Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp:During the third term break, two of our Interact Club members took part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp.
Vallarie Fodson, Year 11, tells us her experience of the camp:
“This was a truly life-changing experience. Not only did I learn the importance of being a leader, but the hidden values of being a follower were also highlighted.
This experience reminded us to be proud of ourselves. The camp, its directors and the fellow campers helped each other find our hidden strengths and understand and work past our abilities. The significance of trust was conveyed as we were lead blind folded through a racing river rapid whilst being handcuffed to our not so blind partner. The idea of patience was put to the test as we made it past minesweepers, riddles and scavenger hunts.
Above all it was fun to make new relationships, meet new people and just grow as a person whilst enriching other people in your way. RYLA taught us you just don’t give back to your community by providing food but also by being a representative of where you come from and making those we stand for proud.”
Blouberg Rotary Toy Drive:
We would like to encourage everyone to participate in the Blouberg Rotary Toy Drive by donating an educational toy for boys and girls aged 5 to 10 year old (prize range between R50 to R70 to keep all gifts similar). All toys collected will be given during the annual Rotary Club of Blouberg’s Christmas party.
If you can help, please hand your donation in to your homeroom teacher by Wednesday, 20 November.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Elena Berger and Janine van Niekerk
Interact Club coordinators
In Year 6 (as well as in High School), the weeks leading up to exams are inundated with moments of high anxiety and negative thoughts. To try and combat this, Mrs. Hack and I have been teaching the students about Mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
Well, you have likely heard this ubiquitous term before, though you may not have hit the pause button on your busy life to find out what it means. Mindfulness is when we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judgement—without believing that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.
It uses small bursts of meditation to help you become more aware of the present moment – rather than dwelling too much on the past you cannot control or the future that has not yet happened.
Right now, we are using Mindfulness to help calm our minds and Power Poses to help link a strong body to a strong mind.
Both Go Noodle and YouTube have a variety of Mindfulness activities that you can try with your children. Here are also some links to Mindfulness websites:
Year 6 Teacher
This term in Year 1 our History topic is Transport. The learning outcomes for this topic is for students to be able to identify different modes of transport through the ages and how they have evolved: road, rail, sea and air and to understand how transport has made a difference in our lives today.
We integrated our Transport theme into our Design and Technology lesson by challenging the students to design and make our own Rocket Ships during class time. Students were asked to bring materials to school and they needed to build their rocket ship by themselves.
The Year 1 teachers were very impressed at the unique and creative Rocket ships the students built.
Year 1 Teacher
Both excitement and tension were high during the auditions held last week for Blouberg International’s production of Shakespeare’s dreamiest play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Though casting was challenging, as we have so many incredibly talented students, we are happy to announce our performers and crew members:
CAST “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
EGEUS: Vincent Chamunorwa
HERMIA: Kazimla Dyakalashe
LYSANDER: Niklyn Pillay
DEMETRIUS: Mpumelelo Mgidi
THESEUS: Tyler Hanning
HIPPOLYTA: Altesse Cimbalanga
HELENA: Savana Tardieu
PHILOSTRATE: Chinonye Muoka
The Fairies – Inhabitants of the wood
OBERON: Jéan Marie Schoots
TITANIA: Azande Dube
PUCK aka Robin Goodfellow: Pontsho Gomba
PEACEBLOSSOM; Shannon Gill
COBWEB, Cheyenne Kyle
MOTH, Caitlyn Brandt
MUSTARDSEED: Jianicia Meintjies
FAIRIE: Lisa Tuwe
FAIRIE: Courtneigh Harris
FAIRIE: Jessica Smith
The Rude Mechanicals – Actors
PETER QUINCE: Philade Luthango
NICK BOTTOM: Landelwa Maqanda
FRANCIS FLUTE: Vallarie Fodson
ROBIN STARVELING: Athena Thomas
TOM SNOUT: Siobhan Smorenburg
SNUG: Taylor Anne Galheto
The Backstage Crew
This production is a fantastic occasion for BIS students to gain exposure on a professional stage, as it will form a part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival held in March 2020 at Cape Town’s historical Fugard Theatre.
There will also be an opportunity for two students to train with media and publicity professionals before they represent our production and run the PR process within our school and the community.
We look forward to preparations with our wonderful cast!
For more information on the Shakespeare School’s Festival, visit www.ssfsa.co.za
Mr Riaan Vosloo and Miss G Kerswill
High School Teachers
♫ All the kids in the marketplace say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian ♫
Calling all pharaohs, slaves, gods, goddesses, farmers and mummies! This term Year 3 are learning all about Ancient Egypt. Our students are delving into pyramids, exploring royal tombs, writing hieroglyphs and discovering the various roles and rights of Egyptian society.
During Art this week, students created a typical Egyptian landscape using pencil drawings, paper cuttings and water paints. Their task was to design an Egyptian landscape silhouette using various art media to showcase ancient symbols and landmarks. The students tackled the task with much gusto and thoroughly enjoyed creating the moon-like backdrop firstly, with pencil drawings and then water paints. They learnt to mix various shades and tones and to blend the colours to create a rainbow-like effect before they pasted on their pyramids, camels and sphinx cutouts.
Well done Year 3’s! Your artwork looks awesome and you have a very proud teacher!
Year 3 Teacher
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” – Thomas Edison
In science, this term, our Year 2’s are learning about all the wonders of electricity! We are so excited for fun in class and exciting new experiments.
This week we enjoyed a visit from the Experi-buddies team. Our Inting started with a small demonstration from the team where we learnt about what Electricity is and who Thomas Edison was. After this we got into batteries and how we can use them to power up light bulbs, set off buzzers and even power up a small fan.
Our favourite part was when we got to go back to our tables and start experimenting with our own batteries and light bulbs. We learnt about open and closed circuits and exactly what we need to make the light go on. We also learnt about solar power and how that works, after experimenting with light switches too.
It was so much fun learning about things we are able to find and observe in our everyday lives!Read More
This week I received several emails from parents expressing their excitement after seeing students practicing for athletics in the mornings. It is indeed an awesome sight to see both Key stage 2 and the high school preparing themselves for the upcoming sports events. Their display of hard work and dedication goes a long way in building school spirit and a sense of community amongst the students.
Saturday, the 9th of November, is a Sports Day for the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 students and we look forward to cheering on our little athletes. Throughout the key stages, our teachers are encouraging students, as per school policy, to ensure they are doing at least one winter and one summer sport every term.
“If we did all the things, we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison.
If we want to live a successful life, we must take complete responsibility for everything we experience. This week I have been particularly mindful of responsibility and the potential greatness we can achieve if we take responsibility for both our physical and mental well-being. The key to success in every aspect of our lives lies within us. Challenging though it may be, taking responsibility for the aspects of our lives within our control, does bring peace of mind.
A couple of weeks ago, our Year 10 and 12 students began their final AS and IGCSE examinations. It was moving to see a group of students the other day, gather and pray before entering the examination venue. I was impressed by their calm and the mindset with which they faced the examination.
The school’s management team is actively planning for 2020 and we are excited to see the growth in our class numbers. An additional Year 5 class will open in 2020 as we strive to keep our classes small, allowing our teachers to give personal attention to their students.
My goal for the week ahead is inspired by Dale Carnegie.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”
I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead.
- types of problems it addresses
- methods it uses to address these problems
- the results it has achieved
Mathematics relies on both logic and creativity, and it is pursued both for a variety of practical purposes and for its intrinsic interest. Primary and Secondary Mathematics however should focus on a holistic definition encompassing all facets of the subject as a discipline. I would like to explore, again another category generally believed to address Mathematics in its totality:
Mathematics as the prime human endeavor
We teach Reception and all Primary measurement of time for example, years, months, weeks, days, hours. We also teach distance measurement that developed throughout the world. For some people, the essence of mathematics lies in its beauty and its intellectual challenge. Because mathematics plays such a central role in modern culture, students need to perceive mathematics as part of the human endeavor, comprehend the nature of mathematical thinking, and become familiar with key mathematical ideas and skills.
Students and us as teachers tend to define mathematics in terms of what they learn in mathematics class. The instructional and assessment focus tends to be on basic skills and on solving relatively simple problems using these basic skills, this is only part of mathematics.
Beauty in Mathematics
It is important to study enough mathematics so that students understand and appreciate the breadth, depth, complexity, and beauty of the discipline. Mathematicians often talk about the beauty of a particular proof or mathematical result. G. H. Hardy was one of the world’s leading mathematicians in the first half of the 20th century. In his book “A Mathematician’s Apology” he elaborates at length on differences between pure and applied mathematics.
Mathematics is an aid to representing and attempting to resolve problem situations in all disciplines. It is an interdisciplinary tool and language.
Mr Hebert Tapfuma
High School Mathematics
Last week the Year 4’s had to set some personal goals for themselves to end the year in the best possible way. It was wonderful to see all the different goals that the students wanted to achieve. Goals varied from “improving my piano skills”, “respecting and accepting myself for who I am” to “giving my old toys to charity”. I noticed that there were so many students that wanted to do well in their progression tests and achieve a high mark at the end of the year.
It is clear that we’ve reached that time of the year where they might start to feel a bit overwhelmed and stressed about the upcoming tests and assessments. It is so important that we, as teachers and parents, encourage our children to do their best but it should not be something that causes them so much stress and anxiety. I recently read a beautiful quote that really stuck with me:
“Don’t compare your child to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon. They both shine when it’s their turn” – Unknown
This quote really inspired me to start thinking differently about the way we think about these tests and the way that we speak to our children in general. I read a marvellous article on https://www.momspresso.com that summarized the impact that comparing can have on children:
The article states that every child is different and that in the present age, where competition has spread its tentacles in every walk of life, it is crucial to teach our kids to be grounded. And comparing him at each step will just not help. He should be taught to better himself with each day, not to be better than his counterparts. It is natural to know where our child stands amidst others, in this world of ranks and percentages and wherein everyone is bidding for that coveted seat in a top school or university. But to constantly harrow him as to how others are better than him will fill him with inferiority complex.
Here are some prime reasons as to why we should not compare our children with others:
- It leads to self-doubt.
- It causes pangs of jealousy.
- It can make your child negative.
- They will feel like they don’t have your support.
- It can make them extremely nervous and cause anxiety.Instead of comparing your child to others, rather encourage and motivate them to better themselves and teach them to love and respect themselves.
Here are some easy tips to motivate your child:
- Let them set realistic goals for themselves.
- Celebrate their accomplishments – no matter how small.
- Encourage them.
- Take interest in what they do and spend time with them.
- Discover their passions and use it to help them achieve their goals.
- Always remain positive.
- Ensure that they know you love them no matter what.Inspired by the quote about the moon and the stars, my class had to decorate and colour in a picture of a moon and a sun and was encourage to be as creative as possible. The creativity and uniqueness in their picture reflects their own uniqueness. We are all different and that is what makes us special.
I wish all the students that are studying for the upcoming tests and assessments all of the best.
Always remember: You are worthy, you are blessed and you are loved.
Mrs Ria du Plessis
The Year 2s are learning about electricity and simple circuits. Mrs. Baker’s class were guided safely to discover how electricity works.
The class was divided into four groups. They were given: a small light bulb, some wires, a battery, a battery holder, and a switch. Their task? Make the light bulb glow!
Much consternation, frustration and excitement followed. Each group was determined to be the first group to get the light bulb to glow. Mrs. Baker soon realized that a couple of tips were needed. The students got back on task, and before long, an excited shout could be heard as one of the groups were able to get their bulb to glow.
Why do such an activity in Year 2?
Science allows for many skills to be integrated in one subject. Students were expected to collaborate to complete the task. They had to problem solve and critically analyse what they were doing to change what wasn’t working and improve on what they had done so far. Once the students saw that all the wires and metal parts had to be touching for the light bulb to glow, immediate cohesion was seen in the group with each child having to hold a wire or a battery holder or the bulb to make sure everything was working in circuit.
I don’t think these Year 2s will easily forget this lesson! Hopefully this will ignite their curious minds to ask questions and discover new things daily.
Year 2 Teacher