Articles by: Kyle Van Der Vyver

Grade 8 venture into the wilderness!

Grade 8 venture into the wilderness!

We left the classroom walls behind us and headed into the neighbourhood. It was not long before we encountered our first obstacle… treacherous, freshly dug landscape for what witnesses are calling “Fibre Cables”. They were no match for the Grade 8’s determination for adventure. We continued our way through the back streets of Sun Valley until we came upon our[Read More…]

by September 8, 2019 High School, Life Orientation
The Right Kind Of POT

The Right Kind Of POT

With Grade 9 approaching ever so quickly, I figured it was time the Grade 8s got the chance to experiment with something I am sure we are all too familiar with. I still remember the first time my teacher back in High School gave me my first pot lesson…. She used to always emphasise how important it is to be[Read More…]

by July 25, 2019 Design, High School
Puppets or Muppets? A Bit Of Both!!!

Puppets or Muppets? A Bit Of Both!!!

The Grade 9s were tasked to create their very own Puppet show in Arts and Culture this Term. Individually they were expected to create two of their own Puppet characters. Upon completion they were put into groups of four to five learners. In their groups they had to come up with a script that would incorporate all the individual characters[Read More…]

by February 28, 2019 Design, High School, Visual Art
An Invention That Changed The World

An Invention That Changed The World

In Social Sciences, the Grade 8s are learning about the Industrial Revolution. And what an eye-opener it has been to find out how simple machines such as the Spinning-Jenny and Steam Engine helped to catapult society from an agricultural lifestyle into a world with cities and technologies beyond our wildest dreams. In class, they were tasked to think of any[Read More…]

by February 7, 2019 High School, Social Science
Celebrating South African Artists in Grade 9

Celebrating South African Artists in Grade 9

This week the Grade 9’s were tasked with putting together a retrospective exhibition of any South African artist before 1990. They had to put together a number of pamphlets to pass around the class while also presenting a brief history of the artist and provide information on a few of the artists’ artwork. The results were spectacular and the class[Read More…]

by August 3, 2018 English, High School, Visual Art
Lets get “Cultured”

Lets get “Cultured”

The Grade 8’s were tasked to imagine themselves as explorers researching the African landscape for the very first time. Upon return they needed to present their findings about a particular tribe or community that they encountered. What better way to learn and experience such diverse cultures? Their presentations were outstanding and I was blown away by their enthusiasm and thorough[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 English, High School
Is Anybody Listening? The Grade 8s focus on Saving our Oceans

Is Anybody Listening? The Grade 8s focus on Saving our Oceans

The Grade 8s have entered a competition to get your attention! Our oceans are in dire need of your protection. As an art project this term, we used recycled material to build a model that would send out a message to our community; each message is unique to the individual and requires the audience to analyze the deeper meaning behind[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 High School, Visual Art
Community MURALS

Community MURALS

Over the course of this term, the Grade 9’s have been learning about the Origins of Graffiti. From Bubble Letters to Broadway Style, they had to adapt their new knowledge to create their very own welcome  mural for visitors passing through “their” Community. The result is a work-in-progress, however the full result will be up on the blog for all[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 High School, Visual Art
Good Company In The Sun

Good Company In The Sun

The grade 8’s have settled in soundly and enjoyed making new friendships over the last two weeks at Silvermine Academy. Group work is a fundamental component to learning, and during this exercise the grade 8’s were expected to work together to accomplish a daunting work load. Each learner invited the responsibility of their role and performed brilliantly when reporting back to[Read More…]

by February 1, 2018 English, High School
African Masks in the Grade 9 Class

African Masks in the Grade 9 Class

The Grade 9’s enjoyed the creative freedom of designing their very own stylistic African mask in Arts and Culture. They had to use a collage effect with positive and negative contrasts. The results were outstanding. With some buzzing tunes in the background, the Grade 9’s had the opportunity to escape the pressure and stress of this very frantic term. The Grade[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School, Visual Art