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“Playful learning, learningful play”

“Playful learning, learningful play”

BY PATTI BLACKHURST In April this year, Dainfern College in Johannesburg, Gauteng, hosted 300 delegates from all over South Africa at a two-day early childhood development (ECD) conference themed, “Playful Learning, Learningful Play”. The keynote speaker was Galina Dolya,1 an international Vygotskian expert2 who has collaborated with prominent thinkers and students of Vygotsky at the […]

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Refugee Sudanese teens find their voice

Refugee Sudanese teens find their voice

On 11 March 2019, the Sudanese military forced long-time autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power. At the time of writing this article, the fight for civilian rule continued in Sudan as the Transitional Military Council (TMC) refused to give in to protesters’ demand to cede power. The population of […]

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Desperate parents

Desperate parents

US actress Felicity Huffman, who starred for years in the popular television show Desperate Housewives, is one of 50 people in trouble with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Along with fellow actress Lori Loughlin and others, Huffman has been accused of taking part in a multi-million dollar bribery scheme. Called Operation Varsity Blues by […]

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Kenyan Franciscan Brother takes top teaching prize

Kenyan Franciscan Brother takes top teaching prize

In March this year, the $1m Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 was awarded to Peter Tabichi, a science teacher and Franciscan Brother who teaches at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, situated in a remote, semi- arid part of Kenya’s Rift Valley. The Global Teacher Prize is awarded by the Varkey […]

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Yes to teaching about same-sex issues in UK primary schools

Yes to teaching about same-sex issues in UK primary schools

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) in the UK has approved the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and gender identity-related issues in primary schools. Many parents are up in arms about the decision, yet Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, says the subject is part of teaching and […]

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Cultural pride at Jan Celliers Primary School

Cultural pride at Jan Celliers Primary School

BY BERNICE DU TOIT, LIENTJIE REITZ AND CAROL KERSTEN Jan Celliers School in Johannesburg, Gauteng, has a long and proud history as an independent primary institution where every child is to reach their full potential within a balanced, Afrikaans-based school environment. Since its inception in 1935, the school has helped children develop into well-rounded and […]

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Leading together: insights from ministers and teachers on the future of education

Leading together: insights from ministers and teachers on the future of education

BY ANDREAS SCHLEICHER The expectations we place on teachers are high and growing. We expect them to have a deep and broad understanding of what they teach, how their students learn, and of the students themselves. We also expect them to be passionate, compassionate and thoughtful; to make learning central and encourage students’ engagement and […]

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Victory through perseverance

Victory through perseverance

by Mondi Mdletshe This year will be a sporting year to remember at Nardini Convent school. Just three days into our school calendar, we received an e-mail from the Vryheid Swimming Club inviting our swimmers to take part in the Interschool Gala that was being held at Pioneer Hoërskool. Twenty of our best swimmers participated […]

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The importance of art at Nardini Convent School

The importance of art at Nardini Convent School

by Tamara-Leigh Jacobs As an artist in my personal capacity, I have learnt how important art is to my own life. Art is a universal language. We live in a visual society and a lot of information is given to us visually. Therefore, I feel it is fundamental in the lives of our developing children. […]

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There’s nowhere quite like Nardini Convent School

There’s nowhere quite like Nardini Convent School

BY SISTER MPUME NHLEKO In 1955, when our order, the Franciscan Nardini Sisters, was celebrating 100 years of existence in Germany, the Right Reverend Bishop Bilgeri of the Eshowe Diocese in KwaZulu-Natal, (KZN) requested the then-mother general to send sisters to come and provide Catholic education for children in South Africa. During 1956 and 1957, […]

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Cornwall Hill College Preparatory Art exhibition celebrating 20 years of caring.

Cornwall Hill College Preparatory Art exhibition celebrating 20 years of caring.

Our special silent auction revealed that Roman’s Pizza placed the highest bid and we handed a cheque of R20 000.00 over to the My Planet Rhino Fund which supports rhino conservation and anti-poaching efforts in South Africa

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