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Sole searching: Kids' white tekkies for school

Many South African schools make white tekkies compulsory for physical education and school sporting activities. White. Parents up and down the country have been searching for the most affordable options, seeing as we need to buy at least one pair per child per year. So here are some of the white tekkie options available in stores and online, and tips for keeping those babies clean!

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WATCH: An easy way to teach your child the basics of fractions if they're a visual learner

Maths isn't easily understood but the trick is to teach your child according to their learning style. Here's a fast way to teach your child the basics of fractions if they learn best visually.

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Does helping your child with homework hinder their progress?

No parent wants to see their child struggling but that's exactly what sets them up for future success, say experts.

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Insider tips to get into some of SA’s top schools

We spoke to the principals and staff of a few of SA's top schools to find out how you can go about the admissions process and get your kids in without any fuss.

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All the right moves: SA's chess siblings on winning, Bollywood and Darth Vadar

South Africa saw two sets of siblings making us proud at the continental chess championships this weekend. We chatted to the twin brothers and two sisters about their major achievements.

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The hidden agenda of school dress codes

Girls are often the target of moral dress codes, like "no tank tops" or "no spaghetti straps". These strict dress codes goes far beyond "school rules" but instead, underlying issues of societal and cultural norms regarding gender, sexual identity, faith or systemic discrimination. There is space for teaching kids about decorum and etiquette, but let that not be clouded by sexism, rather let the same rules apply to all.

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Maths: 6 ways to help your child love it

Maths doesn't have to be an inaccessible, boring subject. Make maths fun, make it about real life, feed kids' curiosity, and it will capture their attention – and imagination.

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4 local apps making school admin, transport and finance easier for parents and teachers

Yes, that shiver down your spine at the sound of the words "school", "admin", "transport" and "finance" in the same sentence is normal, but these apps just made it a whole lot simpler.

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How lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

There is no doubt that jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths are important for the progression of our country. Well, here's an innovative way we can get more students interested in the STEM subjects early on.

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How involved are you now that your kids are in primary school?

Gone are the days we carried our preschoolers into the school yard on our hips. When our kids gain independence, we have to make more of an effort, in different ways, to stay connected to their schools and their school work.

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SGB complaints and questions: an expert responds

We got a stream of letters and complaints from parents who serve on a school governing body, who are frustrated with the way things are run. To answer some of these concerns we spoke to Paul Colditz, an expert on governing bodies in South African schools.

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"We're not reconciling our youth with sport, we're dividing them"

A reader responds to racial inclusivity in sports and says, while reconciliation is important and it must be implemented, we need to be careful how we go about it, as we may be creating a culture of "resentment and anger" among our youth.

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Why racial inclusivity in sports should start at primary school level

Over the weekend former Rugby Player of the Year, Ashwin Willemse, made headlines when he stormed off the SuperSport set during a live broadcast. He said he was tired of being labelled a "quota player" and he refused to be "patronised by two individuals (Naas Botha and Nick Mallett) who played in an apartheid/segregated era". Stellenbosch University lecturer Francois Cleophas explains how today's racial division in sport participation is rooted in colonialism. Which is exactly why we should encourage racial inclusivity in sports at primary school level already.

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South Africa’s reading crisis: focus on the root cause - teacher training

South Africa ranked last out of 50 countries in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) study - the reading crisis is no overstatement. But here are several strategies that can improve children's reading.

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Hurry! Don't miss the 2019 Gauteng school application deadline

Applications for Gauteng schools are closing on 28 May. Make sure you do yours in time!

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IN PICTURES: Historic schools of South Africa

Did you know some of the oldest schools in the country are more than 200 years old and still going strong? Here's a look at just a few of them with images and history, compliments of Sigi Howes from the Centre for Conservation Education.

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SA's oldest schools: Readers respond

If there's anything we've come to realise since publishing a list of some of the country's oldest schools, it's that memories never die and school pride is forever.

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This list with 200 of South Africa's oldest schools may surprise you

We spoke to the principal and primary researcher for the Centre for Conservation Education, Ms Sigi Howes, about what the history books say about South Africa's oldest schools.

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8 things great teachers do differently

Is it possible to pinpoint what makes a great teacher? Here's 8 ways to go from average to great.

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Why sarcasm is such a brilliantly inclusive and effective way to teach children – not

Children often cannot distinguish between when we're being serious and sarcastic, and while it might not seem like such a big deal to parents and teachers, it can leave children feeling disrespected and alone.

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The ins and outs of school governing bodies

With schools across the country selecting their new governing bodies, Nicola Davies-Laubscher finds out exactly what school governing bodies do and who can serve on them.

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Real-life maths or abstract maths? Why abstraction is so amazing

"We’ve created a space where the rules are minimalistic, yet the games that can be played are endless."
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