SIMOND

Academic

Simond Private School is a Christian, independent, main-stream academic school.

We have one class per grade with an average of 15-20 learners per class. We apply dual medium of instruction with Afrikaans and English being our languages of learning and teaching.

​We are affiliated with the IEB and we customize CAPS to suit our requirements.

​Our learners progress is bench-marked through International Bench-marking Tests conducted by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research).

​Our academic programme has the following objectives:
To create an environment in which children feel free to explore, to think critically and to realise their worth.
To allow pupils to achieve their potential according to their individual ability.
To enable pupils to become aware of their Christian responsibility and thus enable them to make sound moral judgements and to be good stewards.
To create an atmosphere of enthusiasm where education leads to a deepening and sharing of knowledge, wisdom and insight.

FOUNDATION PHASE

(Grade R – Grade 3)

Head of Phase – Mrs H.Viljoen

The Foundation Phase is a close, caring and nurturing environment for young learners aged 5-9. Our curriculum is broad and encourages each child’s intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical and creative growth. Specialist Foundation Phase teachers play an integral role in the daily program. Our academic day begins with devotions each morning.

These are formative years where a child’s attitude to school is shaped. Learning through play is the order of the day and, while very structured and purpose driven, it is a loving, warm, fun and happy space in school.

In reports, parents receive a good breakdown of knowledge, skills, abilities and milestones achieved. Where there are concerns, parents are contacted and can contact the school at any time. Optional activities to the formal curriculum are also reported upon.

We use CAPS to design a customised curriculum tailor made for the Simond vision.​

Learner Support
Learner Support occurs within a referral system. We have a panel of consultants including Psychologists, Therapists and other specialists we have on-call. Parents are free to use our recommended specialist or to make use of their own preferred service provider. Learner support remains for the parents account and is not included in school fees.

Head of Phase – Mrs H.Viljoen

The Foundation Phase is a close, caring and nurturing environment for young learners aged 5-9. Our curriculum is broad and encourages each child’s intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical and creative growth. Specialist Foundation Phase teachers play an integral role in the daily program. Our academic day begins with devotions each morning.

These are formative years where a child’s attitude to school is shaped. Learning through play is the order of the day and, while very structured and purpose driven, it is a loving, warm, fun and happy space in school.

In reports, parents receive a good breakdown of knowledge, skills, abilities and milestones achieved. Where there are concerns, parents are contacted and can contact the school at any time. Optional activities to the formal curriculum are also reported upon.

We use CAPS to design a customised curriculum tailor made for the Simond vision.​

Learner Support
Learner Support occurs within a referral system. We have a panel of consultants including Psychologists, Therapists and other specialists we have on-call. Parents are free to use our recommended specialist or to make use of their own preferred service provider. Learner support remains for the parents account and is not included in school fees.

INTERMEDIATE PHASE

(Grade 4 – Grade 6)

Head of Phase – Mrs E. Van Niekerk

During these years, we focus on developing areas of the curriculum relevant to the Intermediate Phase.

In Grade 4 they spend most of their day with their form teacher. Here our learners are introduced to specialist subjects such as Geography, History, Natural Science, Art.

The weekly timetable includes English, Afrikaans, Maths, Natural Science, History and Geography. Other subjects like computer education, Art, Drama and Life Orientation make up the rest of the learning experience. Biblical Integration occurs throughout the curriculum and Praise and Worship is part of our Life Orientation program.

Learners are encouraged to become more independent by taking responsibility for recording and doing homework. The Grade 6 learners are given the opportunity to act as leaders through our custodian system.

Learner Support

Learner Support occurs within a referral system. We have a panel of consultants including Psychologists, Therapists and other specialists we have on-call. Parents are free to use our recommended specialist or to make use of their own preferred service provider. Learner support remains for the parents account and is not included in school fees.

SENIOR PHASE

(Grade 7 – Grade 9)

Head of Phase – Mr M.A. de Klerk

Simond Private School expanded the senior phase with the addition of Grade 10 in 2020.

The Further Education and Training phase consisting of Grade 11 and 12 will be rolled out from 2020. There is an average of 15-20 learners in each class.

Simond high school learners will write the IEB (Independent Examination Board) grade 12 exams. In addition to these exams, other grades will also write International Bench-marking tests and core skills test designed to measure our learners against international standards. The IEB`s curriculum differs from CAPS in that they use Subject Assessment Guides (SAGS). The difference between the national and IEB systems become more pronounced as one enters grade 10 – 12.

Subject choices take place during Grade 9 and additional subject such as equestrian studies, graphic design and many others will be available through the IEB on an individual basis.

The College will continue with our dual medium (Afrikaans/English) instruction.
School uniform will remain largely unchanged with the addition of a school tie to compliment the school blazer for winter uniform.
The girls uniform now has a check skirt.
Individual sport codes such as athletics, swimming, tennis and chess will be offered.
Team sports such as netball and rugby will continue to be available, however on a limited level.
Our Christian world view continues to be integrated into our curriculum and the spiritual development of our learners remain one of our non-negotiables.

Learner Support

Learner Support occurs within a referral system. We have a panel of consultants including Psychologists, Therapists and other specialists we have on-call. Parents are free to use our recommended specialist or to make use of their own preferred service provider. Learner support remains for the parents account and is not included in school fees.

Head of Phase – Mr M.A. de Klerk

Simond Private School expanded the senior phase with the addition of Grade 9 in 2019.

The Further Education and Training phase consisting of Grade 10, 11 and 12 will be rolled out from 2020.

Simond high school learners will write the IEB (Independent Examination Board) grade 12 exams. In addition to these exams, other grades will also write International Bench-marking tests and core skills test designed to measure our learners against international standards. The IEB`s curriculum differs from CAPS in that they use Subject Assessment Guides (SAGS). The difference between the national and IEB systems become more pronounced as one enters grade 10 – 12.

Subject choices take place during Grade 9 and additional subject such as equestrian studies, graphic design and many others will be available through the IEB on an individual basis.

The College will continue with our dual medium (Afrikaans/English) instruction.
School uniform will remain largely unchanged with the addition of a school tie to compliment the school blazer for winter uniform.
The girls uniform now has a check skirt.
Individual sport codes such as athletics, swimming, tennis and chess will be offered.
Team sports such as netball and rugby will continue to be available, however on a limited level.
Our Christian world view continues to be integrated into our curriculum and the spiritual development of our learners remain one of our non-negotiables.

Learner Support

Learner Support occurs within a referral system. We have a panel of consultants including Psychologists, Therapists and other specialists we have on-call. Parents are free to use our recommended specialist or to make use of their own preferred service provider. Learner support remains for the parents account and is not included in school fees.

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