High School

Casual dress, serious work in Information Technology!

Casual dress, serious work in Information Technology!

Even though we’re allowed to wear our civvies and have our cell phones in the classroom, we are still serious and focused on our school work. It is Term 3 of 2020 already! Despite the social distancing and safety precautions, the Grade 11s have managed to complete their tasks and have started planning for the Grade 12 Practical Assessment Task[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 High School, Information Technology
Cubism our chosen ‘ism’ in Grade 11 Visual Art

Cubism our chosen ‘ism’ in Grade 11 Visual Art

The Grade 11 Visual Art group has been exploring the ‘ism’s’ in Visual Art. Many very interesting techniques explored in the process of each artwork. So what is Art and what is an ‘Ism’? Rene Magritte, Mr Magritte I love your ism, but is it Art? I’ll eat your black bowler hat if that is Art? Salvador Dali, I adore[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 High School, Visual Art
Solar Energy: Geography Grade 11

Solar Energy: Geography Grade 11

The Grade 11 Geography class have been studying Resources and Sustainability.  We looked at conventional methods of generating energy and more recently, uncovered the methods which support Green Energy and ultimately the safer and sustainable methods. Students became quite passionate about adopting a lifestyle which will assist our planet in continuing to support our growing population and need for resources and energy. We looked[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 Geography, High School
Grade 12s adding the final touches to their novel, “ASEM”

Grade 12s adding the final touches to their novel, “ASEM”

  SMA Grade 12 2020 is  very close to writing their Preliminary Exam.  In January not one of us could have foreseen what 2020 would throw at us.  A few months of online schooling did not deter these young people from working hard, giving their all and being at a point where they can look back and say that they[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 Afrikaans, High School
The Grade 8’s create African Inspired Pinch Pots

The Grade 8’s create African Inspired Pinch Pots

After returning from lock-down, the Grade 8’s were given the opportunity to be creative. They were tasked to design their very own African-inspired pinch pot before being handed some clay to mould their design and bring it to life. The final product is outstanding and I’m positive that their work will be a lovely and decorative addition around the house.[Read More…]

The Grade 9s explore our National Identity in Life Orientation

The Grade 9s explore our National Identity in Life Orientation

After exploring elements of the constitution of South Africa and the significance of the public holidays that we acknowledge, the Grade 9s researched a range our national symbols. These ranged from the springbok to the protea. We were enlightened to their origins and meaning and made aware of where we see the symbolism being used in our country today. They[Read More…]

Grade 9 Mathematics go head to head with Pythago-what?

Grade 9 Mathematics go head to head with Pythago-what?

We are back to school, and it is so cool…in fact really, really cold! But despite the wintry weather, strange set-up of our classroom, and new routines, the Grade 9’s have forged ahead! We have carried on, masked and ready for new content in Mathematics. Even strange words like Pythagoras (?), Pythagorean triple, and hypotenuses (is that how you say[Read More…]

by July 17, 2020 High School, Mathematics, Uncategorized
Stem Cells are the new Cure

Stem Cells are the new Cure

We welcomed our amazing Silvermine students back into the classroom a few weeks ago. The Grade 10 students have adjusted really well to the new challenges they are facing during this difficult time. During this past week the Grade 10’s have been learning about the ethical issues regarding stem cell research. This is a vital component in the section regarding[Read More…]

by July 17, 2020 High School, Life Science
Our New Normal in Information Technology

Our New Normal in Information Technology

We are experiencing a pandemic that will change our lives forever. We are resilient. We adapt. We cover our faces. We follow the rules. We sit apart and are separated by perspex – at least we can see each other! The Grade 12 IT students are counting the days till their final exams. Studying SQL for a School Based Assessment[Read More…]

Grade 10’s talk about the influence of Social Media and Peer Pressure on self-image

Grade 10’s talk about the influence of Social Media and Peer Pressure on self-image

We have all seen the video of a young man doing a (very bad) oral on “My hond.”  I can proudly say that the Grade 10’s rose to the challenge and did an oral on the influence of Social Media and Peer Pressure on self-image in teenagers in Afrikaans! They were outstanding. The topic stems from a short story, ‘Die[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 Afrikaans, High School