Articles by: gavin.keller

SURVIVAL SKILLS

SURVIVAL SKILLS

Examinations should never test ability or capacity. It is a fool who believes that putting a human being into a high stress, anxiety rich space, where memory recall is tested – based on the ability to regurgitate data – will generate a rating that defines one’s ability, cleverness or worth. After 200 schools days, every child at Sun Valley Primary[Read More…]

by November 6, 2016 General, Group Principal, Sport
High 5 KIDS

High 5 KIDS

Sunbird Pre-Primary is gearing up to receive the 2017 intake of Grade R students. Our little legends met their class teachers yesterday and this evening the teachers had a chance to meet the parents and discuss first steps on our our journey together. Parents learnt what “learning ready”bodies look like and the power of play to create the right environment[Read More…]

by November 2, 2016 Grade R, Group Principal, Pre-Primary
2017 BUDGET APPROVED

2017 BUDGET APPROVED

Click on the PDF document below for the Newsletter newsletter-budget-2017

by September 28, 2016 Admin and Finance
GRIT AWARDS

GRIT AWARDS

Inspired by the amazing research by Angela Duckworth (PhD) and Prof Carol Dweck (Stanford University) on GRIT and Growth MINDSETS, our 2016 theme inspired the staff to re-imagine the way we grow brains in our classrooms. Although a work in progress, the initial feedback has exceeded our expectations.  Student-led Parentline interviews, from Grade 4 – 7 where they present their[Read More…]

by September 22, 2016 Group Principal
The Annual General Meeting of the Sun Valley Primary School Governing Body

The Annual General Meeting of the Sun Valley Primary School Governing Body

The 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 7.30pm in the School Hall. The Notice of the meeting is attached as a PDF.  Please click on the PDF Link below. School Governing body AGM 27 September 2016 at 7.30pm.  

by August 29, 2016 Group Principal
Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

The presentation slides on a GROWTH MINDSET can be found in the PDF below. Simply click on the link below: GROWTH MINDSET

by June 21, 2016 Group Principal
ASSESSMENT NIGHT SCHOOL

ASSESSMENT NIGHT SCHOOL

The notes on the presentation of the NIGHT SCHOOL are below.  Please click on the PDF link ASSESSMENT Summary notes 2016

by January 26, 2016 Group Principal
My Story – Homework vs Reading

My Story – Homework vs Reading

Click on the PDF link below to read the next story. My Story Homework vs Reading 2

by December 1, 2015 Group Principal
The Homework Dilemma

The Homework Dilemma

Our decision to replace conventional uniform Homework with Reading and other personal performance tasks has certainly caused a stir.  It seems to have scratched a festering scab on the skin of many parents, country wide.  The reaction has caught us by surprise.  SABC TV, eTV, KFM, Sunday Times, Cape Talk, 702, KayaFM, Cliff Central, YOU magazine, Good Hope FM, Forbes[Read More…]

by November 30, 2015 Group Principal
FROM Pre-School to Grade One:  The SHIFT

FROM Pre-School to Grade One: The SHIFT

The “Dummies Guide to Grade One Parenting!”  What every new parent needs to know about Grade One and the Sun Valley Way Click on the PDF link below for the booklet.  From Grade R to Grade 1: The Shift! Grade R to Grade 1 SHIFT

by November 25, 2015 Grade 1, Grade R, Group Principal