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The Boy Who Fell From the Roof Opens 3 August 2022

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It is so exciting to once again be producing a dramatic production.  Next week the school presents Juliet Jenkin’s “The Boy Who Fell From The Roof”, a story about love, death, friendship, being queer, and growing up. The play is directed by our Head of Drama, Ms Tara Notcutt. 

This universal coming-out tale is set in Cape Town, South Africa and sees the boy, Simon, and his best friend, George in their final year of school. We meet Simon's mother, Patricia, and Leonard, a university student. These characters tell you about their relationships with Simon, supported by a large chorus who help to tell the story. 

The play was first presented in 2005 as part of the Artscape New Writing Programme and has been performed to great acclaim at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda and the Hilton Arts Festival in KwaZulu-Natal.

You can read more about the play in this week's Tatler.

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Pinelands High School, in conjunction with the Epoch & Optima Trusts, is offering an exciting opportunity to aspirant Mathematics and Physical Sciences teachers for the 2023 academic year. Applications will also be considered for a possible English subject
internship position.

Applicants must be planning to study for their PGCE through a recognised distance learning institution in 2023 (e.g. UNISA, NWU,
Stadio Embury). Final selection will be dependent upon acceptance to one of these institutions.

See the detailed vacancy here.

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Biodiversity Garden Growth

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At the beginning of the year, Nature Connect #NatureConnectSA awarded Pinelands High School with a Stodels nursery gift card.  This was awarded to the school in recognition of our progress in and commitment to Biodiversity education during 2021. Nature Connect is a Not-for-Profit that supports the preservation of Cape Town’s unique and biodiverse natural heritage through education, training and conservation initiatives.

Last week we were able to use this gift card. A section of the school grounds which previously only had a few trees and some grass on it was cleared and has been transformed into a 'Fynbos Examples' bed. This bed will be extremely useful when we teach ecology to Grade 10 Life Sciences students. 

This bed is the newest addition to our Biodiversity Garden.  This garden has been designed to teach specific aspects of the Natural and Life Science curricula. For example earlier this year Grade 8 students could see ecological vocabulary in action. The garden creates an outdoor classroom for engaging in the practical learning of environmental topics.

Besides providing an educational outdoor classroom, this area contributes to the preservation of Biodiversity and has created a beautiful space in the school grounds for both students and staff.

The pictures show the donated plants, the area before the plants were added and the newly planted Fynbos Examples bed. #NatureConnectSA

@natureconnectsa

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Grade 12 Visual Art students in Action

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Grade 12 Visual Art students in action earlier this week. The theme for Visual Art in Term 2, Matric 2022 was 'Play'. We set a relatively open topic for Grade 12 students to encourage them to work in the medium and subject of their choice. Matrics may work in any Visual Art medium such as painting, drawing, sculpting, animation or videography. As always the Visual Art students are directed to create artworks that are personal, original and meaningful. #WeAreProudlyPinelands #VisualArt #Creativity #LoveArt #Paint #Painting #Art

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Play Time - A Stop Motion Animation by Gemma Trench

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The theme for Visual Art in Term 2, Matric 2022 was 'Play'. We set a relatively open topic for Grade 12 students to encourage them to work in the medium and subject of their choice. Matrics may work in any Visual Art medium such as painting, drawing, sculpting, animation or videography. As always the Visual Art students are directed to create artworks that are personal, original and meaningful.

This is Gemma Trench's response to the topic and her first attempt at stop motion. This is a natural progression of Gemma's art which has always carried with it a strong sense of narrative. Gemma built and painted the set and characters herself and then 'filmed' the artwork by taking a considerable number of photographs. The final stop motion contains 1760 individual photos and at least 15 hours of filming.  This is after all the sets and characters have been made.

 

Eco Club Pop Up Thrifting

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Our Eco Club organised a very successful Thrift Fair at the end of May.  Students were given the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint and keep up with the thrifting trend. They brought clothes from home and exchanged each item for something donated by someone else. 

Fast fashion is having a horrendous impact on the environment. Landfills are filling up at an unsustainable rate and we all need to make little changes to our lifestyle to do our part. Second-hand clothes swaps have taken the world by storm and are becoming the ‘new’ in-thing with thrift shops and fairs popping up in all the trendy neighbourhoods. 

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Forging A Future

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The latest edition of Forging A Future (our quarterly newsletter for Alumni) is out.  Read it below.

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You can livestream and watch our girls and boys hockey 1st Team matches live on the SUPERSPORT SCHOOLS app this weekend.

The girls match vs Edgemead will go live at 09h00. Listen out for a familiar voice making his debut as a sports commentator. The boys match vs Langa will go live at 10h00.

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Congratulations to Kira van Heyningen (Grade 11) who finished in the top 11 in the Western Cape in the Art by Hanli, Fashion Design and Illustration competition which is open to students in Grade 8-12. 

It is a brilliant achievement and a wonderful opportunity for Kira to have received personal feedback and constructive criticism from Hanli, one of South Africa’s top fashion designers.

Ruth Places in the Top 20 for UCT Maths Competition

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Congratulations to Ruth Trimble on placing in the top twenty for her grade in the UCT Maths Competition.  The UCT Maths Competition is written throughout the Western Cape and Ruth placed in the Top 20 out of all Grade 8s. This is a brilliant achievement. Well done Ruth, we are very proud of you. 
 
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