High School

One Act Play Festival

It is time to celebrate the dramatic flair, expressions and talents of our Silvermine Academy students with our One Act Play Festival.  Set to take place on Friday, 9 March in the Sun Valley Group of Schools’ Hall, with two directors, Mercedes Smith and Jamie Blackwell, prepared to showcase the efforts of their creativity for all.  Each performance will be[Read More…]

by March 7, 2012 High School Principal

Map Projections

Our Grade 12 Geographers have recently completed their study of Mapwork skills and techniques.  Whilst a very logical and practical component of their course work, abstract elements of transfer from 3D to 2D and distance conversions are not free of problematic formulae and methods. This video proved very helpful for developing one’s understanding of the transfer of information from 3D[Read More…]

by March 7, 2012 High School Principal
Yes, you can study Maths!

Yes, you can study Maths!

You will need: a. Your textbook b. Your class workbook c.  Lots of paper d.  Pens, pencils, highlighters Simply revisit the examples and explanations offered for each new area of focus.  Work through the exercises which are made available at the end of each section.  Reference your class workbook to check and correct the methods or formula you have used[Read More…]

by March 7, 2012 Mathematics
COSATU Strikes!

COSATU Strikes!

COSATU – Congress of South African Trade Unions is planning mass action for 32 locations around the country to take place on 07 March 2012! This mass action is making history – it is some of the biggest strikes to take place in recent history.  The action is protesting the use of labour brokers and the e-tolling systems in Gauteng.[Read More…]

The Digital Divide

The Digital Divide

From Grade 10 – 12, in both Information Technology and Computer Applications Technology, we have been discussing and working with the topic “The Digital Divide“. Below is an extract from a paper “The Digital Divide in the European enlarged economic scenario: an assessment of the socio-economic effects” by Patrick Cohende from the University of Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg; The “digital divide”[Read More…]

by March 7, 2012 Information Technology
Science, up close and personal

Science, up close and personal

Our Physical Science students will be able to relish experiencing science in action when they visit Cape Town Science Centre.  The complexities of this subject stretch well beyond the boundaries of a classroom setting.  On Monday, 19 March our Grade 10, 11 and 12 scientists will be exploring interactive displays and a host of intriguing science experiments exhibited.  It promises[Read More…]

by March 7, 2012 Physical Science

Practical Assessment Task – Computer Applications Technology

This week, the Grade 12 Computer Applications Technology students’ were issued with their official Practical Assessment Task. The IEB states: The Practical Assessment Task (PAT) is an assessment of the learner’s individual interaction with information and the way in which he or she presents that information. The information will finally be presented in a number of documents to communicate a[Read More…]

by March 7, 2012 CAT
Information Technology Research Assignment

Information Technology Research Assignment

For the remainder of Term 1, the Grade 10 Information Technology students will be working on researching the history and technology behind multiprocessing, multitasking and multithreading. Each student has been assigned a section of work that they are responsible to research and compile. This section of work forms a core component (LO.1. – Hardware and Software) of their theory for[Read More…]

by March 7, 2012 Information Technology
South Africa is an Interesting Place!

South Africa is an Interesting Place!

Did you know..? * The world’s first heart transplant was done in South Africa in 1967 by South African Dr Chris Barnard. * The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prize winners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses in Vilakazi Street in Soweto. * South Africa is the home of[Read More…]

by March 7, 2012 Social Science
Using Technology Know-how.

Using Technology Know-how.

Suite Vollard in Brazil has constructed a rather unique building.  Each of the 11 floors can rotate 360 degrees, individually and in either direction.  When on the standard setting, each rotation takes one hour, but residents can change the speed at which their apartment turns.  And the apartments aren’t too expensive…to buy one you only need $300 000 (R2,279,920).

by March 7, 2012 Technology