Articles by: Kirsten Lauder-Simelane

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
New beginnings

New beginnings

It’s a new year and for the Grade 8’s, a new beginning. High school, and 45 minutes a day of  Afrikaans, may be daunting for many students.  The biggest fear I hear from the Grade 8’s is: “I am not good at Afrikaans,”  or “I really struggle to understand Afrikaans.” The good news is that this is a new beginning and a[Read More…]

by February 1, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
And we start 2018 with a culinary BANG!

And we start 2018 with a culinary BANG!

The Grade 11’s had their first practical of 2018 today and it was a great success.  I always tell them that their first practical is a time for them to show off and show me what they can do.  Rachel made chicken skewers and a Thai inspired peanut butter dipping sauce and baked garlicky broccoli.  Findlay made Chicken Milanese with[Read More…]

Colouring, revision and the BENEFITS to the BRAIN

Colouring, revision and the BENEFITS to the BRAIN

Colouring can help tremendously with individuals with PTSD, anxiety and stress issues; as they calm down our amygdala. This is the part of the brain that controls our fight or flight response, and keeps individuals in a heightened state of worry, panic, and hyper-vigilance, when it is active. Colouring and focusing on this harmless and calming activity can actually turn[Read More…]

Emojis are the new 1-4 rating scale in Grade 11

Emojis are the new 1-4 rating scale in Grade 11

An emoji can be defined as “a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication”.   When doing register in the morning and collecting phones, in my mentor group we have swopped the 1-4 rating scale for a set of emojis.  The Grade11’s felt that they could express how they felt more effectively[Read More…]

by September 15, 2017 High School