Articles by: charlene.murray

The wonders of Pepper

The wonders of Pepper

Unmasking black pepper’s secrets as a fat fighter. As a child I was told pepper stays in your body for 7 years, and if you eat too much, in 7 years’ time, you will literally be ‘full’ of pepper. However with obesity increasing in every nation, new research discoveries sound promising enough to make me help myself to generous helpings[Read More…]

by October 25, 2012 Life Science

Many students studying Life Science might think of becoming a Vet. Here are some good news for those of you considering this job. There are plans to enrol more students next year to the faculty of veterinary science at the University of Pretoria (UP) to train more veterinarians for the country. Prof. Cheryl de la Rey, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of[Read More…]

by October 18, 2012 Life Science

The ‘heart’ of the matter

The Grade 11 Life Science students got their hand dirty last week when they had the opportunity to dissect pig hearts. Many students showed promising skills to consider a career in Medicine. And there were also a few that now know for certain, they will not be wearing a white lab coat one day! With teaching and learning becoming more[Read More…]

by August 2, 2012 Life Science
Science and Nature hand in hand!

Science and Nature hand in hand!

A food chain presents itself boldly to me, just outside the warm confines of my home. A swarm of seagulls circles above the surface of the water, diving for a tasty bite; whilst a pod of dolphins circle around the schoal of small silvery, delicious treats they are rounding into a bait ball …the sardine run has begun and marks[Read More…]

by May 10, 2012 Physical Science
Poetry

Poetry

Elements of the romantic are evoked when embracing poetry…that is until one is asked to critically analyse a poem. Our students are challenged from their early experiences of poetry to begin to look at form and content. The aim being to heighten one’s own and others’ understanding and appreciation of the work. For some students a voice for expression finds[Read More…]

by March 8, 2012 English

Mathematical Literacy, is it standard grade?

Most definitely not! Mathematical Literacy is to be considered a subject in its own right and not as a soft substitute for ‘real’ Mathematics. It offers a tangible, valuable and logical journey for students to explore mathematical elements featured throughout their day-to-day lives. Tax, inflation, exchange rates and currency fluctuations all feature as a part of this awesome curriculum. Given[Read More…]

by March 8, 2012 Math Literacy
What are Economic Management Sciences?

What are Economic Management Sciences?

They form the platform onto which F.E.T subjects such as Business Studies and Accounting are developed. There are four crucial elements to EMS which students will explore in their Grade 8 and 9 years of high school. The first is ‘Entrepreneurial Knowledge and Skills’. This section explores the evaluating a business, managing business finances, the development of a business plan[Read More…]

by March 8, 2012 Uncategorized
‘Khan’ we do our Mathematics?

‘Khan’ we do our Mathematics?

Mathematics can be a very challenging subject for many students. Fear not, help is here, in the form of many websites that not only offer written explanations, but often offer revision work as well. Here are some links to some of my favourite ones: The Khan Academy www.khanacademy.org The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization, created in 2006 by[Read More…]

by March 8, 2012 Mathematics
Grade 9 Natural Science

Grade 9 Natural Science

In Grade 9 this term we have spent a lot of time investigating the amazing Periodic Table. It is a phenomenal fact that the entire universe is made of just 118 things. The amount of order and structure in the table is also remarkable with both the rows and columns showing the structure of the atoms. In order to help[Read More…]

by March 8, 2012 Natural Science
Life Science today

Life Science today

For all you budding life scientists out there, or for that matter anyone who simply has an interest in Life Science; take a look at the online biology book. http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/farabee/biobk/biobooktoc.html It is very well written, has numerous links to all over the biology world and can be used for a textbook from Grade 8 to First year University. For those[Read More…]

by March 8, 2012 Life Science