Academics – Senior Preparatory

Senior Preparatory

At HeronBridge we work within the framework of the National Curriculum Statement.  We strive to provide our pupils with an education that is relevant to them and the ever changing world that they live in. Our pupils are nurtured and encouraged to maximise their individual potential and achieve their personal best in each subject on offer.

We strive to create a positive work ethic in our pupils in order to develop young people who are confident, independent and responsible learners who have a love of learning.  Our teachers take a personal interest in each child. We also have a special needs centre and children who require additional support either academically or emotionally are catered for.

In the Senior Primary Phase we offer a more formalised learning environment, class teaching still occurs at a Grade Four level. In Grade Five learners remain with their homeroom teachers for the core subjects viz. English, Afrikaans and Mathematics and are introduced to specialist teachers for the Cultural subjects. In Grades Six and Seven our pupils are exposed to subject specialist teaching.

We offer a holistic curriculum covering a wide range of subjects: English, Afrikaans (IsiZulu is offered on a co-curricular level), Mathematics, Natural Sciences, History, Geography, Life Orientation, Physical Education, EMS, Design and Technology, Art, Drama, Music (Grades 4 – 6) and Bible Education. We extend the classroom beyond the walls of our property and our pupils are taken on excursions, theatre visits and tours. Where possible we invite guest speakers into our lessons.

We encourage our pupils to develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, research and study skills. We place an emphasis on technology and have two fully equipped computer labs. Our pupils are taught relevant computer skills and use these in lessons across the curriculum in keeping up with the latest trends in education.  Each classroom is equipped with a projector, internet access and mimio board.  In the Senior Primary Phase we are equipping the children with the skills they require for a successful High School career.

We strive to achieve academic excellence and monitor our progress by writing National and International Benchmarking Assessments.  We have an award system in place and our pupils receive recognition for their academic achievements.

Our teachers regularly attend conferences, workshops and courses in order to keep up with the latest educational developments.

We are an unashamedly Christian school and offer a values based education.  We emphasise a sense of community and have a well-developed outreach programme in place.

Learner Support

God has taken His time to make each and every one of our children just the way in which He intended. Our aim is to draw out the very best God has placed in each child, as we seek to showcase their individual potential and support them where they may struggle. To this end, we have established a unique, unobtrusive and effective model to assist our children in embracing the challenges and opportunities that come with learning.

Our Educational Psychologist leads a team of onsite therapists and in-class Academic Support Specialists, in meeting each child individual needs. This team’s influence, in collaboration with class teachers, is focused on upholding our inclusive ethos, by supporting all children at all times. This aligns with our belief that every child experiences success and difficulties at certain points in their learning career, be it social, emotional and/or academic in nature.

We walk a special journey alongside each child, as they come to understand more about how they learn best, as well as their individual strengths and the areas in which they need to develop. We differentiate lessons and offer an extensive accommodations programme, so that content is accessible to all children within the classroom, and assessment results are truly reflective of a child’s abilities, irrespective of learning styles and needs.

Our Grade 1 and 2 programmes offer specialised, smaller ‘Bridging Classes’ that provide a space for children who need a little more scaffolding with the transition into formalised schooling. Whereas, from Grades 3 to 7, dedicated Academic Support Specialists rotate through all classes, providing extra assistance and lesson adaptations where necessary. These intentional measures coupled with our increasingly differentiated curriculum provides a context for our children where their ‘personal best’ is an achievable goal.

Communication

The majority of the school communication is done through our HeronBridge College app. Parents and pupils will have access to the app through a secured password. A school newsletter will be available bi-weekly. Incidental communication may be conveyed to you the via the HeronBridge College app, the homework diary or by separate letter. Please remember to keep us updated with your personal information (contact number, postal address, etc.) so that we can reach you in case of an emergency.