The Junior Preparatory is a caring, nurturing environment managed by our Deputy Head, Mrs. Lindy Bartlet. She is ably supported by a team of professional and dedicated teachers who aim to lay a solid foundation and develop motivated, confident and happy children striving to achieve their personal best in every area of their development. Children are encouraged in their individual areas of strength and areas requiring improvement are closely monitored and developed. They progress rapidly during this phase intellectually, emotionally and socially, developing skills which underpin life-long learning. Class teaching predominates in the Junior Preparatory phase and the focus is on developing fundamental Literacy and Numeracy skills through a stimulating and integrated curriculum which is both creative and relevant.
We follow a comprehensive, multifaceted Literacy program, which immerses the children in language experiences promoting speech, listening, reading, writing and thinking skills in order to develop creative and critical thinkers who can read fluently and communicate confidently both verbally and non- verbally.
Children today need to be equipped to participate in an increasingly numerical world and therefore it is crucial for the learners in this phase to gain a strong foundation in basic numeracy. The teaching of Mathematics is integrated with other subjects and the children are required to apply their numerical understanding to real life situations in order to develop sound problem solving skills.
Our Life Skills curriculum provides the context for the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy and encourages the children to engage with the world around them through enquiry and investigation. Our aim is for the children to develop both respect and responsibility for the world in which they live. Outings to places of interest form a vital part of the extended learning experience.
The children have the opportunity to develop their imagination and creativity through activities in Art, Music and Drama which are offered by specialist teachers. During IT lessons the children are equipped with knowledge and skills to enable them to use technology efficiently and effectively to enhance their learning.
Regular physical activity forms an important part of the curriculum where the emphasis is on helping children to use their bodies effectively through participation in activities which develop spatial awareness, balance, control, co-ordination and motor skills. In Grades One and Two, the children are introduced to the various sports’ codes through the Junior Sports’ Program, which forms part of the school day. They have the opportunity to participate in school and house teams during various internal and external festivals. The Grade Three children take part in the full Co-Curricular program offered after school.
Academic support is offered by class teachers as well as by a multidisciplinary team of private therapists who work from our Learning Centre situated on the HeronBridge campus. This team includes an educational psychologist, speech therapists, remedial therapists, occupational therapists and physio therapists as well as reading specialists offering the Rainbow Reading Program.
By the end of Grade Three our pupils have experienced a creative and well-balanced curriculum which has prepared them to apply their learnt skills to all subjects offered in the Intermediate Phase.
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.
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.