Our School Year
Why do we follow the ISASA school year and holidays?
- It enables you to have time to plan your school holidays in (mostly) off-peak periods.
- Our mid term breaks are precious opportunities to rest and have a break from the work routine together as a family. It’s always a good idea to diarise and plan your midterm breaks.
- It mirrors our primary school terms.
EarthKids Calendar for 2019
16 January – 11 April
Mid Term Break:
22 – 25 February
21 March (Human Rights Day)
19 April (Good Friday)
22 April (Family Day)
27 April (Freedom Day)
1 May (Workers Day)
15 April – 6 May
7 May – 8 August
Mid Term Break:
1 – 5 July (Holiday programme will be offered during this break)
16 June (Youth Day)
17 June (Youth Day observed)
9 August (Womens Day)
12 August – 6 September
9 Sept – 6 December
Mid Term Break:
25 – 28 October
23 September (We are closed)
24 September (Heritage Day)
9 December – 13 December
A typical day:
(These times are different for each class; differing by half hours. But this is a good example)
06:45 – 07:30 – Drop your child off at school
- You are welcomed by your child’s teacher and assistant
- Free play
- 08:00 – Breakfast (Porridge – Provided by the school)
- 08:30 – Art activities.
Everything during this hour relates to the theme of the week
- 09:30 – Snack (Packed by parents)
- 10:00 – Outside play
- 12:00 – Lunch (Packed by parents)
- 12:30 – Nap time
- 12:30 – 13:30 Home time for half day children
- 13:30 – 17:30 Aftercare
- 14:30 – Cooked lunch provided by the school
Red letter days in 2019 (where our parents and loved ones join us):
- March – Movie under the stars
- April – Special person’s tea
- June – Communitas Winter Games
- September – spring picnic and planting of flowers
- September – sports day for kids, parents, family and friends
- November – End of Year Concert
- November – Graduation for Lions class
Birthdays – Kiddies can celebrate by bringing cup-cakes to share with their class mates
Holiday programme – We offer a holiday programme at an additional rate
Our key focus areas in education are:
Fine Motor Skills / Art
Through art a child is able to interpret the world around him or her. Art helps a child clarify their perceptions, and gives meaning and structure to his or her experiences.
Through music and song, a child develops a feeling for language. Music is also an integral part of auditory perception. In addition to this, dancing with music also teaches confidence.
Gross Motor Skills / Outdoor
Children enjoy the freedom of movement while developing gross motor skills in our large well-equipped playground. We offer numerous extra mural activities such as – Playball, Clamber Club, Dance Mouse that specialise in this important area of a child’s development.
Social and Environmental
We teach the children about giving to the less fortunate. We have teamed up with certain charities and encourage the children to participate. They respect our environment by learning about the world we live in and how to protect it. We also encourage an understanding of healthy eating habits.
Effective learning can only take place in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere. Our teachers develop warm, loving relationships with the children based on mutual acceptance, respect and trust. We deliver an overall educational experience in learning, playing and mutual respect, love and nurturing.
From the age of 3 children get Visual and Auditory screening. Parents receive the results if a problem is picked up – either to be monitored or to be referred to a specialist.
Growing up can be an “eventful” time with some hiccups along the way:
Potty training – Only done if being done at home so we work together with parents. Children are taken to the bathroom every 20 minutes. We do not push them and if an accident occurs, they are not punished or shouted at. We use positive re-enforcement and kids are encouraged all the way.
Biting – Time -out 1 minute per year of child’s age. Explanation of why their actions are not right and that there are consequences. If these actions continue, teachers liaise with parents.
Colds and flu.
How do we handle these hiccups?
With Continuous, careful and expert observation.
By communicating with you as a parent, and offering help to observe the situation.
If we cannot fix it inhouse:
Medical doctor or specialist.
Play therapist, child psychologist or occupational therapist.
We get feedback from professionals with advice on how to work with the child in the class environment, e.g. – Specific games/sign language/gauging what triggers a child’s behaviour and turning negatives into positives.
- At age 5, we advise parents that their children should take a school readiness test.
Hygiene & cleanliness
Our school gets deep cleaned regularly and the hygiene of every child is of the highest priority.
- Boys and girls – anything comfortable to allow climbing.
- When wearing dresses, girls are to wear ski pants underneath.
- We supply sun-cream and hats.
Medication and illness:
- We are not permitted to give medication unless we have written permission from a parent or verbal permission in case of an emergency.
- No sick child is to come to school as it compromises the health of other children and teachers.
After care and holiday care:
- We have a programme with at least one formal activity per day (Holiday Care).