The Preparatory (commonly known as primary school) is founded on a solid system of good values and morals and we are always focusing on and giving priority to providing an excellent, top-class education for your children today!

How blissful then for your children to receive all the above mentioned, while not being surrounded by intense peer pressure and ‘petty’ issues that are prevalent around us today – and is unnecessary for children to experience at such a young age .

We are very passionate about your children, our pupils. It is our goal to work hand-in-hand with parents in educating and assisting your children and helping them to achieve all that they have set out to do in their life – even starting at such a tender, young age.

During their primary education, students are taught to think critically, to strive to attain high standards, to meet the challenges posed by technological advancements and to develop basic values.

Our Preparatory educators strive to live by the following:

A great teacher

Welcome to the Junior Prep (Grades 1 – 3)

At Archers College, our Grade 1 learners enter their first year of formal schooling with confidence because of the excellent foundation established in Grade R on which they now continue to build. The focus of learning is on developing fundamental language and mathematical skills, first in a concrete way and then followed through on with written application.

We place great emphasis on reading as is true to the saying: “The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” (Dr.Seuss)

Dedicated periods are set aside throughout the day for shared reading and individual reading. Each teacher enjoys ending off the day reading to the children from a novel of their choice, for example a Roald Dahl book.

The children also enjoy regularly visiting our library to borrow books to take home to read.

Our Grade 1 – 3 learners follow a structured timetable everyday, comprised of their main subjects – English, Afrikaans, Mathematics and Life Skills. They engage in weekly Playball lessons, and additional Physical Education for one hour every Friday, before commencing with spelling and mathematics tests for the day. Starting off every Friday with movement has impacted positively on the children, as they are more focused for test periods and their results have also improved.

We strive to ensure that each child enjoys an individual learning experience tailored specifically to his or her individual needs and particular learning style. Educators ensure lessons taught appeal to the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, sensory, physical and verbal learners, as each and every child learns in a different way. Our busier learners can often be found sitting on a large pilates ball, or keeping busy with an item from our “calm down box”, such as a stress ball or bubble wrap, whilst listening to the teacher give an explanation or whilst completing a task. We also provide tools for our left-handed learners, who may require it, that assist with their pencil grip and make it a little easier for them to work.

Grade 1 – 3 learners still enjoy learning about various “Themes,” and these change every two to three weeks. Arts and crafts activities and make ‘n bake sessions are centered around the theme for the week and are a favourite amongst the children.

We ensure that when the learners move on from Grade 3, they have learnt important skills that will equip them for what is in store for their next phase of learning.

 

Welcome to the Senior Prep (Grades 4 – 7)

The step all learners take from Grade 3 to Grade 4 is a difficult,  but exciting one. During this stage, we encourage plenty parent support and constant communication between teachers and parents to ensure a smooth transition for all our learners. The Grade 4 – 6 children have a full timetable, incorporating six subjects of learning – English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences and Life Skills. Formal assessments are written on a continuous basis for which the children participate in a study skills program at the beginning of the academic year to help them with various studying techniques they can execute when preparing formal assessments.


Our Grade 7 curriculum is thorough and demands a lot more dedication from learners to their learning, as they prepare for their next big step, moving to high school. The subject list for Grade 7 consists of: English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Life Orientation and Creative Arts. Formal assessments are written on a continuous basis and the learners are often very busy after school hours preparing larger projects, orals and readings, rather than spending endless time on unnecessary homework or completion of worksheets.

As a subject, Creative Arts allows the Grade 7 learners to focus extensively on different aspects of art – dance, drama and music, to name a few, which is a great addition to the content-rich curriculum.

In the Senior Phase, great emphasis is still placed on reading and continually improving one’s reading skills and ability as a reader. Learners read and study ‘set work novels’ for both English and Afrikaans throughout the year and it is compulsory that each child have his or her own novel for reading and study purposes.

We integrate technology on a fuller scale in Grades 4 – 7, with an interactive whiteboard being used extensively in all Natural Sciences and Technology lessons, and on occasion for other subjects and lessons.

Our Grade 4 – 7 learners are required to each have their own iPad, as they make use of this tool for Google Classroom, Mathletics and Virtual Reality.

The Mathletics program (an enhancement to the Mathematics curriculum) entails:

  • A full set of curriculum-aligned activities covering all topics and themes of maths covered throughout primary school
  • All activities are automatically marked, with learners receiving clear and intuitive feedback on their progress
  • In the hugely popular Live Mathletics, learners can test their skills in a great live online maths game, competing against others from right across the world!
  • Curriculum content is supported by interactive tutorials to both support and extend the learning

Our Grade 4 – 7 learners are introduced to “vlogging,” recording readings on iPads, using iMovie and much more, as we teach them how to be “tech savvy,” whilst not foregoing planning, writing and written brainstorming.


General

In both the junior and senior phases, the teacher accommodates each child as an individual and works to ensure each child reaches his/her full potential, by teaching in a way that accommodates each child’s different learning style, whether it is visual, auditory or kinesthetic. We strive to accommodate the learner with ADHD – allowing him or her to sit on pilates ball whilst working, the learner who is left-handed – allowing him or her to work on an incline board if it makes the working experience easier, and the learner who is always “ahead” – requiring extension activities to stimulate his or her mind continuously.

Whilst ensuring your child receives the best educationally, we also strive to encourage a positive work ethic in our children in order to develop young people who are confident, independent and responsible learners, who have a real love for learning.

 

Meet the Preparatory Educators

 

GRADE 1

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Sandri Hattingh

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I might remember. Involve me and I’ll learn.”

Being a teacher is a great blessing and honour. I feel privileged to know that by playing a role in the development of children, I might be enabling them to achieve greatness. I am an optimistic, loyal and light hearted person and I hope to instil these positive qualities in my students as well. Seeing my students excel each in their own unique way, brings me great joy.
I enjoy cooking and treasure the time I get to spend with my husband, our beautiful girl, families and friends.

 


GRADE 2

Zoe Dalcos

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”

Teaching is love in its purest form, we nurture a sense of wonder and creativity which takes dedication, patience and a loving heart. Children are the most precious of treasures, and as a teacher, I intend to fill each child’s heart with laughter and help them grow their little wings. It is my intention to create a classroom environment in which I can inspire my learners to make their dreams come true, no matter how big or small.

I believe learning occurs in a hands-on manner and thus the children should be active participants in the learning process. Teachers and learners alike should learn from each other. Therefore, I consider the “jug-and-mug” approach to be very harmful to a child’s attitude to learning. A classroom which is visually rich, interactive and where all are fully engaged, is an environment in which all learners can further their academic understanding and social development.

I hope to instil a passion for learning and knowledge for each of my learners. I hope to encourage a positive attitude towards the learning process and actively contribute to the development of my learners. I believe each learner will have a lasting impact on my life and it is my desire to have a lasting impact on each of my students.

 


GRADE 3

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Roelindi Snyman

“It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.”

I am a young goal orientated, motivated and dedicated individual who has got a great passion and love for kids. Investing time with kids and watching them excel as a result truly motivates me. I believe a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning and must be able to put herself in the place of those who find learning hard. Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual.
My motto for each day at school is to be a teacher who gives children something to think about besides homework. My passions outside of school include my love for cats and endurance horse riding on a competitive level.

 

GRADE 4 

Subject teacher (Grade 4 – 7) for: Afrikaans and Natural Sciences and Technology

Katie Milner

“The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates but the great teacher inspires”

My teaching philosophy as a young educator focuses on creating a conducive learning environment whereby learners are encouraged to express themselves freely, develop at their own pace as well as incorporate their own, individual learning styles into the classroom as a means of reaching their full potential. I believe that learners learn best through experiential learning, therefore learners are able to grasp fundamental skills through reflection of doing. One teaching theory which I personally believe in which I aim to incorporate into my classroom is the Constructivism Theory. I belief that each learner constructs their own understanding and knowledge of the world by experiencing various situations and then expanding on these situations by forming educational conclusions about these experiences.

I believe that each learner is incredibly unique. They each have their own personalities, talents and passions which I aim to encourage each learner to pursue. I aim to instill a passion for lifelong learning so that education is transferred beyond the premises of the school, resulting in a generation of learners who have a passion for equipping themselves, and others with an intrinsic desire to continue learning as school is not the point, but rather the path. I aim to inspire learners to be the best version of themselves by presenting them with the opportunity to do so each and every day.

 

GRADE 5 & 6

Subject teacher (Grade 4 – 7) for: Mathematics, Social Sciences and Economic and Management Sciences

Delarah Deane

“The best teachers are those that show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”

This is one of my favourite quotes, as it drives the notion we are not here to instruct, we are here to open up a world of possibilities.When I got into the education sector I knew instantaneously that this was where my passion lies. I love what I do and most importantly I love educating young minds.

What I aim for within my classes is the complete mastery of skill. Especially within a Mathematics classroom. I can only take a learner so far, but if I am able to impart a lifelong skill that is embedded into that learner, that in itself is the growth mindset that we promote as educators. The need to constantly learn and re- engage until that solid foundation transcends into something more, something that will equip them for their educational journey.  This is why learning has to be fun and by fun we mean captivating and enhancing the development of all age groups.

When curriculum is taught effectively there is no reason a learner should be left behind. This is the vision I have been striving towards and any learner that steps within the classroom has the potential to unlock their true capabilities.

Teaching at Archers College is a privilege for me as the vision is one that is transformative.

 

GRADE 7 

Subject teacher (Grade 4 – 7) for: English, Life Skills/Orientation and Creative Arts

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Dhillaira Mandiringana

“Every child has a right to be nurtured in a caring and loving environment.”

What an amazing opportunity I have had at Archers College; from realizing my passion for teaching to growing as a teacher over the years. I started off in the year 2010, being an assistant in the Pre-Prep phase. I was given an opportunity to enter the classroom, teaching the playschool group. I have, over the years, come to know and love a lot of the children, whom I have had the privilege to teach over a few years. I have learnt from my journey so far – that each child deserves a teacher who thinks the world of them, appreciates who they are as an individual and believes in them. In that way, the child will never limit themselves to the basics, but rather will believe in themselves, and will always achieve their very best.

My philosophy that I have and still live by as a teacher is: “Every child has a right to be nurtured in a caring and loving environment.” I strongly believe that as your child’s educator, I need to show them love when they are at school, help your child be confident in who they are and above all, feel happy.

As your child’s educator, I strive to ensure that my teaching is effective, taking into account that your child is an individual, that they learn in their own different way. It is therefore my aim to ensure that I incorporate all learning styles in my classroom to cater for this.

I thrive on being challenged in various aspects of my career, always looking for something new to learn. I hope that I can encourage my students to also feel the need to be challenged in their school career, always trying to do their very best and excel at it.

I hope that I will get an opportunity to have your child pass through my doors at some point in their schooling career.

 

The Grade 4 – 7 Intern

 

Bridget Cato

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

After I matriculated, I had no idea which career path to turn to. I unexpectedly ended up at Archers College as the Pre-Prep assistant, and this marks the time I fell in love with the idea of educating little minds. I’ve recently been awarded the opportunity of being an intern in the senior phase – for the Grade 4 – 7 group of learners, specifically focusing on developing the Social Science curriculum. While interning, I am still completing my studies toward obtaining teaching diploma.

My favourite aspect of being a teacher is that I am capable of fulfilling more roles than I have ever before. I am counselor, a police officer, a doctor and most importantly a friend, everyday.

Archers College believes in developing and nurturing each element of a child. To this end, we do offer a range of co-curricular activities for our Grade 1 – 7 pupils throughout the year, in which they can choose to participate in or not.

Any co-curricular activities participated in are not done in a competitive manner. Rather, the focus is more on teaching the children skills, having fun and helping them to find a cultural or sports activity they may be very passionate about and want to pursue further.

Some of the co-curricular activities offered at different times throughout the year include:

Athletics
Softball
Soccer
Hockey
Volleyball
Photography Club
Debating
Chess
Cookery Club

Co-curricular activities planner is emailed to all parents at the beginning of each term.