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So who cares? They are just huge heaps of sand, aren’t they????

So who cares? They are just huge heaps of sand, aren’t they????

We all should care…and no, they,re NOT!!! Coastal dunes are an integrated part of sandy shore systems, acting as a natural sand reservoir for the replenishment of beaches during periods of erosion. The development of coastal dune fields is controlled by two essential factors, 1) A suitable supply of sand on the beach and 2) an onshore wind regime of[Read More…]

by May 22, 2012 Life Science
Schools alive with possibilities

Schools alive with possibilities

A number of our teachers will be attending the South African Principals Association Conference at the end of this week. The organisers have managed to secure many interesting speakers and the topics they will present should provide food for thought. The conference will be opened by Penny Vinjevold, the Director General of Education. Prof Tim Noakes, Tim Keller(ex SVPS pupil),[Read More…]

by May 22, 2012 Curriculum
First time assessments

First time assessments

The Grade 4’s sat for their first assessments on Monday, 21st May for Thematic. They started at 09:00 and were all finished by 10:30. It was good to see that they had learned and revised their work as the pupils did not ask too many questions.   They were relaxed for the duration of the assessment, and going by the results, did their best. We[Read More…]

by May 22, 2012 Grade 4
Deconstructing Your Exam Questions

Deconstructing Your Exam Questions

Half of the job of writing exams is understanding what the questions are actually asking.  Many students struggle to unpack questions and therefore do not fully provide the answers expected.  It is important to look at the verb used in the question.  By understanding what the question is actually asking, it is easier to steer your answers in the direction[Read More…]

by May 22, 2012 English, Life Orientation
Rock around the Clock

Rock around the Clock

  One of the Learning Outcomes of Mathematics is Measurement. Being able to tell the time on an analogue clock is one of the skills assessed. We are also taught how to tell time in the digital way, eg, 1.30pm is written as 13:30.     To re-introduce the concept of time in Grade 4, the pupils had fun decorating their[Read More…]

by May 22, 2012 Grade 4
Creativity flourishing in the Junior Art Club

Creativity flourishing in the Junior Art Club

The Junior Group is still busy with their stunning mosaic insects. However, The Art Club recently overlapped activities and did a 3D plaster-of-paris Porcupine to add to the amazing, creative activities they have been doing this Term. The plaster-of-paris moulds were quite a challenge as the little ones had to invert their sculptures in sand moulds.  The gorgeous results have[Read More…]

by May 21, 2012 Sport
A 2000 Year Old Battery

A 2000 Year Old Battery

In 1936 an artifact was found near Baghdad that, when an acidic agent was added, produced voltage.  While this small earthwaren pot would not produce enough electricity to power your X-box, some historians assert that the low-level voltage produced by this ancient ‘battery’ might have been sufficient to electroplate items with thin layers of gold. Other historians contend that this[Read More…]

by May 21, 2012 Social Science
Mr Price Sport and Scarra Ntubeni (Stormers Hooker) coach U13 Rugby

Mr Price Sport and Scarra Ntubeni (Stormers Hooker) coach U13 Rugby

On Thursday, our talented group of U13A Rugby boys were blessed with the opportunity to be coached by Scarra Nutbeni. Mr Price Sport sponsored the event and handed out THIRTY Mr Price Sport T-shirts which the boys will wear with pride at practices and before matches. Scarra plays Hooker for Western Province and The Stormers. He is a amazing young[Read More…]

by May 20, 2012 Sport
Cinderella and Rockerfella Set Building Teamwork

Cinderella and Rockerfella Set Building Teamwork

They say if you want something done, give it to a busy person! Our parents at Sun Valley Group of Schools are FANTASTIC. Last Saturday we started the first setbuilding session. Parents worked tirelessly from 10:00 until 15:00. Some had the stamina to be there all day and others popped in and offered the time they had available. We even[Read More…]

by May 18, 2012 Counsellor
Stopframe Matchstick Magic

Stopframe Matchstick Magic

As exams loom, the projects for term 2 draw to a close! Once again we look at Grade 10 Design, as they finish off their animation projects!The Boys in the class; Jako Smal, Sebastian Snyman and Ethan Trueman produced the most beautiful “stopframe,” animated film!  The finished version will be coming to a cinema near you!;)

by May 18, 2012 Design