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Hamburg’s got talent!

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Hamburg’s got talent!

BY MARION WHITEHEAD There’s an orchestra of budding young musicians playing full tilt in a remote village on the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast. The upbeat sounds of the Soweto String Quartet’s ‘Millennia’ float down the passage and make me wonder what these musical celebrities are doing in Hamburg, a rural backwater tucked into a broad […]

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Bulungula College: creating a model for rural high school excellence

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Bulungula College: creating a model for rural high school excellence

BY MUTHANDWA SINCUBA WITH RÉJANE WOODROFFE AND SARA HILLIARD GARRATT In January 2019, Bulungula College (BC) opened its doors to 75 Grade 10 learners. We are a no-fee independent school that strives to provide access to excellent high school education for all learners – regardless of academic ability – in the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area […]

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Happy birthday, Maris Stella!

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Happy birthday, Maris Stella!

BY CINDY HUDSON This year, Maris Stella celebrates its 120th birthday. We commemorate the group of brave Sisters who had the vision and faith to travel from France to Durban to answer the need for the development of schools for girls in South Africa. They built their beautiful school called Maris Stella – Star of […]

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An inclusive education: parenting courses offered at St James to help educate the whole child

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
An inclusive education: parenting courses offered at St James to help educate the whole child

BY VENILLA KOHLER There is no course, curriculum or advanced study group that teaches us how to do the important work of raising children. We often parent our own children according to how we were parented. Thus, the importance of parenting cannot be emphasised enough. Some of the factors that led to the development of […]

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‘Brave Stretch’ 2020: continuity and change for a sustainable future

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
‘Brave Stretch’ 2020: continuity and change for a sustainable future

BY LEBOGANG MONTJANE This year, ISASA marks two milestones: its founding 90 years ago and its development from the Independent Schools Council (ISC) to today’s ISASA. During my first five years as executive director of ISASA, much of what has taken place has been spent on doing the work that is required to keep an […]

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Letters to the editor

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Letters to the editor

Don’t put young boys in a box In this letter, I’d like to make the case for boys. I have always had a soft spot for primary school boys. As an English teacher, I taught boys who loved reading and who could sit for long periods of time solving mathematical problems. They were confident in […]

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From the editor

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
From the editor

‘This year,’ says ISASA’s executive director, Lebogang Montjane, on page 10 of this magazine, ‘the organisation’s focus has shifted to the need to evaluate what has been accomplished [over a five-year period] and to reflect on how to proceed so as to further the goals and aspirations of membership’. Montjane goes on to remind readers […]

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Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

There are just so many important – nay, vital – lessons new teachers need to learn. Often related to discipline. Because, as we know, the young, enthusiastic teacher faces terrible dangers. Dangers worse than Bear Gryll’s hard-core death-defying antics in the deepest jungles of the Amazon. The classroom jungle is more deadly and the teacher’s […]

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Time for some Afrikaans fun with Woema!

Time for some Afrikaans fun with Woema!

Woema: Afrikaans First Additional Language Textbook and Workbook: Grade 5 is part of the latest series from Pikkie Publikasies. It’s always refreshing to see language textbooks enhanced by colourful pictures as is the case with this learning tool. It makes the whole project – mastering new vocabulary and unfamiliar grammatical structures, for example – seem […]

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Re-kindling the love for reading at Epworth Preparatory School for Boys and Girls

Re-kindling the love for reading at Epworth Preparatory School for Boys and Girls

BY DEREK ALBERTS For too long, school libraries have been trailing in the wake of the headlong rush towards more technology in the classroom. It is a trend best illustrated by the proliferation of media centres with their banks of blinking computers and shining monitors, typically at the expense of libraries. Much as information technology, […]

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How to make reading fun – and part of life beyond the school room

How to make reading fun – and part of life beyond the school room

BY PETER RULE AND ZELDA BARENDS The love of reading is one of the greatest gifts an adult can give to a child. Pragmatically, reading proficiently helps with school work. But it can also help readers to understand their own world better, and to explore other worlds. Parents often see reading as “school business” – […]

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