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Contemporary creations: new junior prep learning spaces at St Peter’s

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Contemporary creations: new junior prep learning spaces at St Peter’s

By Kenda Melvill-Smith And Heather Kissack To accommodate 21st century teaching and learning best practice,1 a suitable environment needs to be created. The highlight of the past two years at St Peter’s Prep Schools in Johannesburg, Gauteng, has been the move of the Girls’ and Boys’ Junior Prep classes into their new, independent, purpose-built facilities. […]

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Adapting our approach: St Peter’s Boys Prep School’s Flexible Learning Programme

| June 20, 2016 | 1 Comment
Adapting our approach: St Peter’s Boys Prep School’s Flexible Learning Programme

By Scott Hauptfleisch And Rob Macaulay The development of a learning programme that is intrinsically motivated, self-directed, interest-driven and, to a large degree, self-assessed has been identified as an educational aim for St Peter’s Boys Prep School in Witkoppen, Johannesburg, Gauteng, for some time. There are always challenges to overcome in the development of this […]

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Posh British schools need to diversify

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Posh British schools need to diversify

Says British journalist, Stephen Castle, writing for The Guardian, “Few institutions better symbolise social stratification and privilege in Britain than its top independent schools, whose origins date back centuries in some cases.” Critics say these schools turn out students destined for top jobs and secure incomes, entrenching social, economic and racial inequalities. Prime minister David […]

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End inequality in India

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
End inequality in India

In India, schools have been tasked with addressing gender inequality. In most classrooms there are no initial surprises: quick Q&A sessions reveal that all girls must do housework before homework, and that very few boys are expected to help with chores.” Shakir Parvez Shaikh, a 15-year-old student at the Shahaji Nagar Municipal Hindi School in […]

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Exciting find in Israel

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Exciting find in Israel

School excursions can often be less exciting than expected. Imagine, therefore, what sevenyear- old Ori Greenhut thought when, whilst poking around in the dirt at an archaeological site called Tel Rehov in Israel, he found a small figurine. Suspecting it may be special, he dusted it off carefully and took it home. His family then […]

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The most popular Pope of all

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
The most popular Pope of all

Pope Francis continues his drive to connect with people of all religions across the globe. After completing his treatise on the environment in 2015, entitled Laudato Si’, hailed by the New York Review of Books as “nothing less than a sweeping, radical, and highly persuasive critique of how we inhabit this planet,” the Pope has […]

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Don’t rubbish rap

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Don’t rubbish rap

Sean Combs, the world-famous rapper and fashionista also known as “P Diddy”, “Puff Daddy” and “Puffy”, is about to open a charter school for children in Harlem, New York City in the US. Combs has decreed that all teachers will be called by the title “Illuminator”. He is also intent on having illuminators call parents […]

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Of guinea fowl and Gucci

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Of guinea fowl and Gucci

By Andrew Cook At the South African Heads of Independent Schools (SAHISA) conference, held in September 2015 in Polokwane, Limpopo, the Mitchell House School head boy, Ngwako Moloto, and head girl, Panache Furuso, led the Saturday morning devotions. When they had finished speaking, one of the attending heads thanked them and said, to much appreciative […]

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Proactive at Pro Ed House School

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Proactive at Pro Ed House School

By Anita Worrall, Sheila Schuurmans, Chris Worrall and Sue Gibbings They say that ours is a unique school. Set in Rondebosch, Cape Town, known as the “golden acre of education”– opposite Bishops Diocesan College Preparatory School and close to St Joseph’s Marist College, Forres Preparatory School, Rustenburg Girls’ High School and Rustenburg Junior School, Rondebosch […]

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The Lesedi Waldorf School

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The Lesedi Waldorf School

By Sylvester Msimanga Lesedi Waldorf Centre is situated in Madietane Village in Ga-Matlala, in Limpopo It started with 75 children gathered together under a marula tree. In 1994, the late Emily Moabelo – who founded the school on 27 May 1989 – started a more formal primary school, with seven children in Grade 1. In […]

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Learning to fly at St Dunstan’s Preparatory School

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
Learning to fly at St Dunstan’s Preparatory School

By Lorraine Butler-Emmett Until recently, St Dustan’s College Preparatory School, in Benoni in Gauteng, had always followed a very traditional system of appointing student leaders. Each year, approximately a quarter of the Grade 7 pupils were elevated to the rank of prefect and assigned mainly ceremonial roles. Three-quarters of the grade were left without any […]

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