Articles by: Kirsten Lauder-Simelane

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
All good things must come to an end in Business Studies

All good things must come to an end in Business Studies

The Grade 12 Curriculum is completed; only 1 piece of portfolio work due and the end is truly in sight.  All that now remains is the consolidation of 3 years of daily input.  And that is the toughest part.  It takes determination, organisation and self-discipline.  Grade 12’s you have all the resources necessary to make a great success of your school[Read More…]

Consumer Studies off to a flying start in Term Three.

Consumer Studies off to a flying start in Term Three.

The third term has had a tremendous start.  The Grade 11 Consumer Studies class baked bread and I was rather impressed with the results.  The bread made the entire school smell like Albany and made many mouths water.  I started with this practical as it is one of the skills/techniques that is required for a Grade 12, and was the[Read More…]

The Grade 12 PAT journey is coming to an end

The Grade 12 PAT journey is coming to an end

After weeks of working on our PATs (practical assessment task), the end is in sight.  The PAT is the entrepreneurial process in action.  The Grade 12 Consumer students have to come up with an original product that meets certain criteria as set out by the IEB.  Research has to be conducted to see if what they have in mind will[Read More…]