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Mandela Day Activities

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Our Interact members were out and about on Mandela Day  the 18th July 2021.  They visited the Animal Shelter in Phillipi, Boerewors rolls and juice were distributed to petrol attendants and jobless people on the street, they took part in beach cleanups and cupcakes were delivered to SOS children's Village.  Thank you once again to Mr Toyer for his leadership of the Interact and his generous giving spirit.

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Moments in the Chemistry Classroom

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Grade 12 students are engrossed in a titration activity to find the unknown concentration of a sodium hydroxide solution using a solution of oxalic acid of known concentration. The basic solution starts off being bright pink because of the phenolphthalein indicator. As the acid is added the mixture loses it colour - the challenge is to stop adding acid before the last drop when the colour disappears completely.

Besides the chemistry itself there is also 'thing knowledge' - getting to grips with how things like burettes, pipettes and pipette fillers are designed to work.

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Investigating Equilibrium Reactions in Physical Sciences

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Grade 12s are investigating equilibrium reactions. The cobalt ion changes colour depending on the conditions of the reaction, so it is easy to see which way the equilibrium leans. The explanation, using chemistry theory, is harder to get right. The cobalt ion goes blue when heated or when hydrochloric acid is added. It goes pink when cooled, or when water is added.
In the chromate-dichromate equilibrium, the students had to try a test to see which ion is orange and which ion is yellow. Adding sulphuric acid turned the solution orange, suggesting that the dichromate ion is orange in colour. Adding sodium hydroxide turned the solution yellow, suggesting that the chromate ion is yellow.
If a student can see something happening it encourages them to want to understand why it is happening. #weareproudlypinelands #lovescience #chemistry #learning #excellence #leadership #innovation
 
 
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Grade 11 Visual Art Miniature Paintings

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Visual Art students were tasked with having to paint in the styles of the great masters for their miniature paintings. Students had to use photos that they had taken themselves and then interpret them using stylistics conventions where they had to distort concepts like shape, colour and form. This ensured that they were not painting photographically but in a stylised way. #greatmasters #excellence #loveart #miniaturepaintings #weareproudlypinelands
 
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPORTS COACHES

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Training sessions have changed completely since no contact is allowed. The focus has been on skills development and fitness. Our wonderful coaches have been creative and innovative when planning their sessions. It has also given us the opportunity to focus on the basic elements of each sporting code. We are building a solid base from which our athletes can excell when competitive and contact sport returns. We are in the process of developing all round athletes who are humbled and grateful that we can continue. In terms of long term athletic development we are on the right path. #traintotrain #traintocompete #LTAD (long term athletic development) #weareproudlypinelands

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