Quality Catholic Education within a Nurturing Environment

Grade R


Although Grade R is part of the Foundation Phase (Gr R, 1, 2, and 3), it is ideally suited to being located within a Pre-Primary school environment which is specifically set up and optimally resourced to be able to meet the developmental needs of children between the ages of 3 and 6.

In this regard we are fortunate to be able to situate our Grade R class on the adjoining Headway Pre-Primary campus next door. Established in 1988, Headway offers 3 grade 000 and 3 grade 00 classes in addition to 2 Fatima Grade R classes. Headway is a family-orientated pre-primary school where the aim is to foster the optimum growth and development of the whole child, in a safe, stimulating and happy environment. In Grade R, particular care and attention is given to ensure that our pupils are well prepared and ready for their next step into Grade 1 at “big” school next door!

Mrs Celeste Krummeck is the Principal of Headway Pre-Primary and can be contacted on 031 5632288. All enquiries or applications for enrolment can also be made at this number or via email at headwayadmin@telkomsa.net.

Other feeder schools include:

Hakuna Matata Pre-School

031-5629482

info@hmps.co.za

Umhlanga Pre-Primary

031-5722556

info@umhlangapreprimary.co.za

Kandies Kids

031-5732210

kandies@arcap.co.za

St. Martins Pre-Primary

031-5646555

admin@stmartinspreprimary.co.za

 

Foundation Phase (Grade 1,2 & 3)


The Foundation Phase

The Foundation Phase (Grades 1, 2 and 3) provides a happy, nurturing environment where learning is facilitated in an atmosphere of love, understanding and guidance. Emphasis is placed on the holistic development of the child - learning to live comfortably with others, learning to master one’s feelings and express them safely, gaining self-esteem, welcoming new experiences and growing into a relationship with God. The children are encouraged to become independent and self confident members of our school community.

Curriculum

An integrated system is used to approach the theme based learning programme, as recommended in the latest CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement). Learners are involved in doing, thinking and discovering rather than passively receiving information. All Foundation Phase classes have an integrated white board system which is used on a daily basis to enhance and enrich teaching and learning.

In addition the students also participate in Physical Education, Information Technology where computer skills are developed through engaging educational programmes, Drama, Music and Library lessons with specialist teachers.

Each class is led by a fully qualified, experienced teacher and supported by a range of specialist teachers. We offer Academic support for pupils who require extra attention, as well as an Enrichment programme for pupils who enjoy an additional challenge.

We invite a variety of groups and educational performers to school. Fun activities are held during the year and a wide range of extramural activities is offered eg. recorder, computer club, rhythmic gym, netball, hockey, swimming, mini-tenni. Pupils are encouraged to participate in as many extramural activities as possible. Pupils also attend Mass on a regular basis and get to participate in the planning and preparation of a special Mass for the Foundation Phase at least twice a year.

Parent Teacher

As teachers we are fully aware that the first and most important influence in each child's life is the home. The school therefore encourages open communication with each pupil's parents.

Once a term, a special assembly is arranged for parents, led by a different grade, in which songs and poems learnt during the term are presented

 

Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 - 7)


The Intermediate Phase incorporates a “hands-on” technique, offering learners the opportunity to participate in tours, field trips, outings, drama productions, market days, community outreach programs, and a variety of extra-mural sports and cultural activities. Each class of learners is led by a qualified, experienced educator and supported by a range of specialist educators. We support learners requiring academic assistance through specialist teacher.

Our Academics and Assessment Methods are aligned to the National Curriculum Statement as well as the Independent Education Board for Independent Schools.

Learning areas include:

Languages: English (Home Language)
  Afrikaans (First Additional Language Grades 4-7)
  isiZulu (First Additional Language Grade 7)
  isiZulu (Second Additional Language Grades 4-7)
Mathematics
Social Sciences: History and Geography
Natural Science and Technology
Computers
Art and Culture: Visual Art, Music and Drama
Life Orientation: Religious Education, Physical Education and Life Skills
Economic Management Skills (Grade 7)

Extra-murals available: Netball (Outdoor and Indoor), Hockey (Outdoor and Indoor for Grades 6 & 7), Swimming, Tennis, Cross Country, Horse Riding, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Public Speaking, Environmental Club, Needlework, Chess, Choir, Marimbas, and Recorder. Outside service providers offer Tennis Coaching, Voice Training and tuition for various musical instruments.

Charity Drives and Community Outreach:

Markets days are held each term and there are weekly charity collections. Early Act co-ordinates a number of very worthwhile charity projects and learners are encouraged to give of their time to visit the recipients.

Humanities:

Talent exhibited in the fields of Art, Music and Drama is showcased in our Cultural Evenings, productions and exhibitions where every learner is encouraged to participate. Our Choirs perform at regular festivals and concerts.

Fatima Families have been established to foster caring Christian relationships between children from Grade 1 to the “big sister” in Grade 7. Our Matric Mentoring Leadership system allows our Grade 12 girls to interact with and to nurture our junior school girls.


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