Being teachable creates pathways to grow in various ways. Stagnation is not an option for a teacher, as educating may bring new challenges and difficulties on a daily basis. As you know, we have been doing the IQQA evaluation of the school over past few weeks. This helped management to view strengths and weaknesses of the school from various points.
Identifying a potential problem area is not to be steered away from, but rather to be viewed as an eye-opener to potential growth and movement into the right direction. If we are not open to positive criticism, we stand the risk of stagnation.
It is also important for us to teach our children how to face challenges and potential problem areas in their lives. One only becomes strong through facing challenges and difficulties. Our duty is to show our children how to overcome trials as opposed to protecting them from all of life’s difficulties. In the same way, we, as adults, need to know how to overcome these obstacles too. One cannot give what you do not have.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford
I recently decided to learn a new language. I rediscovered the feeling the students have when faced with something new and challenging. The feeling of second guessing oneself, battling between time-management and priorities. The drive to want to succeed, yet the uncertainty as to whether I made the right decision. Endless thoughts of why, why, why did I think I could do this?
Once again, I realized, how every student feels when learning something new. The victory, however, in realizing the language is starting to make a bit more sense, I now see the light at the end of the tunnel! I have a renewed respect for every scholar; from the pre-reception class through to Year 12 class. Every one of them face a new challenge daily. I, therefore, wish every parent and every teacher to encourage our young ones daily. We have the power to help build the foundations of their lives and to take them from strength to strength and we should do this proudly and patiently.
With the examinations around the corner, I wish every student the very best and encourage them to start early and manage time wisely. You can do this!
The Foundation phase celebrated Grandparents Day and Someone Special Day on Friday, 11 May 2018.
Grandparents are special to every child. Their bedtime stories are an integral part of everyone’s growing up years. They are also the wise and experienced ones we turn to in times of trouble. Their knowledge is invaluable and their love unconditional. In keeping with this, the foundation phase celebrated Grandparents and someone special day on Friday, 11 May 2018.
The students were all excited to perform in front of their grandparents' and their someone special. They made beautiful gifts for their grandparents' and they were very proud to show off their classrooms. It wasa wonderful morning for everyone.
Martie van Dyk
Instead of having to brave in the early morning traffic and drive into Cape Town, the students had the planetarium come to school. The large planetarium dome was set up on the soccer court, so it just meant a walk across the field to enjoy the wonders of space.
The Year 1 students excitedly approached the dome eager to see what was inside. They learned about clouds, the sun and the moon and some of the planets closest to the earth.
Here are some of the Year 1 students comments......
I liked learning that the asteroids hit the moon - Nathan Wiese I liked it when they told us what the clouds were made of - Chichi Saruchera My favourite part was when it was dark. I learnt that the moon actually has holes in - Carsten Dijhuizen I learnt that the dark spots on the moon are lava - Katy-Ann Denysschen I learnt that there were meteorites that made the holes in the moon - Emma Cronje I learnt that the clouds are made out of water - Wanda Ahadzadeh I learnt the moon comes up in the east and the sun comes down in the west - Mia Govender I learnt the sun is a star - Cooper Sinclair I learned the sun and moon go round the earth - Manjulika Moodley I learnt that the sun moves around the earth and the plants are shaped like a ball - Christian Appalsamy
Mrs Ann Cordner
An out of this world experience
This week the Primary School had on opportunity to fly among the stars when the inflatable planetarium, *The Edudome, *came to visit he school. Each class spent half an hour looking at the stars. They got to see the phases of the moon; The Solar System and an the beautiful Milky Way.
*Some comments from the students*:
Caitlin Muller: It was hot and looked really pretty with all the stars on top. Calissa Gouwer: Very hot, but extremely interesting. LuKe Scott Brown: Even though it was hot, it was a very cool thing to see… especially the lights inside. Boris Tran: It was fun and the videos were exciting.
Mrs. C. Schoots
A look inside electricity
*by Charlotte Thatcher & Buhlebenkosi Masutu (Year 6)*
"On the 9th of May, the Year 6 class got an opportunity to have a look inside technology. The teachers managed to bring in an electronic specialist named Frans, who helped them develop the knowledge that they would need to know for the future experiences.
First the students had the time to ask Frans any questions they wanted to seek an answer about electricity. After that they got their hands dirty while taking apart old appliances such as printers, record players, hair dryers, telephones and keyboards that came from computers.
All the Year 6's had an unreal time at the inting. Yannah Figl said that she had lots of fun and it was very fascinating to see what was inside of everyday electronics.
Overall, we would like to say thank you to Mrs Esterhuizen and Mrs Hack for planning and organizing Frans to come and teach us more about electricity".
Following a recent talk on nutrition by Fiona Thornton of IntoNutrition, Estelle Smith, of Annie B School of home cooking, hosted cookery classes for our high school students. The students actively took part in demonstrations making delicious hummus and a very tasty banana and chocolate ice cream. Healthy ingredients were introduced and explained to students, as well as tasted. The enthusiasm and enjoyment was clear to see.
Estelle will be offering further cookery lessons to students during the holidays.
Ms Justine Thatcher
The students thoroughly enjoyed the 'nice-cream' so much that they asked for the recipe.
See below and enjoy.
How to prepare for the examinations
The Examinations are upon us. This could be an extremely stressful and overwhelming time for most of us, hence, I have compiled these helpful tips to make a success of the exam period.
*1) Make sure you are informed about the exam*
The format of the questions (multiple choice, short answer, essay and or practical) asked in the exam is extremely important. This will help you to prepare effectively by working through past exam papers which have similar formats).
*2) Identify your study style *
We all have different learning styles. Therefore, what works for one person, might not work for the next. It is key that you identify the learning style that you are comfortable with and stick to it.
The following points are a brief summary on different learning styles. It might be wise to do further research into these different methods in order for you to employ it optimally.
- Learners that find it necessary to read aloud.
- Recording yourself reading aloud can be beneficial because you can replay it when you want to.
- Colour code your notes either by topic or chapter.
- You can also graphically organize your notes.
- Hands on learners.
- Teach someone else.
The above mentioned methods work well; however, when it comes to Mathematics, the only way to learn, is by doing as many problems as you possibly can. Therefore, practicing examples, will not only sharpen your problem solving skills, but it will also reduce the average amount of time you spend on a problem. When studying for Mathematics make sure that you do the following:
- Make a note of all the formulas that you need to know.
- Make sure that you understand what each and every symbol means in the formula and when it will be applicable.
- Practice makes perfect! Make sure to practice as many problems as you possibly can. These include old tests, quizzes and past exam papers.
- Redo the problems that were incorrect in the previous tests and examinations and if you are struggling with a particular problem then consult your teacher, tutor or fellow classmates.
*3) Uncluttered and staying focused *
Clear the space that you will be using for studying. Make sure to clear it of everything else besides your textbooks, notes and notebook that you will need for the particular subject you will be studying. Make sure you have enough light and that you are comfortable. Generally, beds should be avoided as it provides the extra comfort which calls for a nap.
Remove any distractions. That means, all electronic devices should be silent or ideally switched off. Social Media is a no-go. Avoid checking up on friends on Facebook, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, this will cause you to lose focus. Use your study time effectively. It should be noted that for some
students background music helps. This is perfectly fine as long as it is not distracting.
*4) Organizing study groups*
Organizing study groups will help you share your knowledge and fill gaps by learning from others. This is especially helpful for the hands-on learners. Make sure that you group with people that actually wants to study and not to use the group as an escape to be social.
*5) Healthy body, healthy mind *
Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep everyday. Cramming should be avoided as this causes unnecessary stress and anxiety. Study for 30 minutes and take 10 minute breaks. Avoid checking social media during this break time as this is still part of your time set aside for studying. Use your breaks to get up and do some stretches or to fetch a glass of water or a light snack. Make sure you stay hydrated and that you eat healthy snacks.
Nutritious foods will aid in concentration and memory. These foods include, but are not limited to, fish, nuts and seeds, blueberries etc. Avoid energy drinks, coffee and sugar. Energy drinks and coffee will dehydrate you and will contribute to anxiety. Sugar will give you a short term energy rush but will make you crash an hour later.
*6) The exam day*
Make sure you had eight hours of sleep. On the morning of the exam you should eat a healthy breakfast. Make sure that you have all equipment needed to complete the exam. Upon arrival at the exam venue, avoid revising and asking fellow students about work you think you might have forgotten. This will only confuse you and make you anxious.
*Lastly, Good luck and enjoy the exams*.
Mr. G. Andrews
Head of Science
U9 Soccer matches
Blouberg International vs CBC St. Johns
The team played two matches and was victorious for both with a score of 2-0 for each match.
Two goals were scored by Declan McPherson and Joshua Greyling and Cole Dreyer scored one goal.
SEK & IES Sister Schools News
A VISIT FROM ST. JOHN'S SCHOOL
From the 2nd to the 8th of May, our School received the visit of a group of ten students from St. John's, one of our sister schools in England. It was a week full of learning and fun, which coincided with our Project Week for the Third Evaluation and with our second Open Day. Our guests spent their evenings with their host families and they had a chance to see all the sights in Valencia, including the Albufera lagoon. Judging by the tears shed during their goodbyes, we are convinced that strong friendships have been formed which will last a lifetime.
Director of Admissions
Colegio Internacional Levante VALENCIA – ESPAÑA
PRESCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Although most of our learning experiences happen in the classroom or out in the playground we love to get out of the school and visit different places that support our classroom learning.
Our most recent field trips have taken us to the Budapest Zoo and the Csopa Play Bar. Our trip to the zoo took in all the indoor exhibitions where the children were able to see all the exotic animals that we had been learning about. The highlights of the day was a simulated safari ride back in time to see the prehistoric animals and an animal show.
We boarded a mechanical platform and rode through an ice age forest seeing prehistoric deer and wooly mammoths.
We were lucky enough to have an animal show organized for our visit where the children got up close and personal with a few different animals. We even got to see a few different types of birds of prey fly across the top of our heads.
Our visit to the Csopa Play Bar has been our most recent trip where we donned lab coats for the morning and performed different experiments using magnets. The children learnt all about the polar differences and how they can make things attract or repel each other.
Our next field trips will be in May where will visit a wildlife park in the hills and visit the Budapest zoo once again, this time taking in the of the outdoor exhibitions.
SEK Budapest International School HUNGARY
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