RSSWinter 2017

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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When teaching critical thinking backfires

When teaching critical thinking  backfires

BY JOHN HORGAN Don’t always believe what scientists and other authorities tell you! Be sceptical! Think critically! That’s what I tell my students, ad nauseam. And some learn the lesson too well. Iwant to give my students the benefit of my hard-won knowledge of science’s fallibility. Early in my career, I was a conventional science […]

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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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Penryn College celebrates 15 years of falconry

Penryn College celebrates 15 years of falconry

BY STEVEN VAN RENSBURG Penryn College is situated on the Boschrand Hills overlooking Mbombela (Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province) and the Crocodile River Valley. In this peaceful and beautiful environment, our scholars embrace an ethos of holism, which requires them to be excellent at something and good at many things. Penryn College is one of three schools […]

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Climate change and those with special needs

Climate change and those with special needs

Every day, clearer pictures of an Earth devastated by climate change emerge: extreme bouts of heat, rising sea levels and an increase in natural disasters are just some of the challenges we will face. The World Institute on Disability (WID), based in Berkeley, California, is now prioritising research into how environmental change does and will […]

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Young vegans want more than meatfree Mondays

Young vegans want more than meatfree Mondays

In many homes and schools, meat-free Mondays are increasingly common. Is it possible, asks researcher Matthew Adams, principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Brighton in the UK, that we could one day live in a meat-free world? Adams cites Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Harper, 2015), written by Yuval Noah Harari, who […]

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Time to start teaching climate change

Time to start teaching climate change

BY KOTTIE CHRISTIE-BLICK Returning home on a frosty evening, I mentally reviewed my science lessons for the week ahead. Teaching climate change has become a priority, now that people around the globe have begun experiencing record-breaking weather events that impinge on their quality of life.1 In the classroom, my students trust that I’ll help them […]

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Google declares: “Ready, set, go!”

Google declares: “Ready, set, go!”

Google has declared that it wants to help educate the millions of students around the world who don’t have any literacy or numeracy skills. Some 221 million children across the globe are taught in a foreign language, and 74% do not have access to the internet. The figures were provided recently by the United Nations […]

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