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A “One-way ticket to Mars” fundraising event at the German International School Cape Town (DSK)

A “One-way ticket to Mars” fundraising event at the German International School Cape Town (DSK)

Champions in December 2018, the German International School Cape Town (DSK) robotics team, nicknamed “ASAP”, presented the “One-way ticket to Mars” event on 12 March 2019. It was one of their fundraising efforts to help them represent South Africa at the First Lego League (FLL) world championships in the US in April this year. The […]

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“Our house is on fire”

“Our house is on fire”

On 15 February thousands of UK students joined the Youth Strike 4 Climate strike. Scholar Rosie Smart-Knight told the Guardian newspaper: “I want my generation’s voice to be heard and listened to. We stand to lose the most from catastrophic climate change, yet we’re the ones who’ve been excluded from the most serious conversations.” Smart-Knight […]

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Theodor Herzl: one of many schools caught up in a creative storm

Theodor Herzl: one of many schools caught  up in a creative storm

BY DAVID LIMBERT Schools throughout Port Elizabeth have been creating artistic productions of a professional standard for over a decade. Adding to the audience experience, Magnetic Storm1 has offered mentoring to these schools, coupled with the hire of equipment for the technical crew to create sound and lighting experiences one would expect in established theatres. […]

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Pridwin Preparatory School turns STEM into STEAM

Pridwin Preparatory School turns STEM into STEAM

BY DEMI-RAE LE ROUX We acknowledge that we live in a technology- and media-immersed world with access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technological tools, and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions to society. As such, we strive to continuously incorporate the latest developments and innovations in technology and education into […]

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How a business studies team of four young women won the JSE Investment Challenge for Schools

How a business studies team of four young women won the JSE Investment Challenge for Schools

BY KYLE LAUF Like plumbing, or Formula1 motor mechanics, most people have the perception that stockbroking is a career for men. But four Grade 11s in my business studies class at Assumption Convent School in Johannesburg, successfully challenged this stereotype last year by winning the prestigious Johannesburg Stock Exchange ( JSE) Investment Challenge for Schools […]

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Making learning visible: D&T at Thomas More College

Making learning visible: D&T at Thomas More College

BY JULIET HARTLEY AND THE D&T CREW If you ever have the chance to walk into the Thomas More College Design & Technology (D&T) “shed”, (our school is in Kloof, near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal), don’t hesitate at all – do it. The energy is almost tangible when you walk amongst the pupils working on their […]

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Why philosophy for children?

Why philosophy for children?

BY BEV COUNIHAN St James Preparatory School in Johannesburg grew from the need to include universal philosophic principles as an integral and necessary part of the curriculum. The fundamental definition of the word “philosophy” is “love of wisdom”. In the words of Leon MacLaren, the founder of the St James schools in the UK and […]

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Building ESTEAM at Somerset College

Building ESTEAM at Somerset College

BY CLARE SEARLE The idea to group science, technology, engineering and mathematics together in a focused way in school curricula, and to refer to them as STEM subjects, first occurred in the US in the 1990s. It was not long before this approach expanded to include the arts and the acronym shifted to STEAM. Somerset […]

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Celebrating mathematics at the International School of Cape Town

Celebrating mathematics at the International School of Cape Town

BY RENE FAHRENFORT Despite living in this digital era where much of our daily lives depend on codes and passwords, the general public is largely oblivious to the importance of mathematics and why they need to learn it. From an early age children need to be introduced and alerted to the usefulness of mathematics in […]

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Why it’s useful for you to join the Institute of Specialist Practitioners in Inclusive Education

Why it’s useful for you to join the Institute of Specialist Practitioners in Inclusive Education

BY ALISON SCOTT In June 2002, the government Joint Monitoring Committee on Children, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, met for a status report briefing on the implementation of “Education White Paper 6 on Special Needs Education: Building an Inclusive Education and Training System”. The policy was described by government as a “Radical departure from the […]

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My experiences using THRASS

My experiences using THRASS

BY JACQUELINE STOLTZ In 2013 I was appointed as the learning support teacher of the Foundation Phase at my current school, a mainstream former model C school. I was excited for the challenge, but it soon became evident that I would need to equip myself with more knowledge and skills in order to offer learners […]

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