High School

Consumer Studies off to a roaring start!

Consumer Studies off to a roaring start!

Consumer Studies Grade 10 and 11 students showed me their skills last week, and I was impressed.  The students were invited to do a practical of their choice that would showcase their abilities. They really impressed me with the way in which they helped each other and worked together as a kitchen brigade.  Some of them displayed very impressive skills[Read More…]

Inventions That Changed the World – The Industrial Revolution

Inventions That Changed the World – The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution saw many new inventions which ultimately changed the world. As an introduction to the topic, the Grade 8s were tasked to research an invention which they regarded as world changing. The variety presented by the class was wonderful to see! Some of the inventions nominated were toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet paper, comic books, the Titanic, the wheel[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 High School, Social Science
The fresh start to a creative Design and Art journey

The fresh start to a creative Design and Art journey

The Grade 10 Art and Design Students plunged into their new creative journey with great enthusiasm. Their first brainstorm sessions marked inspirations from artists and designers world wide and how this impacts on our every day lives. Visual Journals tell the stories of inspiration, ideas and development of works in the making…looking forward to a great and creative 2020!  [Read More…]

by January 24, 2020 Design, High School, Visual Art
Welcome to our awesome new Grade 8’s!

Welcome to our awesome new Grade 8’s!

Last week we welcomed our Grade 8’s for 2020.  They are an enthusiastic bunch of learners and are settling into our Silvermine family. The adjustment to high school with having to move classes for different subjects caught some leaners unawares, but they are already moving between venues like pros! We are getting to know each learner’s individual personality, strengths and[Read More…]

by January 24, 2020 Afrikaans, High School
Cape Town Rocks in Geography!

Cape Town Rocks in Geography!

The Grade 10s and 11s had lots of fun painting their own pebbles for Cape Town Rocks. Cape Town Rocks is a Facebook group started in 2017 with the aim of creating pebble art and spreading magic by placing decorated pebbles around Cape Town, South Africa or anywhere in the world. “The goal is to encourage creativity, outdoorsiness, and community[Read More…]

by November 18, 2019 Geography, High School
English is important, but Maths is importanter!

English is important, but Maths is importanter!

A great quote: “Mathematics may not teach me how to add love or subtract hate, but it give me hope that every problem has a solution.” Our grade 9’s have almost reached the time where they will go their separate ways and begin Mathematical Literacy or Pure Mathematics. They might not believe the above quote, but rather feel like saying[Read More…]

by November 18, 2019 High School, Mathematics
Grade 10 Science at Silvermine Academy

Grade 10 Science at Silvermine Academy

Even though it is the last term, there is no relaxing in the Silvermine laboratory. The Grade 10 Physical Sciences and Life Sciences students have been especially busy. In Physical Sciences, we started the term by discussing the difference between vectors and scalars. We then focused on vectors such as displacement, velocity and acceleration. Recently we investigated the acceleration of[Read More…]

by October 25, 2019 High School, Life Science, Physical Science
Grade 10 CAT: 2019 Technology Presentations

Grade 10 CAT: 2019 Technology Presentations

CAT is a subject that requires you to be up to date on the current trends in the world of technology. This week the Grade 10 CAT students are presenting their PowerPoint presentations on “8 Top Technology trends of 2019“. Keagan did a fascinating presentation on Virtual Reality and how this could effect the world of gaming in the future.[Read More…]

by October 25, 2019 CAT, High School
Out with the old and in with the new.

Out with the old and in with the new.

It is the last term of 2019 and my new mentor class is keen to make changes to the decor of the class for 2020.                                                                      [Read More…]

by October 25, 2019 High School
The value of an overseas tour

The value of an overseas tour

Recently a group of Silvermine students had the privilege of visiting the Netherlands. Reflecting on why it is valuable is an interesting exercise. The opportunity to visit historic places that dates back way before South Africa was even first colonised, is amazing. Visiting the Rijks museum and being able to see the work of great artists like Vermeer, Van Gogh[Read More…]

by October 25, 2019 Afrikaans, High School