Articles by: Kirsten Lauder-Simelane

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…]

Chocolate Crunchies or were they Brownies?

Chocolate Crunchies or were they Brownies?

I am so happy with the progress that the Grade 10’s are making.  Today we made Chocolate Brownies and it turned out to be a real lesson in temperature control.  Some of the Brownies were left in the oven a little too long and were rather crispy, but we don’t waste ingredients, and so we made chocolate crunchies instead!

by February 23, 2017 Consumer Studies, High School
Business is off to a rip roaring start!

Business is off to a rip roaring start!

Excellent news in Grade 11 and 12 Business Studies… our textbooks arrived! The textbook we use is simply called “Business Studies Grade 12”or “Business Studies Grade 11”.  These books are published by a small publisher in Johannesburg and couriered to us here in the Cape. The number one reason we use the textbook is that the authors are IEB Business[Read More…]

Consumer Studies 2017

Consumer Studies 2017

Consumer Studies is going full steam ahead.  We are very pleased with the results that the Matric 2016 class achieved and would like to congratulate them. In the practical component of Consumer Studies we learn about the factors to consider when catering from home, we look at menu planning, we learn how to set a table, we calculate the selling[Read More…]

by January 22, 2017 Consumer Studies
And so 2016 Draws to a ‘Cheesy’ Close

And so 2016 Draws to a ‘Cheesy’ Close

For the final Consumer Studies Grade 10 practical we made Mac ‘n Cheese. It was a very successful practical where the students learned how to make a white sauce from scratch with a roux as the base. 2016 flew by and I am looking forward to 2017! Yum! Well done, Grade 10s!   

by November 17, 2016 Consumer Studies
The End is in Sight for Business Studies 2016

The End is in Sight for Business Studies 2016

Why do Business Studies? See below some of the skills you will learn during your 3 years of study at Silvermine Academy: critical thinking and analytical skills the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data and information self-reliance, initiative and the ability to manage time, projects and resources appreciation of the causes and effects of economic and other[Read More…]

by October 30, 2016 Business Studies
What a Life Skill!

What a Life Skill!

We’ve just finished off a section on Contracts in Grade 10 Business Studies.  It is one of my favourite sections because it is real life learning. A contract can be defined as an agreement between two or more people, who have contractual capacity. The agreement needs to be legal, be physically possible  and comply with legal formalities. We learnt legal[Read More…]

by September 6, 2016 Business Studies