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    • Ilanit1

    Hayley’s Comet: the light of her legacy shines bright

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    On the first night of Chanukah, 22 December, South African immigrant Hayley Sevitz Varenberg was tragically killed in a bus accident near Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel along with three other people.
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    • RowanPolovin

    Politicisation of Yad Vashem trip insensitive and ignorant

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    It is appalling that Khalid Sayed, the African National Congress (ANC) shadow MEC for education and chairperson of the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape, politicised an educators’ trip of officials from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to Yad Vashem in December 2019.
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    • LorraineSrage (2)

    From the pens of principals

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Our principals have reason to be proud of the accomplishment of their students, especially because of the 100% pass rate, hundreds of distinctions, and all those who soared in spite of learning issues. It’s one thing not to leave anyone behind, but another thing altogether to ensure that everyone is kept at an exceptionally high standard.
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    • UnusualCareersMichelleShapiro

    Today’s careers the stuff of science fiction

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Our world is changing, and with it the world of work. Previous generations would probably have considered the careers our matriculants are embarking on to be science fiction.
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    Schools step away from individual distinction

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Matric is about so much more than distinctions. It’s an opportunity to celebrate collective achievement. It’s the final leg in a five-year journey, and every student who has walked the long road is deserving of recognition.
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    • Marc Falconer

    The times they are a’changing

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    I can’t believe that it’s just my daughters whose favourite emoji – in their WhatsApp correspondence with me in any event – is that pinched little face with the rolling eyes. And there is nothing quite like the phrase “in my day” or “when I was at school” to elicit the virtual roll or an actual real-life version.
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    • Books

    Changing the curriculum to fit the future

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Times have changed, and with them the required skills to succeed in the rapidly developing 21st century. Certain school subjects once considered essential are becoming less relevant, superseded by other, more pertinent subjects which equip youngsters for the future.
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    • TorahAcademyandBethYaakov

    Torah schools finish among South Africa’s top ten

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    In a landmark achievement, Beis Yaacov and Torah Academy (both religious schools) were among the top ten department of basic education (DBE) schools nationwide in terms of the number of distinctions per student.
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    Working with distinction: why As still matter

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Every year, the number of students walking away with five or six As (if not a full house of distinctions) seems to grow. In the past, however, matriculants who emerged with two or three were considered talented.
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    • RonelKlatzkin

    How to master anxiety about maths

    Jan 16, 2020 1 Comment
    X + 2y = 3z. This is the stuff of which nightmares are made. Even 20 years after leaving school, we can still wake up in a sweat from a maths-related dream. Maths anxiety (MA) is a debilitating but learned behaviour. As South African youth commence the new academic year, it’s pertinent for teachers and parents to be at the forefront of addressing this problem that begins at school.
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    • MatricTwins

    Double trouble and twice the fun

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Matric can be a lonely journey, but not if you are a twin. For most in Grade 12, the time outside of school is often spent alone with reams of notes and heaps of past exam papers for company.
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    • Raichlin and Shayna Sunday performing in Fame

    From introversion to the spotlight

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Alon Raichlin went from introversion to finding his place in the spotlight in matric in four incredible years.
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    • Joshua Allan

    Hip hopping over obstacles

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Joshua Allan cares little for conventional sports. This 18-year-old dynamo has found his flair in hip-hop dancing, an unorthodox choice which he says is much more than a pastime.
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    • Kimmelman playing Mengele alongside India Milne

    Fun and A-grades

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Matthew Kimmelman doesn’t follow anyone’s script in life because he writes his own.
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    • Noah Apteker

    Bridging the gap

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    To most of us, the game of bridge is an archaic pastime played by the elderly. To 18-year-old Noah Apteker, however, it’s not only an addictive thrill, but the key to success in matric.
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    • SaulJoseph

    The fighting spirit of Yeshiva College’s head boy

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    It’s not often that the head boy of Yeshiva College gets his black belt in karate just before writing matric, but Saul Joseph is no ordinary head boy. With a cool head and passionate energy, he accomplished this level of excellence in his chosen sport before achieving seven distinctions in his final exams.
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    • TeachersJustineSandler

    Pupils’ excellence begins with teachers

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    What does it take to help a talented child to get a distinction in matric? And what support is needed to get a struggling pupil to cross that finish line?
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Who Am I?

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Do you remember your first epiphany in life? Moses had his at the burning bush.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A day on the river

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The closest I ever got to acquiring sea legs was on a kosher cruise we took as a family some years ago. This is why it was no surprise to me that we weren’t the most proficient when we hired a single engine boat for a day on the Keurbooms River near Plettenberg Bay during the holidays.
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    • Geoff

    Welcome to the whirligig

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    The ten seconds that the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force had to decide whether or not to shoot down the Ukrainian passenger plane over his military base last week typifies today’s superheated digital world.
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