Life Orientation

What would you sacrifice EVERYTHING for?

What would you sacrifice EVERYTHING for?

The Grade 10 students are exploring the politics of sport in Life Orientation, an incredibly topical area of interest currently. Names like Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are suddenly part of political rhetoric in the United States, where these famous NFL players are using their fame to express their collective stance against police brutality and daily casual racism. In the[Read More…]

by November 2, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
Tell me about yourself…Gr 11s demonstrate Interviewing skills.

Tell me about yourself…Gr 11s demonstrate Interviewing skills.

Do you remember your first job interview? The one where you learnt that the statement, “tell me about yourself” did not actually require you to talk about your personal life choices, but rather your qualifications, experiences and professional background. What better way to assess the Grade 11’s grasp of interview do’s and don’t’s by having them role play scenes of[Read More…]

by September 7, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
Privilege: A Burden?

Privilege: A Burden?

Working in pairs, the Grade 10’s researched and designed Powerpoint presentations on remarkable individuals who have overcome crippling financial hardship and childhood poverty; rising to become some of the wealthiest, most accomplished people in their fields of work. It begs the question: if we are too comfortable as human beings, are we able to access the motivation required to be outstanding? Ivana[Read More…]

by May 19, 2018 High School, Life Orientation

Debating human reproduction…What do YOU think is right?

The Grade 9 students were challenged to research and give their personal opinion on various, often controversial, topics. The list to choose from consisted of: Abortion, Infertility, Surrogacy, Contraception, or Population Control. Each person was instructed to research their chosen topic, then to present it to the class in the form of a Keynote, PowerPoint or a Poster. They needed[Read More…]

by May 10, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
Self Knowledge – a coping skill for the adult world

Self Knowledge – a coping skill for the adult world

In order to create a life worth living, we need to know ourselves: our strengths and our weaknesses, what excites us and scares us to death, what are we passionate about and what would make us get out of bed in the morning. And, even though we have literally spent a lifetime with ourselves and we are today a sum total[Read More…]

by April 27, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
Poetry in (e)motion! Grade 8 Life Orientation

Poetry in (e)motion! Grade 8 Life Orientation

The Grade 8s were given the “scary” task (especially for some of the boys) of expressing an emotion of their choice in poetry form. We spoke about the use of colour, and describing situations to help depict and explain an emotion. I was incredibly impressed with the sincerity and depth shown by these new grade 8’s. They were open and[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
A job? Really? But it’s my holiday!!

A job? Really? But it’s my holiday!!

Ah, the world of work! When you’re at school, it sounds so exciting and grown – up. The independence it offers must be worth it, right? When you’re actually in it… well, it becomes rather REAL! In order to get the Grade 10’s thinking about careers, working and jobs, they have been tasked with designing an advert in Life Orientation[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Skills transfer in the World of Work

Skills transfer in the World of Work

Did you know that Jose Mourinho worked as a translator at a soccer club? He began his career as a soccer player, but soon realised that he would not make it in professional football. He transferred the skills that he had learnt in soccer, such as perseverance, discipline and thinking quickly, as well as decision making, to doing a degree[Read More…]

by September 8, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Procrastination and Self-Discipline in Grade 12 Life Orientation

Procrastination and Self-Discipline in Grade 12 Life Orientation

It’s never too late to realise that it’s time to make changes if life is not working! The Grade 12 Life Orientation class had to go through the process of having a good look at their time schedule: from the time they wake up till bed time. They had to highlight areas where they “dragged their feet” so as not[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
The Discursive Essay, nearly D Day!

The Discursive Essay, nearly D Day!

The Grade 12 learners have covered the mechanics of the discursive essay in English and History, but now they have to apply (or learn) the skills for their final Life Orientation exam. They have dissected the IEB discursive essay rubric and wrote a mock exam essay based on the mark allocation of the rubric. They have marked each other’s essays based on[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 High School, Life Orientation