Articles by: Kirsten Lauder-Simelane

2020 – a crazy year, but we are getting used to the new normal.

2020 – a crazy year, but we are getting used to the new normal.

So 2020 started out as any other academic year would for the Grade 11 Business Studies students.  However, it all changed on 15 March when President Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster.  School was not going to be the same again.  We started online schooling after a short holiday and returned to the classroom only in June.   Now,[Read More…]

All good things must come to an end in Consumer Studies.

All good things must come to an end in Consumer Studies.

At the end of August the Grade 12 Consumer class of 2020 performed their last practical with me in the kitchen. This practical is the culmination of weeks worth of work, including market research and concept development.  The girls had to come up with a product that would be suitable to sell at an outdoor movie night held by a[Read More…]

The show must go on in Consumer Studies.

The show must go on in Consumer Studies.

The Grade 12 Consumer Studies students managed to fulfill all social distancing criteria whilst doing their second last practical of their school careers – their PAT first production.  The prac was their first attempt at a product that they believe filled a gap in the market and fulfilled certain skills and techniques prescribed by the IEB for a Grade 12[Read More…]

Grade 11 venture into plant based cooking and eating!

Grade 11 venture into plant based cooking and eating!

There is such a huge emphasis on plant based cooking and eating these days that I thought it would a good idea to introduce the Grade 11 ‘s to this concept. We started this journey by making Red Bean curry.  Many of the learners had not even tasted tinned red beans and so that was something new too. The curry[Read More…]

Consumer Studies off to a roaring start!

Consumer Studies off to a roaring start!

Consumer Studies Grade 10 and 11 students showed me their skills last week, and I was impressed.  The students were invited to do a practical of their choice that would showcase their abilities. They really impressed me with the way in which they helped each other and worked together as a kitchen brigade.  Some of them displayed very impressive skills[Read More…]

Out with the old and in with the new.

Out with the old and in with the new.

It is the last term of 2019 and my new mentor class is keen to make changes to the decor of the class for 2020.                                                                      [Read More…]

by October 25, 2019 High School
The Bean People make an indelible impression

The Bean People make an indelible impression

The Grade 10 and 11 Business Studies students visited The Bean People, a local manufacturer of bath accessories. The business was started in 1988 by a local couple and they are really passionate about their product and the people that they employ.  The students were told how the company had humble beginnings in the owners garage and that the products[Read More…]

by September 8, 2019 Business Studies, High School
Business Studies  – a subject full of hope

Business Studies – a subject full of hope

Grade 11 Business Studies is a building block for Grade 12 Business Studies.  We start topics in Grade 11 that we build on in Grade 12.  One of the topics is Marketing.  Marketing is one of the 8 business functions that we cover in the subject from Grade 10 level.  This is one of the most enjoyed topics and many[Read More…]

Matric Dance 2019 and Beyond

Matric Dance 2019 and Beyond

And so another dance has come to an end.  It was a magical evening at The Two Oceans Aquarium on Saturday, 13 July, with a wonderful group of Matric students.  The Matric Dance is always a highlight on the calendar and this year it did not disappoint.  The venue was fantastic with the fish not missing any photo opportunities.  The[Read More…]

by July 20, 2019 High School
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…]