Catching flies

My mum was an expert at catching flies and she taught me how to do it. It’s usually a two hand job, but once you know the trick a single hander will also often work. If nothing else, it’s a good party trick.

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My quick way to solve Sudoku puzzles

I assume you know how sudoku puzzles work. I’ve studied the techniques and enjoy the challenge of “Expert” puzzles. However, because of my abacus maths training, I don’t just want to solve the puzzles, I want to find the quickest way to do so. Here’s what I’ve found -…

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Teaching our kids to win the game of life

In late October 2018, I was a guest speaker at the World Abacus Maths Competition, which for the first time, was held here in South Africa. Holding the attention of some 400 kids was going to be a challenge, so I chose to talk about something close to their hearts.

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About the Japanese abacus

At Gallagher Combined School, abacus maths is a compulsory subject. Many of the parents are curious about what their children are doing and would like to know more, so here’s a short introduction to the Japanese abacus.

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Fun in the playground

At Gallagher Combined School we believe that socializing is one of the most important aspects of a child’s development. That is why we encourage playing as much as possible. We also have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying at our Midrand school.

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Swimming

Three of our pupils competed in the recent inter-schools swimming gala. Zoe got a 3rd place Tandela got a  2nd place despite having been put into the under 14s group instead of the under 12s Tinotenda got a 2nd place…

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