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Senior Preparatory Phase

Learning, discovering, growing together

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 aims to provide an enriched learning environment that will enhance not only the cognitive but the holistic development of each child.
Academics:
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 is limited, are extracted each day for support English lessons in small groups.
Other subject areas include:

  • Afrikaans (First Additional Language)
  • Natural Science and Technology
  • I.C.T.
  • Geography
  • History
  • Life Skills
  • Business Studies (for Grade 7 classes)
  • IsiZulu (For Grade 4 classes)
Children also benefit from specialist teachers of :

  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • 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 November by all grades except for grade 4 who write three exams only (English, Mathematics and Afrikaans) in 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 by means of a student diary and the D6 Connect App, 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.
Co-Curricular Activities.
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, coaches 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 where they have excelled. 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 their 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, drumming and artistic pursuits. During the afternoon programme, there are supervised homework classes until 16h00 from Mondays to Thursdays.
Sports that boys and girls participate in, include:

  • Swimming
  • cricket
  • tennis
  • soccer
  • hockey
  • netball
  • athletics
  • table tennis
Leadership
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
ANNARI VAN DER POEL
Grade 6P Afrikaans: Gr 6, 7, 8. avdpoel@pretoriachineseschool.com
ANNARI VAN DER POEL

Grade 6P

Afrikaans: Gr 6, 7, 8.

avdpoel@pretoriachineseschool.com

PETER DICKINSON
Senior Preparatory Deputy Principal English Gr 4 – 7 pjdickinson@pretoriachineseschool.com
PETER DICKINSON

Senior Preparatory Deputy Principal
English Gr 4 – 7

pjdickinson@pretoriachineseschool.com

LUTENDO KGORI
IsiZulu Gr 1 – 4 Computers Gr 4 – 7 pkgori@pretoriachineseschool.com
LUTENDO KGORI

IsiZulu Gr 1 – 4

Computers Gr 4 – 7

pkgori@pretoriachineseschool.com

CARMEN PAUL
Natural Sciences Gr 4 – 7 cpaul@pretoriachineseschool.com
CARMEN PAUL

Natural Sciences Gr 4 – 7

cpaul@pretoriachineseschool.com

NICOLE HSIAO
Grade 2, 3, 4 Mandarin PCS, Grade 1, 5 Chinese Home Language nhsiao@pretoriachineseschool.com
NICOLE HSIAO

Grade 2, 3, 4 Mandarin PCS,
Grade 1, 5 Chinese Home Language

nhsiao@pretoriachineseschool.com

JENNIFER NEETHLING
Director: Business and Administration Gr 12 Mandarin Second Additional Language info@pretoriachineseschool.com
JENNIFER NEETHLING

Director: Business and Administration
Gr 12 Mandarin Second Additional Language

info@pretoriachineseschool.com

ANASTASIA CALITZ
Gr 5C Visual Arts Gr 4 – 9 acalitz@pretoriachineseschool.com
ANASTASIA CALITZ

Gr 5C
Visual Arts Gr 4 – 9

acalitz@pretoriachineseschool.com

LYDIA CURWEN
Economic Management Sciences Gr 7 Geography Gr 4 – 8 Life Orientation Gr 4 lcurwen@pretoriachineseschool.com
LYDIA CURWEN

Economic Management Sciences Gr 7
Geography Gr 4 – 8
Life Orientation Gr 4

lcurwen@pretoriachineseschool.com

LYNN DICKINSON
Gr 5D Mathematics Gr 4, 5 Support English Gr 7 ldickinson@pretoriachineseschool.com
LYNN DICKINSON

Gr 5D
Mathematics Gr 4, 5
Support English Gr 7

ldickinson@pretoriachineseschool.com

NICKY FUTTER
Physical Education Teacher
Physical Education Gr 00 – 7 nfutter@pretoriachineseschool.com
NICKY FUTTERPhysical Education Teacher

Physical Education Gr 00 – 7

nfutter@pretoriachineseschool.com

ASTRID MAULDON
Gr 7M English Gr 4 – 6 Life Orientation Gr 6 Support English Gr 7 amauldon@pretoriachineseschool.com
ASTRID MAULDON

Gr 7M
English Gr 4 – 6
Life Orientation Gr 6
Support English Gr 7

amauldon@pretoriachineseschool.com

CARLA PAULO
Gr 4P History Gr 4 – 8 Life Orientation Gr 5 Library cpaulo@pretoriachineseschool.com
CARLA PAULO

Gr 4P
History Gr 4 – 8
Life Orientation Gr 5

Library

cpaulo@pretoriachineseschool.com

YDA RICHARDS
Gr 7R Mathematics Gr 6, 7 Business Studies Gr 8 yrichards@pretoriachineseschool.com
YDA RICHARDS

Gr 7R
Mathematics Gr 6, 7
Business Studies Gr 8

yrichards@pretoriachineseschool.com

ELIZABETH STRYDOM
Music Gr 00 – 7 estrydom@pretoriachineseschool.com
ELIZABETH STRYDOM

Music Gr 00 – 7

estrydom@pretoriachineseschool.com

MARIANNA VD WESTHUIZEN
Gr 4W Afrikaans Gr 4, 5 Support English Gr 7 mvdwesthuizen@pretoriachineseschool.com
MARIANNA VD WESTHUIZEN

Gr 4W
Afrikaans Gr 4, 5
Support English Gr 7

mvdwesthuizen@pretoriachineseschool.com