Thursday, 30 May 2013

Can You See What I See?


Fastest Times so far AT SCHOOL:
Tomas - 1:09min
Miss Tyler-Smith - 1:17min
Summer - 1:43min
Adin - 2:30min
Adam - 2:32min
Neo - 4:08min


Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Bento boxes are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops, railway stations, and department stores. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves .
Bento can be elaborately arranged in a style called "kyaraben" ("character bento"). Kyaraben are typically decorated to look like popular characters from Japanese cartoons (anime), comic books (manga), or video games. Another popular bento style is "oekakiben" or "picture bento". This is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.

A friend of mine, Nadya Collins Josephy,  imports and sells Bento products and makes up take away bento boxes to buy from her home in Wynberg.

Here is her PINTEREST board showing her and other's designs:
  You can find her page on FACEBOOK with all her contact info here:

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

FREE WCED Blue Book Downloads!!!

I'm very excited to announce that you can now download the following Grade R - 12 books for FREE!
Scroll down to Grade 4, 5 or 6 for English Home Language, Afrikaans First Additional Language and Mathematics in English


Our mid-year exams begin on Friday...

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

M9-12 Recipes

Tomas' Lightning Sherbet Sticks

1.   1 teaspoon of citric acid
2.   1 teaspoon of baking powder
3.   2 teaspoons of icing sugar
4.   3 teaspoons of jelly crystals
5.   Licorice black or red
6.   water

l    Small bowl
l    Measuring spoon

1.  Put all the ingredients into a bowl except the licorice and water
2.  Mix well
3.  Wet the licorice in water
4.  Cover the licorice in sherbet
5.  Enjoy

Imogen's Deadly Delicious Chocolate Mousse


  • 100 g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) broken up in pieces
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 large white egg
  • Chocolate shavings to garnish (optional)


  • Hand-held electric mixer
  • Bowl inside another bowl filled with ice water
  • Scale

1.    Break the chocolate into small pieces and set aside.

2.    In a small saucepan heat half the cream until it begins to boil.

3.    Turn off the heat, add the chocolate pieces and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

4.    Pour mixture into a bowl set over a large bowl of iced water and add the rest of the cream.

5.    Using a hand-held electric whisk, beat the mixture to soft peaks. Remove the bowl from the iced water.

6.    Separate egg white into a bowl.                

7.    Whisk the egg white with a hand-held electric beater until stiff peaks.

8.    Add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and continue whisking to a soft meringue.

9.    Carefully fold the meringue through the chocolate mixture.

10.      Garnish with chocolate shavings.(optional)

11.      Enjoy!


Adin’s Super Easy Fantastic Elastic Milkshake


  • Sugar (1 table spoon)
  • Coco (1 table spoon)
  • Milk (as much as you want)


1: Pour milk in cup

2: Add coco in and shake

3: Add sugar and shake once more

4: Pour in cup and drink your enjoyable milkshake

Matthews Delicious Mouth-watering Breathtaking Chocolate Cake


  • 125ml cocoa                                                                  
  • 250ml hot water         
  • 500ml self-raising flour
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 3ml salt
  • 375ml sugar
  • 125ml oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 10ml vanilla essence
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.  Grease a large baking pan well.
  2. Dissolve the cocoa in the hot water and allow to cool.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  4. Beat the oil, eggs and vanilla essence into the cooled cocoa.  Pour into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan and bake for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.  Cool completely before icing.

The Crystal Palace by Imogen

Design- It was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton
The shape and size of the whole building was based around the size of the panes of glass made by the sculptor, Chance Brothers of Birmingham. These were the largest panes you could buy at the time, measuring 25.4 cm wide by 124.46 cm long. The roofing unit took the form of a long triangular prism so it was very light and very strong that meant that it could be built with a few materials. Paxton set the dimensions of the prism with only one pane of glass. These panes were supported by cast iron beams, which were held up by thin cast iron pillars. The ground level of the Crystal Palace (in plan) was 46.9392 m by 11.5824 m. Paxton was knighted by Queen Victoria in recognition of his work.

Interior- The interior was designed by Owen Jones
Owen Jones was asked to decorate and plan the layout of the Great Exhibition building. He wrote to twenty architects and decorators to ask for suggestions, but no one agreed. Jones wanted a vibrant colour scheme using only primary colours. His plan caused lots of debate. He had to defend his views in a lecture to the Institute of British Architects on 16 December 1850. Jones wanted to use stripes of red, yellow and blue, from his belief that all great pieces of art, only the primary colours were used. After his lecture, the Royal Commission accepted it without any changes. Jones because one of the influential design theorists of the 19th century.

Construction- Sir Charles Fox was head of construction
Fox took the position to build the Crystal Palace on the site in July 1850. More than five thousand navvies worked on building during it's construction, with almost two-thousand on site at one time. There was about four thousand tonnes of iron in all. The Crystal Palace was  finished in only five months. Because it was almost completely made of glass, it needed no artificial lighting during the day, which reduced the Exhibition's running costs. Fox was also knighted for his contribution. The building was 41 m high, with 71,794.0 m2 on the ground floor alone.