Tag: Autumn 2011

St Mary’s School in Waverley celebrates 20 years of the Alexandra Schools’ Community Affairs project

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St Mary’s School in Waverley celebrates 20 years of the Alexandra Schools’ Community Affairs project

In 1990, Margie Southey started the Alexandra Schools’ Community Affairs Project at St Mary’s School.

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Changing lives through learning and action

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Changing lives through learning and action

Roedean School’s (SA) Social Responsibility Programme is based on putting Roedean’s core basic principles into practice.

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Vrygrond – One step at a time

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Vrygrond – One step at a time

By Lethu Ntshinga On 6 November 2010, a group of 17 grade 9 Herschel girls undertook an expedition to a small crèche in Vrygrond (near Lavender Hill), named Where Rainbows Meet. Our aim was to make the crèche a cleaner, brighter and livelier place in which to play and learn. This day was the culmination […]

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Grade 11 Leadership Conference

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Grade 11 Leadership Conference

One hundred and eighty young leaders enjoyed three days together at St Alban’s College during the Michaelmas holidays.

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The recipe for sustenance that we all need and so rarely enjoy

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The recipe for sustenance that we all need and so rarely enjoy

Thirty seasoned Heads gathered recently at a comfortable game lodge with two world experts on headship – Rob Evans and Michael Thompson. Brendan Doolan reflects on the shared thoughts and themes.

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‘Special’, independent and accessible: are all three possible?

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‘Special’, independent and accessible: are all three possible?

The Key school was established in 1975 by concerned professionals and parents to cater for children with autistic spectrum disorder, given the complete absence of educational provision for children with autism in the schooling system in Johannesburg.

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We can create the profession students need

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We can create the profession students need

Researchers have confirmed that, under the right conditions, teachers can make a big difference in how much students learn – even in the most challenging schools. But scholars as well as administrators and teachers (and their union leaders) still disagree, sometimes vehemently, over what constitutes effective teaching – what role student test scores and value-added statistical formulae should play in determining effectiveness – and whether new teachers should be extensively trained or expected to remain in the classroom for a career.

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A question of values

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A question of values

Judging by the frequency of items in the popular media equating education with earnings, and the scarcity of media coverage speaking to other purposes of formal learning, we may be well on our way to becoming a nation of cynics. Worse, we may be endangering the effectiveness of representative government and condemning young people to less satisfactory lives than they might otherwise have.

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Outliers – The story of Masibambane Secondary School

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Outliers – The story of Masibambane Secondary School

In his best-selling book Outliers, Malcolm gladwell seeks to unravel “the story of success” – exceptional success, not just great achievement. He defines an outlier as a “statistical observation that is markedly different from the norm” and asks: Why do some people achieve so much more than others? How come they lie so far outside the ordinary? What is the secret of their success? He tries to find the answers by examining the lives, times and circumstances of legendary figures like Bill Gates, the Beatles and various sports stars.

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Sustainability, social impact, collaborative learning, and more

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Sustainability, social impact, collaborative learning, and more

An interview with David Schmittlein, Dean of the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.

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In South Africa, attending school in a mud hut

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In South Africa, attending school in a mud hut

Nelson Mandela’s first day of school was in a makeshift classroom in a mud-walled hut. Mandela, then seven years old, was the first person in his family to go to school, and his father dressed him for the big day, cutting off a pair of his pants at the knees to make them child-sized and then cinching them around his son’s waist with a piece of string. “I must have been a comical sight, but I have never owned a suit I was prouder to wear than my father’s cut-off trousers,” Mandela recalled in his autobiography.

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