Group Principal

EXPO Science and Technology

EXPO Science and Technology

Our Science and Technology EXPO brought a group of fascinated prospective parents into our school this morning. After a brief introduction, our Grade 7 Tour Guides took them on a whirlwind tour of the school, focusing on Pre-School, Grade 1, Grade 4 and Grade 7. The entire school was actively engaged in Science and Technology activities.  Many classes made use[Read More…]

by April 26, 2012 Group Principal
Interactive white boards for Grade 7

Interactive white boards for Grade 7

At R22 000 a classroom, the Grade 7’s were the first to receive the new interactive white boards as part of our Making A Digital Difference programme. Today I enjoyed a lesson in Grade 7K on writing Short Stories.  Mr Brad Keller made use of his white board to show a You Tube clip on bullying.  He then linked the[Read More…]

by April 24, 2012 Group Principal
TECHNOLOGY takes over

TECHNOLOGY takes over

The high speed internet is up and running in all 68 venues of our Group of Schools.  The CoW (computers on wheels) rolled into Grade 4c for a demonstration lesson.  Instead of the usual lesson, class teacher, Marilyn Cable and IT Director, Mat Philips found suitable research sites, bookmarked them and  pairs had to complete the research assignment, download notes[Read More…]

by April 24, 2012 Group Principal
PIZZA with the PRINCIPAL

PIZZA with the PRINCIPAL

Each week I have the privilege to enjoy lunch with six of my Grade 7 students.  Using a nifty portable pizza oven, we spend 90 minutes together concocting the most delicious pizzas while discussing the state of the nation and all things in between. Spending some quality time with my senior students who have sojourned in our learning community is[Read More…]

by April 24, 2012 Group Principal
Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning

Last week Grade 6’s headed into the mountains for a thee day camp and this week our Grade 8-11 students are roughing it in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.  In May our Grade 7’s will head out to the Breede River for their Outdoor Education programme. We place an enormous emphasis on out-of-the-classroom learning.  Here, away from the pressures of[Read More…]

by April 19, 2012 Group Principal
NEW GOVERNING BODY

NEW GOVERNING BODY

The Nomination and Election of five parent members to the Sun Valley Primary School Governing Body took place this morning at 8am.  Clive Barham, our Electoral Officer, announced the results of the ballot after seven parents stood for five positions. The new Governing Body: Phil Cunningham, Sean McGuinness, Teresa Jackson, Chris de Kock and Dr Adnaan Mia. Michele van der[Read More…]

by April 12, 2012 Group Principal
Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

They say that REST is the best medicine and I concur.  My ten week Sabbatical was an amazing experience.  Confident in the knowledge that I was leaving the school in the capable hands on my Senior Deputy Principal, Debbie-Jayne Viljoen and our gifted and talented Executive Team, I took off and spent the time resting, reading, walking, writing and enjoying[Read More…]

by April 11, 2012 Group Principal
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
A fantastic LIFT

A fantastic LIFT

Alex Boettger has been with us since Grade 1 and is now almost totally confined to his wheelchair.  We have been so aware that he needs to be able to access the entire campus and, finally, the Education Department agreed to fund a lift. A brand new R310 000 disability lift by JessenDakile (Pty) Ltd will be installed in the[Read More…]

by January 26, 2012 Group Principal