Articles by: Amy Keller

Marvelous Market Day in Grade 7

Marvelous Market Day in Grade 7

Last week, the Grade Sevens of 2016 hosted the annual Market Day. After seven incredible years at Sun Valley, the Market Day is a little way to say thank you to the staff, the students and to the school as a whole for an amazing journey. In 2015, the kids raised more money than ever before and we were certain[Read More…]

by October 30, 2016 Grade 7
The Best Way to Learn a Second Language

The Best Way to Learn a Second Language

Here I am writing in English to tell you that the best way to learn a second language, according to Benny Lewis, a polyglot, is to speak the language. A polyglot is someone who can speak several languages. Benny is an author, polyglot, language teacher, and “technomad language hacker“. Born in Ireland, he graduated in electronic engineering and then spent six months[Read More…]

by August 21, 2015 Afrikaans
Carl and Wade working diligently.

History: The end is in sight…

With less than 6 weeks to go before the Grade 12 History students write their Preliminary examinations… the end is definitely in sight. The term has started with a BANG as we write our last tests, cover our final section of work…  and finally hand a task that has taken many hours of hard work – the One Research Task. Our[Read More…]

by July 22, 2015 History
One Research Task Progress in History

One Research Task Progress in History

History is defined as ‘the study of past events, particularly in human affairs‘. We can study the History of people and places from hundreds or thousands of years ago. We can also look at events that only happened fifty, ten or five years ago. Why do we study History? There is a saying: “Those who do not learn from the[Read More…]

by June 23, 2015 History
A new year in History

A new year in History

We have welcomed new Grade 10’s to History – Brion, Siyabonga, Greg, Sim, Linus, Wandile and Rebecca. I am already impressed with their keen minds. These Grade 10’s don’t accept a source or fact at face value! Our ‘old faithfuls’ (and a few new faces), in Grade 11 and 12, have returned renewed and excited to tackle a new year[Read More…]

by January 30, 2015 History
History – The Final Countdown

History – The Final Countdown

Our Grade 12’s are well into their final examinations at Silvermine Academy. The History students have already written Paper 2 (discursive essays and extended writing). They will face Paper 1 (Source-based work) on the 17th of November. Good luck! For the Grade 8 – 11’s, exams begin this week. The Grade 10 and 11 History students have spent the past[Read More…]

by November 12, 2014 History
History Examinations

History Examinations

I have had the privilege to teach eight amazing History students this year. Ethan, Justin, Tristan, Kim, Mercedes, Kaylin, Jessica, Aymie – thank you! Discussions about the syllabus were deep and great insight was shown. Deadlines were met with relative ease and not too much nagging – phew! In between all of the hard work as we waded through a[Read More…]

by October 24, 2014 History
High School History Happenings

High School History Happenings

The Grade 10 – 12 History students have been hard at work these past few weeks. The Grade 10’s have started learning about a new skill – extended writing. They are currently examining the impact that primary and secondary sources have had on the way in which Shaka Zulu is portrayed. The Grade 11’s have been learning about nationalism in[Read More…]

by August 23, 2014 History
History One Research Task Progress at SMA

History One Research Task Progress at SMA

The Grade 12s are in the final stages of their History Research Tasks. They have each thought up a creative question, completed a literature review, processed their findings and learned how to correctly reference and cite all of their sources. Each student has written a draft – which has been critically evaluated. Over the holidays they will improve upon their[Read More…]

by June 24, 2014 History

SMA: History – Making learning memorable

The Grade 10, 11 and 12 students have spent the past two weeks revising for their upcoming History examinations. To accommodate different learning styles, our revision has taken many forms, such as: videos, oral presentations, quizzes, brainstorming, source review and analysis. The oral presentations were of a very high standard. Some of the students chose to brave their peers by presenting their[Read More…]

by June 3, 2014 History