English

Even Einstein had to Study!

Even Einstein had to Study!

The Grade 8s have made a good effort to be prepared for their first high school exams. It has been a rapid term crammed full with new concepts and loads of work. The Grade 8s have settled into study time before each each exam with focus and fortitude. Best wishes Grade 8s!

by June 18, 2017 English, High School
English Is Easy, Just Ask Isabel

English Is Easy, Just Ask Isabel

    When Isabel, from Portugal,  joined Silvermine at the start of the year, she could not speak a word of English. Since then, Isabel has worked extremely hard to improve on her vocabulary and will be taking part in this Terms June examinations. It has been extremely beneficial for the Grade 9’s to witness such progression and determination from[Read More…]

by May 21, 2017 English, High School
The Purpose of POETRY in Grade 12

The Purpose of POETRY in Grade 12

Themes The IEB have designed a challenging set of tasks this year for our Common Assessment Task, or CAT. The focus is Poetry, and the wider role it plays in our lives. Our Silvermine matrics are required to select a theme and search for relevant and authentic poetry based on the theme in its broadest sense. Not a simple task[Read More…]

by May 8, 2017 English, High School
Facing harsh truths in The Beneficiaries by Sarah Penny

Facing harsh truths in The Beneficiaries by Sarah Penny

Much is demanded from this Grade 11 group with the selection of The Beneficiaries as the set work for their 2017 year. The novel focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the debates surrounding the effectiveness and success of the TRC hearings. As we make our way through the novel and (very helpful!!) study guide, the realities of the[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 English, High School
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini teaching us VALUABLE life lessons.

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini teaching us VALUABLE life lessons.

A new year, a new story! As the new Grade 10, 11 and 12 English teacher at Silvermine Academy, my greatest joy is sharing beautiful pieces of literature with my students. We are so blessed to be reading The Kite Runner in Grade 10. This novel is heartbreaking, powerful and incredibly relevant within the South African context. Universal themes within[Read More…]

by January 29, 2017 English, High School
Bringing the “VIBE” to Grade 8 and 9!

Bringing the “VIBE” to Grade 8 and 9!

The Grade 8’s are starting the year off with a bang in English as we delve into the awe inspiring Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night! We are determined to ensure an exciting journey through Twelfth Night and to create a fun atmosphere among the students. Before each lesson students are assigned with a specific character and it is their job to bring that character[Read More…]

The Power of Poetry

The Power of Poetry

This term the Grade 10s have delved into the world of South African poetry. With the current political and social climate, it is vital to be engaged with the tumultuous issues at the heart of our beloved country.     Through the poems of Ingrid de Kok, Alan Paton, Mongane Serote and Charles Mungoshi we have confronted South Africa’s complex past[Read More…]

by November 10, 2016 English
Ted Talk Inspired Orals in Grade 11

Ted Talk Inspired Orals in Grade 11

This week the Grade 11s have taken to the front of the classroom with confidence and flare. Their Prepared Orals have been relevant, informative, engaging and well delivered.           For example, Keanu challenged us to be “Self- Virtue” focused, as he pointed out that society has become so “selfie” centred and self obsessed that we have forgotten what it[Read More…]

by September 16, 2016 English
Grade 8 Meets Shakespeare

Grade 8 Meets Shakespeare

The Grade 8s have recently started reading Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy that tells the story of twins, Viola and Sebastian, who were separated in a shipwreck. Our students have eagerly embraced the challenge of understanding Shakespeare’s unusual use of language. As a teacher, I am very excited to explore Shakespeare with my class as[Read More…]

by August 4, 2016 English, High School
Eating, Sleeping and Breathing English Literature

Eating, Sleeping and Breathing English Literature

The Matrics are taking the challenge of English in their stride. Last week we had the opportunity to meet with Patrick Flanery, the author of Absolution, who shared with us his experience of writing the novel as well as provided us with valuable insight into the characters and themes of the setwork. This week the National Children’s Theatre came to[Read More…]

by May 21, 2016 English