Articles by: Michele Malan

Tell me about yourself…Gr 11s demonstrate Interviewing skills.

Tell me about yourself…Gr 11s demonstrate Interviewing skills.

Do you remember your first job interview? The one where you learnt that the statement, “tell me about yourself” did not actually require you to talk about your personal life choices, but rather your qualifications, experiences and professional background. What better way to assess the Grade 11’s grasp of interview do’s and don’t’s by having them role play scenes of[Read More…]

by September 7, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
Would Shakespeare RAP?

Would Shakespeare RAP?

How do I compare thee to hip hop? Let’s face it: Shakespeare had a way with words. In fact, he invented a few. And for his time he was a phenomenon. The fact that we study his sonnets and plays hundreds of years after they were written is a testimony to his talent. BUT, how do you get 16- year-[Read More…]

by August 8, 2018 English, High School
Investigating heritage in the History classroom

Investigating heritage in the History classroom

How do you define heritage? Is it simply how we remember our past? The author Milan Kundera recognised the importance of remembering the past in this famous quote: “The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” How fitting then that Silvermine’s Grade 10 historians grapple with this concept of heritage, while we commemorate the day[Read More…]

by July 19, 2018 High School, History
Privilege: A Burden?

Privilege: A Burden?

Working in pairs, the Grade 10’s researched and designed Powerpoint presentations on remarkable individuals who have overcome crippling financial hardship and childhood poverty; rising to become some of the wealthiest, most accomplished people in their fields of work. It begs the question: if we are too comfortable as human beings, are we able to access the motivation required to be outstanding? Ivana[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
Lady Liberty leads the French to Freedom!

Lady Liberty leads the French to Freedom!

Maxine, Josh and Dillon – our three intrepid Grade 10 historians – are discovering why the French Revolution is considered one of the most important events in history. Freedom of thought, belief and expression are freedoms often taken for granted. Yet, without the philosophers of the 18th Century, we may never have had these human principles realized. The events of[Read More…]

by April 20, 2018 High School, History
Punctuation creates meaning!!!??

Punctuation creates meaning!!!??

Ask any English teacher marking her sixtieth essay just how VITAL the correct use of punctuation is. Not only do these seemingly insignificant little symbols provide clarity to writing, they are also responsible for interpretation of meaning. The Grade 11’s recently worked on some sentences which were entirely devoid of any punctuation. Let’s just say they found interpreting any meaning[Read More…]

by March 23, 2018 English, High School, Uncategorized
Mastering descriptive writing through READING

Mastering descriptive writing through READING

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Steven King Many writers believe that the art of writing is nearly impossible to teach. Of course, our goal as English teachers is to find the writer in each of our students, and equip them with the tools they[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 English, High School
The masterful perfection of The Help

The masterful perfection of The Help

The Grade 11’s love of literature continues on as we explore the beautiful portrait of a fragmenting world in Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help. Some critics claim it could be one of the most important pieces of fiction since To Kill a Mockingbird – high praise indeed. As we get to grips with the historical setting of the novel, it is[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 English, High School
Silvermine Academy’s trio of historians!

Silvermine Academy’s trio of historians!

“All empires fall, eventually. It is the way of things” -Erin Morgenstern The Grade 10’s tackled their first lesson of  History with great gusto. Our focus for the next few lessons will be on the rise and fall of The Ming Dynasty – first established under Emperor Hongwu. The students are fascinated by the power the Emperor and the dynasty[Read More…]

by January 29, 2018 History
Exploring South African film beyond our expectations

Exploring South African film beyond our expectations

Film study is always a popular section of the curriculum among the students, for obvious reasons! However, selecting a film that will grab and maintain the Grade 10 students’ attention and cover all the bases of filmic analysis can be tricky. The South African film Beyond the River has been an easy choice to make. The film is beautifully shot,[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 English, High School