Articles by: Ingrid Caris

Poetry in (e)motion! Grade 8 Life Orientation

Poetry in (e)motion! Grade 8 Life Orientation

The Grade 8s were given the “scary” task (especially for some of the boys) of expressing an emotion of their choice in poetry form. We spoke about the use of colour, and describing situations to help depict and explain an emotion. I was incredibly impressed with the sincerity and depth shown by these new grade 8’s. They were open and[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
“Mathematics is the music of reason.” James Joseph Sylvester

“Mathematics is the music of reason.” James Joseph Sylvester

Grade 8’s have begun the long, and hopefully fruitful journey of High School Mathematics (or Maths Literacy Grade 10-12). Some enter the Maths classroom with trepidation, sure they will stumble at the first request to find that illusive “x”. Others enter the classroom already defeated and sure there is nothing more they can possibly do to understand or enjoy Maths[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 High School, Mathematics

Sweet Cytoplasm!

The Grade 9 Natural Sciences students have begun a journey that will take them from the smallest unit of life, the cell, through to tissues that make up organs, and then looking at these organs which create the complex systems in our bodies. Put it all together and we get teenagers themselves! To begin this journey the Grade 9’s started[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 High School, Natural Science

Batten down the hatches…exams are upon us!

The countdown has begun. Five teaching days left till our final exams of the year begin for grade 8-11. And with the exams approaching, so the amount of learners attending Study Classes sees an increase. Study classes are a great way for small groups of learners to get focused help where it is needed. Learners who have joined our school[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School

Managing our Economics…it’s a Science!

The Grade 8’s love EMS….well, they love money and that’s almost the same thing! We have arrived at the place in our curriculum where the Grades 8’s have started analysing transactions and preparing Cash Receipts Journals and Cash Payments Journals. Fun times in EMS class! Although EMS is not everyone’s favourite subject, there is pure joy when the jolly bank[Read More…]

by September 1, 2017 Accounting, High School
The Force is strong in Grade 9!

The Force is strong in Grade 9!

The Grade 9’s have been investigating contact and non-contact forces. No, not in Life Orientation, in Natural Science! Sir Isaac Newton has become a regular visitor in our classroom. His third law states; “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Our investigations lead us to discover the difference between weight and mass…..and some of the girls thought[Read More…]

by August 16, 2017 High School, Natural Science

The Grade 9s are Creating Chemical Monsters

The Grade 9’s enjoy Natural Science on the whole. They are always involved as we discuss the theory behind how chemistry and physics work. Much of what we learn applies to things we see around us. However the real enthusiasm comes out when the Grade 9’s are given the chance to get hold of chemicals, and learn first-hand how they react.[Read More…]

by June 18, 2017 High School, Natural Science
Help!! Life Orientation in Grade 9

Help!! Life Orientation in Grade 9

The Grade 9’s were asked to research the causes, the physical and emotional results, and the ways of minimizing stress. Their focus was on the effect stress has on teenagers. In groups, the students researched fascinating facts and then created a poster depicting their findings in a creative and informative way. In the next Life Orientation lesson the Grade 9’s were put[Read More…]

by May 21, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Money, money, money….it’s not funny when it comes to Maths!

Money, money, money….it’s not funny when it comes to Maths!

We have reached financial Maths in Grade 9 and there was such excitement from the students!… 🙂 It was a bit of a brain stretch to grasp the concept of Simple and Compound Interest.  Then to try and apply that knowledge to financial problems while having the choice of MILLIONS of formula’s (actually only 7) …,well that was one step too[Read More…]

by May 1, 2017 High School, Mathematics

Natural Science: Groundbreaking or Beer-making?

Our Grade 8’s had a chance to test out their science skills in their first ever, proper, high school science experiment! It had some exciting results. Not least of which was one experiment exploding in the fridge…rather a smelly mess! The Grade 8s were given instructions to go about proving an hypothesis and recording their results. The hypothesis was that that[Read More…]

by April 17, 2017 High School, Physical Science