Articles by: Kirsten Lauder-Simelane

One week into exams and things are looking good.

One week into exams and things are looking good.

Almost a full week into their first set of FET High School exams, and the Grade 10’s are taking the whole situation in their stride. The exams are a lot longer in Grade 10, some of them up to 3 hours in length.  The other major difference is that the exams counts 75 % of the term mark and the[Read More…]

Changes afoot in Business Studies

Changes afoot in Business Studies

The current Grade 12’s are the last class of Business Studies IEB students to write the two examination papers in their current format. After much debate and deliberation, the IEB has decided to combine the two 2 hour papers into one 3 hour paper. The papers are currently, paper 1: questions of a shorter nature up to about 8 marks[Read More…]

Biscuits up for grabs!

Biscuits up for grabs!

Consumer Studies has started with a bang this year.  The Grade 11 students did very well and baked over 150 Chocolate Choc-Chip biscuits for a promotion at the Sun Valley Primary School Grade 6 Assembly.  We set up a very successful production line and the batch production concept from Business Studies was seen very clearly. In Consumer Studies in Grade[Read More…]

by February 28, 2019 Consumer Studies, High School

IEB news 2019

After attending another informative IEB Principals Conference, I felt that a blog was a good way to keep everybody informed of the changes happening that could affect your child’s school career. Firstly, what is the IEB?  The IEB is the Independent Examinations Board and is the examining body whose NSC papers are written by the Grade 12s at the end[Read More…]

by January 31, 2019 High School
The Grade 12 Business Studies students in celebratory mode.

The Grade 12 Business Studies students in celebratory mode.

The third term is flying by and as a class we celebrated the completion of our curriculum by having hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. Every 5 years or so a truly memorable class comes along and reminds one why you became a teacher – and for me this has been that group. We ended off Business Studies Grade 12[Read More…]

2018 PAT draws to an end.

2018 PAT draws to an end.

The Grade 12’s did their final Consumer Studies Practical during the June exams.  It was part of the PAT process and they really did a good job.  They had to come up with an original product for a high tea, covering certain practical skills that they have learnt since Grade 10 in the practical side of Consumer Studies. The criteria[Read More…]

Gaining essential SKILLS with Business Studies Articles

Gaining essential SKILLS with Business Studies Articles

Reading with understanding is a real life skill and one that I try and teach by means of the weekly article book.  The Grade 10 and 11 Business Studies students need to find a current affairs article on a weekly basis and summarise the article and then justify the choice of the article by saying the effect that it would[Read More…]

High Tea at the award winning Vineyard Hotel

High Tea at the award winning Vineyard Hotel

As a treat and an educational experience, the Grade 12 Consumer students were treated to High Tea at the 4 star award winning Vineyard Hotel in Claremont.  Their Practical Assessment task this year is to come up with a product suitable for a high tea. In order to give them first hand experience of this kind of function, we booked for[Read More…]

… we pause for a well-deserved break from our Business Studies Curriculum

… we pause for a well-deserved break from our Business Studies Curriculum

  I am very pleased with the commitment and dedication shown to Business Studies by the Grade 12’s and so I decided that we needed a well-deserved pause.  We made ice-cream sundaes in class.  I brought the waffle cones and ice-cream and the class brought a variety of toppings.  The sundaes were custom made by Kirsten and Rebekah according to each[Read More…]

New Business Studies textbook are a hit!!!

New Business Studies textbook are a hit!!!

Our new Business Studies textbooks arrived early last week and the Grade 10, 11’s and 12’s are very pleased with them.  They have been set out in a very user friendly way and the information is up-to-date.  They are authored by Zain Strydom and Estie Meyer, who are both on the IEB Grade 12 examining panel for Business Studies and[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 Business Studies, High School