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Building leaders from the ground up at Bradford Pre- Primary School

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Building leaders from the ground up at Bradford Pre- Primary School

BY NGONI SAGIYA Educators can play a significant role in developing and nurturing leadership talent during the early childhood years. Developing highly capable business and political leaders does not start when one enrols for a highly recognised leadership course or a degree at tertiary education level. Even at a young age, children exhibit leadership skills, […]

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Chatterbox Preschool and After Care

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Chatterbox Preschool and After Care

BY DENIS MEYER Do parents know what they are looking for in a preschool? Have they thought carefully about what a preschool has to offer? Do they have the opportunity to actively be part of their child’s preschool learning experience? A good preschool forms the foundation for the rest of a child’s schooling career. Chatterbox […]

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Well prepared for the world beyond our walls

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Well prepared for the world beyond our walls

BY BRONWEN MARCON St Columba’s was founded in 1909 by the Dominican Sisters and was called Benoni Dominican Convent. Situated in the East Rand in Gauteng, it is one of the oldest schools on the Reef and features several historical buildings. In 1983, the school changed its name to St Columba’s, reflecting the marriage of […]

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New views on uniforms

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
New views on uniforms

In New Zealand, Dunedin North Intermediate School has made a landmark decision to abolish gendered uniforms. Now any student enrolled at the school can wear shirts with either shorts, a kilt, culottes or trousers. Dunedin reports that the move was the result of a range of complaints from female students, including that skirts reinforced outdated […]

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Which languages should children learn?

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Which languages should children learn?

Warren Midgley, associate professor of applied linguistics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, has been investigating which of the world’s 7 009 languages – excluding English – children should be learning to succeed. Midgley points out that there are several ways to look to at the issue. If parents want their children to […]

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Teaching to learning styles now out of style

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Teaching to learning styles now out of style

Thirty internationally acclaimed neuroscientists, education researchers, academics and psychologists co-signed a letter to UK newspaper The Guardian in mid-March this year, debunking a theory upon which many teachers base their daily classroom practice. The 30 say that teaching to different “learning styles” is a “neuromyth” that could in fact hamper a child’s progress. Teachers in […]

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Bold moves for Brazil

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Bold moves for Brazil

In early April 2017, the Brazilian government revealed details about the new national curriculum requirements for use in primary and middle schools across the country. The education ministry has also upped the ante for Brazilian teachers and students by requiring that all students must be able to read and write proficiently by Grade 2, instead […]

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Victory Christian School: learning through caring relationships

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Victory Christian School: learning through caring relationships

BY GAVIN THOMSON As the rising sun lifts the early morning mist over Jeffreys Bay,1 the two silhouetted wetsuit warriors etch a vapour-like trail of incandescent bubbles as they twist and zip across the face of yet another perfect wave at Supertubes.2 The light fog along the beach had delayed the launch of their sunrise […]

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The power of purpose

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
The power of purpose

BY TERRY CURRIN The world we live in is transforming rapidly. Around the world, both the business and political environments are in a state of disruption. Companies, thought leaders, academics, global executives and even governments have realised that there is a new leading edge: purpose. Individuals, entrepreneurs and companies who are able to harness a clear […]

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Do not wait to see what others do: what needs to change in our schools right now

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Do not wait to see what others do: what needs to change in our schools right now

BY LEBOGANG MONTJANE More so than ever, it is vital that independent schools – still largely viewed as places of privilege – address the wider concerns of the society in which they find themselves and identify more intensely with common concerns. They cannot remain islands in a stream of change. It is unsurprising, then, that […]

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A bountiful blessing at St Andrew’s School for Girls

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
A bountiful blessing at St Andrew’s School for Girls

In late May, St Andrew’s School for Girls in Bedfordview in Johannesburg, Gauteng, celebrated its annual Harvest Festival and Africa Day. This is an occasion on which the whole school gathers in an act of thanksgiving. Students and staff acknowledge that the earth is for all who live on it and that all its gifts […]

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