High School

QUEEN appreciation & Makin’ some NOISE!!!

QUEEN appreciation & Makin’ some NOISE!!!

This week the Gr 9 Arts and Culture class will be watching a dvd of one of Queen’s live performances. It is part of our Music appreciation lesson! Today, the Gr 8’s had some time to practice Polyrhythms. We had great fun clappin, patting, stamping and clicking to different rhythms!

by March 12, 2012 Visual Art
Preparing for the Orators’ Competition

Preparing for the Orators’ Competition

After the preliminary round of speeches delivered to the class, we are now in the throes of final preparations for the BIG DAY: the formal Orators’ Competition to be held in the Sunvalley Group of Schools Hall on Wednesday 14 March. Right from earliest times, orators have been recognised as being a special breed: inspirational human beings, who access our[Read More…]

by March 12, 2012 English
GEOGRAPHY: Satelites and The Atmosphere

GEOGRAPHY: Satelites and The Atmosphere

This week, the Gr 11 Geography students will be looking at satelites and how they capture data, process it and transmit it back to Earth. A very HOT TOPIC in the news at the moment, is South Africa’s bid to host the SKA which, in a nutshell, is a bid to host the Worlds’ largest telescope.   Click here to read[Read More…]

by March 12, 2012 Geography
The Joys of Filing

The Joys of Filing

  Pasting notes into books is OUT.  Organised FILING is IN! Filing – the essential tool for success Recent weeks have been spent on monitoring the filing of the History students. Organisational skills are a non-negotiable when it comes to academic success in a subject that has a huge content base.    Students are being shown to divide their files into specified[Read More…]

by March 12, 2012 History
Who’da thunk it? (but in better English..)

Who’da thunk it? (but in better English..)

Here are some interesting facts about the English language: 1. The shortest complete sentence in English is “I am.” 2. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable.” 3. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.” 4. There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten[Read More…]

by March 12, 2012 English
Floating Rubbish Islands in Our Oceans

Floating Rubbish Islands in Our Oceans

Did you know that rubbish that is not properly disposed of often ends up in the ocean?  This is one of the issues the Grade 8 class has been discussing in our Natural Resource conservation module in Social Science.  Because of ocean currents, the non-biodegradable trash ends up ‘gathering’ in one of several ‘Garbage Islands’ in the middle of our[Read More…]

by March 12, 2012 Social Science
Grade 8’s and 9’s enjoy painting!!

Grade 8’s and 9’s enjoy painting!!

During art classes the past two weeks the grade 9’s attempted their own still life paintings.  We started with detailed pencil drawings of a still life, then transferred those onto larger sized paper and started painting. Grade 9’s having fun with paint       The main aims of the project were to learn to look and draw what they[Read More…]

by March 11, 2012 Visual Art
Steve Biko

Steve Biko

The Grade 9 class watched a controversial documentary made 2 weeks after Steve Biko died in September 1977.  The documentary was produced by a British television company and was obviously never screened on South African television because of its stance on the apartheid system.  It was interesting to see the Grade 9s reactions to the documentary – seeing something produced[Read More…]

by March 9, 2012 Social Science
Poetry

Poetry

Elements of the romantic are evoked when embracing poetry…that is until one is asked to critically analyse a poem. Our students are challenged from their early experiences of poetry to begin to look at form and content. The aim being to heighten one’s own and others’ understanding and appreciation of the work. For some students a voice for expression finds[Read More…]

by March 8, 2012 English

Mathematical Literacy, is it standard grade?

Most definitely not! Mathematical Literacy is to be considered a subject in its own right and not as a soft substitute for ‘real’ Mathematics. It offers a tangible, valuable and logical journey for students to explore mathematical elements featured throughout their day-to-day lives. Tax, inflation, exchange rates and currency fluctuations all feature as a part of this awesome curriculum. Given[Read More…]

by March 8, 2012 Math Literacy