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The ‘joy of learning’ online – a journey of discovery at Oakhill: Part 2

| January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments
The ‘joy of learning’ online – a journey of discovery at Oakhill: Part 2

BY JAMES CROSS AND WAYNE PURCHASE In March 2020, when the South African government imposed a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID19, Oakhill School in Knysna in the Western Cape, was able to adapt to online instruction for our 460 pupils because of a culture of innovation and technology that had already been […]

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Going the distance at Mokopane Destiny Academy

| January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments
Going the distance at Mokopane Destiny Academy

BY JASPER RAATS While Chromebooks, cell phones, online meeting platforms and social media were key in maintaining a constant beat to the educational heart of Mokopane Destiny Academy (MDA); it was the relationships forged before the hard lockdown in March 2020 that made all the difference. Like thousands of schools across the globe, MDA in […]

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No man ever steps in the same river twice

| January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments
No man ever steps in the same river twice

BY NICHOLAS DIANA The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus once said that ’Change is the only constant in life’. 1 I ’m assuming that he must have been a very wise man, because there are not many of us who like change. Some of us resist change because we enjoy our routine and fear we may lose […]

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The Future Comprehensive School staff goes above and beyond, despite lockdown

| January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments
The Future Comprehensive School staff goes above and beyond, despite lockdown

BY CHRISTOPHER DZAMBI The Future Comprehensive School (TFCS) is a co-educational independent boarding school situated in Ga-Masemola, in rural Sekhukhune, Limpopo. It is home to 60 boarders, 210 day scholars and a strong staff cohort comprising 25 educators and 12 support staff. It is by the grace and hand of God that the following extraordinary […]

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Leadership not luck!

| January 11, 2021 | 0 Comments
Leadership not luck!

BY SAMANTHA STREAK I started the Port Elizabeth Montessori School just over 25 years ago and it is essentially my first child. I have grown, nurtured and raised the school with passion and commitment for every day of the nearly 26 years … so not surviving Covid-19 was simply not an option! From the outset […]

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Ridgeway College: A nine-month journey

| January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments
Ridgeway College: A nine-month journey

BY DIONNE REDFERN Most readers would never have heard of our school and may wonder where we are situated. Our family of Ridgeway schools is in Louis Trichardt in Limpopo. The early childhood development (ECD) centre, which is bright and new and beautiful, is on the same campus as the college and a few kilometres […]

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The Deutsche Schule Durban story

| January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments
The Deutsche Schule Durban story

BY LORRYN TÖLLNER What an unforgettable year 2020 has been at the Deutsche Schule Durban (DSD) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). This time, however, it’s not because of the class outings our school learners and staff have enjoyed, or the groupwork projects the children have embarked upon, or even the break-time soccer games that our boys and […]

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Stanford Lake College in the time of COVID-19

| January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments
Stanford Lake College in the time of COVID-19

BY TAMARA NEL Those of us of a certain age all have an answer to that question, the one that you hear around 11 September: ‘Where were you when you heard about nineeleven?’1 Now it feels like there will soon be a new question: ‘Where were you when lockdown started?’ I will always remember that […]

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Go out and be experts

| January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments
Go out and be experts

BY SIZWE SHIBA ‘Go out and be experts in your niche, and possibly rise up through the ranks and one day be ministers of education, who will be amenable to the role played by the independent education sector in the country.’ These words, spoken by ISASA executive director, Lebogang Montjane, were given as ‘marching orders’ […]

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The school’s journey

| January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments
The school’s journey

BY KERRY CALDEIRA, PRINCIPAL AT GLENOAKS SCHOOL Mario’s is only one of a myriad of stories that can be told, and his father sums up the philosophy and principles of Glenoaks School and Oak House Vocational Academy. The challenge for us has been to think differently about remedial, special needs and vocational learners, and to […]

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A parent’s journey

| January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments
A parent’s journey

BY AKI KALLIATAKIS I sat in the waiting room of Mario’s preprimary school and had some time to examine the artwork on display. Like every parent, I searched for my son’s contribution. It closely resembled one of the lesser-known paintings by Picasso, and I really struggled to make out what he was trying to draw. […]

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