RSSWinter 2018

Canadian school committed to creative biodiversity

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Canadian school committed to creative biodiversity

Trinity College School in Canada is widely regarded as being one of the greenest independent schools in that country. Headmaster Stuart K.C. Grainger expects each student and each teacher to commit to certain sustainability values that include: •learning the knowledge, skills and values necessary for a flourishing future • shifting from environmental awareness to action. […]

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A growing green youth movement in the UK

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
A growing green youth movement in the UK

Evelyn Community Primary School in Merseyside in South West England has joined a thriving green movement, the Big Schools Bird Watch, which already involves more than 73 000 school children in the UK. The study is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in conjunction with the UK’s Sustainable Schools Alliance. […]

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St Mary’s Waverley takes on the world, one challenge at a time

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
St Mary’s Waverley takes on the world, one challenge at a time

By MELANIE BLAIR A World Challenge expedition is not like an ordinary school overseas tour. None of these tours visit traditional destinations such as London, Paris, New York or Rome. All the trips take place in countries that take visitors out of their comfort zones, even though the group is secure under the auspices of […]

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The Diversity programme at Beaulieu College

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Diversity programme at Beaulieu College

By ANDREW BROUARD AND BUSISIWE MAVUSO You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. But you’re more damned if you don’t. In essence, that’s what it’s like to introduce a diversity programme to an organisation. It is not a job for the fainthearted, but the rewards are deep and life-changing for the pupils […]

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How training can prepare teachers for diversity in their classrooms

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
How training can prepare teachers for diversity in their classrooms

By MAUREEN ROBINSON Teachers have been shaping lives for centuries. Everyone remembers their favourite (and of course their least favourite) teachers. This important group of people even has its own special day, marked each October by the United Nations.1 Teachers are at the coal face when it comes to watching societies change. South Africa’s classrooms, […]

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Powerful parents transform schools

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Powerful parents transform schools

Schools across the United States of America (US) are discovering a powerful force for school improvement: parents. Parents aren’t just volunteering to help with teacher luncheons and fund-raising campaigns, they’re helping to raise the academic achievement level1 of children at their schools. An added bonus is that children of involved parents tend to do better […]

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Shaping students who “will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character” at The Vine School

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Shaping students who “will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character” at The Vine School

By SUSAN KEEGAN Since its inception, The Vine School has been strongly committed to playing a role in South Africa’s transformation journey. Many factors contributed to our sense of calling for racial reconciliation. The school grew out of a preexisting school that was founded in 1988 by a group of parents – white and coloured […]

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Teenaged girls transforming attitudes in India

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Teenaged girls transforming attitudes in India

Soni Khatoon is an Indian teenager with a life story similar to thousands of other girls in Kolkata and across the country. Khatoon dropped out of school five years ago. In West Bengal alone, says the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment, hundreds of thousands of children between the ages of five and 14 are […]

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Anchorage, Alaska, most diverse place in America

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Anchorage, Alaska, most diverse place in America

In 2016, Anchorage, Alaska, was declared the most diverse city in the US. Many consider that claim to be even stronger today. Chad Farrell, a sociology professor at the University of Alaska called the area “the most diverse census tract in all of America” after the 2010 US Census. Farrell, in collaboration with other academics, […]

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African Angels Independent School, Indiphile Velebayi and the Diocesan School for Girls

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
African Angels Independent School, Indiphile Velebayi and the Diocesan School for Girls

By LOU BILLETT Indiphile Velebayi, now a pupil at the prestigious Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, attended another powerful ISASA member school, African Angels Independent School in Chintsa East, just outside East London, also in the Eastern Cape, for her primary school education until 2017. African Angels was established […]

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Trailblazers: Mokopane Destiny Academy forges a new future

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Trailblazers: Mokopane Destiny Academy forges a new future

By JASPER RAATS Two qualified teachers, 13 children, a double garage and a vision of training leaders to shape the future… these were the ingredients used to establish Mokopane Destiny Academy (MDA) in 2007 The seed, however, started germinating much earlier, when Minda Marshall chose to home school her three children at a time when […]

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