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Capture the Play of Light

Capture the Play of Light

The Grade 11 Art Students experimented with Ink line drawing techniques while focusing on the play of highlights and shadows on a still life. The aim of outdoor drawing is to focus on the fleeting moment of light as students develop their techniques to focus on line and form while drawing a still life. In fine art, the term ‘pen and ink’ denotes[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 High School, Visual Art
The Power of Persuasion – argumentative essay style!

The Power of Persuasion – argumentative essay style!

The art of essay writing is a skill all English teachers strive to develop in their students. The Matric portfolio requirements include three 600-700 word essays, written in different genres. In preparation for this, the Grade 11 students will begin the process writing task of Argumentative essay writing. This genre of essay allows the students to evaluate their ethical beliefs[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 English, High School

The Grade 9s are Creating Chemical Monsters

The Grade 9’s enjoy Natural Science on the whole. They are always involved as we discuss the theory behind how chemistry and physics work. Much of what we learn applies to things we see around us. However the real enthusiasm comes out when the Grade 9’s are given the chance to get hold of chemicals, and learn first-hand how they react.[Read More…]

by June 18, 2017 High School, Natural Science
Grade 11 Geography Excursion to Chapman’s Peak

Grade 11 Geography Excursion to Chapman’s Peak

The Grade 11’s took the scenic route along Chapman’s Peak Drive to observe a real-world example of measures put in place to prevent mass-movement along these steep slopes.  

by June 18, 2017 Geography, High School
Grade 11 are getting to grips with BMI in Maths Literacy

Grade 11 are getting to grips with BMI in Maths Literacy

Data Collection is the process of gathering and measuring information on variables of interest. Our Grade 11 students were asked to determine their body mass index (bmi). The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorise that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value. The session was[Read More…]

by June 18, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
Even Einstein had to Study!

Even Einstein had to Study!

The Grade 8s have made a good effort to be prepared for their first high school exams. It has been a rapid term crammed full with new concepts and loads of work. The Grade 8s have settled into study time before each each exam with focus and fortitude. Best wishes Grade 8s!

by June 18, 2017 English, High School
Keep calm and ace those exams!

Keep calm and ace those exams!

It is always recommended that just before you start writing a test/exam that you put the body into a focused and relaxed state. During this past week, I have been testing 2 Techniques on the Matrics to help them focus before the exam begins. I have been getting very positive feedback from them, saying that it really helps them to[Read More…]

by June 4, 2017 High School, Mathematics
The Grade 12 PAT journey is coming to an end

The Grade 12 PAT journey is coming to an end

After weeks of working on our PATs (practical assessment task), the end is in sight.  The PAT is the entrepreneurial process in action.  The Grade 12 Consumer students have to come up with an original product that meets certain criteria as set out by the IEB.  Research has to be conducted to see if what they have in mind will[Read More…]

The Discursive Essay, nearly D Day!

The Discursive Essay, nearly D Day!

The Grade 12 learners have covered the mechanics of the discursive essay in English and History, but now they have to apply (or learn) the skills for their final Life Orientation exam. They have dissected the IEB discursive essay rubric and wrote a mock exam essay based on the mark allocation of the rubric. They have marked each other’s essays based on[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
Construct and Deconstruct with Grade 12 Visual Art

Construct and Deconstruct with Grade 12 Visual Art

Pablo Picasso once said: ‘Every act of Creation is first an Act of Destruction’. To make, we must first destroy.  Lapis Lazuli, is a pigment from previous centuries similar to contemporary French Ultramarine. This was made from first crushed semi-precious stones. For the artist to fully grasp creativity, he or she must also grasp destruction. To break something means to[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 High School, Visual Art