Articles by: Mike Raven

Mindfulness and Heartfulness

Mindfulness and Heartfulness

How can mindfulness help children learn and grow? At Sun Valley Primary we often take time to do breathing exercises, or similar activities that can calm our emotions and our brains. We also engage in activities that develop Heartfulness. Sometimes we can misunderstand these activities. To get the most out of mindfulness and heartfulness, we should understand what they are,[Read More…]

by May 8, 2017 Counsellor
SVGoS Music: Nuvo Flutes Have Arrived!

SVGoS Music: Nuvo Flutes Have Arrived!

Flute lessons have been underway at the Music Academy since the beginning of this year. Last month, Silvermine Academy flute teacher, Pam Barr and some of her flute pupils treated the Grade 4 classes to a flute demonstration. Pam has been introducing our young musicians to flute playing using innovative and modern Nuvo flutes. These lightweight, colorful flutes are designed[Read More…]

by March 26, 2017 Music
Silvermine Music Academy – The HOME of Music and Performance

Silvermine Music Academy – The HOME of Music and Performance

Silvermine Music Academy Term 1 is underway! We are thrilled to be currently providing over 280 lessons per week to our students, offering excellent music tuition in a variety of instruments. We look forward to being the HOME of quality music education, and creative inspiration! Harm Du Plessis (Guitar) preparing lessons for the term ahead. Retha (Piano) and Harm. The Music[Read More…]

by January 29, 2017 Music
The Importance of iConnect

The Importance of iConnect

Coaching children to connect is fundamental to their success. Children who bond successfully, not just with other people, but with their school environment, their passions and their goals are more likely to avoid the numerous pitfalls that await young people as they navigate their childhood and teenage years. Research has shown that a strong connection and bond with their school[Read More…]

by November 21, 2016 Counsellor
CARE+

CARE+

CARE circles form an important time amidst the daily lessons of the classroom to connect, be real and share. CARE has undergone a steady development over the last year. From it beginning as a means to manage and resolve conflict, it developed to encompass broader issues of emotional wellbeing. CARE “plus” sought to move children beyond simply sharing their concerns[Read More…]

by September 14, 2016 Counsellor
Silvermine Music Academy Gala and Prize Giving; Featuring Grammy Award Winner Jeremy Lubbock

Silvermine Music Academy Gala and Prize Giving; Featuring Grammy Award Winner Jeremy Lubbock

Silvermine Music Academy is proud to welcome 3 time Grammy award winning, Oscar nominated arranger, composer and musician Jeremy Lubbock as our guest of honour at this years Gala and Prize Giving. In a special address, Jeremy will share his experiences and insights drawn from a lifetime of achievements in music. We are so excited to have him join us. Students from[Read More…]

by September 9, 2016 Music
Music Marathon an Unprecedented Success – Prize Winning Numbers Announced!

Music Marathon an Unprecedented Success – Prize Winning Numbers Announced!

We are pleased to announce that the Silvermine Music Academy Music Marathon was a huge success with over R23,000.00 raised! Our students performed in multiple venues, collectively playing for several hours over the course of the afternoon.       Our generous parent body offered a wide array of cakes and confectionery to be sold and raffled off on the day.    [Read More…]

by June 23, 2016 Family Matters, Music
Rock Toyz Making Noize

Rock Toyz Making Noize

With just over 2 months to go until the grand unveiling of “Rock Toyz“, work is well underway in multiple spheres to bring this production to life. Staff, parents and cast members have been working tirelessly, offering time on their weekends and evenings to make this year’s musical a great success. Members of the “Odd” cast at an early reading of[Read More…]

by June 20, 2016 Family Matters
Celebrating Former Tutor, and Founding Member, Jeremy Olivier

Celebrating Former Tutor, and Founding Member, Jeremy Olivier

Every now and again Silvermine Music Academy has the opportunity to celebrate the success of past pupils and staff. Those of you who have been watching “The Voice” will have seen former guitar teacher, Jeremy Olivier, performing his way to the final rounds of the TV competition. Jeremy joined the Academy when it first began in 2001 and was one[Read More…]

by May 18, 2016 Music
Creative Compositions

Creative Compositions

Creativity and passion are at the heart of what happens at the Sun Valley Group of Schools. Silvermine Music Academy students are given the guidance and inspiration they need to be truly creative in expressing their talents. Watch Lucie from Grade 3, perform her own composition “Falling Leaves”, which she wrote entirely by herself.

by April 19, 2016 Music