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The Grade 8s delve into The Twelfth Night

The Grade 8s delve into The Twelfth Night

More than in any other Shakespearean play, the characters in Twelfth Night display a remarkable degree of gender and sexual ambiguity. The Twelfth Night creates humour and enjoyment for the audience from the possibility of desire and attraction. The play is perhaps best understood as a testament to the unpredictable power of  love and highlights stereotypes associated with men and women[Read More…]

by October 23, 2020 English, High School
Grade 11 English- Visual Literacy

Grade 11 English- Visual Literacy

With the return of our lovely Silvermine students, there was no time to lose and the Grade 11s did not hold back. As part of our English curriculum, students have to engage in current affairs and be able to critically analyse, discuss and provide opinions on events both locally and globally. Well, what a time to be in school, because[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 English, High School
Grade 10 get to grips with Macbeth!

Grade 10 get to grips with Macbeth!

The Grade 10s have been dressing up and performing soliloquies from their setwork book, Macbeth. The purpose of the activity has been to embed the content of the play and deepen their understanding of the unfamiliar language. They have had a lot of fun and the camaraderie of the class group has grown.

by May 3, 2019 English, High School
Magical Movie Afternoons

Magical Movie Afternoons

The Matrics recently attended two movie afternoons where they were taken on a journey with Marilyn Monroe in My week with Marilyn and then watched the updated biopic stylings of David Fincher’s The Social Network. Both movies are part of the Grade 12 4th genre prescribed list and will be studied in detail using the critical eye of a film[Read More…]

by February 28, 2019 English, High School
Would Shakespeare RAP?

Would Shakespeare RAP?

How do I compare thee to hip hop? Let’s face it: Shakespeare had a way with words. In fact, he invented a few. And for his time he was a phenomenon. The fact that we study his sonnets and plays hundreds of years after they were written is a testimony to his talent. BUT, how do you get 16- year-[Read More…]

by August 8, 2018 English, High School
Celebrating South African Artists in Grade 9

Celebrating South African Artists in Grade 9

This week the Grade 9’s were tasked with putting together a retrospective exhibition of any South African artist before 1990. They had to put together a number of pamphlets to pass around the class while also presenting a brief history of the artist and provide information on a few of the artists’ artwork. The results were spectacular and the class[Read More…]

by August 3, 2018 English, High School, Visual Art
Lets get “Cultured”

Lets get “Cultured”

The Grade 8’s were tasked to imagine themselves as explorers researching the African landscape for the very first time. Upon return they needed to present their findings about a particular tribe or community that they encountered. What better way to learn and experience such diverse cultures? Their presentations were outstanding and I was blown away by their enthusiasm and thorough[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 English, High School
Punctuation creates meaning!!!??

Punctuation creates meaning!!!??

Ask any English teacher marking her sixtieth essay just how VITAL the correct use of punctuation is. Not only do these seemingly insignificant little symbols provide clarity to writing, they are also responsible for interpretation of meaning. The Grade 11’s recently worked on some sentences which were entirely devoid of any punctuation. Let’s just say they found interpreting any meaning[Read More…]

by March 23, 2018 English, High School, Uncategorized
Mastering descriptive writing through READING

Mastering descriptive writing through READING

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Steven King Many writers believe that the art of writing is nearly impossible to teach. Of course, our goal as English teachers is to find the writer in each of our students, and equip them with the tools they[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 English, High School
The masterful perfection of The Help

The masterful perfection of The Help

The Grade 11’s love of literature continues on as we explore the beautiful portrait of a fragmenting world in Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help. Some critics claim it could be one of the most important pieces of fiction since To Kill a Mockingbird – high praise indeed. As we get to grips with the historical setting of the novel, it is[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 English, High School