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The West Coast National Park’s official Flower Season, runs from 1 August to 30 September every year. During this time the Postberg section of the Park (which is closed to visitors throughout the rest of the year) is open to the public, who come in their thousands to see the veld covered in carpets of colour. West Coast National Park is open daily from 7am to 6pm, and the Postberg section is open from 9am to 5pm. Photograph by Regine Lord of WordCraft. See Out and About on page 17.


How the process of education has changed over time! A few centuries ago, getting an education was the exclusive reserve of the rich and powerful. The most valuable knowledge was locked up in books, often written in Latin and kept in closed libraries, accessible only to the chosen few. It's probably why scientific and technological progress was so slow for so many millennia — so few people were allowed to study and build on the ideas. With the emergence of formal and compulsory schooling and open public libraries, and fuelled by a growing population, the sharing and mixing of knowledge contributed to the industrial revolution in the late 18th century. The 'common man' was now able to take part in invention and to develop new ideas and products and create wealth for himself. The later emancipation of women would double the pool of brain power. When the Internet explosion of the 1990's happened, more than making a rapidly growing body of knowledge available to the masses, it allowed anyone to add to it — and how we have added! On the positive side, it has enabled almost anyone to find out about almost anything… instantly. You can study and self-learn a new discipline at almost no financial cost. I believe this mass mixing of ideas has been behind the exponential rise in scientific and social developments in recent times. On the downside a lot of poor and incorrect information has been added to the pool, so finding and discerning what is reliable and useful has become an an essential skill. With the uncertainty of global economies and job markets, simply preparing for a single career direction has become very risky. The children of today need to prepare to be flexible and adaptable. Some of today's professions may be extinct by the time young learners leave school, indeed the jobs they fill have probably not been invented yet! Read more about all this in our Childcare and Educational Feature where local educators share their thoughts with us.

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Common Starling

Birds in Pinelands


or various reasons this bird has a bad reputation, especially if you’ve inadvertently parked your car under their night roosts! Introduced into Cape Town by Cecil Rhodes, this bird has been exceptionally successful, having extended its range in South Africa and has now been reported in Namibia. A first glance shows a dark drab coloured bird but on close inspection, in bright sunlight the plumage reveals varied iridescent greens, blues and oily black overlaid with white spots. In breeding plumage the throat feathers become elongate and are highly prized by fly fishermen in tying their flies. Their song is a warbled mixture of squeaky notes but includes lots of mimicry. Text and image from Ian Sinclair coauthor of the best selling book Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 4th Edition. Struik Nature.

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Community calendar 29 August

Cannons Creek Wine Auction

Come to a cheese and wine tasting at 6:30pm, at the Pinelands Town Hall. The event is hosted by Cannons Creek Independent School and tickets are R75. Call Kathy on 083 987 7673 email

31 August

Congregational Church fÊte

This morning fête will be held in Nerine avenue from 9am to 1pm. There will be cakes, puddings, pancakes, teas, sweets, burgers and wors rolls for you to enjoy, as well as white elephant, a plant sale and games to play. Call Helen 021 531 3540, Glenda 021 531 5713

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You can now save 60% off your joining fee, because we care about your health & wellbeing. We also care about the breast health of women who cannot care for themselves. That’s why we donated more than R200 000 to PinkDrive last year to keep their mobile mammography unit on the road to save lives. This is the time of the year when we donate R100 of every new member’s joining fee and R5 of each in-club promotional item sold to PinkDrive.

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Come to the Pinehurst entrance in Rhone Road from 5pm and visit the fresh, healthy, local food stalls, and craft stalls. The fun run starts at 5:30pm. For registration see www. Call Annie 082 354 7813 (market) 9:09 AM or Glenda 079 898 5188 (fun run/walk). @curves_sa T’s & C’s apply Valid from 1 September – 31 October 2013 at participating clubs for new Curves. Complete (CC) and Curves Fitness (CF) members & existing CF members converting to CC. R100 of the joining fee and R5 of promo products sold will be donated to PinkDrive. Valid for 3 & 6 months CC program and 12 months CF debit order. Not valid with other offers. © 2013 Curves International, Inc.

24 September

U3A Literature Group

The U3A Literature Group will meet at the Pinelands Library Meeting Room on Tuesday 24 September at 2:30 pm. Kevin Butler will be talking about the book Parley with the Devil. Please wear U3A name tags or join at the meeting. Call Viv 082 718 9502 or 021 689 5861

25 September

Pinelands Stamp Circle

The monthly meeting will be on 25 September 2013 at 7:15pm in the Activities Hall of the Pinelands Library. Members will be bringing five of their favourite pages. Alistair Weir will be exhibiting from his collection. Members will also be exhibiting material for the Mozley Trophy. Visitors and those interested in stamp collecting are most welcome. Call John 021 531 1954 or David 021 531 4015

26 September

Come and get good quality, well cared for, baby and toddler goods at excellent prices. Entry is free — be sure to come early for all the best items. Everything from travel to sleeping and feeding accessories. Find us at the 1st Scout Hall, St Stephens Road, Pinelands, from 8am to 12:30pm. Call Lauren 082 291 6423, Marina 083 687 4214

Save a life —donate at the WPBTS clinic at Saint Stephen's Church Hall, Central Square from 3pm to 7:15pm. Eat a balanced meal at least 4 hours before you visit the clinic. Allow 30 minutes to complete the donation. Information subject to change. Call 021 507 6300

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Cancer support Group meeting


Leon van Wijk, from Pinelands is the lucky winner of the Howard Centre Luxury Train Trip. The competition which ran for 11 weeks received 8680 entries.

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Cancer survivors Catherine Hermans and Yolandi Reiche will be hosting a monthly cancer support group meeting at Peak Inn Guest House cnr Peak and Central Avenue at 7pm. Guest speakers will cover topics such as medical points of view, nutrition as well as emotional needs. Call Yolandi 073 207 7022 or Catherine 072 040 7563

Blood donor clinic

2 October

Dan Sleigh at Pinelands Library

Pinelands resident and Afrikaans novelist, Dan Sleigh will be presenting a talk at Pinelands library at 10am. All are welcome to hear Dan speak about his award winning book Eilande, and his latest novel Wals met Matilda. Tea will be served. Call 021 531 4658.

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It is the obligation of the seller/landlord to provide these certificates. The owner can either ask the Estate Agents to provide names of electricians, plumbers or gas installers or make use of someone they know. Whatever you decide it is important that you check that these providers are registered with the relevant authorities. If a property incurs any damage as a result of an electrical fault the insurance company will not pay out any claim unless the homeowner can provide them with a valid electrical certificate. If any tenant suffers harm as a result of a faulty electric fence or faulty electrical system they would have a claim against the homeowner. What is not clearly understood by owners and buyers is that electricians do not have to guarantee that the electrical system is in working order, only that it is safe and that a test certificate

must accompany the ECOC. The most common question about plumbing certificates is what a plumber is expected to inspect. A common check would be that storm water is NOT discharged into the sewerage system. We often find that pools are backwashed into the sewerage system and that during alterations water from gutters is illegally diverted into drains. Another would be that the water meter registers only when the tap is open and stops completely when closed. This is to control water wastage from homes. Sellers must ensure that the plumber who issues the certificate is qualified to do so. For electric fence certificates, what happens when a Sectional Title or Security Estate property is sold? Firstly, only certified installers may erect fences. There are currently only about 300 accredited installers in the country. Secondly, the responsibility lies with the Body Corporate or Homeowners Association to provide these certificates not with the individual owners. More and more service providers are starting to offer the “full package� and this could be to an owner’s advantage, both for convenience and for accreditation, as it would be easier to establish if a single provider is suitablly qualified and registered with the relevant authorities.

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Reading gives you wings Library winners Pinelands Library's third Winter Reading Programme concluded with an exciting prize giving event on Saturday 3 August. Special Guest, local author and online creative writing teacher, Helen Brain, addressed the audience and awarded certificates and prizes to the successful participants. A total of 43 children, aged 6 to 13 years, participated and completed a record-breaking 642 books. The prize

The 8 - 10 year old group with winner Tessa du Plessis front left, and special guest Helen Brain, back row left

winners in the 3 categories were as follows: 6 - 7 years: Winner Aarti Ranji, runner up — Salmaan Parker. 8 - 10 years: Winner Tessa du Plessis, runner up — Shazia Jainoodien. 11 - 13 years: Winner Mumtaz Khan, runner up — Oliver Penfold-Grater.

What improvements would you like to see in Pinelands? What really irritates you? Instead of grumbling, why not join the committee of the Pinelands Ratepayers and Residents Association (PRRA) and make a real difference? New members and fresh ideas are needed. In particular there is a need for a Secretary, (preferably with some secretarial training and experience) and an Administrator to look after recruitment and membership. Applicants must be computer literate. Call 021 531 5604 or e-mail .

Diamond Anniversary for Colin and Barbara Murch Congratulations to Colin and Barbara Murch who were married in Gosport, Hampshire on 19 September 1953. After meeting at a Royal Navy Dance when Barbara was 19, they developed their relationship through letter writing while Colin was stationed in Egypt, serving in the RAF. Their son Christopher, who was born in Cornwall, was delighted when the family moved to South Africa in 1968 — they all enjoyed the sunny weather. Christopher and his wife blessed Colin and Barbara with four grandchildren. Colin and Barbara have lived in Thornton since 1975. They have had happy working careers and have always had a love for travel. They have been happily settled in Thornton Place since 2009. Their strongest advice for a long happy marriage — never let the sun go down on a quarrel.


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Howard Centre Management on Mandela Day Left: Madelein van den Berg (centre manager) and Veronica Ndamane (cleaning supervisor) seen working in the kitchen of Woodside special care centre. The team assisted residents with their daily needs and sponsored a good amount of food, toiletries and second hand clothing which Howard Centre customers donated for the occasion. Above: When they were done at Woodside Centre, the Howard Centre team visited Gardens Centre, where they assisted in making sandwiches for the Moira Henderson Night Shelter.

Beach cleanup by the scouts We congratulate 10 year old cub scout, Sara Beere who organised a successful beach clean up at Milnerton as part of the requirements for her Leaping Wolf Badge, which is a challenge like the Springbok badge, but for the younger cubs. The clean-up was a huge success, helped along by good weather and a team of helpers who worked hard and had great fun on the beach. A special thanks to parents, siblings, Scouters Sam (Baloo) and Christian (Rikki) who also got down and 'dug' in. A big thank you to Alison and Sara Beere for a very successful Beach Clean up. Seen in the photograph below: Barbara Oakes (standing) is 3rd Pinelands Pack Scouter, AKELA, with Sara Beere at the front with her hands in the air, and some of her beach clean up helpers Ronia Anderson, Asher Anderson, Khanya Madikane, Luke McKrill, Brett Clark, Malik Kwenda, Shedy Ham, Janel Masureik, Kendal Sables, Tamarynn Clark. Thanks also to Robert Montignies (a past Cub, not in the pic) who took time out from his hockey game to come and lend a helping hand.

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Capital Gains Tax is something that some of us have to worry about... For most individuals CGT is seldom an issue. The maximum effective rate of CGT for individuals is 13.3% of any Capital Gain. The event that usually triggers this tax is the sale of immovable property. For your primary residence, the Capital Gain must be more than R2 million before taxation occurs. If you did renovations - as opposed to repairs - to improve the value of your home this is a deduction against any Capital Gain but be careful to keep proper accounts to prove the cost of your improvements. The sale of any house that is not your primary residence is subject to CGT without the R2 million rebate. ATTORNEYS CONVEYANCERS M a c l e d ’ s AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATORS A t t o r n e y s 021 439 7490 |

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Camp Sonshine AFricA


he Camp Sonshine Africa scholarships were initiated to provide scholarships for primary school, because without a good primary school foundation the children who need the high school scholarships that are available are mostly unable to cope in these schools. The Camp Sonshine Africa scholarship program was set up to pay for children from disadvantaged local communities to attend Pinelands North Primary School. The program is holistic in approach, providing funding and ensuring that children and their families have everything they need in order to ensure their long-term success. Needs vary from child to child, but could include transport to and from school, daily assistance with homework, educational assessments, general health assessments, extra lessons and attendance at school meetings. Once a child reaches high school age, Camp Sonshine assists the children and their family in finding high school scholarships, or failing that, they continue to assist them through high school. This fund also assists children who have fallen behind in their education and are not up to grade level. They are given

Kumon Maths and English lessons, which help them to fill in the missing pieces and allow them to reach grade level. Kumon is not a grade based system, but rather builds on existing knowledge (no matter how small). The aim of Kumon is to unleash each child's potential to love learning, by improving confidence and self-esteem, and encouraging self-discipline and a good daily study habit. There is no failing in Kumon, because each child works at his or her own carefully monitored level. Camp Sonshine Africa is a registered NPO (# 075-041) and has a Trust Fund set up specifically for education. This fund is supported purely by individuals who are willing to invest in a child's future and who want to help break the cycle of unemployment and poverty in our beautiful country. If you would like to assist, contact Alison Smith - . Trust account details: Sonshine Academy Trust Registration number IT1268/2012. Nedbank Account 1039367313, Branch 123209. 

Top: Elisia, Sade, Kaylen, Shante & Zimkhitha who are sponsored by Camp Sonshine Africa to attend Kumon Maths and English lessons. Above Left: 6 year old Shante has been sponsored to attend Kumon lessons since she was 4 years old. In January 2014 she will be starting grade 1 at Pinelands North Primary. Above Right: Vionne and Sade with Alison Smith of Sonshine Africa at their award ceremony in December 2011.

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Katelynn Weber The role of the sports coach Sports and Health world such as Professor Tim Noakes, Tyler Hamilton, Dr Ross Tucker, Gary Kirsten and Dr Brian Wansink.

Passion, Optimism, and relevance


s Head of Sport at Cannons Creek Primary School, Katelynn shared her experience of how to get great results from a small school, when competing with larger more established schools. The Discovery Vitality Summit was held in Johannesburg from 15th to 17th August, and Katelynn was an invited speaker and panel participant on the role of the coach in a dynamic school environment. Katelynn was in good company, surrounded by legends in the

Katelynn has a strong conviction that children should be able to relate to their coach and says "The role of a coach changes depending on the child's needs at the time. The coach needs to be adaptable, willing to learn, optimistic and driven, passionate, and relevant. A four year old wants to see the coach getting down on the ground and getting dirty with them, they need to see the coach having fun through sport so that they can relate sport to fun. There needs to be a great deal of trust between the coaches, the children and the parents".

Fast Tracking With small school numbers such as those at Cannons Creek, there are naturally fewer players to choose from which results in carefully selected players being “fasttracked” — a practice where certain players are able to play against older players. This provides excellent growth opportunities


for players, although they are continuously monitored by sports coaches at Cannons Creek to ensure that they are benefiting from the process — and making sure they having fun, are learning and are happy."

Tournaments and events

"Nurturing a belief in themselves is important and seeing by example is a positive influence for the children. In this vein we organise our own tournaments, even though we are a small school. We now host 3 hockey festivals a year with over 800 children attending. Our water polo event which is in its 2nd year has attracted teams nationally. We bring in provincial and national players to coach in our clinics, and to show the children that hard work can bring great results for anyone".

Be the right coach for your school, and your players.

"Your role as a coach is to be who your players need you to be. Your role will change constantly. It is age specific, player specific and environment specific. If you are the right person — you can soar above the clouds and beyond". 

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Inclusive Ambleside education APPROACH One of the principles that Inclusive education espouses is that all children can learn. Barriers to learning could be contextual, impairments or negative attitudes towards what makes people different. Even the curriculum can be a barrier because of the content, the language used and how the learning is assessed. Understanding a child’s learning style is one step towards supporting their educational needs. Focusing on the child’s strengths is important — what are they able to do, what can they do well and what is their particular passion? Differentiation and adapting the teaching and the delivery of the curriculum means that you are trying to help the curriculum fit the child, not making the child fit the system. Inclusion is a right, not a privilege and schools should accept the responsibility to ensure that all children learn in the way that best suits their individual needs.  by Rose-Anne Reynolds, Learning Support Co-ordinator, Pinelands North Primary School.

Ambleside schools embrace Charlotte Mason’s educational approach, based on her conviction that that children are persons, not products. This affects every aspect of school life. For teachers to know each child personally, classes are limited to 16 children. Respect due to persons means they may not be manipulated, not even through rewards. Instead teachers rely on children’s Godgiven hunger for knowledge to inspire them to love learning for its own sake. This is achieved by focussing on habits, atmosphere and living books. Children learn to sit quietly, work neatly, take turns and listen attentively. A pleasant, low-stress atmosphere enhances learning. Teachers read from “living books” - books rich with ideas – and children “tell back” from memory. This traditional approach produces excellent results without hours of homework, freeing children to enjoy playing and family time. More information on Ambleside may be found at www.  by Susan Keegan of The Vine School a living education

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Grace Primary is a new independent School in Pinelands, with small classes (a maximum of 16), using an inspiring, literature-rich curriculum, following a Charlotte Mason approach to education. Commencing with Grades 1 and 2 in 2014, growing by one grade per year. To enquire further please contact Judy McComb • 084 701 9992 Chris de Witt • 072 086 3627

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Matriculants leaving high school need more than their National Senior Certificate in order to survive the rigours of the job market. Apart from facing harsh academic competition when applying to study in tertiary institutions, matriculants need to have mastered valuable personal skills to access their preferred career paths. Schools are responsible for teaching the syllabus thoroughly and with excellence; but this vital piece of the puzzle is merely one component of equipping young people to thrive in the work environment. Today, young people need to develop SPECIFIC career development tools as well as general entrepreneurial, social media, presentation, time-management and team-work skills.

Career Development Toolbox

Joanne Wood, founder of Achieve Careers and author of the Grade 8 to 12 Decisions Career Manuals, says, “Statistics vary, but some studies state that today’s teens will experience 10-14 different jobs by age 38. This illustrates the importance of career development skills such as interview skills, and CV writing”.

Work Shadow

Schools need to establish a programme that focuses on the facilitation of each scholar’s career development toolbox. One example would be a job shadow programme which commences as early as Grade 10. Students spend 2 days shadowing a professional at their place of work. The experience of organising a job shadow, being in the work environment and interviewing persons in

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the workplace equips the student with vital knowledge and transferable skills.

management studies.

Providing students with career manuals in Grade 8 to 12 Life Orientation classes are powerful tools that thoroughly prepare students for the world of work. The manuals creatively cover such divergent topics as self-awareness, Grade 9 subject choices, CV writing skills, interview skills, networking and career research, all crucial in the development of career readiness.

The corporate world has become sensitive to the needs of the underprivileged and part of its corporate image is to implement effective community upliftment projects. All students should be encouraged to become involved in community projects where they can learn vital organisational and interpersonal skills, while effectively managing a project. It is a time when they can make a difference in their community, using their chosen career skills, such as potential medical students job shadowing at Air Mercy Services.

Transferable Skills

Empowering students with skills valued in the marketplace should be a part of daily school life. It is imperative that students meet deadlines, develop presentation skills, work in teams, set realistic personal goals and increase their circles of confidence. Daily academic programmes, as well as an outdoor team building event, can instil these abilities into students. All employers, no matter what sector, want employees that are confident, well presented, focused, articulate and able to work to specific deadlines.

Entrepreneurship Skills

The world of work is constantly changing and young professionals often experience retrenchments and the restructuring of companies. Qualities of adaptability and flexibility are crucial in overcoming these stressful challenges. A new trend is being able to pursue a number of different jobs at the same time, on a part-time basis. To do this, employees need to be able to market themselves, network and administer their own finances.

Trial Run to gather business acumen

Setting up a market day where students can compete with long time stall holders gives students invaluable experience in marketing, pricing and implementing financial principles learnt during economic


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Companies nowadays respect young adults’ understanding of social media and find these skills useful, particularly in the fields of Public Relations and Marketing. Computer Technology classes can incorporate a social media programme GuitarNow-S5-033.indd 1 09/08/201 making students aware of the risks and Matric benefits associated with social media. Revision In Grade 9, students can learn in depth Your child can achieve better Matric exam results presentation skills and become adept users EasyPass Matric Revision EASY-TO-USE Online enables learners to of Power Point.


Shift in Mindset We need to shift our mindset from that of a “traditional career path” to understanding that careers continuously evolve and develop throughout one’s lifetime. Young people need to be filling their skills toolboxes with tools that the working world values. Mere head knowledge is no longer sufficient for survival in today’s world.  by Mike van Haght, Cannons Creek High School Principal, and Melanie Williams, the School Counsellor.


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Being the oldest independent school in Southern Africa, St George’s Grammar is a co-ed school offering a small class environment from grade Pre-R to Matric, with a full range of extra mural activities.

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The Junior School is in Rondebosch and the High school campus is in Loerie Avenue Pinelands. Vista Nova accommodates children with a wide range of special educational needs who are able to access the National Curriculum Statement. Our School is proud to have recorded a 100% Matric pass rate for almost twenty years.

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“This, I think, is a job for you, Chris,” said the principal, fixing me in his unblinking gaze. “I think you can do it for us.”

The possibility of becoming an “open school” was crucial to Riverway High, for two reasons. First, it was simply the right democratic thing to do; the time was ripe. The second aspect was that our pupil numbers were consistently dropping and had reached a low of 240; we had already had to retrench one teacher. But we were directly on the bus routes, the railway line, and the taxi highways. We believed that numbers of township pupils would be able to get to our school – and that they would want to!

10 September 1990 was a noteworthy date. The government had at last made a meaningful announcement about moving towards non-racial state schools,

Was I, indeed, the right person to coordinate the school’s efforts to approve an open policy, then find and accommodate an influx of new pupils?" 

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here's no doubt, information technology has revolutionized teaching. Nowadays “classroom flipping” is the norm, where pupils teach themselves the “information” (which is readily available on the net) at home, then come to school and learn to interpret and apply this knowledge in the classroom under the supervision of their teachers. This is the reverse of what used to happen before. Lessons can now be recorded 'live' and uploaded to sites such as YouTube so that pupils can review a lesson when they get home. Pupils who are off sick no longer need to miss lessons — they can simply download that day’s lessons and work

through them at their own pace. Choices of subjects are no longer restricted to what is offered at your school. Pupils can now join virtual classes anywhere in the world; they effectively have an almost limitless choice in subjects. The only 'limitation' is that most of what is available does not count towards the National Senior Certificate. Independent schools do have a distinct advantage in this regard as their pupils are not restricted to one particular examination authority – they can offer their pupils access to any course of study in the world.  by Mike van Haght Principal Cannons Creek High School

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I once read in a professional article that during a normal day approximately 25% of our brain's activity is occupied with the processing of visual data. I mentioned this concept while teaching an Art class one day and then elaborated on it: “This implies that we rest our minds when we close our eyes”… Then something unexpected happened. Suddenly, I could have heard a pin drop in my classroom. My pupils were testing my theory. All eyes were closed

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”


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he South African education system — demographics, costs and syllabi included — has evolved dramatically over the past 40 years. In many ways it is unrecognisable from its apartheid-era predecessor, particularly when it comes to fees. At the top end of the price range, parents can now expect to pay as much for top quality daycare with professional staff and small classes, as they would for a B.Comm degree at UCT. In the mid-range, affordable daycare is considerably more costly than a B.Comm or BA degree at NMMU or UNISA.

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Daycare Annual fees −3 examples from Pinelands Daycare 1 R44 000 Daycare 2 R24 180 Daycare 3 R31 200 Enter primary school and the range of education costs can be equivalent to one year at UNISA, or Intec College, or even more than one year’s tuition at any given South African university. Although UCT is expensive, its fees are dramatically lower than those charged by the topend private schools in Cape Town. The reality is that our parents’ generation was never faced with real education costs until tertiary education, at which point they experienced a massive price hike for the then-considered-exorbitant costs of tertiary education. To put that into perspective, a Grade 2 education in a reputable government school in 1975 cost R8 per year, at a time when bread cost 17c a loaf. In other words, one year’s education cost the equivalent of 47 loaves of bread. Now you might be paying the equivalent of 2 699 loaves of bread!

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Ann Morton in Finland In keeping with the theme of education in this edition, Ann Morton, Principal of Pinelands North Primary School (PNPS) tells us about some of her travel opportunities, supported by FEDSAS, that enable local educators to investigate successful teaching methods that could be implemented in South Africa.

A love for teaching

Dynamic personality Ann Morton has been Principal of PNPS since 1997 and comments that it is unusual for a co-ed school to have a woman principal. Teaching is her first love — she says the school community is amazing, and she would not change her job for the world.

Thinking skills as a subject

The school governing body supports Ann in her quest for continual improvement in the school, looking to include her ideas gained from international travel. One such trip was to New Zealand where she found a school which concentrates on thinking skills, rather than rote learning. They model their ideas on ‘thinking gurus’ like Edward de Bono and his six “thinking hats”. The implementation of thinking skills as a subject is helpful for all students and especially for gifted students who can learn to utilise their high IQ with effective thinking skills.

Looking at education in Finland

Anne's most recent trip in April this year was to Finland with a group of 20 educators from South Africa to study the very successful Finish education system. Anne was the only Western Cape Principal to attend this event, arranged by FEDSAS, the national representative organisation for school governing bodies. The Finish government ensures that

schooling from pre-primary to university, including vocational training is free. The education system is guided by values such as trust, respect, appreciation of learning, tolerance of individuality, fairness, a sense of community responsibility and cooperation. There is a great deal of respect for teachers and more trust between learners, teachers, parents and the community as a whole. Teaching is a sought after profession in Finland with only 10% of applicants being accepted. Kinder-garden teachers have bachelor degrees. Class and subject teachers have masters degrees. Vocational trainers have degrees with 3 years experience in the industry and are encouraged to have a business of their own to keep up with current trends in the field.

times are welcome to come to her office to collect a budgie that Ann has tamed. Ann is an animal lover, which is evident by the guppies and birds in her office and in the school foyer. She is a committee member of the Cape Province Dog Club and she enjoys dog training. As well as a love of teaching and travel, Ann enjoys reading, taking photographs and collecting and making teddy bears.  Main picture: Looking across the sea in Helsinki. Inset above: the frozen lake in Jyvaskyla. Below: Ann Morton with her collection of Teddy Bears.

Children with special needs are accommodated in the regular school system as far as possible, and classes are small, with a maximum set at 25 per class. Another feature that stabilises the schooling system is the fact that the school curriculum is only changed about every 12 years and is not linked to political change.

The Principal has an open door

Ann Morton is keen to see as many of these principles and values instilled in the education system in South Africa and in her school in particular. Already children who have difficulty socialising at break

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Portrait: Cornel de Kock Food shot: Ashleigh Badham-Thornhill

food from the heart By Heleen Meyer Pinelands resident, foodie and author of Food from the heart.

Mexican Corn Salad Serves 4 1 x 340 g tin whole kernel corn, drained 1 x 400 g tin red kidney beans, drained 150 g cherry tomatoes, quartered 2 spring onions, thickly sliced 2 slices feta, cut in cubes ½ cucumber, cut in cubes 30 fresh coriander leaves 30 fresh mint leaves 50 g plain, good quality nachos, coarsely broken

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60 ml (¼ k) olive or avocado oil 30 ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice 15 ml (1 tbsp) red wine vinegar 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cumin 2,5 ml (½ tsp) ground coriander 30 ml (2 tbsp) each chopped fresh coriander and mint leaves salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. 1. 2. 3.


Mix all the salad ingredients, except the herbs and nachos, in a large mixing bowl. Salad dressing: Mix all the ingredients together and season to taste. Stir the herbs into the salad just before serving. Pour over half of the salad dressing and mix well. Sprinkle with nachos and serve immediately with the remaining salad dressing.

Add 1 avocado, sliced, to the salad.

Serve with homemade ice tea or an ice cold cider.

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his recipe was a team effort between myself, my colleague Ashleigh and Kaye Cox from AMC Cookware a few years ago. I have since used this recipe many times for cooking demonstrations, shared it with family and friends and often serve it when entertaining. The response is more often than not, the same. People expect just salad ingredients and some beans (which rarely impresses), however one taste and everyone is hooked. The cumin, coriander and mint add a special zing that is surprising – and deliciously Mexican. The flavours, textures and colours make it moreish.

which is a great reason to add more goodness to our meals. The beans are low GI, making it a perfectly healthy addition to any meal. It keeps your blood sugar levels balanced, fills you up, lowers cholesterol and is packed with good fibre.

September is also Heart awareness month,

Buen provecho, as the Mexicans would say.

The salad is really easy to prepare and versatile. It‘s a delicious alternative to a salad with your ‘Braai month’ meals over the coals or a roasted chicken. I love it as a light vegetarian meal and it can even be packed in a lunch box – just remember to keep the nachos separate until you’re ready to enjoy it.

About Heleen Heleen Meyer has a passion for inspiring, encouraging and teaching others about the joys of good food. Not only are her recipes creative and thoroughly tested, but they are easy to cook, interesting, delicious and healthy. As a working mom who cares about her family’s nutrition, Heleen can relate to your cooking needs. Invite her to your next book club or women’s group to

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