Articles by: Michele Malan

A job? Really? But it’s my holiday!!

A job? Really? But it’s my holiday!!

Ah, the world of work! When you’re at school, it sounds so exciting and grown – up. The independence it offers must be worth it, right? When you’re actually in it… well, it becomes rather REAL! In order to get the Grade 10’s thinking about careers, working and jobs, they have been tasked with designing an advert in Life Orientation[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Skills transfer in the World of Work

Skills transfer in the World of Work

Did you know that Jose Mourinho worked as a translator at a soccer club? He began his career as a soccer player, but soon realised that he would not make it in professional football. He transferred the skills that he had learnt in soccer, such as perseverance, discipline and thinking quickly, as well as decision making, to doing a degree[Read More…]

by September 8, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Investigating our past; creating our future…

Investigating our past; creating our future…

As part of the Independent Examinations Board’s expectations for our Grade 12 History students, an intensive investigation is performed during the year; with the focus placed on the student working entirely independently on this task, enabling them to experience the process a historian would in finding and evaluating sources effectively. The students were given the option of choosing their topic, which[Read More…]

by August 17, 2017 High School, History
The Power of Persuasion – argumentative essay style!

The Power of Persuasion – argumentative essay style!

The art of essay writing is a skill all English teachers strive to develop in their students. The Matric portfolio requirements include three 600-700 word essays, written in different genres. In preparation for this, the Grade 11 students will begin the process writing task of Argumentative essay writing. This genre of essay allows the students to evaluate their ethical beliefs[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 English, High School
Examining Social Justice in Life Orientation

Examining Social Justice in Life Orientation

‘Poverty is the worst form of violence.’ Mahatma Gandhi The Grade 10 students have been examining the many aspects of Social and Environmental Responsibility this term. In particular, we have discovered how POVERTY traps the individual, and offers no freedom for those experiencing it. Nelson Mandela believed that overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, but rather an ACT of[Read More…]

by May 25, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
The Purpose of POETRY in Grade 12

The Purpose of POETRY in Grade 12

Themes The IEB have designed a challenging set of tasks this year for our Common Assessment Task, or CAT. The focus is Poetry, and the wider role it plays in our lives. Our Silvermine matrics are required to select a theme and search for relevant and authentic poetry based on the theme in its broadest sense. Not a simple task[Read More…]

by May 8, 2017 English, High School
Facing harsh truths in The Beneficiaries by Sarah Penny

Facing harsh truths in The Beneficiaries by Sarah Penny

Much is demanded from this Grade 11 group with the selection of The Beneficiaries as the set work for their 2017 year. The novel focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the debates surrounding the effectiveness and success of the TRC hearings. As we make our way through the novel and (very helpful!!) study guide, the realities of the[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 English, High School
Keep Calm and ask a History Student!

Keep Calm and ask a History Student!

History students question everything… This is a skill inherent to the subject itself. And this is why it is a vital part of understanding our world today. Critical thinking skills are analysed daily in both formal and informal assessment. Visual and textual analysis require higher order thinking skills. Along with these skills, students need to engage not only with the subject matter,[Read More…]

by February 20, 2017 High School, History
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini teaching us VALUABLE life lessons.

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini teaching us VALUABLE life lessons.

A new year, a new story! As the new Grade 10, 11 and 12 English teacher at Silvermine Academy, my greatest joy is sharing beautiful pieces of literature with my students. We are so blessed to be reading The Kite Runner in Grade 10. This novel is heartbreaking, powerful and incredibly relevant within the South African context. Universal themes within[Read More…]

by January 29, 2017 English, High School