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Summer 2016 edition now online

All articles from the summer, 2016 edition reproduced online.

A lasting impression on SAHETI School students: Sugar Bay

By Thys Basson SAHETI School in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Gauteng, has selected Sugar Bay on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast as the preferred option for the Grade 6 leadership camp for several years. The Sugar Bay experience is an integral part of our “Education Beyond the Classroom” programme and provides opportunities for the children to develop leadership […]

“Cometh the hour, cometh the man”: a new leadership development programme at St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown

By Alan Redfern A question asked repeatedly in our staffroom at St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape – and I am sure in staffrooms of boys’ schools across the country – is: “What kind of men are we sending out into the world, and what skills and values should they be equipped […]

Oasis Preparatory School: building a school culture that awakens students’ hearts

By Matt Hogarty, Angus Van Niekerk and Shanelle Van Niekerk If we were to be honest with ourselves, I’m sure we would all agree that the most prominent memories of our school days are not Pythagoras’ theorem, or grammar rules we painstakingly learned, but rather the experiences that tugged at our hearts. We recall laughter, […]

New sciences facilities at Roedean School (SA)

The eagerly anticipated, refurbished sciences facilities at Roedean School (SA) in Johannesburg, Gauteng, were formally opened earlier this year. Extensive research was done on the requirements for successful school science laboratories around the world and, as a result, the school now has five state-of-the-art, fully equipped science laboratories. The strategic aim behind the new facilities […]

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  • Another brick in the wall

    Teaching needs characters. If the oft-repeated maxim is true: “Pupils do not learn subjects – they learn teachers,” then we need to populate our schools with school teachers and ma’ams whose impact is such that the ones most needing education – the grubby little so-andso’s in the back row – at least remember them. One […]

  • A celebration of reading at the International School of Cape Town

    By Tracy Murray As children begin to master decoding skills at the end of Key Stage 1 or the Foundation Phase, it is also vital that they start reading with a degree of speed and fluency. Children must acquire these essential skills to become mature, confident readers, and are best developed, we at the International […]

  • Accounting Handbook and Study Guide: A Comprehensive Accounting Reference Book

    Author: Simeon Mantel Publisher: Berlut Books ISBN: 978-0-620-32589-9 Reviewed by: Beryl Lutrin The Accounting Handbook and Study Guide: A Comprehensive Accounting Reference Book by Simeon Mantel was published by Berlut Books in July 2016. It is part of the Berlut Books Handbook and Study Guide Series and follows in the footsteps of the popular English, […]

  • What have the Romans ever done for us…?

    Title: Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar Author: Tom Holland Publisher: Anchor Books ISBN: 978-0345806727 Title: SPQR – A History of Ancient Rome Author: Mary Beard Publisher: Profile Books ISBN: 978-1846683800 Reviewed by: David Lea It’s been many years since a good grounding in “the classics” was a prerequisite of being […]

  • How to raise a reader: Common Sense Media offers librarians and parents 10 tips for getting kids hooked on books

    By Regan McMahon Kids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes there’s one key book that captures a kid’s imagination and opens him or her up to the exciting world of fiction. Other times, a teacher who assigns great books in class sparks a hunger for more big ideas and fine writing. In […]

  • Apps for global collaboration: questions and tools to inspire a worldview

    By Jennifer Williams Global collaboration projects allow classrooms of the world to explore together problems of significance and create pathways for curiosity and innovation. Teachers looking to develop global competencies should aim to target essential questions that broaden thinking beyond the walls of the classroom, such as: • With increased interdependence and globalisation, how can […]

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