Senior Preparatory Phase
Senior Preparatory Phase
During these important years, our teachers and coaches strive to produce active, engaged and motivated learners by giving them a wide range of learning experiences. PCS strives to provide an enriched learning environment that will enhance not only the cognitive but the holistic development of each child.
The CAPS curriculum forms the core of what is taught and learned but it is augmented by our teachers to cater for the specific needs of the pupils. Competent, passionate specialist teachers teach subjects and are also class register teachers. In this role they maintain daily contact with their register classes, handling aspects of school administration, contact with parents and seeing to each child’s general social and emotional needs. We believe that attention to the vital learning areas of Literacy and Numeracy is essential. The children participate in daily English (Home Language) lessons which encompass reading, oral, listening, grammar, spelling and writing (with drama in the senior classes). During Mathematics lessons they acquire and apply skills and deepen their mathematical knowledge and grasp of concepts. In addition, all students have Chinese lessons as an additional language that they began with in the foundation phase, developing their proficiency and understanding of the language. The Chinese department comprising dedicated teachers whose home language is Mandarin, teach each class daily. Any immigrant learners whose grasp of English has not yet developed, are extracted each day for support English lessons in small groups.
Other subject areas include:
- Afrikaans (First Additional Language)
- Natural Science and Technology
- Life Skills
- Business Studies (for Grade 7 classes)
Children also benefit from specialist teachers of :
- Visual Arts
- Physical Education
Grades four to six write international benchmarking examinations (IBT) and grade 7 students sit the IEB MATCH (Measuring Abilities and Thinking Capacities for High Schools) examinations. Internal, standardised examinations are written in July and November by all grades except for grade 4 who write three exams only (English, Mathematics and Afrikaans) in July and November. Nurturing and maintaining a healthy partnership with parents is a crucial element in ensuring that children learn and thrive at school. Through strong links and regular communication and contact with parents, we strive to ensure that appropriate opportunities and interventions are implemented that allow for the different needs of each child to be met so that they can aim to achieve their full potential.
We believe in giving the children many diverse sporting, cultural and artistic choices to expand their interests and develop their passions, to enrich their lives, broaden their experiences and extend their skills. Co-Curricular Activities are organised and offered by teachers and outside providers and are designed to encourage our students to actively participate in these programmes. While participation and enjoyment are the main aim of these activities, there are ample competitive opportunities against other schools.
There is also an active chess club that enjoys in-house and interschool matches. Our Prep choir has regular rehearsals and takes part in festivals and performances while we also have pupils participating in quiz evenings. In conjunction with Toastmasters International, our students sign up for an 8-week course which develops their public speaking abilities and improves self-confidence. There are numerous opportunities for all our budding public speakers to attend informal speaking evenings hosted by ourselves and different schools. A popular afternoon activity offered is drama. Another co-curricular activity that is distinctive to our school is the Chinese Culture Club where students learn about the Chinese culture and learn Chinese dances and artistic pursuits. During the afternoon programme, there are supervised homework classes until 16h00 from Mondays to Thursdays.
- table tennis
Towards the end of their grade six year, learners go on a camp where leadership abilities are identified and teamwork skills are increased. In the first term of Grade seven the Junior Executive Council (JEC) is selected. They hold regular meetings, form the link between teachers and students and organise and co-ordinate fundraising events.
Senior Preparatory Team
Grade 5, 6 Mandarin Second Additional Language
Grade 1 – 4 Mandarin Home Language
Senior Preparatory Deputy Principal,
Life Sciences, History
Grade 2, 3, 4 Chinese Second Additional Language,
Grade 1, 5 Chinese Home Language
Grade 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 Chinese Home Language
Grade 9, 12 Chinese Second Additional Language
Natural Science, Afrikaans
English, Life Orientation
History, Life Orientation, English,