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Part of the Prep Team – Our isiXhosa Teacher

Meet Bridget Swift

Prep’s isiXhosa teacher, Bridget Swift, was born in Durban and grew up in Johannesburg. However, her Eastern Cape roots run deep and Bridget completed her last two years of senior school at the DSG.
She studied a Bachelor of Arts at UCT, majoring in English and Psychology and then went on to become a teacher, after completing a Higher Diploma in Education. Bridget had always felt like a rural person at heart, and after varsity she headed to the far north-eastern corner of rural KZN (to the end of the beaten track) to a place called Ingwavuma. She taught in the local high school for a year and then went on to help start an English-medium primary school in the community. This is where her passion for teaching young children to learn a new language began.
Bridget spent twenty-four years in Ingwavuma during which time she worked first as a teacher and then as a trainer for a non-profit organisation called Zisize
Educational Trust, which supports early childhood centres and works in educational upliftment in rural primary schools, focusing on literacy and maths.
Bridget is married to Andrew, who teaches at Graeme College. They have three children: Nondumiso (26) Muzi (20) and Zaza (17).
Bridget, Andrew and Zaza love camping, hiking and birding. Nondumiso and Muzi prefer the finer things in life. Nondumiso is a teacher and lives in Witbank. She has a beautiful baby boy who is now a year old. Muzi is studying at Varsity College in Cape Town and hopes to be a psychologist one day. Zaza is a sports fanatic and is in Grade 11 at DSG.
Bridget’s passion for teaching isiXhosa at Prep springs from the hope that learning the language will give children a much more fulfilling life-experience living in
South Africa. The Swifts love living in Makhanda, as it reminds them of rural KZN with the potholes, donkeys and cows roaming the pavements. They are here to stay!

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