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I EXCEL in Computer Applications Technology

I EXCEL in Computer Applications Technology

The Grade 10 CAT class has been very busy lately. We’ve learnt all about the computer information processing cycle as well as the different types of computer hardware and software that are available. We’ve spent time going into the Computer Lab and setting up our individual computer profiles as well as familiarising ourselves with the GUI of the desktop and the different Microsoft packages[Read More…]

by March 12, 2020 CAT, High School

Such a lot of gas!

Some may have thought that Silvermine Academy had started a brewery, but contrary to the smell emanating from our Natural Sciences classroom, we were in fact doing a very important experiment! Our Grade 8’s were figuring out what makes Yeast grow. Does it love sugar like they do? And can I handle the smell that is given off?! The Grade[Read More…]

by March 5, 2020 High School, Natural Science
Research and report on an informal business…

Research and report on an informal business…

Informal, Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) SMME’s have been identified as drivers of inclusive economic growth in South Africa and across the globe (The Banking Association of South Africa, 2019). However, many of them are still operating with improper bookkeeping systems. During their introductory chapter a few weeks back, the grade 10 accounting students learned about bookkeeping system. It[Read More…]

by March 5, 2020 Accounting, High School
“Die Kaap was weer Hollands!”

“Die Kaap was weer Hollands!”

The Dutch exchange students visited our school from the 12th to the 19th of October.  Cape Town pulled out all the stops and the visitors were treated to amazing warm windless days, which afforded us opportunities to pack in all the planned tourist outings.  Driving around our beautiful peninsula, over Chapman’s Peak Drive, stopping at Scarborough and Kommetjie showcased the[Read More…]

by March 5, 2020 High School
Grade 11 venture into plant based cooking and eating!

Grade 11 venture into plant based cooking and eating!

There is such a huge emphasis on plant based cooking and eating these days that I thought it would a good idea to introduce the Grade 11 ‘s to this concept. We started this journey by making Red Bean curry.  Many of the learners had not even tasted tinned red beans and so that was something new too. The curry[Read More…]

Time Management is Life Management

Time Management is Life Management

The grade 9s have come to a realisation… they are aware that they are busy but the question is, “What am I busy with?” Taking a look into a day in their lives, they analysed the minutes and the hours to answer that exact question. This was a strenuous activity all on its own, attempting to account for each hour[Read More…]

by February 27, 2020 High School

EMS…what is that?!

The grade 8’s didn’t know what hit them when they were asked to understand the goals and functions of Government, to delve into where Government spends its National Budget and the definition of taxes. They were taken aback when they realised that they were already paying taxes every time they bought something from the shops! (well their parents were paying[Read More…]

by February 6, 2020 High School
Welcome to Life Science

Welcome to Life Science

A special welcome to the grade 10 Life Science students! Your journey starts now and I hope that I will help to create a love and responsibility towards nature and science in each and every one of you over the next 3 years. Last week we learnt about the different land biomes in South Africa. Today we learnt how important[Read More…]

by February 6, 2020 High School, Life Science
Trial and improvement in Mathematical Literacy

Trial and improvement in Mathematical Literacy

Trial and Improvement is a method of solving equations when you can’t do it by normal algebraic methods. In simple terms, it is a substituting value method. It aims to get more accurate results by replacing values into equalities until we find a value that is the same for both equations. The grade 11 Mathematical Literacy students have been learning about the method this week[Read More…]

by February 6, 2020 High School, Math Literacy
Hen pecking on the keyboard

Hen pecking on the keyboard

We take our craft seriously. So we learn to type. The QWERTY keyboard was designed with the user in mind. We have to train our fingers to intuitively find their way from key to key while our eyes are on the page. We know that time constraints and the frustration of typos can kill our passion for programming. There are so[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 High School, Information Technology