High School

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
2018 PAT draws to an end.

2018 PAT draws to an end.

The Grade 12’s did their final Consumer Studies Practical during the June exams.  It was part of the PAT process and they really did a good job.  They had to come up with an original product for a high tea, covering certain practical skills that they have learnt since Grade 10 in the practical side of Consumer Studies. The criteria[Read More…]

I EXcel in Microsoft!

I EXcel in Microsoft!

The Grade 10 students have started the Term off with learning about Microsoft Excel. This is such a powerful programme, as it allows us to preform basic calculations on worksheets using preset functions which can help us work out Personal Budgets etc. The following functions are a few must knows for Excel: SUM – This is used to calculate the sum of a range[Read More…]

by July 26, 2018 CAT, High School
Business as usual at SMA

Business as usual at SMA

The Storm has passed  The mid-year exams ended a week ago. The pressure of the exams gradually gave way to a better mood among the students. They are freer, more cheerful and even allow themselves a few jokes, which was almost non-existent during the exams. It is really nice to see them so happy. After the exams we continued teaching. At[Read More…]

by July 19, 2018 Accounting, High School
Investigating heritage in the History classroom

Investigating heritage in the History classroom

How do you define heritage? Is it simply how we remember our past? The author Milan Kundera recognised the importance of remembering the past in this famous quote: “The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” How fitting then that Silvermine’s Grade 10 historians grapple with this concept of heritage, while we commemorate the day[Read More…]

by July 19, 2018 High School, History

It’s grease lightening!

The Grade 8’s had the silly notion that school ended after exams, and the last week of the term was play time. Well at Silvermine Academy we work in every moment we can! Having said that, our Natural Science lesson did involve balloons so maybe we were simply playing. Our next section in Natural Science is Static Electricity. The Grade[Read More…]

by July 19, 2018 High School, Natural Science
The home stretch for Grade 12’s

The home stretch for Grade 12’s

The matrics are in the home stretch of their school career and the Prelim and Final Exams are looming. Most of their Afrikaans assessments for the portfolios are done, except the CAT assessments which consists of a blog, prepared speech and prepared reading. The theme for the Afrikaans CAT this year is, ” Afrikaans- ‘n taal vir vandag” in which[Read More…]

by July 19, 2018 Afrikaans, High School
iPlay in high school too!

iPlay in high school too!

The Grade 8’s at Silvermine Academy have been learning about various components that create movement. They’ve been learning about basic structures and what makes a structure strong. They had to understand how to make a gear, how to create pulley system, how to identify what forces were acting on an object, what shapes withstand pressure etc. etc. etc. But finally[Read More…]

by June 4, 2018 High School
EXAM FEVER

EXAM FEVER

We are approaching exam time and that always means two things.. Many stressed students and lots of marking for the teachers. I cannot help but think about the amusing, and sometimes very smart answers popping up while marking exam papers. A fellow teacher once had the question: “What is a Nazi?” in a history exam. the local afrikaans boy answered:[Read More…]