Articles by: karin.botha

From poetry to recycling posters!

From poetry to recycling posters!

The theme in grade 9 poetry for the past few weeks was our earth and how we treat it or should be treating it. The poems, “Krisis”, “Ekologiese voetspoor” and “Sal daar nog ysbere wees?” are three poems that addresses the way in which humans abuse the earth. Our ecological foot print and the heritage we leave our kids were[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Exploring our history through Afrikaans Poetry

Exploring our history through Afrikaans Poetry

The Grade 10’s recently looked at the poem, Riemvasmaak by Peter Snyders. Riemvasmaak is a settlement in the Northern Cape where people were forcibly removed to make way for a military testing site until 1994, when a process of land restitution allowed the return of families and communities.  The poem explores the emotions that the people of Riemvasmaak experienced during the[Read More…]

by September 8, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
The last hurdle in Afrikaans before FINALS!

The last hurdle in Afrikaans before FINALS!

The Grade 12’s are finishing off their last work and assessments before the Preliminary Exams start in a week.  A process writing essay is one of the last tasks that needs to be completed for their written portfolio.  Creative writing can be challenging for First Additional Language students so being able to use a dictionary and language notes when writing[Read More…]

by August 23, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Taking on the film critics in Afrikaans.

Taking on the film critics in Afrikaans.

Doing a movie review in Afrikaans can be a challenging task.  Giving your opinion on a seasoned reviewer’s review, can be daunting.  But the learners at Silvermine Academy are mature and able to give their opinion in a mature and eloquent way. The movies covered a wide range of genres, from a musical to a good old “who dunnit”??  The[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Euthanasia debate in Grade 11 Afrikaans

Euthanasia debate in Grade 11 Afrikaans

Doing a debate in Afrikaans is challenging as it is, but choosing a topic like Euthanasia/”genadedood” is hugely challenging. The Grade 11s rose to the challenge and pulled it off very successfully! The two sides chose their leaders and immediately set out to research a variety of subjects, for example: “What is South Africa’s legal stance on Euthanasia?” “What do church[Read More…]

by May 25, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
“Jy dink jy’s cooler as ekke”??

“Jy dink jy’s cooler as ekke”??

This term the Grade 10’s started with a theme on Afrikaans rappers.  The first rapper that we are looking at is the very popular Jack Parow of “Cooler as ekke” fame. They were introduced to this colourful rapper by studying an article about him as a comprehension test. Today they did a listening exercise with a difference!  They watched an[Read More…]

by May 8, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Grade 12’s feeling hopeful about “Hoopvol.”

Grade 12’s feeling hopeful about “Hoopvol.”

The Grade 12’s are steadily working through their Afrikaans novel, Hoopvol.  They are finding the story easy to understand and are successfully tackling paragraph, contextual and essay questions. We have finished the first story line. The students were enthralled with the love story of Natalie and Bobby and were very disappointed when their story did not have a happy ending.[Read More…]

by March 16, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
The Gr 10’s getting CREATIVE in Afrikaans!

The Gr 10’s getting CREATIVE in Afrikaans!

Making Afrikaans fun can be a challenge, but this past week the Gr 10s loved every minute of their creative writing assignment.  They had to write a children’s book and, boy, did they rise to the occasion! The illustrations in some books were just out of this world and the stories were entertaining with good story lines and language structures.[Read More…]

by February 20, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Afrikaans makes me smarter!!

Afrikaans makes me smarter!!

Welcome to the new Grade 8’s! I know that a lot of new Grade 8’s at all schools ask the same question.  Why on earth do we have to learn Afrikaans?? Learning  a second language may be a bore, but it is hugely beneficial in many areas.  So, according to a few web sites, here are a few reasons why[Read More…]

by February 6, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Bringing the “VIBE” to Grade 8 and 9!

Bringing the “VIBE” to Grade 8 and 9!

The Grade 8’s are starting the year off with a bang in English as we delve into the awe inspiring Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night! We are determined to ensure an exciting journey through Twelfth Night and to create a fun atmosphere among the students. Before each lesson students are assigned with a specific character and it is their job to bring that character[Read More…]