Spring 2017

The Microsoft – ISASA Partnership

The Microsoft – ISASA Partnership

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The real debate about 13 Reasons Why

The real debate about 13 Reasons Why

BY JACQUELINE AITCHISON The latest flashing red, hot-button phenomenon that has teenagers – and their parents – huddling in groups over iPads, laptops and phones worldwide, is the Netflix1 series 13 Reasons Why It’s all about teen depression, bullying, rape and suicide, and is based on the novel of the same title by Jay Asher.2 […]

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St Andrew’s School for Girls at the cutting edge of communication

St Andrew’s School for Girls at the cutting edge of communication

BY DANIELLA ROSSOUW Effective communication is fundamental to success in many aspects of life, including the running of organisations, companies and schools, and interpersonal relationships with friends and family. Constantly learning how we can improve our communication has many benefits, and for this reason, St Andrew’s School for Girls in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, strives to improve […]

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Winter 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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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

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

“All grown-ups appear as giants to small children. But headmasters (and policemen) are the biggest giants of all and acquire a marvellously exaggerated stature,” said author Roald Dahl. The world is critical of teachers. The critics (non-teachers, of course) believe they know how teachers should teach – after all, they’ve been there, haven’t they? – and that makes them experts. However, the one person […]

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Here’s Alice!

Here’s Alice!

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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

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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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Why I let my pupils sit in my storeroom, if they want to

Why I let my pupils sit in my storeroom, if they want to

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

BY FULVIA STOLZ At Dainfern College in Johannesburg, Gauteng, teachers are giving the classroom a 21st Century makeover, to improve the learning experience. Sandi Tyson walked back into her Dainfern College classroom after a 12-year break from teaching, and her first thought was: “My classroom hasn’t changed at all.” But instead of giving Tyson (a Grade 4 teacher) […]

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Big business moves into schools down under

Big business moves into schools down under

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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