Meet Evert Dall

Evert is a Grade 6 boy at Eversdal Primary School. He is excited about learning digitally and enjoys the whole new collaborative approach to learning.

Evert wakes up eager to go to school and can’t wait to see his friends to play the all important hand tennis tournament before school starts. As always the social interaction between his peers is just the right fuel for his positive mood. Die klok lui en Evert staan slaggereed in die rye: “Môôôre juffrou.” In die klas maak hy sy tablet oop en klik op sy OneNote klas. Hy gaan na sy Wiskundeseksie en maak notas terwyl die juffrou verduidelik. Binne die “Content Library” vind hy sy juffrou se opsomming en hy voeg dit by sy notas.

Continue reading A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EVERT



The grade 5 E1 and E2 classes have been learning about advertising this week. They even got to design their own never-seen-before product to sell. Here, Hana is advertising her product that allows you to choose any outfit on the Internet and you will be wearing it immediately.


Parents are often unsure about what they can do for their children, to keep them safe in the course of their online activities. Privacy issues are often at the forefront of this uncertainty. Parents have to consider many different issues and views. On the one hand they feel they need to respect the privacy of their children.

Some might say that you cannot expect your child to trust and respect you if you do not trust and respect them first. There is a misguided idea that children need to be given space and freedom to make mistakes and discover the world.

Let’s be clear about this privacy issue. Nothing done on the internet is private. Parents
need to communicate this fact with their children from a very early age. Any picture they post or status they update is public domain. The whole world can see it. No child can expect the whole world to see something but then expect their mom or dad to be oblivious to it.

With that in mind, it is a good idea for a parent to make sure that they have access to their
children’s devices. You should be able to check your child’s activities. And then make sure
that you do it. This means that your child will be more careful about what they do online,
knowing that you as the parent will be able to see. It will also give you a better idea of what
is going on in your child’s life.

Make no mistake about it, knowledge is power. Respecting your child’s privacy at the expense of their safety is a grievously misguided notion. There are most certainly people out there who mean to harm your child. Children are innocent and are not always aware of the fact that people they meet online have ulterior motives.

Our children are also emotional and are often guided by their emotions. They cannot always see the long term consequences of their actions. They might post something, search for something or send a message now. They can remove it later, but later is too late in cyber space. You cannot help your child if you are unaware of what they are doing.

There are many counter arguments. Things such as “if they want to do it, they will find a
way”. That is very true. However, parents need to control what they can control. Having
access to your child’s smart devices is one of the ways you can do this.

One last thought. More often than not, children know more about how these devices work
than what their parents do. That makes it very difficult for parents to be able to track what
their children are doing. As stated before, knowledge is power. Educate yourself, pick up
the necessary skills. Your child can help you, other parents can help you. It doesn’t matter
where you get the skills. What matters is that you equip yourself with the skills to be able
to protect your child.

Next time we will be looking at geo tagging. I will explain the uses of it as well as the dangers. I will also explain how to turn it off on various devices.


At the end of last term, the grade 5’s were very lucky to go on the SOS Camp. The excitement was tangible as we rode towards the camp in the buses.

Die kamp was propvol opwindende aktiwiteite soos swem, nagmars, bundu-bash en rotsmuurklim, om net ‘n paar te noem. Die kinders kon ook diere soos ‘n kameel, bokke, hasies en ape voer.

The learners also learnt a lot about the plants, animals, pollution, and how to care for the environment.

The memories the learners have made on the camp will last a life time.

Ever Meneer!

Wat maak jy as onderwyser(es) as jou SW Handboek net raak aan ‘n onderwerp, maar nie verdere inligting verskaf nie?

When you look at the chapter, you realize that you will have to give background information for the learners to have a solid foundation of understanding!

Wel, eintlik is die oplossing maklik: maak gebruik van die ‘mannekrag’ tot jou beskikking in die klas, veral as die leerder ter sprake op krukke is en nie kan fisiese LO doen nie!

I asked Albert Kotze in Gr. 6A2 to do some research on the Renaissance and prepare a Keynote presentation for his fellow learners.  He was also requested to do this presentation in Afrikaans and English.  Now it is available for the English classes as well, the teachers only need to arrange an appropriate time slot for him to present it!

Ever Meneer van formaat!
Ever Meneer van formaat!

Dankie, Albert, jy het gehelp om die eerste gedeelte van Kwartaal 2 se geskiedenis in te lei sodat almal die werk beter kan verstaan.  Ek waardeer jou tyd en moeite.