Winter 2017

For the children’s sake: The Vine School

For the children’s sake: The Vine School

BY IAN SMITH The Vine School is situated in Lansdowne, a cosmopolitan suburb near Rondebosch in the Western Cape. The school was established in 2012 when John Wycliffe Christian School closed. We started out with about 60 pupils and rapidly grew to our current pupil complement of 187. Our pupils come from diverse backgrounds across […]

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A brave new world: giving students power of choice at Bridge House School

A brave new world: giving students power of choice at Bridge House School

BY LINDA CASTALDO AND SHAUN KIRK Bridge House School, in the Cape Winelands close to Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, is a Grade 0000–Grade 12 co-ed school with approximately 16% of its students boarding on the campus. For 22 years, we have prided ourselves on our academic achievements, but recently, we believed that to best serve […]

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When teaching critical thinking  backfires

When teaching critical thinking backfires

BY JOHN HORGAN Don’t always believe what scientists and other authorities tell you! Be sceptical! Think critically! That’s what I tell my students, ad nauseam. And some learn the lesson too well. Iwant to give my students the benefit of my hard-won knowledge of science’s fallibility. Early in my career, I was a conventional science […]

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Autumn 2017

Autumn 2017 edition now online

Autumn 2017 edition now online

All articles from the Autumn, 2016 edition reproduced online.

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Maybe it IS just about hair

Maybe it IS just about hair

BY ANDREW RENARD The statement usually goes like this: “The spokesman urged the school to scrap rules that prohibit pupils from wearing their hair in the way that feels natural to them. They should be able to wear their hair in a way that reflects their cultural heritage.” The date 24 February was a bad […]

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What are we here and why are we doing? Musical choices in a time of transformation

What are we here and why are we doing? Musical choices in a time of transformation

BY MANDY CARVER As a school music teacher, I was once told by a 13-year-old boy that he could confide in me about things that teachers were not supposed to know about, “because, Ma’am, you don’t count.” Ifound this “out-of- the-mouth-of-babes” comment compelling. Whatever the boy’s intended meaning, the statement was a reflection of the […]

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School Travel

Too soon for tiny Tasmanians?

Too soon for tiny Tasmanians?

In late July 2016, Will Hodgman, the premier of Tasmania, called for the lowering of the school starting age in that Australian state. Currently, Tasmanian children start attending school at the age of six-and-ahalf years. Hodgman wants them to in class at the age of four-and-a-half. His call has earned him the respect of the […]

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Get in touch with other teens

Get in touch with other teens

To support your global approach in your classroom and your school, you may wish to introduce your students to the online magazine Teen Voices (see: http://womensenews.org/teen-voices/). Teen Voices provides online stories and commentary about issues directly affecting female teens around the world, serving as an outlet for young women to share their experiences and views. […]

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Travel and Sport Europe site visit

Travel and Sport Europe site visit

Two of Travel and Sport’s operational team recently returned from Europe.

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e-Education

Google declares: “Ready, set, go!”

Google declares: “Ready, set, go!”

Google has declared that it wants to help educate the millions of students around the world who don’t have any literacy or numeracy skills. Some 221 million children across the globe are taught in a foreign language, and 74% do not have access to the internet. The figures were provided recently by the United Nations […]

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Estonia puts a woman in charge of cybersecurity

Estonia puts a woman in charge of cybersecurity

If girls are encouraged to develop their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills, they could discover a diverse range of fascinating career pathways. Cybersecurity, for example, is now a factor in the global war against terror and in the sphere of big business. There is a continual need for highly trained experts, but up […]

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Top tech trends of 2016

Top tech trends of 2016

Makerspaces topped the list of global tech trends in 2016, according to many technology specialists. The term refers to workshop- or laboratory-style spaces where 3-D printers, woodworking materials, robotics and other tools are used. Virtual and augmented reality were also buzzwords last year. Headsets, narrative clips attached to clothing and brain-sensing headbands provide students with […]

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Book Reviews

“Nice girls” are the new YouTube heroines

“Nice girls” are the new YouTube heroines

YouTube has created a new global heroine and anti-bullying spokesperson in 13-year-old American student, JoJo Siwa. Her signature accessory is a giant colourful hair bow, and her hit video is called “Boomerang”. It’s all about not letting the “mean girls” get you down, and it’s received more than 200 million views. She’s recently signed a […]

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why Author: Jay Asher Distributed in South Africa by Van Schaik Bookstores ISBN: 978014138772 You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret… is to press play. Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on […]

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Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News

Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News

Title: Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News Author: Verusia Bernard Published by: Ukuphumelela Consultancy, distributed by: Pelmo Books ISBN: 978-0-620-69409-4 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers It’s been a while since I’ve spotted worthwhile resources for primary school children about HIV/Aids and other related issues. Verusia Bernard, who recently completed […]

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Regular Columns

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

“Schools are killing creativity.” Say what?! My first reaction was: “Easy, Tiger. You’re a bit over the top, aren’t you?” It wouldn’t be safe for Sir Ken to make statements like that in the presence of any of those many teachers spending hours and hours slaving away teaching music, dance, speech and drama or art. […]

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Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein1 So how should a fish be judged? “By the brightness of its eye, which indicates whether it is fresh enough to pop into a […]

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From the Editor

From the Editor

In 1860, in his thirteenth novel, Great Expectations, Charles Dickens wrote: “In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.” Dickens captured in his great works the squalor, blight, decay, disorder and human misery (that especially affected children) […]

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Other Recent Posts

For the children’s sake: The Vine School

For the children’s sake: The Vine School

BY IAN SMITH The Vine School is situated in Lansdowne, a cosmopolitan suburb near Rondebosch in the Western Cape. The school was established in 2012 when John Wycliffe Christian School closed. We started out with about 60 pupils and rapidly grew to our current pupil complement of 187. Our pupils come from diverse backgrounds across […]

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A brave new world: giving students power of choice at Bridge House School

A brave new world: giving students power of choice at Bridge House School

BY LINDA CASTALDO AND SHAUN KIRK Bridge House School, in the Cape Winelands close to Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, is a Grade 0000–Grade 12 co-ed school with approximately 16% of its students boarding on the campus. For 22 years, we have prided ourselves on our academic achievements, but recently, we believed that to best serve […]

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When teaching critical thinking  backfires

When teaching critical thinking backfires

BY JOHN HORGAN Don’t always believe what scientists and other authorities tell you! Be sceptical! Think critically! That’s what I tell my students, ad nauseam. And some learn the lesson too well. Iwant to give my students the benefit of my hard-won knowledge of science’s fallibility. Early in my career, I was a conventional science […]

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Trust and responsibility, love and reason: how Streetlight Schools is building a new school culture for learning

Trust and responsibility, love and reason: how Streetlight Schools is building a new school culture for learning

BY HEIDI L. AUGESTAD What if we reimagine South African education, so that we might to build capacity and aspiration instead of having to deal with dropouts and failure? This is the question that Streetlight Schools is answering by establishing schools with high-quality education programmes in low-income communities. In January 2016, we opened our first […]

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Challenging the stereotype: CityKidz Pre and Primary School brings colour and hope to the inner city

Challenging the stereotype: CityKidz Pre and Primary School brings colour and hope to the inner city

BY SHELLEY CORRIGAN AND SHARON REYNOLDS New ISASA member CityKidz Pre and Primary School was created as a social initiative by Africa Housing Company (Afhco) Holdings,1 and opened in January 2008. Its mission is to improve educational facilities for inner-city children in Johannesburg in Gauteng. Many inner-city schools are located in derelict buildings in environments […]

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