We have a high definition of quality which utilizes a child-centred inquiry-based approach to learning where children are free to express themselves through the use of languages, science, technology and mathematics, in response to complex challenges, within a changing environment which values curiosity, initiative, persistence / grit, adaptability and leadership.
We are committed to being a school where the unique capabilities, creativity, curiosity and intelligence of each child are recognized, celebrated and encouraged, as children actively participate in their education. With the freedom to voice, listen, shape, reshape, form and reform their questions, theories, and activities, children see the possibilities of co-creating futures.
(Rinaldi C., 2001, A journey into the rights of children. p. 82, and Cagliari P., 2012. One city, many children: Reggio Emilia, a history of the present, p. 195).
We believe that diversity within the classroom is central to a school’s ability to facilitate quality education. Diverse experiences, skills and viewpoints – where they are free to be expressed and explored – stimulate the level of complex thinking and problem-solving that is required to foster progress in an innovation-driven society; a rapidly evolving world where the facts and future are uncertain or unclear (WEF 2018).
We are committed to being a school that is intentionally inter-cultural. Through the mutual exchange of norms and ideas we see deeper levels of knowledge, respect, and understanding of all cultures developing. In celebrating and making room for diversity, everyone learns from one another, because no one is left unchanged (The Spring Institute, 2016).
Where is the future? Where does the “new” reside? We will find the future in places where new forms of human coexistence, participation, and co-participation are tried out….It is necessary for us to learn this unity in diversity, and this diversity in unity’Rinaldi C., 2001. Making Learning Visible: children as individuals and groups. p. 45.
From it’s position among the top ten most diverse countries in the world, at the tip of the most diverse continent in the world, South Africa has the opportunity to offer one of the best education systems in the world.
To ensure that quality education is accessible to a diversely socio-economic group of families, the payment of fees at our school are innovation-driven, in that they are income-based. By calculating school fees on a sliding scale, we are able to increase diversity and the access to quality education, by nurturing the Foundational literacies, Competencies and Character qualities that every child requires to thrive as lifelong learners in the 21st-Century.