Articles by: Mathew Philips

iPad Security Update!

iPad Security Update!

With the release of the new iOS 10 and the many new features now available, we have re-evaluated our iPad security policy and restrictions. There are currently two types of devices in operation in our Grade 4 -7 classes: SUPERVISED device (Gr4) – a digital device than has been setup to allow us full control of the security and restrictions.[Read More…]

by October 8, 2016 Digital, General, Primary
Google Calendar Help!

Google Calendar Help!

Sun Valley Group of Schools has a new Calendar Help section available to parents. Located at the top of our blog webpage, you’ll see the new option located next to the existing “Calendar” link. Just another way of helping parents navigate our school calendar!  

by October 7, 2016 General
Night School: Grade 3 iPad Evening

Night School: Grade 3 iPad Evening

This week’s Grade 3 iPad Evening was a phenomenal success! It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with the Grade 3 parents and share the innovation and creativity happening with our iPad One to One project. This evening was unique in its approach as we used it to showcase how the iPad is enhancing learning in Grade 4. We had a confident[Read More…]

by September 7, 2016 Curriculum, Digital, Grade 3
Robotics Academy – Exciting Electronics!

Robotics Academy – Exciting Electronics!

Our Robotics Academy kicked off last week with an exciting introduction lesson. Our passionate students had the opportunity to experiment with electronics, working with an Arduino board, Breadboard and LED’s to learn the basics of circuits. These are the building blocks to understanding what physical aspects are manipulated when programming instructions. This was an incredible lesson of collaboration and problem-solving[Read More…]

by August 2, 2016 Digital
SVGS Robotics Academy has Arrived!

SVGS Robotics Academy has Arrived!

It has been a great year of digital learning for our Sun Valley Group of Schools students so far. For us it’s about using technology as a tool for learning and creating exposure to and awareness of technology and how it is used in the world around us. For this reason we look forward to expanding our Robotics curriculum with an[Read More…]

by July 17, 2016 Digital, Grade 7, High School
Grade 6 & 7 Robotics Excitement

Grade 6 & 7 Robotics Excitement

We have continued with our Robotics curriculum in Grade 6 and 7 this year and what a fantastic experience it has been so far. Excited Grade 6s and 7s have had fantastic exposure to how digital devices are programmed and how developers use them to achieve everyday tasks. The type of activities we’ve done with them have ranged from the[Read More…]

by April 18, 2016 Digital, Grade 6, Grade 7
Gritty Staff Learn to Keynote!

Gritty Staff Learn to Keynote!

Our Sun Valley Group of Schools staff are always excited to learn! Over the last two weeks we have taken our leadership staff through a gritty course of Presentation Training. Learning the skills and concepts behind creating a dynamic and successful presentation. We have learnt to evaluate our presentations according to some incredible principles and through some practical skills and[Read More…]

by February 5, 2016 Digital
Grade 4 – The iPad Generation

Grade 4 – The iPad Generation

The iPad project at Sun Valley Primary School has always been a revolutionary concept. Allowing students to use iPads as a tool for learning has really changed the way we teach them and the way they learn. One of the biggest drawbacks we’ve had with the previous roll out of the project has been the inability to ensure all students[Read More…]

by January 31, 2016 Digital, Grade 4
Bambisa Communicator Sign Up and Setup!

Bambisa Communicator Sign Up and Setup!

Sun Valley Group of Schools prides itself on its ability to keep parents informed. Whether it’s through Social Media or SMS’s we make it our focus to keep parents up to date on what’s happening in our Group of Schools. We’d like to introduce a new method of communication. One that is quick, effective and available for all smart phones.[Read More…]

by September 30, 2015 Digital
Robotics: Learning the Language of Technology

Robotics: Learning the Language of Technology

As we progress through the 21st Century, technology has become more and more an integral part of our everyday life. We cannot go a day without interacting with some form of technology, whether it’s as simple as a microwave at home or the Smart Phone in our pocket, the question is what allows us to perform the many impressive and[Read More…]

by September 4, 2015 Digital, Grade 6