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Grade 10 Geography Adventures to Jonkershoek

Grade 10 Geography Adventures to Jonkershoek

The Grade 10 Geographers spent last Tuesday exploring the valley of Jonkershoek. Under the guidance of Geologist Peter Van Der Spuy and Nature Conservationist Steve Gildenhuys, they took to the mountains to apply what they had learnt in class to the real world. A three hour hike later, ended off with iced tea and cake. It’s safe to say they all[Read More…]

by May 21, 2017 Geography, High School
Help!! Life Orientation in Grade 9

Help!! Life Orientation in Grade 9

The Grade 9’s were asked to research the causes, the physical and emotional results, and the ways of minimizing stress. Their focus was on the effect stress has on teenagers. In groups, the students researched fascinating facts and then created a poster depicting their findings in a creative and informative way. In the next Life Orientation lesson the Grade 9’s were put[Read More…]

by May 21, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
English Is Easy, Just Ask Isabel

English Is Easy, Just Ask Isabel

    When Isabel, from Portugal,  joined Silvermine at the start of the year, she could not speak a word of English. Since then, Isabel has worked extremely hard to improve on her vocabulary and will be taking part in this Terms June examinations. It has been extremely beneficial for the Grade 9’s to witness such progression and determination from[Read More…]

by May 21, 2017 English, High School
Balancing your Bank Statement is a Life skill!

Balancing your Bank Statement is a Life skill!

The double entry principle in accounting means that every business transaction will involve two accounts (or more). For example, when a company borrows money from its bank, the company’s Bank account will increase and its liability account Loans Payable will increase. The girls have been using this principle since Grade 10 but have never really seen how it relates to the Bank Statement. Today with[Read More…]

by May 21, 2017 Accounting, High School
Tata Madiba lives on in Grade 9 History.

Tata Madiba lives on in Grade 9 History.

The Grade 9’s are learning about the very beginnings of Apartheid and the heroes who stood together to defy it. We had some very deep discussions in class and split up in smaller groups to talk about the effects it had on our country. As a class we furthered our discussions by sharing ideas on how we, as a new generation,[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 High School, History
Think B4 you Click

Think B4 you Click

With online communication exponentially increasing, so too have the dangers of communicating online. Keeping oneself safe online has become a priority, with the golden rule to never give out any personal information. As a part of the Grade 11 CAT assessment this term, the students were asked to investigate ‘online safety’. On Wednesday they presented their findings in the form of[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 CAT, High School
Business Studies becomes real life in Grade 11

Business Studies becomes real life in Grade 11

The Grade 11 class meet on a weekly basis with Mr Noel Frost to hold DTC Youth Corp meetings.  Not only are they learning the theory in Business Studies, now they are actually participating the actual running of a company. Mr Noel Frost, who is a practising Tax Attorney, is assisting the whole process and the Grade 11’s are finding[Read More…]

Knowledge: layer upon layer in Grade 12 Information Technology

Knowledge: layer upon layer in Grade 12 Information Technology

When the Grade 12 students look back at their first programming attempts the reactions are usually the same: squeals of laughter at themselves. In Grade 10 the first lines of basic code take concentration and practice to master. By the time the students are in Grade 12 all the basics are second nature. That is what knowledge is: layer upon[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 Information Technology
The shapes of molecules in Physical Sciences

The shapes of molecules in Physical Sciences

In Grade 10 and Grade 11 Physical Sciences we are learning about chemical bonds. To better understand what happens between the different particles or molecules bonded together, it helps to know what the shapes of these molecules are. What the molecules look like. These shapes can be quite complicated and difficult to visualize three-dimensionally. A hands-on approach often helps students[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 High School, Physical Science
The discursive essay: time for an argument in Grade 12!

The discursive essay: time for an argument in Grade 12!

The Grade 12 Life Orientation students had the opportunity of peer-marking their discursive essays. The task was to write a discursive essay pointing out the effects of Brexit on the average British citizen using the marking rubric as a guideline to achieve maximum marks. After researching the topic and writing the essay, each student had to mark five peers’ essays, again, using[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 High School, Life Orientation