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On this day (March 2nd) in history..

On this day (March 2nd) in history..

1. American Congress Abolishes the Importation of Slaves from Africa On this day in 1807, the United States Congress passed a law prohibiting the importation of slaves.  Although the law only went into effect on January 1st 1808, it did make it more difficult to import slaves from Africa.  On the other hand, it also lead plantation owners to emphasise[Read More…]

by March 2, 2012 Social Science
What is Peer Pressure?

What is Peer Pressure?

Although you may not realise it, your peers influence your life just by being close to you.  This happens in two directions – they influence you, but you also influence them.  This just happens by talking to each other, and it is normal to engage with your peers in this manner. Sometimes this mutual relationship is beneficial – for example,[Read More…]

by March 2, 2012 Life Orientation
Did you know about … Shakespeare?

Did you know about … Shakespeare?

Among Shakespeare’s greatest contributions to the English language must be the introduction of new vocabulary and phrases which have enriched the language making it more colorful and expressive. Some estimates at the number of words coined by Shakespeare number in the several thousands. In all of his work – the plays, the sonnets and the narrative poems – Shakespeare uses[Read More…]

by February 28, 2012 English

Outward Bound Camp

Grade 8, 9, 10 and 11 students may start gearing up for this year’s camp.  Hosted by Outward Bound it should prove to be an incredible adventurous and team-building experience! It will run from Wednesday, 18 April to Friday, 20 April.

by February 28, 2012 High School Principal
Kom ons praat die taal

Kom ons praat die taal

Here’s a challenge for you…take 10 minutes every day and see how long you can speak Afrikaans without reverting back to English. That is, without including any English phrases or words to help you along. You will be surprised at how often you make use of the same words because your vocabulary does not stretch far enough to cover the[Read More…]

by February 28, 2012 Afrikaans
Accounting is not for sissies

Accounting is not for sissies

  NOT !!!! Anybody that can read and think can do Accounting!  The misconception about this subject goes back into historical practices, where ‘particular’ people kept track of the movement of goods, coins and related activities.   The notion of only people with specialized skills are able to handle the demands of those skills included in Accountancy, has perpetuated itself into the modern[Read More…]

by February 28, 2012 Accounting

Enchanting Education

There are two interpretations to the phrase above; where Education takes on an enchanting hue and it captivates its audience.  Alternatively it may suggest we consider engaging in a process of drawing from Education, seducing it away from its stereotypical boring tones and breathing life into it.  From either perspective, it describes the process and the goal we want to[Read More…]

by February 27, 2012 High School Principal

ISASA meets

I attended the first of the year’s ISASA meetings recently; as Silvermine Academy’s a new member of this esteemed organization it was an opportunity for me to meet fellow school leaders within the ISASA group. The focus of the meeting fell into the area of Social Media and the law, as it pertains to an educational setting. There was some[Read More…]

by February 24, 2012 High School Principal
Increasing our digital ‘know-how’

Increasing our digital ‘know-how’

Teachers playfully exploring The focus of our in-service training this year has included input from Tim Keller and Peter Beretta from Umoya. Umoya is the company which will be rolling out our wireless installation from Grade R through to Grade 12, making all venues across the Group of Schools wirelessly enabled. A fundamental part of making this change a success[Read More…]

by February 17, 2012 High School Principal

Surveying the Valley

Our Grade 12 Geographers headed up to Peer’s Cave to practice some of their Mapping skills and techniques.  The visibility was perfect and overhanging clouds offered a welcome reprieve from the blazing sun on our climb up.  Understanding and interpreting the information depicted on maps was enhanced as the group took the time to begin to develop their own visual[Read More…]

by February 15, 2012 High School Principal