Other News

Slowly, slowly catch the monkey.

The Grade 4 to 7 classes are still working steadily on their projects. There are some beautiful results, especially among the Grade five’s who are working on a complex artwork that is growing organically as they move through it. (i.e.  we are making choices about what to do as we get to the next step as apposed to having a[Read More…]

by May 8, 2012 Creative Expression
A, E, I, O, U and Diphthong?!

A, E, I, O, U and Diphthong?!

We all know there are five vowels: A, E, I, O and U.  That’s not to say there are only five vowels sounds.  Each vowel stands for a minimum of two sounds; a short (cat) and a long (cake).  All in all, depending where in the mouth the vowel sound originates, there are at least 20 vowel sounds. Also, there[Read More…]

by May 8, 2012 English
Senior Art Club delivering beautiful work

Senior Art Club delivering beautiful work

Michele Davidson is doing an incredible job with the Art Club this term. The students are being challenged and responding by delivering art work of a high standard. The senior group are combining self portraiture with symbolist art.  An introduction on symbolist art and the symbolic function of colour was discussed.  They are using Frida Kahlos’(a prominent Mexican Artists) self-portraits[Read More…]

by May 7, 2012 Sport
U13’s IMPRESS all in first Rugby Saturday

U13’s IMPRESS all in first Rugby Saturday

On Saturday all our rugby teams from U9 to U13 took on Rondebosch Boys Junior School. This powerful Boys school brought most of their A Teams; this was going to be a very tough challenge for the boys, especially in their first game of the season. All the teams showed great guts, determination and grit and showed great signs for[Read More…]

by May 6, 2012 Sport
First Rugby Game of the Season

First Rugby Game of the Season

A beautiful winter’s day announced the start of our Rugby season.  Head of Sport has decided that Sun Valley will play against the top rugby schools – so our first fixture of the season was Rondebosch Boys Prep. What a stunning morning.  The field was beautifully prepared, the atmosphere was festive and our boys were determined.  The talent on that[Read More…]

by May 5, 2012 Group Principal
Bananas in Pyjamas …

Bananas in Pyjamas …

The Pyjama Party hosted by the Foundation Phase teachers was a resounding success. The Grade R’s were snuggled up in winter jammies. They decorated biscuits with gooey icing and mini marshmallows. Their teachers supplied them with popcorn as they eventually settled down to watch a movie. The Grade One’s played games and went on a night hike with torches. Duster[Read More…]

by May 4, 2012 Curriculum
Prowling the Empty Streets at Night …

Prowling the Empty Streets at Night …

I could not help taking a photograph of two of our trusted deputies! Here we see Vandra Norris and Mandy Pistorius walking through the school making sure that everything is in place and that the children are being entertained by their teachers. Teachers who still have the energy to have fun with their class on a Friday night after a full[Read More…]

by May 4, 2012 Counsellor
Night Life/Teen Time is a Winner!

Night Life/Teen Time is a Winner!

What could be more entertaining than spending a Friday night at school! If you offered this to me as a child, I would have thought you were crazy. Yet Friday night at Sun Valley Primary was alive with children dancing to music, playing games and watching videos.  The InterSen Phase children came in their droves to spend an evening of[Read More…]

by May 4, 2012 Family Matters

Research Workshop

Silvermine Academy’s staff are looking forward to a day of learning tomorrow, Saturday 4 May. Based at Somerset College we shall be exploring the intricacies of guiding our Grade 12 students through research tasks for their Matric portfolios. This comes in preparation for a move away from researching in every subject and focusing on ‘deep’ learning within the subject of[Read More…]

by May 4, 2012 High School Principal

Drum line

Here is a student who plays the drums at our Silvermine Music Academy. It is our passion to teach students to enjoy playing their chosen instrument while learning the skills necessary to grow and develop.

by May 4, 2012 Music