Articles by: Ingrid Caris

English is important, but Maths is importanter!

English is important, but Maths is importanter!

A great quote: “Mathematics may not teach me how to add love or subtract hate, but it give me hope that every problem has a solution.” Our grade 9’s have almost reached the time where they will go their separate ways and begin Mathematical Literacy or Pure Mathematics. They might not believe the above quote, but rather feel like saying[Read More…]

by November 18, 2019 High School, Mathematics

More fantastic than Federer!

It may not be as clear from these few photos, but disciplined tennis training has begun at Silvermine Academy. Don’t be fooled by the smiles, this was not a game anymore…. It was awesome to see 21 teenagers of varied abilities all enjoying time out on the court. That is to say the students spent time on the court…the ball spent[Read More…]

by October 25, 2019 High School

This little light of mine….in Grade 8

It’s all very well making projects look pretty and colourful and a delight to the eyes, but what if you have to actually make something happen? What if you have the pressure of getting the potential energy stored in your handy little battery through some wire you have connected to a switch (which you hope you’ve kept in one piece)[Read More…]

by September 8, 2019 High School, Natural Science
Maths problems…

Maths problems…

Our grade 8s are fast learning that High School Mathematics problems take focus, practise and sometimes good old team effort. Superb growth has already been seen in our grade 8 Maths class. Much concern was shown when the Alphabet started messing with our Maths sums, but confidence is rapidly growing and excited shouts of, “I got them all right!” can[Read More…]

by July 25, 2019 High School, Mathematics

Grade 8 catch up!

So much has happened in our short Term 2 that we felt a “catch-up” blog was needed. The Grade 8’s have a busy schedule with 9 different subjects happening throughout the week. Jumping from Natural Science experiments to Shakespearean English lessons is quite a challenge, but these Grade 8’s are getting into the swing of high school life. It is[Read More…]

The Stedelijk College students discover our beautiful Cape!

The Stedelijk College students discover our beautiful Cape!

Last week we were privileged to have a group of high school students visiting us from Stedelijk College in Eindhoven. Last October our students visited the Netherlands where they were hosted by some Dutch families, treated like royalty, and shown all the beautiful places and delicious food their country had to offer. Now it was our turn, and Cape Town[Read More…]

by April 25, 2019 High School

Yummy fungi!

How does bread rise? Can fungi be a good thing? These grade 8 scientists were going to find out. …Sharp bunch these grade 8’s The students needed to follow their experiment instructions and work as a group to fill 5 beakers with the exact amount of yeast, sugar and water. Before all the Carbon Dioxide escaped, the students needed to[Read More…]

by March 6, 2019 High School, Natural Science
The shape of you….Grade 9 Natural Sciences

The shape of you….Grade 9 Natural Sciences

How does my body work? Have you ever read those books? The Grade 9s hadn’t either so we went about trying to understand how this body of ours, in the most simplistic way, works to keep us alive. Each group was assigned a system within the body to research and then present to the class in an interactive and informative[Read More…]

by February 21, 2019 High School, Natural Science

Grade 9s make Jelly Cells

This term the Grade 9s were introduced to the most minute detail about themselves that they hadn’t known before….the cell! Our Natural Sciences curriculum takes us on the journey from the smallest unit of life all the way through tissues created by these cells, to organs and how they work together to create the systems that keep the complex organisms[Read More…]

by January 24, 2019 High School, Natural Science
What would you sacrifice EVERYTHING for?

What would you sacrifice EVERYTHING for?

The Grade 10 students are exploring the politics of sport in Life Orientation, an incredibly topical area of interest currently. Names like Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are suddenly part of political rhetoric in the United States, where these famous NFL players are using their fame to express their collective stance against police brutality and daily casual racism. In the[Read More…]

by November 2, 2018 High School, Life Orientation