Summer 2018

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

It’s hard to believe but the term ‘PC’ did not exist years ago. However, what did feature strongly was something very much not PC. It was CP. Corporal Punishment. I am often asked by today’s pupils and parents alike about the bad old days when ‘caning’, ‘jacking’, ‘flaps’, ‘beating’ ‘cuts’ – it earned itself many […]

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Juta prepares the very young for a formal education

Juta prepares the very young for a formal education

Title: Listening & Language 2: Home Programme Author: Liesel van Niekerk Publisher: Juta and Company PTY Ltd ISBN: 9781485129059 Reviewed by Fiona de Villiers Speech and hearing teacher Liesel van Niekerk and illustrator Samantha van Riet must have had such fun putting together Juta’s Listening & Language series. They’re also clearly knowledgeable about how to […]

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Van Schaik Bookstore Library Division makes a socially relevant book available to South African teen readers

Van Schaik Bookstore Library Division makes a socially relevant book available to South African teen readers

Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas ISBN: 978-0062498533 Distributed in South Africa by Van Schaik Bookstores Starr Carter is a 16-year-old black girl who lives in the fictional, mostly poor black neighbourhood of Garden Heights, but attends an affluent, predominantly white private school. After the police break up a party Starr is attending […]

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Spring 2018

Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

Isn’t it interesting how the parenting pendulum has swung so completely from the typical Victorian indifference to children’s state of wellbeing (as long as they did as they were told) to the modern-day parents’ allconsuming angst about their kids’ happiness? The treatment of children has moved from misguided parental demands for total obedience to equally […]

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Open your eyes to an exciting debut novel for teen readers

Open your eyes to an exciting debut novel for teen readers

Title: It Looks Like This Author: Rafi Mittlefehldt Publisher: Van Schaik Publishers ISBN: 9781536200430 In spare, understated prose heightened by a keen lyricism, a debut author will take your breath away. Anew state, a new city, a new high school. Mike’s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even […]

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A very necessary resource for school management teams

A very necessary resource for school management teams

Title: Oxford South African Dictionary of School Terminology Authors: Clive Roos and Michael Wilter Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780190441067 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Many schools join ISASA because they find themselves bewildered by the ever-changing and often overwhelming raft of legislation surrounding schools and schooling in South Africa. Even though a school has […]

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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

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe but the term ‘PC’ did not exist years ago. However, what did feature strongly was something very much not PC. It was CP. Corporal Punishment. I am often asked by today’s pupils and parents alike about the bad old days when ‘caning’, ‘jacking’, ‘flaps’, ‘beating’ ‘cuts’ – it earned itself many […]

Continue Reading

Juta prepares the very young for a formal education

Juta prepares the very young for a formal education

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Title: Listening & Language 2: Home Programme Author: Liesel van Niekerk Publisher: Juta and Company PTY Ltd ISBN: 9781485129059 Reviewed by Fiona de Villiers Speech and hearing teacher Liesel van Niekerk and illustrator Samantha van Riet must have had such fun putting together Juta’s Listening & Language series. They’re also clearly knowledgeable about how to […]

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Van Schaik Bookstore Library Division makes a socially relevant book available to South African teen readers

Van Schaik Bookstore Library Division makes a socially relevant book available to South African teen readers

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas ISBN: 978-0062498533 Distributed in South Africa by Van Schaik Bookstores Starr Carter is a 16-year-old black girl who lives in the fictional, mostly poor black neighbourhood of Garden Heights, but attends an affluent, predominantly white private school. After the police break up a party Starr is attending […]

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Library of the Future Conference 2019 at St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown: Q & A with Vuyokazi Jamieson: head librarian at St Andrew’s College

Library of the Future Conference 2019 at St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown: Q & A with Vuyokazi Jamieson: head librarian at St Andrew’s College

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

When will the St Andrew’s College Library of the Future conference be held? The South African School Librarians’ conference will be held at St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown, (Makhanda) in the Eastern Cape, from 28 June to 02 July 2019. This is a two-anda- half-day conference taking place over the course of five days to […]

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Teaching girls how to fail and retry for the joy of learning and not for the marks

Teaching girls how to fail and retry for the joy of learning and not for the marks

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

BY MELANIE BLAIR AND CAROLYN HUYSAMER At St Mary’s School, Waverley, in Johannesburg, to keep up with the trends regarding girls learning about coding, programming and ‘making’, we wanted a task that would encourage girls to fail and experience trial and error, but not be such a large project that they could not hope to […]

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