RSSWinter 2011

Partnerships in education

| June 11, 2011 | 1 Comment
Partnerships in education

Recently at the Ridge school, we reviewed our mission statement and, in so doing, developed a charter to act as a guide to take us into the future.

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From veld to fun!

From veld to fun!

At St Patrick’s Pre-Preparatory school in Kokstad, the children paddle in the stream, discover frogs under rocks, taste, smell and feel plants in the five senses garden and engage in fantasy play with ‘dinosaur’ bones in the desert, sheltering in the fort when needing protection from the burning desert sun.

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Does size matter?

Does size matter?

Paging through The SAHETIAN (SAHETI’s school magazine), I couldn’t help but notice George. George in the 1st XV rugby team photo, proud to wear the blue and white stripes. A few pages on, George is in his white cricket shirt, crest on the chest. I found George in the third row of the athletics photo as well as top left in the swimming team. George was also in the chess club and the part of the public speaking and debating teams. George was, with all due respect, not a child prodigy and, as I found with further investigation, was not alone in representing our school in several sporting and cultural arenas at the highest level. George and others like him are beneficiaries of a small school.

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The heart of a beautiful school

The heart of a beautiful school

OK, so our library is not quite the heart of our school yet – physically, that is – because we are, at present, tucked away in a small, overcrowded room on the second floor. We are also under the proverbial hot tin roof!

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Epworth out loud and proud

| June 9, 2011 | 1 Comment
Epworth out loud and proud

During my first year at Epworth, I decided to start a journalling group.

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Exploring the senses

Exploring the senses

In preschool circles, as well as in the early years in classrooms, we hear of sensory integration problems, tactile defensiveness and perception difficulties, a list that stretches on and on.

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Connecting South Africa and Europe with superior IT tertiary education: welcome to the Belgium Campus

| June 9, 2011 | 1 Comment
Connecting South Africa and Europe with superior IT tertiary education: welcome to the Belgium Campus

Nestled against a magnificent rocky ridge in Pretoria, lies the Belgium Campus, a non-profit and registered Public Beneficiary organisation.

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Tough love must also prepare kids for the world

Tough love must also prepare kids for the world

By now you may have heard of Amy Chua, the ‘Tiger Mom’ who has middle-class America up in arms with her claims that ‘western-style’ parenting has saddled the USA with wusses for kids.

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Known by name

Known by name

As the autumn morning mist lifts over the Balgowan Valley, it unveils a herd of Nguni cattle grazing on the still green grass overlooking Michaelhouse.

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Thembelisha Preparatory School far-flung and four years on from amalgamation

Thembelisha Preparatory School far-flung and four years on from amalgamation

“The school is alive with the sound of music” is a thought that springs to mind as you walk the shaded byways of Thembelisha Junior Preparatory School.

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Tripping on trips

Tripping on trips

Xhosa language immersion in Eastern Cape villages.

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