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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
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
The Power of Persuasion – argumentative essay style!

The Power of Persuasion – argumentative essay style!

The art of essay writing is a skill all English teachers strive to develop in their students. The Matric portfolio requirements include three 600-700 word essays, written in different genres. In preparation for this, the Grade 11 students will begin the process writing task of Argumentative essay writing. This genre of essay allows the students to evaluate their ethical beliefs[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 English, High School
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