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Topics ranging from famous horses to books that have been made into movies, challenged our Grade 6 and Grade 7 Lit Quiz teams this term and gave them an opportunity to show off their excellent literary knowledge. It was a fun and exciting event held at Reddam Constantia that has inspired our readers to delve into genres that they have not tried before.
The Grade 3s delved into science using Keynote to create presentations on States of Matter. These informative displays not only deepened their understanding of scientific concepts but also sharpened their digital communication skills. In a blend of artistry and technology the Grade 4 girls crafted beautiful ships in their art lessons and then donned their coding hats to program robots, bringing these vessels to life. The level of problem-solving and teamwork displayed was remarkable. Additionally, girls in both of these grades ventured into the world of filmmaking by learning about the essential 6-shot sequence. They storyboarded their own 6-shot sequences and filmed and edited them using iMovie. Watch out, Spielberg!
The Grade 5 class embarked on a captivating journey through Ancient Egypt, working on museum displays brought to life with the assistance of robots. Through coding, they enabled these robots to navigate the exhibit, providing a wealth of information about Ancient Egypt as they moved along. The Lina Victor-inspired digital art added a breathtaking element to the museum displays, as the powerful poses reflect the strength within each Micklefield girl. This project seamlessly blended history, art, coding, and creativity.
Game design took center stage in Grade 6, where the girls developed and programmed Renaissance-themed online games using Flowlab. This project encouraged critical thinking and problem-solving as they brought historical narratives to life in a digital format.
Lastly, our Grade 7 projects revolved around the theme of Sustainability. Learners designed their own eco-homes on iPads and created captivating podcasts using Garage Band and iMovie. This project allowed them to explore sustainability while honing their audio production skills.
The Grade 3s have been immersed in their Science Theme this term. As well as exploring scientific concepts such as states of matter, sound, electricity and the scientific method, each girl presented her own Science experiment to the class. There was great excitement, each Friday, in anticipation of what we would see. Volcanos, lava lamps, magic milk, bouncing bubbles and rubber eggs were just a few of the experiments that we observed. To make it even more exciting, the girls enjoyed a Science in Action day and a trip to the Cape Town Science Centre.
Lina Viktor is a British-Liberian visual artist whose work is inspired by Egyptian art. The girls have been studying this artist and their digital art pieces, seen here, have been inspired by Lina Viktor. Each submission, as part of their project-based learning this term, was absolutely stunning in a different way. The girls really made it their own.
The Grade 5s invited the other grades to view their museum displays. It was a good opportunity for the girls to present their work and pitch it to various levels of understanding. The guests were engaged and our Grade 5s displayed patience with our littlest visitors.
On Friday 25 August the Grade 7s went on an amazing outing to the Iziko Slave Lodge. In History this term, we have been learning about slavery at the Cape so we went to the Slave Lodge to get more insight on the topic. The guide spoke to us in detail about why slaves were brought to the Cape, where slaves were bought from, their journey to the Cape and their life there once they arrived. We saw a pillar with all of the slave names written on it. All 21 of us squeezed under a table to feel what the slaves would have felt cramped in the ships they were transported in. We learnt so much. We left feeling empathy for the slaves who had to go through much hardship. After we finished our tour at the slave lodge, we walked to Company Gardens and had a lovely lunch while we digested all of our new knowledge about slavery. Written by Isla Cameron
In Natural Science this term, the Grade 7s have been looking at renewable energy sources and sustainability. One of our projects related to this topic was to design an eco-home (a completely eco-friendly home) with a partner. At Greenpoint Park, there was a competition held between teams for the best eco-home. The winning home was built and installed, and is now on show in Greenpoint Park. We had the amazing opportunity to go and see the eco-home for ourselves. We were very lucky to have Mary Quinn as our guide. She is extremely knowledgeable about green buildings. We saw in close detail all the effort put into this incredible design, and even though it was run on zero electricity and made out of insulated shipping containers, it was still one of the nicest looking houses I’ve been in. This house really shows what the future can hold and that humans can find a way of living sustainably and save our planet! Written by Hanna McDavid
The Grade 4s boarded the Titanic as their Project Based Learning adventure this term. They explored the design of the great ship, investigated passengers that were on the ship, fashion of the time and built ships that were coded to take the final voyage with narration. A great exploration and learning experience.
Creating musical instruments in Science. What a fun way to learn about sound waves!
The theme for Grade 2 for the term was Countries Around the World. The girls got busy learning about different countries, languages, flags, cultures, religions, traditions and landmarks. They “visited” many countries through a blended learning project where they designed their own passport and researched facts on a country, presenting an oral with individual, well-thought-out Keynote presentations. For Spring day, the Grade 2s wrote a creative piece and enjoyed manipulating the set of 6 Bricks in fun, critical-thinking ways! Jessica Mayson, a Narrative Therapist, also came to school to teach the Grade 2s skills and strategies for building friendships and managing their emotions. Finally, in light of our Sports Focus this year the Grade 2s are definitely backing the Bokke at the 2023 Rugby World Cup!
Amidst all the preparation for Madagascar, the Grade 6s remained active on their various PBL components about the Renaissance. Many intriguing discussions were had and discoveries were made about life during this period. The girls’ creativity knew no limit; their FlowLab Renaissance games, personal inventions and newspaper articles were entertaining and enjoyable. On the outing to the Peter Clark Art Centre, we delved further into the art of lettering getting a glimpse into fonts of the past, and forming an appreciation for the impact the invention of the printing press had on the world.
The Grade 1s went to Kirstenbosch in celebration of spring. We saw beautiful spring flowers and went on the Boomslang walkway between the tree tops and got a bird’s eye view of Table Mountain and blossoms on the coral trees. We ended off with a picnic and a nature hunt on the lawns which were definite highlights. Happy spring everyone!
The Grade 0s have been learning to categorise by comparing similarities and differences, a very important thinking and reasoning skill. Bears is a wonderful theme to practise this skill. We also explored well known stories about bears and we ended off our theme with our annual bear hunt and teddy bears’ picnic.
Exploring Day and Night, Light and Dark gives rise to lots of new vocabulary: twilight, dusk, dawn, noon. We used our thinking maps to sort photographs, after looking for clues and deciding what different times of day the photographs were taken. As the sun moved across the sky, the girls loved experimenting with their changing shadows. We traced a friend’s shadow and used blocks to build shadow pictures.
Fruit and Vegetables theme inspires us to take a few risks and encourages the girls to try new tastes. ‘Five plump peas in a peapod pressed’: counting and estimating how many peas in my pod. Maths is so much more fun with sugarsnap peas as a reward. We looked closely at the different parts of a plant and what the difference between a fruit and a vegetable is.
Our outing to be.UP Park is always a favourite. The girls have a chance to build friendships in a new environment, and peer pressure can work wonders by encouraging healthy risk taking.
It has been a busy and fun term in Grade 00. There has been such growth in the girls’ skills and they are embracing all that is on offer with enthusiasm and confidence. The term started with our Winter Theme and the weather really was very wintery! Next up was The Body Theme where we drew around each girl and they delighted in seeing how “big” they actually are! We spent a great deal of time focusing on proportions, positioning and size. We also spent an active, fun morning using our bodies to explore all that was on offer at be.UP Park. The 5 Senses Theme was also very interactive and engaging. We explored each sense in depth. Thank you to all the parents for sending such interesting things for us to explore and discuss.
Our U12A and U13A netball teams took part in the annual PGSGU Inter-Schools Tournament held at St Cyprians on Wednesday, 6 September. They played very well against tough opposition.
1. St Cyprians 21
2. Herschel 18
3. Springfield 15
4. Micklefield 10
5. Oakhurst 9
6. RGJS 7
7. WGJS 3
8. Greenfield 0
1. RGJS 19 (goal difference)
2. St Cyprians 19
3. Springfield 15
4. Herschel 12
5. Oakhurst 6
6. Micklefield 6
7. WGJS 3
8. Greenfield 0
Our Open A and B hockey teams participated in the PGSGU Inter-Schools Tournament held at WGJS on Monday, 11 September and Tuesday, 12 September respectively. Both days showcased good hockey with the players giving their all!
OPEN A RESULTS:
OPEN B RESULTS:
1. Herschel 19
2. RGJS 14
3. WGJS 13
4. Springfield 9
5. Oakhurst 8
6. St Cyprians 6 (goal difference)
7. Micklefield 6
8. Greenfield 0
1. Herschel 13
2. RGJS 11
3. Springfield 11
4. Micklefield 6
6. St Cyprians 4
7. Oakhurst 3
Greenfield did not participate
The U9 – Open Inter-House hockey took place on Tuesday, 5 September and Tuesday, 12 September. The girls showed some great skills and spirit and the results went down to the wire with the final result being decided on goal average! Well done to the Robins who finished in 1st place, followed by the Swallows with the Kingfishers in 3rd place.
Shocking Pink proudly took to the stage on Tuesday evening 22 August at Christ Church Constantia, alongside the globally acclaimed Cape Town Camerata. This was not a competition but a celebration of vocal music. Thank you to our warmly responsive audience who braved stormy winter weather to share the big occasion with us. It was an inspiring musical education for Shocking Pink as they listened with wide-eyed awe to the young adults of the Camerata. Let’s carry this experience into the future.
Congratulations to the following recorder players on their lovely performances at the Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfod:
Congratulations to the following singing students for receiving such a fine set of results at the Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfod:
Congratulations to our talented, young flautists for achieving excellent results at the Cape Town Eisteddfod:
Extra-Mural drama girls in action on a Tuesday afternoon. They improvised an impactful short play which they called “The Shadow” about a young girl struggling to deal with her emotions.
The Grade 4s to 7s went on a wonderful outing to the Peter Clarke Art Centre. The girls learnt about using lettering in art and then went on to make their own beautiful artworks that incorporated lettering. The girls had a lot of fun.
A number of girls took part in the Art sections of the Cape Town Eisteddfod and the Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfod (KAE) this year. The girls all did very well, and many received diplomas. Special congratulations to the following girls for their outstanding results:
Bravo to the cast, crew, staff and everyone involved in making our Gr 4-7 Madagascar Musical such a resounding success. It was an incredible showcase of musical, dramatic, and dancing talent coming together in this wonderful celebration of the arts.
The costumes really set the mood for the different scenes and made you believe that the actors really were their characters. They looked new and very snazzy. There were wonderful light effects that brought your attention to the main characters or changed the atmosphere depending on the scene. The backdrop changes that made you feel like you were in the environment, really added an extra element that helped tie everything together. There was some cool music and sounds which went along nicely with the girls who were singing. There were even microphones which made it all feel rather professional. Even the makeup was well thought out and executed exceptionally well matching the character’s personality and looks. Sophie Schelhase
Overall, I really enjoyed the play. Everyone put in a lot of effort in terms of acting and there was never a dull moment. The comedic timing of some of the characters was perfect and the musical was very humorous. I found myself smiling and laughing throughout the whole show. During the music scenes, I was blown away by the talent of the actors. I found my mouth hanging open especially by the steak scene and I thought the singing was sublime! Courtney Viljoen
The set and props added so much to the show. Perhaps the most magnificent props of all were the crates on wheels; they were so realistic and the wheels that carried the actors across the stage functioned incredibly. The detail of all the stickers and labels made it seem like they had really taken the crates from a real shipyard. Hanna McDavid
The costumes were so fabulous and were definitely a highlight of the musical for me. King Julian’s costume deserves high praise and the lion had a stunning tulle mane. The giraffe had hand painted spots! There were some awesome sound effects and I could hear everything really well. The lights were also a good addition to the play. In the dreamy scene, the lighting really contributed to the mood. It also put attention onto the characters who were the focus at times. Isla Cameron
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