Articles by: karin.botha

Protecting our environment  (“Beskerm ons omgewing”)

Protecting our environment (“Beskerm ons omgewing”)

Our theme for this term in Afrikaans is: Protecting our environment (“Beskerm ons omgewing”).  If we educate the youth and they can change their ways, we can help the environment on a large scale. The purpose of this theme is to educate our kids about a serious situation, but being creative and having fun while learning. At the end of[Read More…]

by August 2, 2019 Afrikaans, High School
First exam for our 2019 Matrics.

First exam for our 2019 Matrics.

Our matrics are writing their first official matric exam and it is AFRIKAANS FAL! This can be very daunting, and I heard quite a few comments that expressed the Grade 12’s anxiety about the exam. Fortunately, being a boutique school, the students can tap into their teachers’ knowledge and ask for help anytime.  We offer daily study classes with subject[Read More…]

by May 22, 2019 Afrikaans, High School
Successful monologues in Afrikaans.

Successful monologues in Afrikaans.

Riemvasmaak is a beautiful Afrikaans poem by Willie Adams that tells the story of a group of people who were forcibly removed from their land by the Apartheid government in 1975.  Even though the story of the people of Riemvasmaak started sadly, it has a happy ending as this community was one of the first to be relocated and today they[Read More…]

by February 21, 2019 Afrikaans, High School
Grade 9s investigate Afrikaans contemporary music

Grade 9s investigate Afrikaans contemporary music

In the first few weeks of the term the Grade 9s have been learning about some Afrikaans contemporary artists like Karen Zoid, Francois van Coke and Arno Carstens.  They have enjoyed discovering how many SAMA awards our own Arno Carstens have won and that he lives in the Valley.  Some learners bumped into him and relayed their experiences with great[Read More…]

by February 7, 2019 Afrikaans, High School
The value of Peer Asessment in a First Additional Language

The value of Peer Asessment in a First Additional Language

According to research, self and peer assessment are important aspects of ‘assessment for learning’ practice. Assessing their own work or that of others can help students to develop their understanding of the  Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Criteria. Research has shown that learners make more progress when they are actively involved in their own learning and assessment. This term students[Read More…]

by September 13, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
Interact – making a difference!

Interact – making a difference!

INTERACT is a club that functions under the auspices of the Rotary Club.  Silvermine Academy, led by the very capable and enthusiastic Skye Slack, started activities again this year. Our first project is visiting “Ons Huisie”, an Abbeyfield home for the aged, in Ocean View.  The students are making gift boxes for sweet treats and gift bags for toiletries gifted[Read More…]

by August 23, 2018 High School
The home stretch for Grade 12’s

The home stretch for Grade 12’s

The matrics are in the home stretch of their school career and the Prelim and Final Exams are looming. Most of their Afrikaans assessments for the portfolios are done, except the CAT assessments which consists of a blog, prepared speech and prepared reading. The theme for the Afrikaans CAT this year is, ” Afrikaans- ‘n taal vir vandag” in which[Read More…]

by July 19, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
Prepared reading is so much more than just READING!

Prepared reading is so much more than just READING!

This past week the Grade 11’s had to present a prepared reading to the class, but at the IEB it is so much more than just reading! Choosing a suitable passage is easy.  Finding a passage where you can motivate why you chose it, makes it slightly more challenging.  Students have to be knowledgable about the content and the topic[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
STRANGE ANIMALS and INTERESTING PETS in Grade 8 Afrikaans

STRANGE ANIMALS and INTERESTING PETS in Grade 8 Afrikaans

The first theme for Term 2 in Grade 8 Afrikaans is animals. The kids loved the video clip of the donkey farmer who uses donkey milk to make skin products, ranging from anti-aging to eczema creams. They were charmed by the story in their comprehension test of the rescued donkey who had twin donkeys in Oudsthoorn. Their reading passage is[Read More…]

by April 20, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
Gr 11 career outing to Rocking the Future

Gr 11 career outing to Rocking the Future

The Grade 11’s recently went to Michael Oak Waldorf School where they attended the Rocking the Future career expo. This expo is presented by ISASA to expose learners to Tertiary Institutions aside from UCT, UWC and Maties.  Colleges such as Vega, AFDA and Open Window offer creative and design courses. The Animation School attracted quite some interest and the soccer[Read More…]

by March 23, 2018 Afrikaans, High School