The Year 6 classes recently experienced their first taste of high school.
The students had the opportunity to conduct a very “hands on” investigation on digestion in the mouth. They used pipettes to examine what happens when they put a drop of Iodine on a piece of bread from the packet, and a piece that they had gently held and chewed in their mouths for three minutes. The experiment was conducted because Iodine is able to determine if starch is present in a food or not. Overall, the students really enjoyed themselves and we would like to thank Mrs Goch for allowing us the use of her laboratory. #sciencerocks
Year 6 Teacher
This term we have started off with developing our map skills in Geography and so the students are creating as well as designing their very own treasure map in Art. This includes designing a detailed map key, drawing interesting landmarks and creating a name for their Island. It is an exciting process that will end off with staining the maps using a wet tea bag, slightly burning the edges and then rolling it up into a scroll, to create an old effect.
The year 3 students are thoroughly enjoying embarking on this adventure and can’t wait to show their parents the final results.
Our class is close to completing the drawing part of their treasure maps and including lots of detail into it.
Mrs Alexia Holmes
Year 3 Teacher
This week our Year 2’s got to have some fun with all sorts of different Maths and Science activities. Our Science activities involved all sorts of fun experiments such as “Rainbow Walking Water” with water, food colouring and paper towel, “Rainbow Candy” with smarties and water, “Rain Cloud” with shaving cream, water and food colouring and “Elephant Toothpaste” with soap, yeast and food colouring. So much fun was had experimenting with different colour mixing, creating clouds and watching rain fall through. Getting to watch the colour slowly soak off of the smarties was a particular favourite!
“Science helps children develop vital life-skills such as problem-solving, communication and research. Science is one of the most important subjects a child can learn because of its relevance to our lives and its capacity to apply these vital life-skills to everyday activities”
For Maths this week, we had fun testing out different forms of measurement and experimenting with shape in art. One of our Year 2’s favourite activities was getting to play with “Dragons Tears”, using jugs and other measuring utensils to test and compare the volume and capacity of various containers. We learned about what these terms mean and what various amounts of milliliters’s look like. It has been great opportunity to keep the fun in our school work!
Year 2 Teacher
In Nursery we have ‘Manners for Minors‘ every Monday morning. Each week the students learn about a variety of manners and new characters.
This week we learned about Caring Kurt and how we care for our mommies and our friends when they are sick. We were taught how to listen to our mom when she talks to us and how to help others when they can’t help themselves.
Miss manners explained manners in the morning. It was fun to dance and sing to the new Mommy song and we read a new book learning about how we have to get dressed, eat breakfast and brush teeth before we go to school.
Boastful Betty, Rodney Rude and Princess Penny are just a few of the other characters that we learn about at Manners for Minors.
These activities are a fun way for our students to acquire the necessary skills to become a well rounded member of the community. Our lives have become so fast paced that we sometimes forget to place emphasis on the basics. Etiquette being a very important basic skill for the next generation, must be taught at home as well as in school.
Our Year 6 classes coordinated a donation drive for Table View Angels. There was a strong spirit of generosity and competition among the classes to collect the most items for this year’s Mandela Day. Congratulations to Mrs Nadia Mahomed’s Year 5 class, who collected the most products, donating 240 items in total! Many classes not only reached the target of 67 items per class, but went over and above this amount.
Over 2300 items were collected! We had the privilege of delivering all the collected non-perishable items to Table View Angels, feeling proud of our collection initiative and our school.
We would not have achieved our collection goal without the generous hearts of our students and parents, and are blown away by the kindness shown. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our BIS school community for making this year’s Mandela Day a huge success!
Year 6 Teacher
On Friday 12th July, it was a privilege for Blouberg International School to receive guests, The A21 Campaign. They shared valuable information about the dangers of human trafficking.
They taught us how to better equip ourselves in harmful situations so as to enlighten us to be as safe as possible when using social media platforms. This can be done by not being easily lured by prospects such as international sporting and job opportunities as well as modeling and scouting — no matter how determined one may be.
The A21 Campaign offers insightful information at various branches worldwide. How can one get involved? This can be done by donating money, creating awareness, inviting people to talks given by victims and survivors and participating in annual charity walks. Word can be spread by reposting informative videos and hosting charitable competitions within your communities and schools.
The motto of A21 is “Slavery Ends Here”. The message that can be learned from this is that whilst modern slavery is the fault of those abused, the rest of society has a role to play in fulfilling our duty as fellow citizens. Make a change today!
– Lwazi Mpofu-Mketwa (Year 12)
Last week Friday we had A21, an organization which assists victims of human trafficking, visit our school. To say that a lot of us were moved is an understatement. We all gained so much information about what human trafficking actually is and how even when victims are rescued, they are never really emotionally free. It was shocking to learn that only 1% of victims are rescued and that traffickers maintain control by manipulating our vulnerabilities, our desire for food, shelter etc. The experience was stark and eye-opening. However, not everything is doom and gloom. A21 have 14 different locations in 12 countries across the globe. The organization rescues victims of human trafficking and helps them get back on their feet after their traumatic experience.
On the 19th of October, the organization is holding an event called ‘Walk for Freedom’ to raise awareness about human trafficking. Participants walk a designated route, wearing A21 t-shirts and carry placards in an effort to get people’s attention and make the public aware of the reality of human trafficking. The message is that slavery still exists and as a community we need to identify the victims and abolish this heinous trade.
– Etseoghena Oyoto (Year 12)Read More
In Year 2 this term, we have started History, learning about leaders and leadership qualities. During discussions, the students decided that there were certain characteristics that good leaders should have. Among these were the following:
- Being a role model
- Have good ideas
With these characteristics in mind, the students were tasked with researching and preparing an oral presentation, on a historical leader. The students were excited to share their information with their peers and brought photographs and information, which many of their friends were unaware of.
We also discussed how we could be leaders in the different facets of our lives. One does not have to be famous to be a good leader.
To quote from a famous historical leader, “Nothing is impossible, until it’s done” Nelson Mandela
Year 2 Teacher
Our class bear, Coco, has been traveling all over the world visiting different countries every day. He has visited Australia, Russia, China, France, England, Spain and America. The students have made their own passports and add one picture every day as we learn about each new country.
We even had an interesting day of listening to different languages; afterward we made a short video featuring a few of our students who speak other languages. Please follow the link to watch our video: https://www.facebook.com/IES.Blouberg/videos/513221689421891/
We will end the countries series with a dress up day this Friday. Students will bring and share treats from multiple countries for everyone to try.
On Monday, 15th July, we surprised our year 12 class with a little get-together in the senior hall, during which we handed over the invitations to their matric dance. As I was handing out the invitations I felt an overwhelming sense of nostalgia as I reflected on the growth I have witnessed in these students during our years together. It seems unreal that this class is at the end of their school career, as it feels like only yesterday I taught them as year 7 students. It is this wonderful nostalgia; being part of a family and growing with the students that makes working at Blouberg International such a wonderful experience.
I would like to congratulate one of our past pupils, Maurice Theart. Maurice matriculated in 2018 and during his time with us, excelled as a sportsman. After he matriculated, Maurice was selected to represent South Africa in the the match between the U19 Ikapa South African team and the U19 Liverpool team in April this year.
It was at this match that Maurice was scouted and was offered a 50% scholarship to the University of Arkansas, Rich Mountain in the United States. Whilst completing an Associate Degree, Maurice will play soccer for the University team. He also has the option to complete a further 4 years’ study after completing the Associate Degree. Maurice will begin his studies in August this year and is flying over to the USA on the 29th of July. We are incredibly proud of Maurice and wish him all the best in this exciting journey.
Just a reminder to all parents, students and teachers that we are hosting a fundraiser on Friday, the 19th of July, in aid of our students who were selected to participate in the tennis tournament at Sun City. Please come and join us for a fun afternoon at the Table View Tennis Academy.
Wishing all our families a wonderful and warm weekend.
The Year 8 History students are learning about the “Scramble for Africa”. In the first week of term, they learned about the Berlin Conference.
Students participated in a group work activity that simulated the Berlin Conference. They were given a map of a fictitious island, as well as fictitious countries to represent. They were also allocated resources. Students had to divide the island whilst being mindful of geographical, cultural and economic factors. This gave students an idea of the problems of dividing an area (and perhaps an idea of the moral issues surrounding such an undertaking too).
The smaller groups certainly found the task much easier than the larger ones. They discovered that cultural and linguistic groups need to be considered and that hell hath no fury like the country who has been allocated a much smaller share of territory.
It’s safe to say that if the island was a real one, war would be imminent!
High School History Teacher