Winter 2019

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

There are just so many important – nay, vital – lessons new teachers need to learn. Often related to discipline. Because, as we know, the young, enthusiastic teacher faces terrible dangers. Dangers worse than Bear Gryll’s hard-core death-defying antics in the deepest jungles of the Amazon. The classroom jungle is more deadly and the teacher’s […]

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Time for some Afrikaans fun with Woema!

Time for some Afrikaans fun with Woema!

Woema: Afrikaans First Additional Language Textbook and Workbook: Grade 5 is part of the latest series from Pikkie Publikasies. It’s always refreshing to see language textbooks enhanced by colourful pictures as is the case with this learning tool. It makes the whole project – mastering new vocabulary and unfamiliar grammatical structures, for example – seem […]

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Re-kindling the love for reading at Epworth Preparatory School for Boys and Girls

Re-kindling the love for reading at Epworth Preparatory School for Boys and Girls

BY DEREK ALBERTS For too long, school libraries have been trailing in the wake of the headlong rush towards more technology in the classroom. It is a trend best illustrated by the proliferation of media centres with their banks of blinking computers and shining monitors, typically at the expense of libraries. Much as information technology, […]

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Autumn 2019

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

The self-control of those fine people who bravely take on parenthood earns my deepest respect. They have to put up with so much. But there is one supreme sin their children must not commit. That is, embarrass them. Publicly. For example, when that teenager appears in a dress with a dangerously low neckline, or a […]

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State of the reading nation address

State of the reading nation address

In his 2019 State of the nation address President Cyril Ramaphosa had this to say in relation to the Basic Education Sector: “Another critical priority is to substantially improve reading comprehension in the first years of school” The declaration by the State President is against the backdrop of a PIRLS study released in 2016 which […]

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How I got the corner office without a degree

How I got the corner office without a degree

More people fake it than you think! Towards the end of 2014, it was already apparent that South Africa had a real problem with the proliferation of fake degrees. One didn’t have to look very far to see how people in high places had made it into the c-suite with fake qualifications. Take the infamous […]

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School Travel

Too soon for tiny Tasmanians?

Too soon for tiny Tasmanians?

In late July 2016, Will Hodgman, the premier of Tasmania, called for the lowering of the school starting age in that Australian state. Currently, Tasmanian children start attending school at the age of six-and-ahalf years. Hodgman wants them to in class at the age of four-and-a-half. His call has earned him the respect of the […]

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Get in touch with other teens

Get in touch with other teens

To support your global approach in your classroom and your school, you may wish to introduce your students to the online magazine Teen Voices (see: http://womensenews.org/teen-voices/). Teen Voices provides online stories and commentary about issues directly affecting female teens around the world, serving as an outlet for young women to share their experiences and views. […]

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Travel and Sport Europe site visit

Travel and Sport Europe site visit

Two of Travel and Sport’s operational team recently returned from Europe.

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e-Education

Technology talk

Technology talk

BY JUSTIN HARPER Technology is a way of life almost  everywhere you look – and the classroom is no exception. Schools are increasingly integrating technology into all aspects of teaching to provide quality education. Some, like SAHETI School in Bedfordview, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, have carefully mapped out programmes to ensure learners and educators have ongoing access to and a good grasp of the most effective technology available to […]

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Get (h)appy: technological trends for school marketers

Get (h)appy: technological trends for school marketers

BY DEIDRE ALCOCK We are living in a digital world where you either keep up to date, or you fall behind. In this world, our thumbs are becoming an important commodity. If you are having issues with an iPad, you can just ask a six-year-old, and Google is your best friend. It’s a world in […]

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United Herzlia Schools joins other innovative ISASA members with its own online shop

United Herzlia Schools joins other innovative ISASA members with its own online shop

BY TRACY KLASS United Herzlia Schools is a multi-campus, co-educational institution, with 10 schools providing education services ranging from day care to matric across five campuses around the Western Cape peninsula. In 2003, a decision was made to run a centralised uniform shop from the Highlands Estate campus. In 2014, Herzlia decided to update its […]

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Book Reviews

Here’s Alice!

Here’s Alice!

Title: Life According to… Alice B. Lovely Author: Karen McCombie Publisher: Scholastic ISBN: 978-1407158488 Thirteen-year-old Edie knows that she doesn’t need a nanny.  She’s old enough to look after herself, and her six-year-old brother Stan. Between them, they’ve managed to scare off nearlyeveryone their parents hired to take care of them. So, when a girl of just 16 starts looking […]

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Juta jumps in to teach young readers about environmental issues

Juta jumps in to teach young readers about environmental issues

Title: Facto and the Flixies Author: Danie Schreuder Publisher: Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd ISBN: 9781485122609 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers It’s great to see that publishing giants such as Juta are producing story books about environmental awareness for the very young. I read Facto and the Flixies (FF) by Danie Schreuder, one of a series of little […]

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Big business moves into schools down under

Big business moves into schools down under

In July 2017, the conference of the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation which represents the rights of over 70 000 teachers in New South Wales was held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. On day three of the conference, a controversial study, entitled “Commercialisation in Public Schooling (CIP): An Australian Study”, was released to delegates. The study reveals […]

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Regular Columns

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

“Schools are killing creativity.” Say what?! My first reaction was: “Easy, Tiger. You’re a bit over the top, aren’t you?” It wouldn’t be safe for Sir Ken to make statements like that in the presence of any of those many teachers spending hours and hours slaving away teaching music, dance, speech and drama or art. […]

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Another brick in the wall

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

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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Other Recent Posts

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

There are just so many important – nay, vital – lessons new teachers need to learn. Often related to discipline. Because, as we know, the young, enthusiastic teacher faces terrible dangers. Dangers worse than Bear Gryll’s hard-core death-defying antics in the deepest jungles of the Amazon. The classroom jungle is more deadly and the teacher’s […]

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Time for some Afrikaans fun with Woema!

Time for some Afrikaans fun with Woema!

Woema: Afrikaans First Additional Language Textbook and Workbook: Grade 5 is part of the latest series from Pikkie Publikasies. It’s always refreshing to see language textbooks enhanced by colourful pictures as is the case with this learning tool. It makes the whole project – mastering new vocabulary and unfamiliar grammatical structures, for example – seem […]

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Re-kindling the love for reading at Epworth Preparatory School for Boys and Girls

Re-kindling the love for reading at Epworth Preparatory School for Boys and Girls

BY DEREK ALBERTS For too long, school libraries have been trailing in the wake of the headlong rush towards more technology in the classroom. It is a trend best illustrated by the proliferation of media centres with their banks of blinking computers and shining monitors, typically at the expense of libraries. Much as information technology, […]

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How to make reading fun – and part of life beyond the school room

How to make reading fun – and part of life beyond the school room

BY PETER RULE AND ZELDA BARENDS The love of reading is one of the greatest gifts an adult can give to a child. Pragmatically, reading proficiently helps with school work. But it can also help readers to understand their own world better, and to explore other worlds. Parents often see reading as “school business” – […]

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The top five educational digital trends for 2019

The top five educational digital trends for 2019

BSD Education, an online learning environment, recently outlined the five top technology in education trends for 2019, based on its own research. First up, says BSD journalist Mo Qureshi, is the mass migration of schools towards curricula grounded in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and technology). Says Qureshi, “we are seeing an increased interest in […]

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