High School

Practical Design

Practical Design

This term the Grade 8s have been learning about Design elements technology.  We have been discussing a lot of theory, so I thought it would be interesting to see some examples of ‘design in practice’. I discovered something quite interesting.  There are two iconic recruitment posters from the last century, one featuring Lord Kitchener (British) and one featuring Uncle Sam[Read More…]

by March 20, 2012 Technology
Movie week

Movie week

In Life Orientation we have declared this week movie week.  In grades 9 to 11 we are watching movies related to the themes which have been discussed over the course of this first term.  Some aspects of their learning material will be gain emphasis and meaning for our students.  Following completion of their viewing schedule each film will be discussed[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 Life Orientation
Mathematical Literacy: Designated subject?

Mathematical Literacy: Designated subject?

Students who have recently joined the Mathematical Literacy classes find that the work covered is still challenging enough to engage them.  They have also noted that at least they can understand the work done as opposed to years of suffering when attempting Mathematics.  Mathematical Literacy is a recognised subject by all universities  and students can still entertain a wide variety[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 Math Literacy
Innovative, digitally-aware forward thinking!

Innovative, digitally-aware forward thinking!

This perfectly sums up an initiative spearheaded by Mark Horner. A 35 year old whose vision for supporting sourcing access to quality textbooks for all, began in 2002. Working with graduates from the University of Cape Town his project developed into this phenomenal initiative. Visit the Siyavula websites to catch a glimpse of these great resources!

by March 19, 2012 High School Principal
Filler subject or preparation for great income expectations?

Filler subject or preparation for great income expectations?

Chartered Accountants are still some of the best paid professionals in South Africa.  The path to achieve this goal is however not for the faint hearted.    In order to achieve this goal, accounting students need to ensure that they have a very good grasp of the fundamentals of the subject as this will prepare them for the future demands of[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 Accounting
THE HEATING OF THE ATMOSPHERE

THE HEATING OF THE ATMOSPHERE

This week, our Gr 10 Geography students will be learning about the heating of the ATMOSPHERE. Last week, we discussed the structure and composition of the atmosphere. This lead us to discussing the current environmental issues surrounding our earth and whether or not our atmosphere is in danger! We had a very interesting DEBATE: Are people able to adapt to[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 Geography
History is Interesting!

History is Interesting!

Did you know… Leonardo Da Vinci predicted the mass use of solar energy as long ago as 1447. The life expectancy in 1900 was just 47 years. The World Trade Center towers used to have two zip codes, 10047-10048, one for each building. Clocks made before 1660 had only one hand – an hour hand. Napoleon had conquered Italy by[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 Social Science
Whale Shark Beached in Kommetjie

Whale Shark Beached in Kommetjie

A three-metre whale shark washed up on a picnic site near Kommetjie in Cape Town on Sunday, the city said. Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said surfers at the Soetwater Resort tried to get the shark back into the water but were too late to save it. The disaster risk management centre removed the carcass with specialised machinery. A necropsy would be[Read More…]

by March 19, 2012 Social Science

Grade 12 Information Technology – Important Documents for Practical Assessment Task

The attached PDF document is a brilliant guide (in rubric format) provided by the IEB for the Grade 12 Information Technology Practical Assessment Task. PAT Guidelines The Practical Assessment Task comprises of the following phases: Project Specifications: List (and describe) the functions that your program needs to achieve in order to be a ‘success’. Design Document: Design the user interface, sequencing[Read More…]

by March 18, 2012 Information Technology
I Didn’t Know That!

I Didn’t Know That!

Here are some interesting geography facts to think about: The Amazon rainforest produces 20% of the earth’s oxygen. Antarctica is the only land on the planet not ‘owned’ by any one country.  Instead, all countries share it. The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. Also, there is a city called[Read More…]

by March 16, 2012 Social Science