Five secrets formulate the essence that ensures success at SACS Junior School:
History – Steeped in time, space and pride as South Africa’s oldest school of 184 years, SACS achieves a dualism that welds the traditional, ‘back to basics’ philosophy with a progressive initiative to lead at the cutting edge of modern education.
Holistic Education – Our main objective thrusts towards ‘Learning for Life’. A wide range of opportunities is offered across the Academic Curriculum and Extra Mural Programme respectively.
Maintaining the Balance – Sport, Academics, Culture and Social – an acronym forming ‘SACS’ – comprise four cornerstones upon which our Whole School Programme is founded.
The Family Ethic – SACS depends wholeheartedly on the generous, volunteering spirit of our parents and staff whose teamwork is simply amazing!
Proudly South African – SACS continues to strive towards her goal of growing diversity within South African society.
Our ‘open-door’ policy encourages you warmly to step into SACS – a unique way of life!
Bulletin Board: Embracing Thinking Maps
As SACS Junior continues to unpack the Thinking Schools toolbox (Habits of Mind and Thinking Maps), Mrs Sally James, our Thinking Schools Lead Teacher, asks you to brace yourselves as she is proud to introduce to you …
THE MULTIFLOW MAP
This Map is used to discuss the causes and effects of an event and to predict outcomes and consequences. With Formal Test Week arriving for the Grade Four to Seven boys, this may be a good time to use this Map to set goals with your boys. Discuss a realistic goal for Test Week with your son and place this in the central rectangle – eg, pass Maths, English and Afrikaans with 60% or over!
Then, help your son to work out what the CAUSES of this event may be – eg, Doing his homework regularly, completing his test preparation, remaining relaxed, being prepared with all his stationery on the day, and so on. Then, the final part of the map is the EFFECTS of achieving his goal, eg, Happiness, teacher delight, feeling of satisfaction, milkshakes with Mom on the final day, good report comment from Mr Nel and so forth.
THE FLOW MAP
This is the sixth Map in the sequence of Thinking Maps that the boys have been taught. The map is used to sequence information in a logical manner using the large box to list the main stage in the process and the smaller boxes to add additional information about the main stage. Meneer Botha has used them with good effect in Afrikaans to encourage the boys in Grade Seven to plan a piece of writing on, “The Day my Cell Phone Got Me into Trouble”.
THE BRACE MAP!
The Brace Map is used to show how a concrete object can be broken up into its component parts and the relationships amongst the parts. This map is being introduced to the boys this week in a variety of ways. Boys may be asked to break up large numbers into their smaller components in order to better understand place value or to learn the body parts of an insect. It is a very practical map and can be used successfully when studying for examinations as can many of the Thinking Maps that the boys have been taught. Please encourage them to produce a map for you when they begin their study sessions. A white board is a very useful piece of equipment at this time. Once the map has been completed on the white board, you may even choose to take a photograph of it so that it is saved for later study time.