Every year after completing their external IGCSE examinations the year 10’s are afforded a long and well deserved break, and during this break they use some of that time to do good for the community. This year they tackled 3 different causes.
On day one of outreach they visited the animal shelter and rehabilitation center Fallen Angels. The students were put to work, gardening and painting. Once they had completed these tasks they had the opportunity to interact and play with huskies and puppies.
Day two was a perfect day for their next project. Armed with gloves and plastic bags they set out to walk from Sunset beach to Woodbridge Island and clean up the beach. They gathered a large amount of trash and learned about where it comes from and the dangers it poses.
The final day we partnered with Clean C and visited a recycling depot in Joe Slovo. This was physically the most demanding day of the three, but the students kept their spirits high and managed to sort through piles of recycling. They also learnt about where the sorted recycling then goes and the economies of recycling.
The spirit and dedication the year 10’s displayed was highly commendable and their contribution to their communities invaluable!
Janine van Niekerk
High School Teacher
Our journey to and fro from Rocklands Centre was filled with much anticipation and enthusiasm on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 2019. The students entertained one another by singing, chatting with one another, reading and creating their own rhymes on the bus. On the way back due to being so exhausted from all the fun-filled activities, most of the Year 3’s eagerly slept and awaited their arrival to meet their parents whom they missed greatly.
This camp was a huge success as the students not only embraced each activity with such enjoyment but also had the opportunity to develop their team-building, communication, gross motor and cooperation skills. Rocklands camp was a huge success and one that provided the learners with a well-deserved break from working exceptionally hard this year.
Mrs Alexia Holmes
Year 3 Teacher
What I Learnt In Year 1
In Year 1 I learnt literacy. I loved numeracy because we do sums. Caleb
In Year 1 I learnt numeracy and science. I loved our science theme about Sounds. Aidan
In Year 1 I learnt German, P.E. and science. I loved P.E because it is fun. Liam
In Year 1 I learnt how to be good. I loved P.E. because we get to play soccer. Fernando
In Year 1 I learnt maths. I loved learning lots of new things. Eshwar
In Year 1 I learnt German. I loved P.E. because we play fun games. Callum
In Year 1 I learnt how to be smart. I loved school because I like sport and my favourite is tennis. Zach
In Year 1 I learnt numeracy. I loved P.E. because we do exercise. James
In Year 1 I learnt numeracy because we learn letters. I loved golden time because we make our own stuff. Joshua
In Year 1 I learnt geography and numeracy. I loved numeracy because we do fun things and lern. Divyanshi
In Year 1 I learnt History and Geography. I loved learning Spanish. Sinddhi
In Year 1 I learnt to be kind. I loved my teacher because she is the best in the world. Kwanda
In Year 1 I learnt to read and write. I loved Spanish. Paige
In Year 1 I learnt how to play games. I loved golden time because we play games. Tyler
In Year 1 I learnt new sounds. I loved golden time because we have fun. Isabella
In Year 1 I learnt literacy and German. I loved Mrs Pani teaching me German. Sulafa
In Year 1 I learnt to be kind and not to be rude. I loved my teacher because she lets us have golden time. Macca
Year 1 Teacher
Early on Friday, 29th November the Foundation Stage classes set off in two busses to The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre in Stellenbosch. The students were extremely excited and thoroughly enjoyed the bus trip.
The centre provides easy access to some of Africa’s fascinating wildlife and bird species. Shortly after arriving we were had an interactive creepy crawly encounter with snakes, a bullfrog and many more. There were shrieks of utter excitement and horror, mainly from the teachers!
Most of the animals at Giraffe House form part of their wildlife education program. The students discovered that Giraffes can reach almost 6 meters, making them the tallest land mammals on earth! The Eland is the biggest antelope whilst the Blue Duiker is the smallest. Another interesting fact they learnt about the Ostrich is that it is the biggest bird. The students were absolutely delighted to discover our national animal, the Springbok, as well as our national bird, the Blue Crane.
High-quality outdoor learning experiences are proven to:
– Develop reflective and inquisitive thinking.
– Encourage holistic development of children.
– Develop resilience and adaptability in occasionally adverse circumstances.
– Allow children to become more able to identify hazards and risks.
– Develop a love, appreciation and respect for nature and all that is living.
– Develop an understanding of how we can look after our environment.
– Develop self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem.
– Develop collaborative-working and communication skills.
– Provide positive health benefits – both physically and mentally – and assist gross and fine-motor development.
– Cultivate a lifelong love of the outdoors.
“Let Nature be your teacher” – William Wordsworth
We enjoyed the outdoors in the beautiful sunshine, whilst experiencing and learning about animals.
We have come to the final week of examinations for the high school and I would like to congratulate the students on their hard work and dedication.
We had a lovely evening of music, games and goodies at the Moonlight market last Friday. Thank you to our wonderful PA who organized the event for our school. We are so grateful for all their hard work and the effort they put into the event. The feedback from vendors was incredibly positive and we hope to have more such events in the future.
This week we celebrated our students and their achievements. I spent a lovely morning with students, and their parents, from Foundation Stage and look forward to watching their growth and development as they move through the school. We teach our students the importance of acceptance and are mindful that our children learn more from what they see than from what they hear us say. These are important years of growth for their hearts and minds; lessons instilled at this young age will guide their behaviour later in life. It is with this in mind that our teachers work diligently instilling the values of integrity and tolerance in their young charges and it is with a happy heart that I watch the students move to the next phase of their academic career.
Tonight we will have our Key Stage 2 ceremony and tomorrow morning, our Key Stage 1. We look forward to these events as it gives us an opportunity to celebrate with our students and their parents.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead as we all prepare for the festivities of the season.
With only two weeks left of the 2019 academic year, things can feel a bit overwhelming for parents and teachers alike.
On Monday morning there was a buzz of excitement as students were introduced to their new teachers for 2020. A Year 1 student could barely contain her excitement as I passed her in the corridor and, with a grin a mile wide, announced, ‘I am Year 2 now!’ It was heartwarming to see the excitement and pride in her face and reminded me what an exciting experience this transition is for the students.
2019 was not without its challenges, but here we stand, and look how far we have come. We have been tested and learnt new lessons and it is with a positive and optimistic outlook that we approach the new academic year. With the festive season on our doorstep there is much to look forward to, and beyond that, the opportunities that come with a new year. The final stages of planning for the 2020 academic year are underway as a gentle hum of happy anticipation fills the corridors.
We are looking forward to our Moonlight Market tomorrow night and I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the festivities! The event will run from 17h00 to 21h00 with plenty of fun activities and delicious treats for the whole family. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Have a wonderful weekend.
This past week the Year 10’s had First Aid training with the team from Medical Education Center. First Aid training is an invaluable skill with the certificate being valid for 3 years. Our school arranges the training to empower students and boost their confidence.
The students participated in several practical and hands-on activities. Simulating emergency situations, the students have the opportunity to assess, and use their newly acquired training. But its not all practical, students also work through theory in order to fully grasp the role of First Aid and any limitations that may come along with the responsibility. This helps them protect themselves in emergency situations as well.
The course and instructor was excellent – thorough, knowledgeable and very efficient. The course was very informative, well managed, and extremely helpful.
A very big thank you to Pedrie for being such a wonderful facilitator.
High School Teacher
On Wednesday, 20th November 2019 anticipation filled the air as the Year 5’s headed off to Worcester to enjoy in the exhilarating camp at High Africa. Songs, cheers and pure excitement was felt on the 2-hour bus drive from BIS to Worcester. Games were played and conversations were had to pass the time.
On arrival we were met by our highly energetic camp leaders who welcomed us to our new headquarters for the next three days. We were warned of the pesky mosquitoes, the cluster of spiders lurking in the night and the potential dangerous snakes out there in the fields. NOTHING was going to stop us from having a good time, not even the 32-degree Celsius weather that greeted us on arrival.
We scaled up 12 meter climbing walls and jumped 5 meter heights off the ground. We ventured into the veld and built bridges with just the natural wood planks laying around. We offered words of encouragement, a helping hand when needed, a shoulder to cry on and hugs of motivation. We had pure fun playing in water and getting our hands and feet dirty. All the pleasures of being a child.
Camp has taught many of us how to be team players and how to persevere even when we really want to give up because the satisfaction of trying is far more rewarding than being an onlooker.
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated” – Maya Angelou
Year 5 Teacher
What is Symmetry?
In Year 2, symmetry is part of the geometry section of the curriculum. Using Active Learning as our base, we attempted to allow the learners to discover symmetry in shapes, buildings and nature. First, the students explored the school grounds and had to find and draw as many symmetrical objects they could find. When they returned to class, they gave their own definition of symmetry using what they had just done. The following lesson, students were required to work in groups of four and had to build a symmetrical construction using Lego and building blocks. They had to ensure that the colours they used also demonstrated symmetry. After this, they drew what they had constructed and drew the middle line to show that they knew what the line of symmetry was.Students need to understand symmetry to be able to later grasp more complicated concepts like reflective, rotational and point symmetry. Ballerinas use symmetrical principles to complete a turn by turning their bodies on one spot. Even a simple calculation like 8 = 4 + 4 is a demonstration of symmetry; where the totals on each side of the equals sign need to balance.
“We are imprinted with a tendency toward symmetry and can learn new concepts more quickly if we can detect an element of symmetry in them.” – Katherine Buchholz (https://www.realcleareducation.com/articles)
Year 2 Teacher
This week the Nursery went to meet their new teachers and friends for next year. Teacher Martie van Dyk (Teaching assistant Nelly Janda) and Teacher Cindy Nunan (Teaching assistant Mellissa Franse) will be their Pre-Reception teachers for 2020.
They made sure that our budding preschoolers were made to feel at home, as change can feel overwhelming for little ones. They had the opportunity to bond with next year’s class mates while playing outside on the jungle gym, as well as doing fun activities in the classrooms. Their new teachers had planned exciting activities for them. They enjoyed molding play dough, painting pictures, building puzzles and fantasy play to name only a few.
We could see the utter excitement for Pre-Reception 2020 all over their beaming faces.
I am extremely proud of them and wish them all the very best for next year.