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Do You Have the Courage to Continue?

My friend, and fellow deputy, Mandy Pistorius, follows Dr Caroline Leaf on Twitter and the following quote by Winston Churchill was tweeted by Caroline: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” We should never think we have arrived. Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. Failure is just another experience to demonstrate[Read More…]

by February 4, 2012 Counsellor
Night School. Calling all parents…

Night School. Calling all parents…

by February 2, 2012 Curriculum
Getting to know this BIG Family!

Getting to know this BIG Family!

At the Sun Valley Group of Schools we have HOOFIES once every 3 weeks.  Each child in the school is placed into a family where there is a representative from each grade.  The family is led by a Hoofie Leader (a Grade 7 child).  Each teacher has 4 families that they oversee in their classroom.  Last Wednesday the Grade 7[Read More…]

by February 2, 2012 Family Matters
Mini Cricketers starting 2012 with a BANG!

Mini Cricketers starting 2012 with a BANG!

Our Mini Cricketers got their season off to a great start by winning their opening game against Kommetjie Primary School. The game was played in superb spirit. A mother over heard one boy saying to the other: “What team are we in?”, the other replied: “well,I think we’re South Africa or something.” Kommetjie Primary and Sun Valley Primary have created[Read More…]

by January 30, 2012 Sport
Cricket stars fighting through Provincial Trials

Cricket stars fighting through Provincial Trials

Two of our top senior cricketers, Luke Planting and Daniel Sutcliffe, in the Sun Valley Group of Schools are currently undergoing the strenuous task of Provincial Cricket trials. They have made it through the first two rounds. This is a massive achievement in its own right. We will be following their progress closely and keep you informed on this blog.[Read More…]

by January 30, 2012 Sport
Sharing the Revolution

Sharing the Revolution

This weekend I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Catholic Schools’ Conference in Johannesburg.  I addressed the Curriculum 21 issue and the need to revolutionize education in South Africa. I challenged educators, as I have challenged our own educators, to take a good look at what we are teaching and ask if we are going about teaching[Read More…]

by January 30, 2012 Group Principal
Keynote at Catholic Schools Conference

Keynote at Catholic Schools Conference

by January 28, 2012 Group Principal

Recorded Reader Pilot Project

The IEB is aiming to run with full implementation of Recorded Readers for schools by 2014. Schools will be able to request to have NSC examinations in a recorded format to support students who need the support of ‘hearing’ their examination papers. This will limit being the unconscious support of ‘inference’ and the emphasis of pauses incurred when a reader[Read More…]

by January 27, 2012 High School Principal

Advanced Programme in English

An excellent extension of the English programme. This is largely an individually driven, self taught programme which sets to stretch students capabilities in English. Tutorial style support of two hours per week offers the kind of input students need to keep abreast with the texts they are exploring. At a Grade 10 level it can be explored very informally, whereas[Read More…]

by January 27, 2012 High School Principal

Celebrating new beginnings and possibilities

What an incredible start to the year! We have been able to celebrate our Matrics of 2011 achieving 100% passes, with 75% of the class achieving Bachelor Degree passes. Ethan Marrs was ranked in the top 1% of all IEB students, nationally, with his Life Orientation performance. What a brilliant achievement. Our influx of new students brings with it an[Read More…]

by January 27, 2012 High School Principal