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Going loopy over Loops in Information Technology

Going loopy over Loops in Information Technology

We ended last term with an introduction to ‘For Loops’. It made some sense and then it became a muddle. Finally, we “got it.” And then the term ended. After three weeks holiday the ‘For Loops’ presented themselves again. It takes a while to understand the reasoning behind ‘For Loops’. When we apply ‘For Loops’ to real life situations like the[Read More…]

by July 20, 2019 High School, Information Technology
Rising above the stats in Physical Science

Rising above the stats in Physical Science

Every year, as a Physical Science teacher, I start with between 5-12 students that take Physical Science in Grade 10. These students have ambitions of becoming an engineer, doctor or scientist. But sadly, the stats shows that on average between 2-5 write their Gr 12 exam and only one or 2 will pass with a mark above 65%. Science is failing![Read More…]

by July 20, 2019 High School, Physical Science
Matric Dance 2019 and Beyond

Matric Dance 2019 and Beyond

And so another dance has come to an end.  It was a magical evening at The Two Oceans Aquarium on Saturday, 13 July, with a wonderful group of Matric students.  The Matric Dance is always a highlight on the calendar and this year it did not disappoint.  The venue was fantastic with the fish not missing any photo opportunities.  The[Read More…]

by July 20, 2019 High School
Budding climatologists in Grade 11!

Budding climatologists in Grade 11!

The Grade 11s put together their own Power Point presentations to explain the various climatology concepts they have been learning about in Geography, in preparation for their mid-year exams. From the Coriolis Force to the El Nino Southern Oscillation, the Grade 11s now have a solid understanding of the world’s climates and how they impact on places all around the[Read More…]

by May 30, 2019 Geography, High School
One week into exams and things are looking good.

One week into exams and things are looking good.

Almost a full week into their first set of FET High School exams, and the Grade 10’s are taking the whole situation in their stride. The exams are a lot longer in Grade 10, some of them up to 3 hours in length.  The other major difference is that the exams counts 75 % of the term mark and the[Read More…]

First exam for our 2019 Matrics.

First exam for our 2019 Matrics.

Our matrics are writing their first official matric exam and it is AFRIKAANS FAL! This can be very daunting, and I heard quite a few comments that expressed the Grade 12’s anxiety about the exam. Fortunately, being a boutique school, the students can tap into their teachers’ knowledge and ask for help anytime.  We offer daily study classes with subject[Read More…]

by May 22, 2019 Afrikaans, High School
A rocking time in Grade 11 Geography

A rocking time in Grade 11 Geography

The Grade 11s have been learning about different types of landforms in Geography this term. In order to explore a real life example, they braved the cold on an excursion to Paarl Rock, the second largest granite outcrop in the world! It was a challenging hike but the views from the top made it well worth it!

by May 22, 2019 Geography, High School
Contraception and STD’s Talk

Contraception and STD’s Talk

The Grade 12 Life Science students had some fun learning about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases when we had Dr Hetta van Zyl (Obstetrician and Gynecologist) visiting the classroom as a guest speaker. Not only is this knowledge life long learning information but it forms a chunk of the IEB Grade 12 Life Science curriculum which will be examined in[Read More…]

by May 22, 2019 High School, Life Science
Changes afoot in Business Studies

Changes afoot in Business Studies

The current Grade 12’s are the last class of Business Studies IEB students to write the two examination papers in their current format. After much debate and deliberation, the IEB has decided to combine the two 2 hour papers into one 3 hour paper. The papers are currently, paper 1: questions of a shorter nature up to about 8 marks[Read More…]

Grade 8 catch up!

So much has happened in our short Term 2 that we felt a “catch-up” blog was needed. The Grade 8’s have a busy schedule with 9 different subjects happening throughout the week. Jumping from Natural Science experiments to Shakespearean English lessons is quite a challenge, but these Grade 8’s are getting into the swing of high school life. It is[Read More…]