Grades 1 – 7

At Hermannsburg, children can start their formal education in the grade 1 year and proceed to matriculate at the end of grade 12 without the disruption of changing schools and the associated changes in friends, ethos and circumstance. The small classes ensure individual attention and the opportunity to meet each child at his or her level.

From grade 1 to grade 7, the scholars are taught the discipline required to achieve consistently good results in the formal arena. Great emphasis is laid on the basic foundations of learning – the ability to read and write, interpret and manipulate information and numeracy skills. A highly competent teaching staff educate the children in English , with German, Afrikaans and isiZulu as additional languages according to the facilities available at the school.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT:

Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s Primary School careers. Children’s learning involves a partnership between staff and parents. Parents are also asked to involve themselves in the school’s cultural activities, contributing by cooking and baking for functions, helping / working at functions, participating in social events, fundraising, etc.

CHILDREN-HELPING-CHILDREN:

Children-Helping-Children is our Primary School outreach programme. We support the children from the Umvoti AIDS Centre or other needy establishments we know about in and around Greytown.

Our scholars support by giving them gifts four times a year.

OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME AND METHODS:

It is our belief that children learn best in an environment where they feel comfortable and secure.

We provide both structured and non-structured experiences within our school day.

Exploring and discovering.  Problem solving.  Making decisions and choices.
Being creative and using their imagination. Experiencing situations that have meaning for them. Working co-operatively with others.  Working with teachers and other adults. Developing fine and gross motor-skills.  Learning independence and self-care skills.

In our Primary School, we use the CAPS curriculum as laid down by the Department of Basic Education as a guideline only, extending and broadening the learning and life-skills of our scholars to a much greater extent as a result.

AFTER-CARE:

This is to provide a safe environment for children from grade RRRR to grade 7 whose parents cannot, or prefer not to, collect them immediately after regular school hours.

Children are supervised by a teacher at the After-care facility from 13:40 – 17:00.
Aftercare closes at 17.00 punctually. NO Aftercare on Midterm breaks and holidays.
Parents will be billed at the end of each month for the amount of days the scholar stayed at After-care.

PRIMARY SCHOOL CAMPS:

Class trip grade 1 – 6 (Compulsory) – these grades go away for 2 nights/3 days every year. The teachers arrange this and try and go to a Centre/ Place not too far away and where they arrange the activities for the scholars. The class teachers go along.

Grade 7 Tour (Compulsory) – only the grade 7 scholars and their class teacher go to Mpumalanga/ Cape Town on a 7 – 10 day tour. Where possible the Principal accompanies this tour.

EXTRAMURAL ACTIVITIES:

Please see the extra-mural page as this indicates the variety of activities which we have on offer.

Extra Murals

Ballet – Ballet and/or modern dancing lessons take place weekly and are taught by an external dancing instructor who travels to our school for your convenience. Many positive benefits are attributed to learning the art of ballet: confidence, grace, poise, self-discipline, as well as fostering a positive self-image. Please note that the cost of dancing lessons is not included in the school fees.