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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Summer 2016

Summer 2016 edition now online

Summer 2016 edition now online

All articles from the Summer, 2016 edition reproduced online.

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A lasting impression on SAHETI School students: Sugar Bay

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 […]

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

“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 […]

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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

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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Shutting down the internet: a gross global violation of human rights

Shutting down the internet: a gross global violation of human rights

In 2016, the internet was “shut down” more than 50 times by various governments, threatening the right to free speech, silencing election news and damaging economies, says Deji Olukotun, senior global advocacy manager at digital rights organisation Access Now, based in New York City. “In Ethiopia, there’s been consistent blocking of social media and internet. […]

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School principals: are you prepared for ransomware?

School principals: are you prepared for ransomware?

Action Fraud, the UK’s cybercrime and fraud reporting centre, has warned schools all over the UK about the proliferation of “cold calls” from suspicious individuals claiming to work for “the Department of Education”. Such callers request the personal contact details of the school principal, claiming that they have sensitive information that cannot be sent to […]

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Book Reviews

Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema

Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema

Title: Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal Authors: Cecile Smith and Kara Smith ISBN: 9780992241322 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Pikkie Publications is one of South Africa’s textbook publishers that understands how to make mastering a second language easy. At the same time, Pikkie makes the job of teaching Afrikaans less daunting for […]

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The Night of the Go-Away Birds

The Night of the Go-Away Birds

Title: The Night of the Go-Away Birds Author: Bridget Pitt Published by: Pearson Marang ISBN: 9780636200517 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers The Night of the Go-Away Birds was a Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award winner in 2015. Its accomplished author, Bridget Pitt (her writing experience includes newspapers, educational material, school textbooks, poetry and fiction) was […]

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The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

Title: The Lotterys Plus One Author: Emma Donoghue Publisher: HarperCollins (Available at all Van Schaik bookstores across South Africa) ISBN: 978-0-545-92581-5 Reviewed by: Fran Thorndike The Lotterys, a family very much of our century, star in this story about the true meaning of acceptance and belonging. A riotously, exuberantly loving clan of four parents and […]

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Regular Columns

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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Another brick in the wall

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 […]

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Autumn 2017 edition now online

Autumn 2017 edition now online

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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

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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

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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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Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

“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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Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema

Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema

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Title: Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal Authors: Cecile Smith and Kara Smith ISBN: 9780992241322 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Pikkie Publications is one of South Africa’s textbook publishers that understands how to make mastering a second language easy. At the same time, Pikkie makes the job of teaching Afrikaans less daunting for […]

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