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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
Redenaarskompetisie, 14 Maart 2012

Redenaarskompetisie, 14 Maart 2012

Ons het dit almal geniet om na die beste van ons leerlinge se mondelinge te luister.  Baie geluk aan almal wat deelgeneem het! (We all enjoyed listening to the best examples of orals, presented by our learners.  Congratulations to everybody who participated!)

by March 16, 2012 Afrikaans
Shakespeare Said It First…

Shakespeare Said It First…

As I said a few weeks ago, we have Shakespeare to thank for many of the words we use when we speak English.  When he wasn’t sure which word would fit what he was trying to say, he made one up.  Not all of his words were successful (for example ‘unhair‘ has never really caught on,) but here is a[Read More…]

by March 16, 2012 English
Celebrations of Distinction

Celebrations of Distinction

Certificates have been delivered from IEB to celebrate the outstanding performance of three of our students. Towards the end of last year some of our students sat IBTs (International Benchmarking tests). These provide an opportunity for our school to draw a comparison with other schools on an international platform. They are particularly relevant for students wishing to take up tertiary[Read More…]

by March 15, 2012 High School Principal
It is so EASY!!

It is so EASY!!

I got the letter in the post inviting me to take out a loan for R100 000.  It seems to be so  easy, you just dial 0861 ……., listen for 20 minutes and within 48 hours you can start spending! BUT if you are a Grade 12 Mathematics learner, you should think twice!!  Nothing comes cheap.  If you take the[Read More…]

by March 15, 2012 Mathematics
Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty… and Umami?!

Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty… and Umami?!

Umami, the flavour profile that comes from the Japanese word meaning ‘a pleasant savoury taste’, is the fifth category we can use to describe food taste. Scientists have debated for a long time whether or not umami is actually a basic taste, but it was acknowledged as a flavour profile in 1985.  It describes the taste of glutamates and nucleotides. [Read More…]

by March 15, 2012 Technology
What Do You Mean Romeo and Juliet Wasn’t Original?

What Do You Mean Romeo and Juliet Wasn’t Original?

Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tragedy written by William Shakespeare between 1591 and 1595.  His play was based on an older Italian tale ‘The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet’ by Arthur Brooke which was published in 1562 and ‘Palace of Pleasure’ by William Painter published in 1582.  Although Shakespeare based his play on both these works, he developed[Read More…]

by March 14, 2012 English