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Another brick in the wall

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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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
Library of the Future Conference 2019 at St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown: Q & A with Vuyokazi Jamieson: head librarian at St Andrew’s College

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

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Teaching girls how to fail and retry for the joy of learning and not for the marks

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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We have a story to tell

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
We have a story to tell

BY DEIRDRE HORSFALL Here at Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent School (OLF) in Durban North in KwaZulu-Natal, we have come to the conclusion that we do have a story to tell. The more we as a staff discussed it and witnessed the daily happenings at school, the more convinced we all became that our […]

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How to transform an education system the Finnish way

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
How to transform an education system the Finnish way

BY JACQUELINE AITCHISON For the last few years, Finland has been the cool kid on the block, leading the charge of revolutionising 21st century education. Are there lessons we can learn from them? And if there are, could we (or, more importantly, should we) try to apply them to our South African context? I have […]

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Bildung at a school in Germany: The ESBZ School in Berlin

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Bildung at a school in Germany: The ESBZ School in Berlin

BY KYLE LAUF Education has the power to transform individuals, communities and societies. As educators, we hold onto all the successful methods of education passed down to us from many years of accumulated practical wisdom, but we must also continuously adapt, alter and even transform our educational practices because without doing so, we become stagnant […]

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Beyond the learning gap: seeking new horizons

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Beyond the learning gap: seeking new horizons

BY ALEX GITLIN In a high stakes school environment, students are under immense pressure to perform. To achieve academically as well as on the sports field, they are expected to constantly learn and grow, work effectively when fatigued and remain motivated and consistent over long periods of time. However, the school system is oftentimes ill-equipped […]

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A SAHETI mini-odyssey

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
A SAHETI mini-odyssey

BY JENNIFER ALDRIDGE The view from my classroom, overlooking the chapel, the N3 highway and the slope of Linksfield Road may not resemble the idyllic seas around Odysseus’s Ithaca. But within inside the classroom walls, enthusiastic young South Africans (representing some 30 different nationalities) also grapple with epic ideas and innovative learning experiences. A love […]

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The power of epic tales

| November 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
The power of epic tales

BY GRAHAM JONSON I have taught at St Stithians Boys’ College in Johannesburg, Gauteng, since 2004. My passion for educating young men is harnessed in my role both as a tutor to 15 boys across grades 8 to 12, and as Grade 11 director. In the tutor group, the role I play is a pastoral […]

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