Articles by: Michele Malan

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