School holidays – Adult and Child bonding ideas

School holidays – Adult and Child bonding ideas

“I’m bored!” How many times have you heard this? It’s an innocent sounding line, but for most parents, it strikes fear into our hearts, reducing us to an anxious blubbering mess. The April school holidays have arrived and while many people will be planning their getaways and family time, parents around the country will be… READ MORE

Celebrating Easter…

Celebrating Easter…

I can’t believe that it is Easter and almost the end of Term 1 already! Some exciting news is that we will be sending out Electronic Academic Reports at the end of this term. Our Parents will be receiving both, Academic (Grade 4-12) and Code of Conduct Reports (Grade 8-12), by email. A message was… READ MORE

The Book is Mightier than the Tablet

The Book is Mightier than the Tablet

When I look back on my childhood I have such fond memories of being read to. I remember the memory of snuggling up to my mom or sitting right up close to my teacher’s legs as they read stories to me. In fact, I probably remember these memories more than I do the actual stories… READ MORE

School Tours – Is it worth the trip?

School Tours – Is it worth the trip?

For many years now, in fact probably for at least as long as many of us have been alive, schools have taken many of their students on annual grade tours. From bush camps to veld schools, to tours at luxury lodges, our students have experienced a wide variety of places all filled with their own… READ MORE

Communicating Love

Communicating Love

How often do you tell your children by words and actions that you love them? To feel secure each child must have at least one significant person to love and to be loved by. Telling your children that you love them, especially when they are not anticipating such a comment and non-verbal signs such as… READ MORE

Grade 12 Mathematics using Google Classroom

Grade 12 Mathematics using Google Classroom

This year, I have been teaching for 20 years and I have to say that it has been the most exciting year of teaching for me so far. This year I am teaching one Grade 12 Mathematics class using the iPad as a tool and using Google Classroom. Since my students will be writing a… READ MORE

The FIVE Characteristics of Marist Education

The FIVE Characteristics of Marist Education

The FIVE Characteristics of Marist Education – Family Spirit, Love of Work, in Mary’s way, Presence, Simplicity. The theme of our recent 2018 Staff Retreat was on the above five characteristics, and I had the privilege of addressing the group on the characteristic, “Love of Work”. Of all the five characteristics, this is the one… READ MORE

Are those ears an appendix?

Are those ears an appendix?

I think we all grew up with some or other adult asking if our ears were just ornaments of if we were going to use them. Being a speech and language therapist, we deal with the area of auditory perception, auditory memory which involves processing language and the ability to follow instructions. I have so… READ MORE

The Modern Child – Do they lack certain valuable life skills?

The Modern Child – Do they lack certain valuable life skills?

Many teachers, therapists and even parents have mentioned to me over the years that they have noticed a change in the modern child compared to the resilient, socially and emotionally strong youth of old. Is this just perception or has the ‘modern world’ changed the way our offspring act? As we know, the brain is… READ MORE

The Good and Evil of Technology

The Good and Evil of Technology

Dear Marist Family,. This week, Mr Williams and I attended a Catholic Schools Principals’ meeting at which Fr Russell Pollitt from the Jesuit Institute, spoke about, “Living with Integrity in a Digital World”. This is a critical topic that links to the CSO’s theme for 2018 of “Keeping God’s Children Safe”. Fr Russell referred to… READ MORE

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