Winter 2016 edition now online

All articles from the winter, 2016 edition reproduced online.

The fourth revolution hits Kyalami Schools

By David Rogers They say we are in the fourth Industrial Revolution. Steam replaced human and animal power in the first Industrial Revolution, electricity replaced steam in the second, electronics automated many repetitive tasks as computers drove the third Industrial Revolution, and now the interconnectivity of devices is heralding the fourth Industrial Revolution. Education has […]

Learning to live at Lilyfontein School

By Ian Galbraith In 2002, I joined Lilyfontein School, a small school situated in the rolling farmlands on the eastern seaboard of East London in the Eastern Cape. My brief as the new head was to expand the almost 100-year-old primary school into a high school, and to add adventure-based education to the already successful […]

Roots and wings

By Lizzy Nesbitt “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings.” (William Hodding Carter II) St John’s College in Houghton, Johannesburg, in Gauteng, has two symbols that represent its vision. One is official, the other organic. When a boy arrives at the […]

Of guinea fowl and Gucci

By Andrew Cook At the South African Heads of Independent Schools (SAHISA) conference, held in September 2015 in Polokwane, Limpopo, the Mitchell House School head boy, Ngwako Moloto, and head girl, Panache Furuso, led the Saturday morning devotions. When they had finished speaking, one of the attending heads thanked them and said, to much appreciative […]

Help us keep our legacy alive

By Andrew Stead Quick question: which world-famous school is situated in the Champagne Valley of the Central Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal? There can’t be many readers who would not immediately have said: “The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School (DBCS).” The school is renowned for nurturing the development of young boys’ innate musical talent, and the discipline of […]

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