High School

Investigating our past; creating our future…

Investigating our past; creating our future…

As part of the Independent Examinations Board’s expectations for our Grade 12 History students, an intensive investigation is performed during the year; with the focus placed on the student working entirely independently on this task, enabling them to experience the process a historian would in finding and evaluating sources effectively. The students were given the option of choosing their topic, which[Read More…]

by August 17, 2017 High School, History
GIS in Grade 12 Geography

GIS in Grade 12 Geography

The Grade 12 Geography students are tackling their final Geography task for the year! As “urban planners”, each student is to create a paper GIS map to analyse an urban space in South Africa – an essential skill in our rapidly urbanising world.

by August 16, 2017 Geography, High School
The Force is strong in Grade 9!

The Force is strong in Grade 9!

The Grade 9’s have been investigating contact and non-contact forces. No, not in Life Orientation, in Natural Science! Sir Isaac Newton has become a regular visitor in our classroom. His third law states; “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Our investigations lead us to discover the difference between weight and mass…..and some of the girls thought[Read More…]

by August 16, 2017 High School, Natural Science
Acting on Instinct

Acting on Instinct

This week the Grade 9’s were given a task which required them to think on the spot. They were given a short script and some expert advice from “The Skit Guys” See Here . They were then expected to present a production with a slight twist by the end of the lesson. The results were brilliant and the lesson was filled with[Read More…]

by August 14, 2017 English, High School
Measurement at the SMA pool!

Measurement at the SMA pool!

Measurements are so often taken for granted and we sometimes do not appreciate the splendid importance measurements play in our lives. For examples, people use measurements in simple home tasks like cooking where one may need to use a weighing scale or read the temperature of an oven when baking. Measurement is the process of determining the ratio of a physical quantity, such[Read More…]

by August 10, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
Electricity in the air for Physical Sciences Grade 10

Electricity in the air for Physical Sciences Grade 10

Sparks have been flying in the Grade 10 Physical Sciences class this term as we’ve been investigating the static electricity hiding in objects around us. We have seen that even a neutral object can be charged for a while if you put enough effort into it. When rubbing a ruler with a cloth, electrons are transferred from one object to[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 High School, Physical Science
Taking on the film critics in Afrikaans.

Taking on the film critics in Afrikaans.

Doing a movie review in Afrikaans can be a challenging task.  Giving your opinion on a seasoned reviewer’s review, can be daunting.  But the learners at Silvermine Academy are mature and able to give their opinion in a mature and eloquent way. The movies covered a wide range of genres, from a musical to a good old “who dunnit”??  The[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Consumer Studies off to a flying start in Term Three.

Consumer Studies off to a flying start in Term Three.

The third term has had a tremendous start.  The Grade 11 Consumer Studies class baked bread and I was rather impressed with the results.  The bread made the entire school smell like Albany and made many mouths water.  I started with this practical as it is one of the skills/techniques that is required for a Grade 12, and was the[Read More…]

Man and Computer: Built in the spirit of perfection

Man and Computer: Built in the spirit of perfection

This week we had an amazing lesson incorporating Multiple Intelligence’s (MI) with our Grade 10 CAT class. Multiple Intelligence uses the idea that “Intelligence” can be determined in many different ways and not just from the traditional “IQ test”. We started the lesson by learning about the different locations in the world of famous technological inventions. The class soon realised that[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 CAT, High School
Procrastination and Self-Discipline in Grade 12 Life Orientation

Procrastination and Self-Discipline in Grade 12 Life Orientation

It’s never too late to realise that it’s time to make changes if life is not working! The Grade 12 Life Orientation class had to go through the process of having a good look at their time schedule: from the time they wake up till bed time. They had to highlight areas where they “dragged their feet” so as not[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 High School, Life Orientation