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Another brick in the wall

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
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

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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Another brick in the wall

| August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

Why do otherwise sane and normal people become teachers? Ican tell you. Let’s face it. If teachers are absolutely honest (and, please, I am not suggesting for one moment that they are dishonest – at least, not most of them and certainly not most of the time; some of my best friends are teachers), they […]

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From the editor

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
From the editor

A recent e-mail to me included the following lines: “Thank you for publishing our article. We hope that sharing what we’ve learned may prove useful to another school.” This is a heart-warming comment that speaks to the point of belonging to a network like ISASA – which, as letter writer Valentine Blacking on page 8 […]

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Another brick in the wall

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

Teachers view classroom appraisal visits with some scepticism, if not downright cynicism (and also, let it be said, with some trepidation.) “How can a single visit measure my teaching!?” teachers ask scornfully. And then they say with impressive bravado, “Well, you won’t find me doing anything different just because of some inspection next week… I […]

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From the editor

| June 17, 2016 | 1 Comment
From the editor

To open and run an independent school today is brave. Will you be able to call yourself the school of choice in your area? Can you manage the increasingly complex raft of government’s legislative imperatives? Are you able to extract fees from parents in these “tight” economic times? (Turn to page 12 for a fascinating […]

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Another brick in the wall

| March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

When I started out in my coaching career, I firmly believed that how you played the game was far more important than winning or losing.

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From the editor

| March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
From the editor

It is perhaps no small coincidence that I am currently reading Mary Beard’s excellent SPQR: A History of
Ancient Rome.

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Another brick in the wall

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

Teaching is a noble profession.

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From the editor

| November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
From the editor

At the start of the 2015 Conference of the Southern African Bursars of Independent Schools Association (SABISA)

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