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by gemayel7th November 2019 News0 comments

Ready, Steady, Study!

Study Tips With The Year 5’s

The Year 5’s are getting ready for our exams next week, and with exams comes studying. While this is often a stressful time, there are ways to make it a bit less tough. Studying is a skill, and one that works differently for different people, but there are some general things we can do to help ourselves come to grips with what can feel like an awful lot of work.

Have a special study space.
Have a light, quiet place free of distractions set aside specifically for studying. Keep it well-stocked with highlighters, paper, pencils and colourful pens – tools to help you make and organize study notes. Tidy your own study space every day before you stop working, so that it is ready for a fresh start the next day.

Study the way that works for you.
Think about the way that you learn best. Are you someone who likes to write things down? Why not use mind-maps? They are an excellent study tool, particularly for Cambridge, because they help you to see the connections between different ideas. Do you remember better if you speak your work our loud? Why not teach your teddy bear (or your little brother or sister) the work? Are you an active person, who gets bored sitting and reading? Try acting out the work you are trying to learn!

Don’t cram.
Studying a little bit of a subject every day is much better for remembering things in the long-term than studying for a very long time in just one day. Space your studying out so that you have time to do a little bit each day.

Rather than just learning the work and trying to remember it, do practice questions. This helps you learn to apply the work, not just to remember it. Another good way of learning is to actually make a practice test of your own. Thinking about what kind of questions you would ask in a test helps you to think about the work in a different way.

Take breaks.
Focusing for hours on end is really tough, especially if you’ve come home from a full day of school. Taking 15 minute breaks after each hour of studying can really help keep you focused – and it will help you remember more of what you’ve studied. If 15 minutes every hour doesn’t work for you, try a five-minute break after every 20 minutes, or a 20 minute break after an hour and a half of working.

Try and eat healthy, balanced meals during exam time. Have a good breakfast on the day of your exam, even if you’re not too hungry. This will help keep your energy levels up for longer, which helps you concentrate better. Try not to have sugary snacks when you’re studying or writing – fruit or biltong is a good snack, and so is peanut butter on crackers.

Lastly, SLEEP!
Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for being able to concentrate the next day. It also helps you to process the work that you have covered. It’s tempting to stay up late studying the night before an exam, but it’s often better to get an early night and wake up fresh and ready for the next day. Try relax for a little before bed, but stay away from screens – they make it harder to fall asleep when you do get to bed.

Good luck to the Year 5’s for their upcoming exams! Do your best, and remember that practice makes progress!

Hannah Kirkaldy 
Year 5 Teacher

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Greenpoint Park, Year 1 Outing 2019

Year 1 went on an outing to Green point Park in Cape Town. We had a wonderful time walking around the Biodiversity gardens and through the Wetlands walk. We loved the Labyrinth, waited for the sun to shine so we could tell the time using the sun dial and finally played in the awesome play areas.

It was a fantastic, fun filled outing.

For more information on this excellent venue: http://www.gprra.co.za/green-point-urban-park.html

Charlotte Cronje
Year 1 Teacher


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Go Bokke Go! – The Benefits of Team Sports

“Sport has the power to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
Team sports offer more than just physical benefits for students who participate, it also helps them emotionally and mentally. There are also the social aspects of team sports that students will enjoy.
Sports provide a platform for people to come together and support their country. International events like the Rugby world cup serve as a point around which to rally and show national pride and unity. We will back the Springboks win or lose. There is a certain togetherness, a camaraderie that total strangers can achieve simply by virtue of living in the same country and rooting for the same team.
Here are just a few of the benefits that students can enjoy when participating in team sport:
  • Develops self-esteem
  • Regular exercise
  • Teaches leadership skills
  • Teamwork
  • Stronger relationships
  • Better communication skills
  • Teaches respect
  • Time management

WATCH: Our students and faculty all rallied together last week to wish the Springbok team the best of luck in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f69gRB9Ftq8&t=1s

Martie van Dyk
Reception Year Teacher

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From the Principal’s Desk, 31 October 2019

Dear Parents

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.”
― George Washington Carver

Our world has become a place of intolerance, impatience and entitlement.  It saddens me to see the anger and impatience of drivers when they have to share the road with pedestrians and instead of honouring the elderly members of our community, we treat them as a burden.

At Blouberg International we teach our students to greet parents, staff and visitors.  Respect and kindness is never wasted.

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.  Educating our children is far more than academics; it is also the tolerance, respect and compassion we show and teach our children.

As a country we are gearing up for the Rugby World Cup finals on Saturday.  In support of our national team therefore, students will enjoy a free civvies day tomorrow (Friday, the 1st of November) and we encourage everyone to wear green and gold in support of the Springboks.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.


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