History

Investigating heritage in the History classroom

Investigating heritage in the History classroom

How do you define heritage? Is it simply how we remember our past? The author Milan Kundera recognised the importance of remembering the past in this famous quote: “The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” How fitting then that Silvermine’s Grade 10 historians grapple with this concept of heritage, while we commemorate the day[Read More…]

by July 19, 2018 High School, History
Lady Liberty leads the French to Freedom!

Lady Liberty leads the French to Freedom!

Maxine, Josh and Dillon – our three intrepid Grade 10 historians – are discovering why the French Revolution is considered one of the most important events in history. Freedom of thought, belief and expression are freedoms often taken for granted. Yet, without the philosophers of the 18th Century, we may never have had these human principles realized. The events of[Read More…]

by April 20, 2018 High School, History
Silvermine Academy’s trio of historians!

Silvermine Academy’s trio of historians!

“All empires fall, eventually. It is the way of things” -Erin Morgenstern The Grade 10’s tackled their first lesson of  History with great gusto. Our focus for the next few lessons will be on the rise and fall of The Ming Dynasty – first established under Emperor Hongwu. The students are fascinated by the power the Emperor and the dynasty[Read More…]

by January 29, 2018 History
Investigating our past; creating our future…

Investigating our past; creating our future…

As part of the Independent Examinations Board’s expectations for our Grade 12 History students, an intensive investigation is performed during the year; with the focus placed on the student working entirely independently on this task, enabling them to experience the process a historian would in finding and evaluating sources effectively. The students were given the option of choosing their topic, which[Read More…]

by August 17, 2017 High School, History
Tata Madiba lives on in Grade 9 History.

Tata Madiba lives on in Grade 9 History.

The Grade 9’s are learning about the very beginnings of Apartheid and the heroes who stood together to defy it. We had some very deep discussions in class and split up in smaller groups to talk about the effects it had on our country. As a class we furthered our discussions by sharing ideas on how we, as a new generation,[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 High School, History
Keep Calm and ask a History Student!

Keep Calm and ask a History Student!

History students question everything… This is a skill inherent to the subject itself. And this is why it is a vital part of understanding our world today. Critical thinking skills are analysed daily in both formal and informal assessment. Visual and textual analysis require higher order thinking skills. Along with these skills, students need to engage not only with the subject matter,[Read More…]

by February 20, 2017 High School, History
Understanding the Extremity of Segregation in South Africa

Understanding the Extremity of Segregation in South Africa

This term the Grade 11s focus is on South Africa from the 1940s to the 1960s. The current social, political and economic climate in our country makes this an extremely exciting and engaging topic. As History students, the Grade 11s are realising the value of understanding the past in order to address the complexities of the present. One of our[Read More…]

by October 20, 2016 History
Grade 9s Continue their Trek through History

Grade 9s Continue their Trek through History

In History this year we have taken a look at World History, discussing World War 2 and the Holocaust in Term 1. In Term 2, we continued this journey by taking a look at the Cold War and the Nuclear Age. We also had the privilege to visit the Holocaust Museum towards the end of Term 2. This journey through History[Read More…]

by September 8, 2016 High School, History, Social Science
“Those Who Don’t Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat it”

“Those Who Don’t Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat it”

The Grade 11 History students have been studying the ideas of race in the late 19th and 20th centuries, and focusing on how pseudo-scientific theories of race became central to government policies and legislation. One of our case studies is Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. This has been an emotionally weighted time, as we have confronted the atrocities of crimes committed[Read More…]

by July 27, 2016 History
Historians in the Making…

Historians in the Making…

Silvermine’s Grade 12 History students displayed outstanding commitment and impressive focus at our all day History Symposium at Curro Durbanville on Tuesday, 26 April 2016. I left extremely proud of my students for their engagement, teamwork skills, and valuable contribution, to a symposium which covered the study of Independent Africa, with our focus on Tanzania and the Congo. This is[Read More…]

by April 29, 2016 History