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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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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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Working together: Uplands Outreach and the Mpumalanga Department of Education Insikazi School Circuit Office

Working together: Uplands Outreach and the Mpumalanga Department of Education Insikazi School Circuit Office

BY NICKY DE BRUYN Nicholas Ngwenyama was born and raised in a rural ex-homeland area1 called Zwelisha, located between White River in Mpumalanga province and the Kruger National Park. Ngwenyama’s father worked as a cleaner and gardener while his mother stayed at home, looking after the children. His father sadly passed away when Ngwenyama was […]

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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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