Articles by: Debbie Viljoen

SVPS: Family Affairs – RICK Forms … Are They Worth It?

SVPS: Family Affairs – RICK Forms … Are They Worth It?

This week I received a RICK form from a mommy whose little boy was afraid to go to IT because of something that happened in 2013. I called in the little lad to chat through his feelings and he was so well spoken and could succinctly and clearly express his concerns. He felt afraid to ask questions in the class[Read More…]

by May 8, 2014 Family Matters
SVGoS: Family Affairs – Our CEO, Gavin Keller, features in the Sunday Times

SVGoS: Family Affairs – Our CEO, Gavin Keller, features in the Sunday Times

This past Sunday, 27 April 2014, Gavin Keller was featured in the Sunday Times under the Business Times looking at “My Brilliant Career“. Below is a scan of the article and I have downloaded the article from the Sunday Times site and will post the article in a readable format under the article. Sunday Times – Business Times MY BRILLIANT[Read More…]

by April 30, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Family Affairs – A Directorate Team of Note

SVPS: Family Affairs – A Directorate Team of Note

I am so privileged to work with two amazing young men in my directorate. The 2 Heads of Department with whom I work are gracious men … gentle men … gentlemen … and love what they do. I have worked with Denver Skippers for many years. We go back as far as teaching Grade 6 together. It has always been[Read More…]

by April 24, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Home Base – Homework Structure at Home Base

SVPS: Home Base – Homework Structure at Home Base

At the Group of Schools we have various services that we offer the school community. One of these services includes the homework class option at Silvermine Academy and Sun Valley Primary School. At the Primary School we do give the pupils a light snack before home work which they are allowed to enjoy before beginning the session. Homework class begins[Read More…]

by April 16, 2014 Home Base
SVPS: Family affairs – Principal’s Role and Leadership

SVPS: Family affairs – Principal’s Role and Leadership

Every year the Grade 7 Pupils form part of a Pupil Leadership Programme. Over the last coupe of years we have put in a lot of effort to make this a good process. For 2014 we have looked at six different angles when considering our Principal’s Role. We received feedback from their Grade 6 Teachers, their current Grade 7 Teachers,[Read More…]

by April 16, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Home Base – Why Home Base is the Best Option?

SVPS: Home Base – Why Home Base is the Best Option?

Home base is a place where our staff tries to make the stay at this venue a pleasant one. Even though we do not possess all the latest and great gaming consoles we have our own style. The children get to spend longer sessions under the watchful eyes of our staff during the holidays. Our holiday team consist of Melita[Read More…]

by April 16, 2014 Home Base
SVPS: Family Affairs – Reflection on a Busy Term

SVPS: Family Affairs – Reflection on a Busy Term

Looking back at the past three months makes me realise just how busy it has been. We really run an extremely high performance organisation which employs about 120 staff members and nurtures about 1100 students. The theme, Habits of Mind, has driven our term as we have embraced one experience after another. All I know is, although my day is[Read More…]

by March 27, 2014 Family Matters
Having FUN while escaping the Hum Drum of Everyday Life

Having FUN while escaping the Hum Drum of Everyday Life

If you’ve driven down Corsair Way in the last two days you might have spotted some Extra Terrestrial Inflatables filled with screaming children. No I’m not talking about an alien invasion, just our 2014 Funscapes!                 This year we structured our popular Funscapes days a little differently, to ensure there were a variety[Read More…]

by March 20, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Home Base – The Second Term Activities will Relaunch Outside Play

SVPS: Home Base – The Second Term Activities will Relaunch Outside Play

This terms activities are coming to a end and we had Mr Richard May running a few new gaming sessions with the children. We had our children wondering what the new sessions at Home Base would hold in the new term. Richard May gave the children a taste of some of the games he will be using to make his[Read More…]

by March 20, 2014 Home Base
SVPS: Culture and Ei – Creative Expression – Crazy Bugs and Silhouettes

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Creative Expression – Crazy Bugs and Silhouettes

There was a buzz in the art room on Monday as the Grade 2 boys began their bug projects. The boys were asked to invent their own bugs. They are off to a great start, carefully planning the features of their bugs and naming them. The Grade 4 pupils did a brilliant job mixing different colors of paint to create[Read More…]

by March 20, 2014 Creative Expression