Old boy Carlos Morais talks to a grade 11 class
Jeppe’s Life Orientation department is making learning real for the boys by tailoring their lessons in the fourth term to teach useful, real-life skills to the boys.
Head of department, Mr Brett Riskowitz explained that the teachers got through the syllabus as quickly as they could earlier in the year to free up time in the fourth term to tackle issues that they felt the boys need, and probably don’t get enough exposure to in the modern world.
“The topics range from the very practical, like how to change a tyre, how to prepare a fire for braaing and how to pack the car boot for a long holiday, to the all-important things like exam and studying skills, personal finance and how to navigate the transition between school and the adult world,” he said.
For the grade eights it will be study skills, and talk by a young recovering drug addict who will tell them about how he squandered his opportunities and how difficult it has been to come back from that.
The grade nines will receive that same talk and they will be taught the skills required to successfully braai meat – something, Mr Riskowitz believes, that will stand them in good stead in the future. They will also be shown how to pack a car boot.
The grade 10s will also have the study skills lessons and they will be introduced to a computer based network that will help them choose a study direction and put them into contact with the institutions that offer what they want to do.
The grade 11s will listen to Jeppe old boy Carlos Morais who is an accountant and personal finance expert. He will teach them the importance of saving, budgeting, investing etc. They will also hear a talk on Life after School by Carey Smith who is an expert on post-school studies. They will begin working on their CVs and be introduced to the concept of making your CV a living document that you update continually.
The matrics, if time allows, will be shown how to change a car tyre. Something they will all have to do one day and something, Mr Riskowitz believes, very few of them can actually do.