High School

Population Pyramids in Grade 10 Geography

Population Pyramids in Grade 10 Geography

This term the Grade 10’s learnt about Population Geography and got some hands-on experience learning about the different structures of populations by creating Population Pyramids using Lego.

by November 27, 2017 Geography, High School

Batten down the hatches…exams are upon us!

The countdown has begun. Five teaching days left till our final exams of the year begin for grade 8-11. And with the exams approaching, so the amount of learners attending Study Classes sees an increase. Study classes are a great way for small groups of learners to get focused help where it is needed. Learners who have joined our school[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School
The last time in the IT room for the 2017 Matrics.

The last time in the IT room for the 2017 Matrics.

The day of reckoning: Three hours in front of a computer screen to produce code (that runs). This is it: No turning back, no stalling for time, just the exam paper and the blank screen and the racing heart and brain. It all looks so peaceful. May these years of logic and procedural thinking stand you in very good stead[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School, Information Technology
All about breathing – Life Sciences grade 10 and 11

All about breathing – Life Sciences grade 10 and 11

In the Life Sciences class, the grade 10 and 11 students have been investigating different aspects of breathing by doing various fun activities. First we looked at everyone’s tidal volume. This is the amount of air that a person can store in their lungs to use for breathing. In the experiment, each student tried to displace as much water from a[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School, Life Science
You’re so Venn…

You’re so Venn…

The last section for the year that we are learning in the Grade 10 Mathematics class is Probability and Venn Diagrams. This section is actually really important to our everyday lives, giving us insight into questions like… ‘What the Weather is going to be like tomorrow?’ or ‘Will the Orlando Pirates win the next Soccer Match?’ The Grade 10’s have learnt[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School, Mathematics
Early preparation is the REMEDY to exam stress!

Early preparation is the REMEDY to exam stress!

We are almost there; this is the moment of the year where learners are assessed on the whole year curriculum. It is described by some to be the most difficult exam, so it is understandable that learners feel quite anxious about it. Silvermine Academy’s students are coached well on how to tackle this exam and the main remedy is early[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
African Masks in the Grade 9 Class

African Masks in the Grade 9 Class

The Grade 9’s enjoyed the creative freedom of designing their very own stylistic African mask in Arts and Culture. They had to use a collage effect with positive and negative contrasts. The results were outstanding. With some buzzing tunes in the background, the Grade 9’s had the opportunity to escape the pressure and stress of this very frantic term. The Grade[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School, Visual Art
Exploring South African film beyond our expectations

Exploring South African film beyond our expectations

Film study is always a popular section of the curriculum among the students, for obvious reasons! However, selecting a film that will grab and maintain the Grade 10 students’ attention and cover all the bases of filmic analysis can be tricky. The South African film Beyond the River has been an easy choice to make. The film is beautifully shot,[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 English, High School
An Afrikaans teacher’s REWARD

An Afrikaans teacher’s REWARD

Being an Afrikaans teacher in the Deep South is not always an easy job.  Unfortunately, it is not up there as one of the favourite subjects.  So, succeeding at teaching Afrikaans successfully starts with relationship.  When kids feel safe and loved, they learn better and in my case change their attitudes about “Die Taal”! My great reward comes when a[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Colouring, revision and the BENEFITS to the BRAIN

Colouring, revision and the BENEFITS to the BRAIN

Colouring can help tremendously with individuals with PTSD, anxiety and stress issues; as they calm down our amygdala. This is the part of the brain that controls our fight or flight response, and keeps individuals in a heightened state of worry, panic, and hyper-vigilance, when it is active. Colouring and focusing on this harmless and calming activity can actually turn[Read More…]