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SPARK Schools Blog 18 Nov 2021 How we help Grade R learners transition from pre-school to primary school

Transitioning from preschool to primary school is a significant milestone for children and parents. However, adapting to the new school environment can take some time. This transition is even harder for Grade-R learners. One of the reasons that make adjusting to primary school a challenge is a change in routine.  In preschool, learners are allowed …

SPARK Schools Blog 12 Nov 2021 How to redefine failure for your child

As parents, it is natural to want your child to succeed all the time; however, the reality is that your child will fail at some point in their life. We know that dealing with failure is hard, but your child has to fail to succeed.  In this article, we share the importance of redefining failure …

SPARK Schools Blog 29 Oct 2021 5 ways to prepare you for staying calm during your exams

So you’ve done all the groundwork and studies for your exams, but your nerves are still getting the better of you. In this article, we share five tips to help you prepare for staying calm during your exams.  Exams are stressful even for the most prepared students, but preparing for exams doesn’t always relieve the …

SPARK Schools Blog 22 Oct 2021 How to survive and thrive in your first year of high school

Every year, thousands of teens start their journey into high school. While some kids can immediately thrive, others may find high school difficult. Some kids may have difficulty adjusting to high school as they are unfamiliar with the school environment and culture. SPARK Randburg High Assistant Principal Fradrick Chelenje shares five practical tips to help …

SPARK Schools Blog 14 Oct 2021 Tips to help you deal with matric exam anxiety

Matric (Grade 12) is a highly stressful time for many reasons. With matric being the final year of high school, there is a lot at stake for learners. Not only do they have to worry about their exams, but they also have anxiety about being accepted at university.  These reasons, among many, can lead to …

SPARK Schools Blog 30 Sep 2021 The benefits of attending a school open day

Whether you are a prospective parent or have already enrolled your child, attending a  school open day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the school. During an open day, parents and learners get insights about school culture, the school curriculum, the learning model and how students engage with each other during the daily …

SPARK Schools Blog 28 Sep 2021 Use these four strategies to study for end-year-exams

As we near the end of the school year, students will be getting ready for their end-of-year exams. Preparing and studying for exams can be stressful, especially if you haven’t found a study strategy that works for you. We’ve come up with four study strategies to help you effectively study for your exams.  Create a …

SPARK Schools Blog 16 Sep 2021 Are high schools preparing learners for life after high school?

High school is an exciting time for learners, as they believe that it will help prepare them for the real world. However, this is not always the case. Many high school learners leave high school unprepared for the real world and struggle to adapt to life.  In South Africa, about 40% of students drop out …

SPARK Schools Blog 9 Sep 2021 How to raise your child to be resilient

Throughout our lives, we will face many challenges. Sadly, even children are not spared from going through tough times. However, if a child is resilient, they can overcome these obstacles.  What is resilience Resilience is being able to deal with challenges in a positive way.  Minor Impact, Family mediator and life coach Rushka Lee Pedro, …

SPARK Schools Blog 3 Sep 2021 Four tips to help your child succeed at the end of the school year

With the school year almost over, many parents are worried about their child succeeding at the end of the school year. According to the  Department of Basic Education, between 50% and 75% of learning was lost in  2020. These learning losses have had a severe impact on learners, especially those who already had learning difficulties. …

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