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A Biodiversity Garden for Pinelands High School

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Over the July Holidays a Biodiversity Garden was planted at Pinelands High.

The garden was created to help students engage directly with content taught in the Natural and Life Science curricula.  It also provides a beautiful and inspiring place for students to relax in during break time; enabling them to appreciate the richness of our floral heritage.

The garden has separate beds for locally indigenous examples of each of the main plant groups (Ferns, Gymnosperms, Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons).  There is also a Garden of Extinction bed (showcasing rare and endangered sand plain fynbos plants), and a useful plants bed (showcasing indigenous medicinal and edible indigenous plants). In addition to the plant beds we have installed a pond (as an example of an ecosystem, and to harvest samples for microscope practicals).  We hope to plant a seasonal wetland around the pond.

Biodiversity is 'life in all its forms', and so we have been mindful to plant bird and insect friendly plants, such as the wild peach (Kiggelaria africana). The garden area also houses an educational composting area. The compost area is multifunctional in that it reduces food and garden waste from the school, it illustrates different ways to compost (worm farm, pallet bins, tyre bins), and is a source of decomposers (the role of decomposers repeatedly occurs in the Natural and Life Science curricula).

The Biodiversity Garden was made possible through the generous support of the Rowland and Leta Hill Trust, the Matric class of 1967 and Mrs Bev Spaans.

Our Eco-club is pictured in the Biodiversity Garden below.

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PHS Excels at the Cape Town Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

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At the recent Cape Town Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, which was held at UCT, Pinelands High School entered 25 projects and won 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 15 Bronze awards and 2 special awards (Eskom Best Development project, and the Outstanding Agricultural project). As a result of entering the Expo a 3rd project was subsequently entered into the SAEON Kids' Science Competition and this project won the competition.

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Mathematics & Physical Sciences Internship 2019

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Pinelands High School, in conjunction with the Epoch & Optima Trusts (funded by Anglo-American), is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to aspirant Mathematics, Physical Sciences teachers. Teacher internships are available for the 2019 academic year.

Applicants will either be planning to study for their PGCE in 2019, or will be in their final year of B.Ed.

Please click on https://www.phs.org.za/current-vacancies.html for further details.

 

Celebrating Woman Buffet Lunch

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Our Interact Society will be hosting a Buffet Lunch in honour of National Women's Day on Saturday 11 August 2018.  This will be done in association with St Anne's Home for Women in Woodstock.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to St Anne's Home in Woodstock where women are given a path out of abusive relationships.

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Tickets are available from the school shop.  

The Interact Society is looking for donations/sponsorship for the lunch.  A detailed list of requirements for the lunch is available on the school communicator.

Thank you.

 

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Casey Coetzee Selected to Represent South Africa

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Congratulations to Pinelands High School’s Casey Coetzee who was selected to represent South Africa in the SA U17 Hockey squad. 

Casey played as a forward in the Western Province U18A team where her team won GOLD at the recent Interprovincial tournament in Pietermaritzburg.

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