Tag: Summer 2010

The answer is blowing in the wind

| November 17, 2010
The answer is blowing in the wind

Grahamstown is a town buzzing with ideas, generated in part by Rhodes University and schools – both independent and public. If they get their way, forward thinkers at these institutions will make wind turbines the way of the future – slashing electricity bills in half and rendering the historic city a frontrunner in terms of environmentally friendly practices.

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Little school on the prairie

| November 17, 2010
Little school on the prairie

We’re standing beside a windmill at the side of a little dust road, somewhere between Colesberg and the blue horizon. The Climax spins and creaks quietly in the cool morning breeze and a few sheep bleat in the distance. Another day in the vast Karoo. Soon, though, it’s drowned out by the distant roar of a straining engine. A school bus appears, emblazoned with the words ‘Hantam Community Education Trust’, packed with children wearing grins as wide as the sky.

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Outwit, outplay, outlast – Chess in the classroom at Umhlanga College

| November 17, 2010
Outwit, outplay, outlast – Chess in the classroom at Umhlanga College

From the beginning of 2010, Umhlanga College included chess in its academic curriculum.

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Singapore Mathematics

| November 17, 2010
Singapore Mathematics

In September this year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report rated South Africa’s quality of Mathematics and Science education 137th out of 139. Singapore, once again, was rated number one. How can we translate its success to our schools?

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Trying Mathematics the very old-fashioned way

| November 17, 2010
Trying Mathematics the very old-fashioned way

Heads of schools often get pestered by persistent entrepreneurs who see the school as a ready market for their products. They devise all sorts of incentives to convince you of the merits of their case – that is why most of us have someone reliable to ‘guard the gate’! However, if the gate remains too firmly shut, we could be in danger of missing out on opportunities that may be beneficial to our schools, so I try to use my discretion, keeping an eye out for anything that may be promising.

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Part-time teachers with a full-time attitude

| November 17, 2010
Part-time teachers with a full-time attitude

Consensus is that education in South Africa faces numerous difficult challenges.

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Designer mind

| November 17, 2010
Designer mind

The merits of design education at St Andrew’s College and DSG, Grahamstown.

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Leaving home to learn more

| November 17, 2010
Leaving home to learn more

Hilton College is fortunate to run an exchange programme in conjunction with a number of top schools around the world.

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The hugging school

| November 17, 2010
The hugging school

On Worcester Street, Grahamstown, I find the impressive campus; gracious buildings beneath a canopy of green trees.

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IsiZulu goes digital

| November 17, 2010
IsiZulu goes digital

As a Catholic girls’ school, Holy Rosary Primary School’s ‘Zulu journey’ has been plagued with difficulties.

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History arrives in the 21st century

| November 17, 2010
History arrives in the 21st century

My introduction in to the world of Information technology (It) was driven by two factors: an incredibly supportive, enthusiastic and creative It Director at our school, and a desire to reach my target audience through a medium they understand.

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