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Grade 12 Silvermine River Walk

Grade 12 Silvermine River Walk

To celebrate the end of the year, the Grade 12 Geographers set out in the much-needed rain to walk along the Silvermine River. It has been a fantastic year learning all about our beautiful world together and I wish them the very best in their final exams.  

by November 1, 2017 Geography, High School
A job? Really? But it’s my holiday!!

A job? Really? But it’s my holiday!!

Ah, the world of work! When you’re at school, it sounds so exciting and grown – up. The independence it offers must be worth it, right? When you’re actually in it… well, it becomes rather REAL! In order to get the Grade 10’s thinking about careers, working and jobs, they have been tasked with designing an advert in Life Orientation[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 High School, Life Orientation
From poetry to recycling posters!

From poetry to recycling posters!

The theme in grade 9 poetry for the past few weeks was our earth and how we treat it or should be treating it. The poems, “Krisis”, “Ekologiese voetspoor” and “Sal daar nog ysbere wees?” are three poems that addresses the way in which humans abuse the earth. Our ecological foot print and the heritage we leave our kids were[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 Afrikaans, High School
Grade 10 Design students Create Awareness

Grade 10 Design students Create Awareness

The Grade 10 Design students addressed the issue of endangered species by creating headdresses for a fashion show. The brief of this project is aimed at a fashion company who needs the designer to create a ‘Headdress’ for a fashion show as fundraiser for endangered species. Students explored creative techniques to create these various headdresses.

by September 29, 2017 Design, High School, Uncategorized
Meaningful Learning @ SMA

Meaningful Learning @ SMA

Meaningful Learning refers to the concept that the learned knowledge is fully understood by the individual and that the individual knows how that specific knowledge relates to other knowledge stored in your brain or even to our daily life. In meaningful learning, students are “integrating” new information into old information (Novak 2002). It engages students emotionally, socially and cognitively and promotes success. From[Read More…]

by September 23, 2017 High School, Math Literacy
Volcano fun in Grade 10 Geography

Volcano fun in Grade 10 Geography

The Grade 10’s had great fun creating paper-mache volcanoes of many different shapes and sizes!

by September 23, 2017 Geography, High School
Using graphs to show data VISUALLY!

Using graphs to show data VISUALLY!

In Grade 10 Computer Applications Technology class we have been learning that you can enter data into an Excel worksheet and then visually represent it in the form of a graph or chart. Graphs are easier to understand and interpret than raw data, especially when you are working with large amounts of data. You can also compare various sets of[Read More…]

by September 15, 2017 CAT, High School
And here we are at last in IT….not quite the end…..nearly there!

And here we are at last in IT….not quite the end…..nearly there!

After three years of bonding, memes, corny jokes, problem solving, pulling out our (own) hair, many sleepless nights and cold sweats we have finally arrived at the point where we are writing our prelim practical exams! ….oh yes, and the conspiracy theories….bitcoin….AI, and everything in between… Looking back – the chairs have shrunk and so has the classroom. We lost one[Read More…]

by September 15, 2017 High School, Information Technology
Emojis are the new 1-4 rating scale in Grade 11

Emojis are the new 1-4 rating scale in Grade 11

An emoji can be defined as “a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication”.   When doing register in the morning and collecting phones, in my mentor group we have swopped the 1-4 rating scale for a set of emojis.  The Grade11’s felt that they could express how they felt more effectively[Read More…]

by September 15, 2017 High School
Demonstrating your understanding……

Demonstrating your understanding……

This is the time of tests and exams again.. and the Grade 10 Design students and doing some intensive thinking and showing their insight in their theory tests. Some tips that they would recommend, to do the trick.. Fuel Your Body Fuel your body with appropriate brain food (healthy snacks) the night before and day of the exam Pace Yourself Take a[Read More…]

by September 8, 2017 Design, High School, Visual Art