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A time to focus on SELF at Kingsmead College

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
A time to focus on SELF at Kingsmead College

BY INGRID BEEKHUIZEN Schools are highly nuanced, complex and, at times, stressful organisations. It is therefore important that we find ways to develop our school community’s understanding and practice of wellness at every level – emotional, social, academic, intellectual and physical. We teachers work closely with students whose lives are often at least as challenging […]

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A ‘Peace’ curriculum and a multi-age environment

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
A ‘Peace’ curriculum and a multi-age environment

BY MAT TYRRELL Hout Bay Montessori was founded inApril 1984 by a group of dedicated parents who greatly admired the works of Maria Montessori. We continue to run as an association of parents, with a reliable, passionate team of Montessorians running the school. As a parent-owned school, there is a natural sense of community among […]

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Make space at the management team table: the changing role of school marketing and admissions

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Make space at the management team table: the changing role of school marketing and admissions

BY KERYN HOUSE There’s a shift underway in our independent schooling environment. It crept upon us slowly, but lately it has accelerated. Today’s independent school leadership must change the way we manage our marketing and admissions policies. A perfect storm occurs as a result of a combination of unfavourable circumstances. The current perfect storm in […]

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Reflections on a decade of transformation and diversity workshops at Penryn College

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Reflections on a decade of transformation and diversity workshops at Penryn College

BY HELEN ASHLEY There is a special silence that descends over the room when a grade of scholars engages fully with a game from one of our workshops called ‘Crossing the line’, and steps up with courage, sharing their realities with each other. It is a silence unlike others, filled with the collective concentration and […]

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Education around the world

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Education around the world

WHO declares international emergency over DRC Ebola outbreak In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), children have died in record numbers from Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) and measles. EHF has killed almost 2 000 people, mostly children, in the region since August last year. Then, in January 2019, young people started contracting measles. Soon, […]

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Myth-buster extraordinaire: Tim Jarvis meets Tom Bennett

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Myth-buster extraordinaire: Tim Jarvis meets Tom Bennett

BY TIM JARVIS When it comes to educational practice, schools and teachers need to spend time working out what actually works, rather than relying on ‘folk’ learning.1 As I step off the 12:12 train to London, Paddington, I am amazed again by the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.2 The terminus of his ‘Great Western Railway’, […]

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The three young Mandelas

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
The three young Mandelas

BY SUE MILES To celebrate Mandela Day in July 2019, 100 young South Africans were chosen for their remarkable drive to succeed in their personal lives. These young heroes make a difference to the lives of others and embody the true spirit of Madiba. They are passionate about inspiring all South Africans. The News24 100 […]

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Homeschooling versus traditional schooling

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Homeschooling versus traditional schooling

BY SIMON CRANE Over the 28 years that I have been in the English classroom, there is a question from parents that keeps reappearing: what are the advantages/disadvantages to homeschooling when compared to a more formal traditional school programme? Homeschooling offers certain advantages and disadvantages for the modern boy or girl. Without a doubt, a […]

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SAMSTIP graduate Paulinah Modikwe tells us what inspired her to become a teacher and why education is so crucial for our country.

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
SAMSTIP graduate Paulinah Modikwe tells us what inspired her to become a teacher and why education is so crucial for our country.

What was your education like? I was born in Marapyane, a village in Mpumalanga. I was raised by a single mother, a grandmother and an aunt. All these female figures in my life ensured that I made the right choices and went to school: I started at Patrick Mankolane Primary School, then continued to Mmasekaseka […]

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The South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP)

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The South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP)

BY LESIBA LANGA The South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP) draws on the quality education offered by Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) member schools to help solve a root cause of South Africa’s pressing skills shortage – the critical lack of qualified mathematics and science teachers. This teacher internship provides […]

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What we are; what we are not

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What we are; what we are not

BY ANDREW TAYLOR Maru-a-Pula School (MaP), located in Gaborone, Botswana, is delighted to be one of Africa’s leading schools, with 94 students currently studying at the world’s top 100 ranked universities. But we have never held a Speech Day nor created a special ceremony for traditional academic awards. MaP does not regard itself as an […]

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