Articles by: karin.botha

Welcome to our awesome new Grade 8’s!

Welcome to our awesome new Grade 8’s!

Last week we welcomed our Grade 8’s for 2020.  They are an enthusiastic bunch of learners and are settling into our Silvermine family. The adjustment to high school with having to move classes for different subjects caught some leaners unawares, but they are already moving between venues like pros! We are getting to know each learner’s individual personality, strengths and[Read More…]

by January 24, 2020 Afrikaans, High School
The value of an overseas tour

The value of an overseas tour

Recently a group of Silvermine students had the privilege of visiting the Netherlands. Reflecting on why it is valuable is an interesting exercise. The opportunity to visit historic places that dates back way before South Africa was even first colonised, is amazing. Visiting the Rijks museum and being able to see the work of great artists like Vermeer, Van Gogh[Read More…]

by October 25, 2019 Afrikaans, High School
Cleaning up our environment!

Cleaning up our environment!

Recently, the Grade 10’s and 11’s did a clean-up of the area between the railway and the street just past Glencairn Beach. We wanted to invest our time and effort in our immediate environment, to take responsibility for our beaches and to serve our community. Our aim was to remove as much plastic as possible from this area to prevent[Read More…]

by September 8, 2019 High School, Interact
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