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…]

In the SPOTLIGHT with Gr 11 Design

In the SPOTLIGHT with Gr 11 Design

The grade 11 Design group had to show their ‘teaching skills’ by presenting as a group, the different Modern Design Movements and the characteristics of each movement. All had great fun as concepts were grasped in a fun and playful way with props and Powerpoint Presentations. The winning group, who covered the most facts and presented their ‘design movement’ with[Read More…]

by May 24, 2018 Design, High School
Gaining essential SKILLS with Business Studies Articles

Gaining essential SKILLS with Business Studies Articles

Reading with understanding is a real life skill and one that I try and teach by means of the weekly article book.  The Grade 10 and 11 Business Studies students need to find a current affairs article on a weekly basis and summarise the article and then justify the choice of the article by saying the effect that it would[Read More…]