Articles by: Kyle Van Der Vyver

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
Bridging the Gap in Grade 9 Technology!

Bridging the Gap in Grade 9 Technology!

The Community of Jabulani live on the far side of the Umzinduzi River and have no real access to the city. The Grade 9’s have been tasked to build a bridge in order to help the Jabulani community access the city for work and school purposes. The competition is real. Only one bridge will be accepted by the council. We are[Read More…]

by September 1, 2017 High School, Technology
Acting on Instinct

Acting on Instinct

This week the Grade 9’s were given a task which required them to think on the spot. They were given a short script and some expert advice from “The Skit Guys” See Here . They were then expected to present a production with a slight twist by the end of the lesson. The results were brilliant and the lesson was filled with[Read More…]

by August 14, 2017 English, High School
Even Einstein had to Study!

Even Einstein had to Study!

The Grade 8s have made a good effort to be prepared for their first high school exams. It has been a rapid term crammed full with new concepts and loads of work. The Grade 8s have settled into study time before each each exam with focus and fortitude. Best wishes Grade 8s!

by June 18, 2017 English, High School
English Is Easy, Just Ask Isabel

English Is Easy, Just Ask Isabel

    When Isabel, from Portugal,  joined Silvermine at the start of the year, she could not speak a word of English. Since then, Isabel has worked extremely hard to improve on her vocabulary and will be taking part in this Terms June examinations. It has been extremely beneficial for the Grade 9’s to witness such progression and determination from[Read More…]

by May 21, 2017 English, High School
Tata Madiba lives on in Grade 9 History.

Tata Madiba lives on in Grade 9 History.

The Grade 9’s are learning about the very beginnings of Apartheid and the heroes who stood together to defy it. We had some very deep discussions in class and split up in smaller groups to talk about the effects it had on our country. As a class we furthered our discussions by sharing ideas on how we, as a new generation,[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 High School, History