High School

One-child policy debate in Grade 10 Geography

One-child policy debate in Grade 10 Geography

Is one enough? Or is two better? Acting as advisers to the Chinese government, the Grade 10s had a debate about whether or not the one-child policy should be strictly reinstated or not. Some very compelling arguments were made regarding the growth of China’s economy due to a growing workforce but also the consequences of this growth in terms of the[Read More…]

by August 22, 2018 Geography, High School
Yes we can do it!

Yes we can do it!

As the year no longer feels new and Grade 10 not so scary, we can finally say that we are able to “read” our code and that the programs are actually starting to make logical sense. We are able to create a variety of programs that are reusable and we are seeing ways that these programs can be applied to[Read More…]

by August 16, 2018 High School, Information Technology
Electricity and all that jazz in Grade 10

Electricity and all that jazz in Grade 10

In Grade 10, the Physical Science students start to build series and parallel circuits to calculate the total resistance in the circuit. What always amazes me, is how much more the boys know about this topic than the girls, especially when it comes to the building and applications in everyday life. To all the mothers of little girls: A note[Read More…]

by August 16, 2018 High School, Physical Science
Would Shakespeare RAP?

Would Shakespeare RAP?

How do I compare thee to hip hop? Let’s face it: Shakespeare had a way with words. In fact, he invented a few. And for his time he was a phenomenon. The fact that we study his sonnets and plays hundreds of years after they were written is a testimony to his talent. BUT, how do you get 16- year-[Read More…]

by August 8, 2018 English, High School
MAPPING our way through Grade 11 Geography!

MAPPING our way through Grade 11 Geography!

The Grade 11s have been hard at work, mastering their Mapwork Skills in Geography. Today’s focus was on interpreting Orthophoto maps and Aerial photographs.

by August 8, 2018 Geography, High School
Settlements in Grade 12 Geography!

Settlements in Grade 12 Geography!

The Grade 12’s have been investigating changing population structures in depopulating rural areas, drawing on Grade 10 knowledge of population pyramids. The Grade 12’s are now preparing for the Prelim exams and hardwork and focus are the order of the day.

by August 8, 2018 Geography, High School

SHOCKING Creations in Grade 8!

Grade 8’s were put through the fire on Monday when they had to bring all their equipment to make their first electric circuit. They had an hour and a half to build a basic circuit containing a switch, power source, conducting wires and a resistor of their choice to show that the circuit was closed eg. a light bulb. This[Read More…]

by August 8, 2018 High School, Physical Science
New term projects, new learning opportunities in Visual Art

New term projects, new learning opportunities in Visual Art

The Grade 11 Visual Art new term Project ‘JUXTAPOSE’ inspired loads of thinking, exploring and research. We are looking at Photomontage as a new technique to discover artiststic expression in an interesting and ‘tongue-in-cheek’ method by combining contrasting and random images and photographs. Photomontage is often used as a means of expressing political dissent. It was first used as a[Read More…]

by August 8, 2018 High School, Visual Art
Celebrating South African Artists in Grade 9

Celebrating South African Artists in Grade 9

This week the Grade 9’s were tasked with putting together a retrospective exhibition of any South African artist before 1990. They had to put together a number of pamphlets to pass around the class while also presenting a brief history of the artist and provide information on a few of the artists’ artwork. The results were spectacular and the class[Read More…]

by August 3, 2018 English, High School, Visual Art
GARDENING at Silvermine Academy!

GARDENING at Silvermine Academy!

Vegetables and fruit are known to be healthier than any other foodstuffs. In fact, it is highly recommended that we eat them every single day. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. The reality is that to eat healthy food is not cheap. Sometimes one can spend up to R30 for a few leaves of spinach. The alternative is to start[Read More…]

by August 3, 2018 High School