Articles by: Kirsten Lauder-Simelane

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…]

Business Studies becomes real life in Grade 11

Business Studies becomes real life in Grade 11

The Grade 11 class meet on a weekly basis with Mr Noel Frost to hold DTC Youth Corp meetings.  Not only are they learning the theory in Business Studies, now they are actually participating the actual running of a company. Mr Noel Frost, who is a practising Tax Attorney, is assisting the whole process and the Grade 11’s are finding[Read More…]

A GREAT start to Term 2 Consumer Studies!

A GREAT start to Term 2 Consumer Studies!

Term 2 kicked off with a great practical.  Rachel chose an interesting salad for us to try. The chicken was marinated overnight in Mustard, garlic and honey.  It was then stir fried during the lesson.  Avocado, corn, salad leaves, bacon and cherry tomatoes were mixed and the chicken was placed on top. A dressing was made and drizzled over the[Read More…]

Business Studies  – the most relevant subject at school.

Business Studies – the most relevant subject at school.

Business Studies has had a very good start in Grade 10 this year.  The class is very enthusiastic and we have had some great discussions about current affairs that affect Business in South Africa. In Grade 11 we are working hard on perfecting our weekly article books.  The article book is a valuable tool to keep up to date with[Read More…]