Simon Says … is within the top 10 Best SA School Blogs

We are so pleased to share the fantastic news that HeronBridge College, through our website blogs, is within the top 10 of Best SA School Blogs. We congratulate our College Deputy Head, Mr Simon Crane on producing such an amazing blog and wonderful contribution! Here’s the link to the blog chosen for the award: https://www.twinkl.co.za/blog/twinkls-top-10-south-african-education-blogs.

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Simon Says … “The 22″

As we draw our second term to a close a few thoughts come to mind.  The exam season brings with it a complete shift in tone within our school. It’s a great deal quieter, as pupils spend less time at school, no one bustles from class to class and our co-curricular programme pauses to allow […]

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Simon Says … “Stopping the Conveyor-Belt”

Confession time…I sometimes find myself getting very frustrated with others on the road. I’m sure you know what I mean. I am often impatient and I struggle not to let my frustration get the better of me. Later in the day, I find myself reflecting and questioning why, in spite of knowing better, I continue […]

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Simon Says … “Success and …”

You’d probably expect me to write the word “failure” next. After all, we often place these two words together. “Success” and “Failure”. One has either succeeded at a task or failed to achieve the aims. I’m going to suggest we delete the word “fail” from our minds. Rather I prefer the title of this piece […]

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Simon Says … “Rohit Sharma”

I watched Rohit Sharma, batting for India, score his 23rd century in limited-overs cricket the other day. He was playing South Africa and I noticed how he responded when he reached that milestone. He took off his helmet and without a big show, he raised his bat to thank the crowd for their applause. He faced […]

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Simon Says … “Sunrise”

As I drive in to work I always notice the sunrise and being a bit of a details chap, I see what time it rises and breaks the horizon each morning. It’s interesting to me how the sunrise gets later towards the winter solstice and my son, Joel, and I often talk about this as […]

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Simon Says … “I Will Support You As Strongly in Failure as in Success”

During the holiday, I watched a documentary on one of my favourite film-makers, Steven Spielberg. I’ve always enjoyed Spielberg’s movies, from the playful adventures of Indiana Jones, through the sheer terror of Jaws, to the emotional rollercoaster of Schindler’s List. For me Spielberg has always been a magical visual conductor and my childhood was happily […]

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Simon Says … “What do I want to know from a school report?”

My own school reports make for amusing reading now. They are littered with suggestions that “Simon could do better with a little more effort” and various comments about my lack of commitment to the task at hand. I was the very definition of underachievement. If you looked that word up in the dictionary there would […]

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Simon Says … “What is our primary goal at HeronBridge?”

Is it academic success, sporting prowess, cultural achievements or the wider Outreach programme? As a Christian School our heart for the Lord is front and centre. There is no doubt of that. We believe in our Lord and we work to serve Him. Our eternal salvation rests in Him. Snapshot… I had the privilege of interviewing a […]

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Our Matric Story

Across our nation schools broadcast their Matric results to a resounding peal of celebration. It’s fair to say that the bunfight to secure the top spot somewhere on a national cover page or similar is akin to a sports contest and certainly costs the winners a fair packet in fees for that press space too. […]

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Simon Says … Identity – “Unique versus Uniformed”

Very early on, at the start of each school year, I ask my classes to hold up their index finger. They are all a little surprised and unsure at this stage and understandably so. I remind them that their fingerprint is unique. I remind them that they have never existed before and they will never […]

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Simon Says … “Alone Time“. Thoughts about Community and Connections

As an educator one of the key happy ingredients in my day is seeing pupils at HeronBridge together, in community, with other pupils. Happy, smiling kids spending time together is so very rewarding for everyone. On a walkabout at break there is such happiness and job satisfaction to be gained from seeing our boys and […]

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