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All science students in Grade 11 at Pinelands High School completed a Science Fair project in May of this year. A small group of seven students were then selected to participate in the Western Cape Virtual Science Fair - Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. All 7 of our entrants won an award, with Aaliyah Sonnie winning a gold medal for her project on the "Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Awareness and Behaviour Regarding Global Warming". Joshua Lugt and Kaneez Abbas both won silver medals while Andrew Cornelissen, Nabeelah Ismail and Dorcas Rezant won bronze medals. We are so proud of these Grade 11 students, for their hard work and dedication to this extra curricular activity, particularly during COVID times. 

Aaliyah, Joshua and Kaneez will represent the Western Cape region at ISF (International Science Fair) which is both a national and international level competition, to be held virtually in October. We wish them all the best in this next phase of the competition.


Seated L to R: Kaneez Abbas, Dorcas Rezant, ,Nabeelah Ismail, Andrew Cornelissen

Standing: Mrs Nicole Masureik, Yusha Samaai

Absent: Joshua Lugt, Aaliyah Sonnie

Toiletry Gift Bag Drive Thank You

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THANK YOU to our students, staff and parents who contributed to the Toiletry Gift Bag Drive organised by our Interact Society. Thank you to Nihal, Mia and Isra for enduring that all gift bags were properly packed and then delivered to the Saartjie Baartman Centre.  

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse. Their vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights. Visit their website to find out about the incredible work they do with women and children.


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We are a diverse, progressive, and high-functioning public school which seeks to employ teachers who are hard-working, resilient, passionate, and ready to immerse themselves in the holistic education of young people.  

The following full-time, permanent Governing Body post is available starting January 2022

ENGLISH HL (Grades 8 – 12)

The successful candidate will become part of a happy and cohesive staff team with a clear vision for the power of education in the lives of individuals and their families and communities. 

Applications consisting of a Cover Letter, CV, certified copies of ID document and qualifications, and details of recent contactable referees should be addressed to: The Principal, Pinelands High School, Forest Drive, Pinelands, 7405 or emailed to

Closing date: 9 September 2021

Should applicants not have heard from the school by 24 September 2021, they may assume that their application has been unsuccessful.

Grade 12 Electrical Circuits Practical

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These photos and videos were taken during the Grade 12 Electrical Circuits practical assessment task last week. Students were required to apply theoretical knowledge to practical experience. While some of the equipment they would have used in junior grades, other equipment such as the digital multimeter is new to them.

Rather than just supplying and demonstrating how the equipment works, and then supplying data for students to analyse, we prefer all students to have the opportunity to engage in a practical experience that reinforces the theory learned in class. They gain valuable practical skills such as following instructions, trouble-shooting, manipulating equipment (thing knowledge) and then the satisfaction of collecting usable data.

Why is the practical done after school? 

Completing the practical after school in one session ensures that student scores are a reliable measure of their understanding and skills. In addition, it protects lesson time - the practical can take up to two hours to complete, it is better to do it in one session, rather than spread out over multiple lessons.

Grade 10 Visual Arts students at Pinelands High School were tasked with creating a ‘Hand Portrait’ from acrylic paint on a stretched canvas 90cm x 60cm. They were not allowed to use images from the internet, but rather had to work from a photographic source that was their own. This helped them to recognise the importance of lighting and composition in successfully creating an image.

The main focus of the project was to create a strongly personal artwork that celebrated themselves or someone close to them. Another primary focus was to develop a strong and original narrative using only a few simple elements. The notion of reducing an idea or concept to its most poetic form is a key concept in the Arts. This project introduced the learners to visual synecdoche and archetypal thought.

The style was dictated as realism to help learners improve their observational skills, understand colour theory, paint application, form, shape and tonal modelling.




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