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The following are now being advertised for 2020. 

Mathematics, English and Physical Sciences Internships for 2020

Click on the image below to read the article about our Science and Innovation Fair which appears in the June 2019 edition of The Muse.

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Why you should choose Pinelands High School

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Are you undecided about which high school you/your child should attend?  Have a look at our 2018 magazine and see why Pinelands High School should be your first choice. The magazine gives one an excellent feel for the life of our school and covers academics, culture, leadership development, music, sport and more.

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Biodiversity at Pinelands High

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We have recently added some new plants to our Garden of Extinction. This Garden aims to display a selection of rare and threatened lowland fynbos plants which possibly once existed in the school's natural environment. The Garden of Extinction is part of the Biodiversity Garden outside the Life Science classrooms.

Many thanks to BotSoc volunteer Mr Rupert Koopman (an ecologist at CapeNature), who assisted Dr de Roo at the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair in helping to choose the additional plants for the garden.

Among the new plantings are:  

These new plants have also been logged as observations on the iNaturalist platform (as cultivated specimens) as a way to keep track of the biodiversity in our school grounds. We recently started an online project within iNaturalist “Biodiversity of Pinelands High School”. We already have 129 observations with 98 identified species in our grounds (some of which are wild). You can check out this project here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/pinelands-high-school-biodiversity

We hope this project will be a launchpad for exploring biodiversity at the school campus, encouraging sustainable gardening and supporting educational programs.

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From left to right: Mr Koopman and Dr de Roo at the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair 

 

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Lampranthus stenus

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Last week during Natural Sciences our Grade 8s were learning about elements and compounds and being introduced to chemical bonds and chemical reactions. We used simple electrolysis and heating to demonstrate some decomposition reactions like this one showing the thermal decomposition of potassium permanganate.

Using a bunsen burner to heat potassium permanganate (KMnO4) results in a chemical reaction that produces potassium hypomanganate, manganese(IV) oxide and oxygen gas. A test for oxygen gas is done using a glowing splint. The glowing splint ignites in the test tube in the presence of a high concentration of oxygen.

https://youtu.be/q1aVQFNsE2Y 

(video credit to Dr de Roo)

The Natural, Life and Physical Sciences subjects have strong practical contexts which we embrace and encourage at Pinelands High School. We have a dedicated lab technician who ensures that lab work enhances learning, is innovative, fun and done more and more regularly.