RSSSummer 2017

Another brick in the wall

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

“All grown-ups appear as giants to small children. But headmasters (and policemen) are the biggest giants of all and acquire a marvellously exaggerated stature,” said author Roald Dahl. The world is critical of teachers. The critics (non-teachers, of course) believe they know how teachers should teach – after all, they’ve been there, haven’t they? – and that makes them experts. However, the one person […]

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Why I let my pupils sit in my storeroom, if they want to

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Why I let my pupils sit in my storeroom, if they want to

BY FULVIA STOLZ At Dainfern College in Johannesburg, Gauteng, teachers are giving the classroom a 21st Century makeover, to improve the learning experience. Sandi Tyson walked back into her Dainfern College classroom after a 12-year break from teaching, and her first thought was: “My classroom hasn’t changed at all.” But instead of giving Tyson (a Grade 4 teacher) […]

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Not bugged by bullies anymore

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Not bugged by bullies anymore

At the age of two, Canadian Sophia Spencer had an engaging experience with a butterfly. That was that: after wards, she was hooked on insects. However,Spencer used to get routinely bullied at school because of her passion. Based in Ontario, Spencer ’s mother wrote to the Entomological Society of Canada last year, disclosing her daughter ’s passion and the fact that she was being bullied. The letter also contained […]

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Get everyone at school to plant a tree this year

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Get everyone at school to plant a tree this year

The importance of planting trees to save the planet was highlighted when the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), based in Richmond in the UK, recently unveiled the first-ever database of all the world’s tree species. The new database is called Global Tree Search, and comprises information gleaned from more than 500 published sources to create what the BGCI calls “[a] global, authoritative list […]

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Fireworks pretty, but poisonous

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Fireworks pretty, but poisonous

Fireworks mark high days and holidays, such as New Year’s Eve, in various countries around the world. However, the brilliant bursts cause alarming spikes in air pollution, a new study shows. Scientists gathered evidence from 300 air-quality monitoring sites between 1999 and 2013 and released their findings earlier this year. They were analysing the microscopic particles that embed […]

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Rustenburg Early Learning Centre’s vertical garden

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Rustenburg Early Learning Centre’s vertical garden

BY CATHY DZEREFOS Growing populations, higher temperatures and less frequent and erratic rainfall challenge South Africa to find ways to grow food more efficiently.1 ISASA member, Rustenburg Early Learning Centre (RELC), agreed to run a pilot project for the WESSA Eco- Schools Programme2 at the beginning of 2017. Its focus was learning how to grow food in a vertical garden. […]

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The perfect place to pursue dreams

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
The perfect place to pursue dreams

BY JODENE HAACK AND NICHOLAS WILCOX King David High School Linksfield in Johannesburg, Gauteng, has proudly set up the KDLMakerSpace, the central purpose of which is to give pupils the space to innovate. We believe that “making and tinkering” and the philosophies behind those activities are an essential part of 21st century education.1 We believe that “making […]

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Q&A with Newberry House Montessori School’s new principal, Alistair Green

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Q&A with Newberry House Montessori School’s new principal, Alistair Green

What were your initial impressions of Newberry House Montessori School? After initially being blown away by the breathtaking scenery and unique location of Newberry House Montessori School (the school is situated on Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West in the Western Cape), my subsequent thoughts can be summed up in two words: tremendous potential. I am very excited about being able […]

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It takes a village…

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It takes a village…

BY JANNIE DE VILLIERS My family and I were recently driving back to Knysna, after a soul soothing week in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.1 The contrast between the barren Kalahari dunes and the lush Garden Route vegetation struck us anew as we dipped into the Kaaimans Pass, just before Wilderness.2 We noticed with a sense of relief that Mother […]

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Caring starts in the cradle: ClevaMe Academy

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Caring starts in the cradle: ClevaMe Academy

BY MARLIZE VISSER Being the daughter of a midwifery specialist, I was involved in all aspects of baby and childcare, and I started babysitting at an early age to earn an extra income.  After graduation from high school, I embarked on Montessori teacher training1 and worked in various nursery schools (Montessori as well as traditional) to gain experience as a nursery […]

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Just watch these seedlings grow! Seedlings Preschool joins ISASA

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Just watch these seedlings grow! Seedlings Preschool joins ISASA

BY TARYN WEGERLE Having the opportunity to create an environment for children to flourish and grow into their true potential is one of life’s greatest privileges. As a preschool, we are given these precious “seedlings” that we can influence, teach, develop and love, while helping them to grow into beautiful “oaks of righteousness”. Seedlings was founded in 2002 by […]

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