High School

Debating human reproduction…What do YOU think is right?

The Grade 9 students were challenged to research and give their personal opinion on various, often controversial, topics. The list to choose from consisted of: Abortion, Infertility, Surrogacy, Contraception, or Population Control. Each person was instructed to research their chosen topic, then to present it to the class in the form of a Keynote, PowerPoint or a Poster. They needed[Read More…]

by May 10, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
High Tea at the award winning Vineyard Hotel

High Tea at the award winning Vineyard Hotel

As a treat and an educational experience, the Grade 12 Consumer students were treated to High Tea at the 4 star award winning Vineyard Hotel in Claremont.  Their Practical Assessment task this year is to come up with a product suitable for a high tea. In order to give them first hand experience of this kind of function, we booked for[Read More…]

Physical Science Grade 11: Fast, Faster, Fastest!

Physical Science Grade 11: Fast, Faster, Fastest!

The Grade 11 Physical Science students planned and performed rates of reaction experiments where they investigated how the speed of Hydrochloric acid reacting with Magnesium changes when the concentration changes. Each student had to research a different method and then perform and record it by themselves. Science is so much more fun when we learn by means of practicals!  

BIG concept… SMALL experiment

BIG concept… SMALL experiment

Photosynthesis: The life-saving process happening quietly and continuously around us daily. Grade 10 Life Science students performed various experiments to demonstrate the limiting factors of photosynthesis. Testing for starch is an essential investigation to determine if a plant photosynthesized, and all the students had the opportunity to perform the test by themselves.

by May 3, 2018 High School, Life Science
Self Knowledge – a coping skill for the adult world

Self Knowledge – a coping skill for the adult world

In order to create a life worth living, we need to know ourselves: our strengths and our weaknesses, what excites us and scares us to death, what are we passionate about and what would make us get out of bed in the morning. And, even though we have literally spent a lifetime with ourselves and we are today a sum total[Read More…]

by April 27, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
Technology in Education: Then vs Now

Technology in Education: Then vs Now

Who said technology hasn’t changed the way we learn? Then: When I was at school the teacher wrote class notes on the chalkboard and used the overhead projectors to show printed notes or illustrations. Using an overhead projector in class Writing out maths equations on a chalkboard Now: At Silvermine we use different aspects of the latest educational technology to make sure that the learning experience[Read More…]

by April 27, 2018 CAT, High School
STRANGE ANIMALS and INTERESTING PETS in Grade 8 Afrikaans

STRANGE ANIMALS and INTERESTING PETS in Grade 8 Afrikaans

The first theme for Term 2 in Grade 8 Afrikaans is animals. The kids loved the video clip of the donkey farmer who uses donkey milk to make skin products, ranging from anti-aging to eczema creams. They were charmed by the story in their comprehension test of the rescued donkey who had twin donkeys in Oudsthoorn. Their reading passage is[Read More…]

by April 20, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
Inside the KIDNEY with the Grade 11’s

Inside the KIDNEY with the Grade 11’s

The Grade 11 Life Science class was very excited to perform their first proper dissection. Hopefully, there will be a few future doctors judging by the surgical procedures observed! All the students found the experience intriguing and their interest and enthusiasm was evident.

by April 20, 2018 High School, Life Science
Lady Liberty leads the French to Freedom!

Lady Liberty leads the French to Freedom!

Maxine, Josh and Dillon – our three intrepid Grade 10 historians – are discovering why the French Revolution is considered one of the most important events in history. Freedom of thought, belief and expression are freedoms often taken for granted. Yet, without the philosophers of the 18th Century, we may never have had these human principles realized. The events of[Read More…]

by April 20, 2018 High School, History
End of Term 1 for Design

End of Term 1 for Design

Grade 11 Design students produced some very interesting ergonomic product design ideas.  A Package design accompanied each prototype.  A great start to the year grade 11!

by April 12, 2018 Design, High School