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 ...READ MORE →
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), ...READ MORE →
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 ...READ MORE →
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 ...READ MORE →
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 ...READ MORE →
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 ...READ MORE →
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 ...READ MORE →
To Read or not to Read – Is There Really a Choice?
Once upon a time there were books, and they were cherished, and they were sought after, and they were read. I would like to believe that for many people who love reading, this is still the case and here at Marist Brothers Linmeyer we will continue to promote and encourage ...READ MORE →
Electronic Games and Child Aggression
With the onset of the iPad and other tablets now accessible to almost every child, we as parents and teachers have to be vigilant as to what controls we put in place regarding access to the world-wide web, gaming sites and the like. Children who have tablets, and have a ...READ MORE →
Holiday Entertainment and Feeding Frenzy
Friday is the 1st of December and pretty much the end of the school year. As a result, your families have to be entertained, but more than that FED! The Christmas decorations have to go up on Friday (well in my house anyway) and Sunday the 3rd of December, we ...READ MORE →