Articles by: Mandy Pistorius

Grade 11 Geography cartographers in the making!

Grade 11 Geography cartographers in the making!

The Grade 11s practiced their topographic mapwork skills this week, learning about how to identify landforms like valleys and ridges. They are now able to tell you how Sun Valley is a very unique valley that extends from the Indian to the Atlantic Ocean and was once a channel separating islands off the African mainland. These Grade 11s students are so enthusiastic[Read More…]

by May 1, 2017 Geography, High School
The Grade 8s will take a break from Shakespeare!

The Grade 8s will take a break from Shakespeare!

The Grade 8’s powered through Shakespeare in Term 1! And although it was exciting to finally meet the man himself, I think it is safe to say we deserve a break. In Term 1 we covered the play “Twelfth Night: Or What You Will”. A play peppered with riddles, twists and humour. The class really brought the play to life with[Read More…]

by April 17, 2017 Uncategorized
The Grade 10s are hoping for rain!

The Grade 10s are hoping for rain!

During a time of much needed rain, our Grade 10s have been learning all about moisture in the atmosphere and how we can use our water resources more sustainably. It seems that the effort expended in class yielded some results as we were blessed with a beautiful, yet short lived, storm over the long weekend!      

by March 24, 2017 Geography, High School
Silvermine supports #HandsUp4Baboons

Silvermine supports #HandsUp4Baboons

One of the greatest things about Geography at Silvermine Academy is that we get to learn about, and get involved in, Conservation. Our Grade 10 students were very excited to be part of the #HandsUp4Baboons movement which aims to create awareness and ultimately change baboons’ conservation status from “least protected” to “protected.”   Follow the link to show your support[Read More…]

by March 16, 2017 Geography, High School
Back to the Future for Grade 8!

Back to the Future for Grade 8!

This week the Grade 8’s took the opportunity to teleport their minds through time. In class we have been learning all about the futuristic movement and Italian artist Umberto Boccioni. As a class we had thorough discussions as we delved into what the world will look like in 50 years’ time, taking into consideration the rapid speed of technology, violence[Read More…]

by March 2, 2017 High School, Visual Art
Geographers Learning about AFRICA!

Geographers Learning about AFRICA!

The Silvermine Geographers continue to learn about our atmosphere with a focus on the beautiful continent we live on, Africa! Our Grade 10s made some fantastic posters on Global Warming and Climate Change. We also managed to get our hands dirty at the Expo Evening, building volcanoes and mountains out of clay, in preparation for our next section Geomorphology!  

by February 15, 2017 Geography, High School
STREET CRED in Grade 9!

STREET CRED in Grade 9!

The Grade 9 Arts and Culture students have been actively engaged in creating their own graffiti tags to welcome the newest members to Silvermine. They researched famous South African graffiti artists to help ignite the flame of creativity. Once equipped with this knowledge, the Grade 9’s worked individually to create their own design. On completion, in groups, they voted for their favourite[Read More…]

by February 9, 2017 High School, Visual Art
Geography ROCKS at Silvermine in 2017!

Geography ROCKS at Silvermine in 2017!

As a graduate of Silvermine Academy, I am very excited to be teaching Geography to an awesome group of students in Grade 10, 11 and 12. My Geographers kicked off the year learning about our precious atmosphere, why we need to take care of it, and how differences in the atmosphere lead to certain weather phenomenon such as mid latitude[Read More…]

by January 29, 2017 Geography, High School
South African representative at Silvermine Academy

South African representative at Silvermine Academy

Megan Cunningham was selected to ride for the South African adult Eventing Team in the Africa Cup held in Joburg. At 17 years of age, Megan is probably the youngest person to represent South Africa in the sport. In an action filled weekend, through the three phases of dressage, cross country and show jumping the South African team managed to[Read More…]

Silvermine Students on Tour

Silvermine Students on Tour

A squad of 22 boys and girls participated in our annual Silvermine Academy Sports Tour which is organised by Knysna Montessori. The bus drive was long but the spirits were high. Our base was at Brenton on Sea which is a 20 minute drive over a stunning pass into the Brenton area. The team settled in before heading to the[Read More…]

by May 5, 2015 High School Principal