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Afrikaans FAL Teaching Post

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Applications are invited from suitably-qualified and energetic teachers to fill this part-time School Governing Body post from January 2017.

Applications, consisting of a Letter of Application, CV, certified copies of qualifications, SACE membership and ID document, and details of recent contactable referees should be addressed to:

The Principal, Pinelands High School, Forest Drive, Pinelands, 7405 or emailed to applications@phs.org.za

Closing Date: Friday 25 November 2016

Should applicants not have heard from the school by Friday 2 December they may assume that their application has been unsuccessful.



Eco-School Progress

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committee small for social media22In 2016 Pinelands High joined the Eco-Schools programme for the first time. Eco-Schools is a school based environmental programme implemented in over 52 countries worldwide.   Internationally it is run under the auspices of Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), while in South Africa it is managed by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). The main aim of the programme is to improve environmental management and learning at schools.

Eco-Schools uses a seven step programme, centered around action projects. Action projects are chosen by each school, and are based on themes. The themes incorporate topics such as: resource use, local and global issues, nature and biodiversity, healthy living, and community and heritage.

After conducting an environmental review in the first term, the Eco-School Committee decided to link the action project for this year to the ‘Local and Global issues’ theme. In particular, we wanted to improve recycling at the school.

In order to educate staff and students about why we need to recycle, we shared a tutor resources folder, which contains relevant videos and pictures, and created posters which were put up all over the school.

To make it easier for the school community to recycle, we have implemented Friday Recycle Day (to make recycling at home easier), and most recently, colour coded bins in the classrooms and quads (to make recycling at school easier). If you don’t already recycle at home, bags filled with clean recyclable materials can be dropped off at the various school entrances on Friday morning.

One of the steps of the programme is to link the action projects to the school curriculum. This year the curriculum links have been through some English exams and Natural Science activities. We have also tried to improve environmental awareness through the Science Fair and Grade 8 cross curricular week.

To encourage schools to improve and add more action projects, schools are evaluated each year, and given internationally recognised awards. This year we are hoping to receive a bronze award.

Thank you to the Eco-Schools committee as well as Mr Siebrits, Mrs Spaans, Mr Kati, Mr Prevost, Mr Daly and Mr Campbell for your encouragement, enthusiasm and excellent ideas.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”

Robert Swan OBE

Annual Music Exam Concerts

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Our annual Music Exam Concerts are taking place on 24-26 October at 18h00. All parents are welcome and there will be refreshments served afterwards. Please see the poster below for further details.

Music Exam Concerts 2016 Poster

2016 National Youth Music Competition

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Congratulations to talented and hard-working Emilio February who placed third in the National Youth Music Competition.

Read more about it here:  http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=41061

Arts and Culture Evening

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Preparations are underway for our Arts and Culture Eveining on Wednesday 28 September 2016.  Come and support our exceptionally talented students.  They need you!




News just in from the CT Science Expo.

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Whoop Whoop! News just in from the CT Science Expo.

  • Special awards to Sydney Jacobs from Sports Science Centre and Tyla Goldman from Living Maths.
  • Bronze awards to Joelle Meyer and Tayla Simpson, Nonceba Radebe, Grant Spaans and Craig Stevenson, Andrea Hogg and Davida Smith, Siyamthanda Zenzile.
  • Silver award to Jonathan Campbell.
  • Gold awards to Tyla Goldman, Sydney Jacobs, Michael Pittendrigh and Kezia Futter.
  • Eskom Best Female award to Tyla Goldman.

The table below contains specific details regarding their projects.

Projects as follows:
Name Medal Other award Title
Davida Smith, Andrea Hogg Bronze   Compressing rubbish and reducing plastic bags and litter.
Joelle Meyer, Tayla Simpson Bronze   The Geodesic dome that has grass on it will be more eco-friendly than the plastic or the tin foil domes.
Siyamthanda Zenzile Bronze   Does living in proximity to power lines influence the incidence of cancer?
Nonceba Radebe Bronze   Water Quality analysis in Cape Town communities
Grant Spaans, Craig Stevenson Bronze   New vs. established methods for purification of water
Jonathan Campbell Silver   Home made gel fuels vs. shop bought gel fuel
Tyla Goldman Gold Eskom Best Female
Living Maths
Creating a disease indicator to be used in aqua farms
Michael Pittendrigh, Kezia Futter Gold   The effect of temperature on the accuaracy of paintballs
Sydney Jacobs Gold Sports Science Developing visual skills results in accurate passes on the hockey field

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Back row: Craig Stevenson, Grant Spaans, Michael Pittendrigh, Siyamthanda Zenzile, Jonathan Campbell 

Middle row: Nonceba Radebe, Sydney Jacobs, Andrea Hogg, Kezia Futter

Front row: Tyla Goldman, Joelle Meyer, Tayla Simpson, Davida Smith

PHS in AWSUM Newspaper

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The Gala Concert, Waiting and our Hockey representatives are featured on page 11 of the Awsum Newspaper.  Follow the link below.



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Pinelands High School has joined the Eco Schools Programme which is an international environmental initiative. The project for this year falls under the theme Resource Use.

Under this project we plan to reduce waste at school and encourage recycling at home.

To encourage recycling at home the Eco School Committee has started a recycling drive. Details regarding the drive can be found below and under Resources on the School Communicator.

Please contact Mrs Jack on kjack@phs.org.za if you have any questions.


Click here for a detailed list of what can be recycled.

Preparing for Cape Town Science Expo

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To assist our Grade 11s to prepare adequately for the CT Science Expo, we gave them an opporutnity on Tuesday evening to display their projects and answer questions posed by the invited guests.

DON'T MISS OUT: Annual Book Fair 29-31 AUG

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Next week is our annual Book Fair in the Reeler Centre. The Book Fair runs from 29-31 Aug and is open 07h30 - 15h30. It caters for adults, high school and junior school children.

Reader's Warehouse will supply a wide range of well-known teen fiction as well as the latest editions in popular teenage series.

‘Help the Rural Child’ will again provide for all other tastes with second hand books at a very reasonable price. There will be tables filled with fiction and non-fiction for adults, primary and high school children as well as the little ones.

Supporters can make use of the opportunity to also collect “Help the Rural Child” bags to fill and return to the Reeler Centre for collection to support this worthy cause.

Come and do some early Christmas shopping.