Excellence In Education Awards 2019

iStore South Africa and Think Ahead last week presented the annual Excellence in Education Awards 2019, which celebrate South African schools using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning.

Teachers and students from schools around the country were challenged to make learning come alive with their iPads while a panel of local and international judges made the selection. More than 600 entries from over 50 schools across township, rural and private schools were received.

Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead who presented the awards, explained, ”With the global emphasis on technology and the ability to  create and code as a key skills to prepare our youth to thrive in today’s world, the annual Excellence In Education awards celebrate and reward educators and students who embrace the challenge by applying technology to teaching and learning, in the most creative way possible. Every year we are amazed at the high standard of entries, and this year was no different.”

One of the judges, Michael Hernandez, Apple Distinguished Educator, author and consultant based in Los Angeles, commented, “I was bowled over by the depth of knowledge and creativity that I saw in the entries – especially the animation, the characters and the story telling.

Chris Dodd, CEO of iStore concluded, “iStore is about delivering the true authentic Apple experience, and a key area of this is about the limitless potential it offers to teaching and learning with Apple technology. Over the years, as sponsor of the awards, we are immensely impressed by what schools in South Africa have achieved through the integration of Apple technology into their daily lives.”



iTeacher LSEN

This calls for teachers to demonstrate how they have consistently integrated Apple technology within their special needs and remedial classrooms. This is not a single curriculum-based project

Grade 0 – 3:

Teacher: Caitlin Peché,  Rallim Preparatory


Grade 8 – 9:

Teacher: Philippa Fabbri                , Elsen Academy



Grade 0 – 3:

Teacher: Lindsey Watson, Herbert Hurd Primary School


Curriculum Challenge

This category gives you and your students the freedom to apply creativity across any area of the curriculum, subjects and cross-curricular projects achieving various learning objectives.

Grade 0 – 3

Teacher: Lora Laithwaite, The Wykeham Collegiate

Project Title: Literature Study

Student: Cassandra Randall


Grade 4 – 7:

Teacher: Adam Fairall, Reddam House

Project Title:  Atlantic Seaboard Feeding the homeless

Student: Jagger Cooper-Doubell


Grade 8 – 9:

Teacher: Danielle Wepener, Kingsmead College

Project Title: Kingfisher

Students: Akinyi Lester, Caitlin McBean, Fatima Mohomed & Radiyyah Dadabhai


Grade 10 – 12:

Teacher: Carike Cass, Parklands College

Project Title: Stream

Students: Christine Greig, Jana Grobbelaar, Juhi Sewchurran


#MySA iPhotography

What defines your South Africa? What defines you as a South African? This category gives your students the freedom to use photography to depict what #MySA means to you.

Grade 0 – 3:

Teacher: Morag Williamson, St Katharine’s

Student: Chella Lewis



Grade 4 – 7:

Teacher: Andre van Rensburg, Klipfontein Primary School

Student: Riana de Langa


Grade 8 – 12:

Teacher: Rebecca Shepherd, Germiston High School Student: Kamohelo Mahlatsi


Coding Challenge

This category challenges your students to be creative and innovative in their design of apps and websites - using code to solve real world challenges.

Gr 4 – 7:

Teacher: Kirsty Sidwell, St Stithians boys prep

Project Title: Pet Finder

Students: Abulele Tanga, Sahil Maharaj                 


Gr 8 – 12:

Teacher: Marcel Erasmus, Parklands College

Project Title: STEM motion box

Student: Keagan Strydom


Artistic Excellence

In this challenge, your students will have the opportunity to express themselves through the Arts. You may submit any project that focuses on artistic expression forms including drama, music, visual art, etc.

Gr 4 – 7:

Teacher: Caron Andrews, HeronBridge College

Project title: Pop Art

Student: Samantha Goodwin


Gr 8 – 12:

Teacher: Sylvia Stander, Parklands College

Project Title: Molested Mind

Student: Bianca Botha


About Think Ahead

Think Ahead is an Apple Solutions Expert in Education. Think Ahead works in partnership with schools to support them in their 21st century teaching and learning journey. Think Ahead helps school practitioners design and implement the best possible education experiences for teachers and students – in the most cost-effective, sustainable and accessible way possible. Think Ahead offers a whole-school programme to lead schools through meaningful technology integration.

About iStoreiStore is an Apple Premium Reseller (APR) which is a dedicated hub for Apple products and accessories. With 26 stores conveniently situated across the continent, iStore is the largest APR in Africa. iStore aims to maximise customer value offerings by providing an authentic Apple experience and extensive range of connected devices, as well as exclusive services such as in-store complimentary training, technical support, screen repair and technical setup. iStore also offers many different way to buy including cash purchases, contracts on various mobile networks and financing options for both consumers and businesses.

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