West Rand primary schools, from 25-28 July. The International Day of Chess, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation since 1966, traditionally falls on 20 July, and was celebrated by the pupils on their return from school holidays.

The aim of the activities for the three foundation grades was to focus on chess as an inclusive and entertaining sport that can be applied in many different aspects of learning.

Nationally, Tsogo Sun Moves for Life operates in 50 schools around the country, with 19 549 participating learners, 543 educators, and 17 tutors from the local communities. The programmes are sponsored by seven of Tsogo Sun’s casinos. Silverstar Casino has been sponsoring the chess programme in the West Rand for four years in the nine primary schools, accommodating 4 765 children.
Anele Mkungela (Chess Facilitator), Charlotte Wolverson (Banqueting Co-ordinator, Food & Beverage)
And Hellen Moropa (CSI Administrator, Human Resources), pupils from Hartzstraat Primary School
The participating primary schools are Avante Primary, FJL Wells Primary, Hartzstraat Primary, Krugersdorp Town School, Mashudu Primary, Mohlakano Primary, Nooitgedacht Primary, Paardekraal Primary and Randfontein Primary

The chess fun and games took place during the normal chess lessons and included ‘chess charades’ for Grade 1s; ‘the chess piece is me’ for Grade 2s, where the kids used recycled media to design themselves as chess pieces, wrote about why they chose the piece, and shared their choices with their classmates; and a ‘tic tac chess tournament’ for Grade 3s, a chess version of noughts and crosses, where winners played winners until the last child standing became the grade winner.

Says Shanda Paine, Tsogo Sun’s Group CSI Manager, “The International Day of Chess activities over the four days were a huge hit with the children, who participated wholeheartedly, while gaining skills in chess, maths, communication, expression, reasoning, planning, creativity, self-confidence, and more, as well as creating greater awareness of the significant benefits that chess can offer every child within the schools and among parents.”

Shane Collinson, Operations Director and Complex GM of Silverstar Casino says, “It is a privilege to be in a position to take this value-adding chess programme to these young learners in the West Rand. The Tsogo Sun Moves for Life chess programme intentionally links chess principles to life skills, mathematics, science and language, and impacting the improvement of the educational performance of as many children as possible.”

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