It is a funny thing how many of us spend most of our lives not knowing much, if anything, about our surnames and where they come from. Yet, our surnames are the first sense of belonging we are given, our first identity.
The grade 6s were given the task of researching their surname as well as their family history. They then had to present their findings to the class in the form of an oral…and it has been fascinating!
It has been wonderful to learn about the diverse backgrounds which we all come from and to be able to celebrate our heritage. Many of the children have been very surprised by what they have learned about their parents, grandparents and forefathers.
What a fun and special way to learn more about each other!
A Visit to Intaka Island
On Wednesday the 17th and Thursday the 18th of February, the Gr 6 pupils visited Intaka Island in Century City. It is a fascinating place as it is situated right in the heart of Century City amongst all the buildings. It is a natural wetland that has been looked after through all the development around it. It is a place of sanctuary for the birds. We took a trip around the wetlands by boat, learnt about alternative sources of energy, and had the opportunity to learn more about our local bird population. A place of great beauty amongst the concrete jungle, we recommend you visit the island yourself!
Goodbye Christmas, hello new year!
On Friday, 15th January the new Gr 6 year began, a buzz of excitement filled the air!
We had many new faces join us. Not only were there many new pupils but also a new Gr 6 teacher! Miss Camilla Calitz joined the Gr 6 team from Citrusdal to head up the Afrikaans.
A big change this year sees the Gr 6 pupils move from teacher to teacher for various learning areas. Very exciting, as each teacher’s unique personality, style and manner may be experienced!
Best wishes to everyone for a superb 2016! So much to look forward to!
Wednesday 29 July 2015 saw the conclusion of a most beautiful experience. For the past few days, Annie was all we could think of. The pupils performed with such passion and charisma, thoroughly impressing all with their efforts.
The show was made all the more special by the inclusion of teachers in the cast. While we often talk about the children needing to be challenged, stretched and grown; that was certainly even truer for the adults! It will never cease to amaze me how children and adults alike will better their efforts and up their game when demanded to, we really all can do better than the very best we have in mind – something worth remembering!
Lines, lights, sound, costumes, make-up… what a thrill!
Thank you Mrs van Tonder for a treasure of a memory.
The Grade 6 pupils were involved in their termly ILT (Integrated Learning Task) last week Wednesday to Friday. It was an ILT with a difference, as the focus was on Life Orientation for a change! Very exciting!
It’s fair to say, growing up has never been more challenging for an 11 year old, so many questions and pressures! Time was spent covering issues such as bullying, social media management, changing bodies, reputation and the importance thereof, what it means to be a young man/woman these days, as well as the important issue of personal hygiene!
As teachers, we often feel saddened by the fact that we have to address certain issues at such a young age but unfortuntely we are left with little choice as the pupils are heavily bombarded by the media, influencing them powerfully.
Solid discussion was had and we certainly could have carried on talking for many more days, so many questions still to answer!