In South Africa the Eco-school’s project is managed by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa, commonly known as WESSA.
The Eco-school project was started to encourage schools to reach the status of being a “green school”. Portfolios are submitted on an annual basis as a record of projects undertaken and lessons taught with the focus on the environment.
The Eco-school’s project is not unique to South Africa as more and more countries have realized the value of teaching children from a young age the importance of managing our valuable resources.
We have received our Gold Certificate for 2012 and will be working towards our International Green Flag in 2013.
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From Our Headmaster
I look forward to welcoming you and your child to the Primary School of the International School of South Africa. We endeavour to give our children a learning environment where they feel safe and secure – a place of learning where children feel loved. To quote our catch-phrase, “If it’s important to the child, it’s important to us.” Our children thrive in an environment where acceptance, freedom and creative flair is encouraged – an environment where fun, enjoyment and healthy habits are seen as vital ingredients to a happy life.
As we continue our journey into the 21st Century we look to improve our teaching methodologies and teaching practices, yet hold onto the good and solid traditional practices that remain indispensable. We embrace the Cambridge International Curriculum as we are confident of its value in preparing our children for the demands of our High School, Tertiary Education and life – readying our children for meaningful contributions to the ‘global village’.
We are passionate about upholding our school values i.e. Honesty, Hard Work, Respect for all, Compassion, Responsibility and Social Awareness. We hold each other, as stakeholders, accountable to these values so that we set the example for our children, thereby influencing them not only by our words but also by our conduct.
We cater for children aged from 4 years to 6 years. Our programme is a holistic one that aims to develop the whole child, not favouring one part over the other. We are continuously finding innovative ways to incorporate media into their daily lessons bringing aspects of the world to them as never before. Yet, ensuring that we concentrate on the basic skills imperative for formal school. In our Pre-primary we still believe that children learn through Play and that Play is their work. During outdoor Free Play we have water play, sand play, outdoor painting, bats and balls, soccer and skipping to name a few.
Our Student teachers help with the comprehensive movement programme, once a week, for every class. The children are also fortunate to receive swimming lessons twice a week, from a qualified swimming instructor at no extra cost to their parents. Our assessment is continuous, using the ISASA assessment standards as guide. We concentrate on Literacy, Life Skills and Mathematics while using an Integrative approach.
Our Grade R’s have to pass an assessment test in order to be accepted into Grade One the next year. As the Rest of the School teaches Cambridge our Standards are extremely high, which we work very hard to maintain.
(If it is important to the child, it is important to us.)