Articles by: Ingrid Caris

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
EMS takes on a technological approach!

EMS takes on a technological approach!

Grade 10 subject choices are just around the corner for our Grade 9’s. To check if any of our fine EMS-ers are “fit” to choose Accounting as one of their subjects, Mr Gahapa came and played an EMS game with us. In the game students received a card which is linked to their name on the computer. When asked a[Read More…]

by March 2, 2017 Accounting, High School

Stomata what??!

The Grade 8’s were very excited to get a chance to look through a real-life microscope! We have been learning about photosynthesis and how (deep breath…) radiant energy from the sun helps give energy to the chlorophyll in the leaves so as to help in the breaking down of carbohydrates to feed the plant and how the water from the[Read More…]

by February 8, 2017 High School, Natural Science
Beeeg School!

Beeeg School!

Th Grade 8’s entered Silvermine Academy nervously on the first day…and the second actually. They didn’t know what their teachers would be like. They weren’t sure if they would remember which bathrooms they were allowed to use. They wondered if they would survive a whole day without their cellphones!!! But thankfully, the Grade 8’s seem to like their new home[Read More…]

by January 22, 2017 High School, Uncategorized
Science Exposed

Science Exposed

The Grade 8s have spent most of Term 3 and the first week of Term 4 researching a topic of their choosing. They were placed into groups of three and had to come up with three different areas in which to do research. Each team went through a gruelling process of deciding which hypothesis to choose (under the careful watch[Read More…]

by November 3, 2016 Natural Science
In the Spotlight!

In the Spotlight!

Our Grade 8s have been exploring Electricity. This may sound rather dangerous, but we assure you that it was good, clean fun. The students first explored how to create and use Static Electricity. We had balloons stuck to ceilings (no need for Helium balloons ever again!) and hair standing on end. We even raided the staffroom to see if a[Read More…]

by September 27, 2016 High School, Natural Science