Bishop Kearney Presents:

South Africa

Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn, New York is dedicated to expanding our global understanding and commitment to social justice. For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be choosing an issue of social justice in South Africa and launching global perspectives through Project-Based Learning experiences centered around that issue. We are excited to be working in collaboration with Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg. Our Head of School, Dr. Margaret Minson, will be visiting South Africa in October. She will be communicating back to students, faculty, and staff to share her experiences.

This site contains links to online resources that will be helpful in increasing our understanding of South Africa. As we create our projects throughout the school year, they will be presented here on this Website. We hope that you enjoy them!

Physics Class Project:

1. Complex question: How can you use the laws of physics to create a diamond, as good or better than a "De Beers diamond," in either a laboratory or manufacturing facility?

2. Authentic tasks: What are the conditions that allow diamonds to form on Earth? How can you achieve these conditions in a lab or manufacturing facility?

The four C's, clarity, color, cut, and carat are used to classify a diamond. Discuss the physics of these characteristics? Imitation diamonds have been made before .... how was this accomplished? Create a diamond design in a 3D software package in the school's Digital Arts Lab (in the same room as school's 3D printer.) Research the history of diamond mining in South Africa and discuss the "justice" or "injustice" that may have occurred or is still occurring in the region when mining for diamonds.

Go to the "Physics Class" page to find helpful resources for this project.

Helpful Links for Research on South Africa:

County Facts/History Overview/Geography

  • Encyclopedia Britannica (Bishop Kearney students can access this for free from anywhere within New York State through the NOVELNY program. Click on "Use My Location"; you don't need a password. Search for "South Africa", You will get links to articles; click on the left side to access images and videos as well. One great 2-minute video is, "A Life in the Townships of Capetown".)
  • WorldAtlas.com: South Africa
  • Central Intelligence Agency: The World Factbook: South Africa
  • BBC: South Africa Profile: Timeline
  • Gale Diversity Studies Database (Click on "Use My Location" and search for South Africa. This resource collection also offers a Topic Finder link, which allows you to get a “topic wheel”, a colorful visual diagram of subtopics related your main topic; click to find articles and images related to specific subtopics.)
  • Gale World History Collection Database (Click on "Use My Location" and search for South Africa. This resource collection also offers a Topic Finder link, which allows you to get a “topic wheel”, a colorful visual diagram of subtopics related your main topic; click to find articles and images related to specific subtopics.)

Refugees in South Africa

Social Justice Issues

Other Social Justice Issues/Current Issues Facing South Africa Today

Social Justice Call to Action: What Do You Need to Know and What Can You Do to Help?

The Environment and Natural Resources

Environmental Concerns

Mining:

Apartheid

Apartheid

Healing after Apartheid

Languages, Cultures, and Customs