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HeronBridge College (Pre-Primary)

HeronBridge College is located in the heart of prime development 10km north of Fourways, where the two Jukskei rivers meet. This unique, co-educational College enjoys architecturally designed buildings, rolling lawns, gardens, leafy trees and fields flanked by a beautiful river. When the school was founded in 2001, doors were opened to a class of busy pre-primary children. It presently extends through a complete preparatory school and into a vibrant college. Here, young people prepare for their role in the twenty-first century and the responsibilities it will place before them. 



The school is founded on Christian principles and aims to provide an education of the highest quality, developing each child academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. A favourable teacher to learner ratio ensures the fundamental ethos of care and concern for the individual. Solid foundations for life are laid through an active Life Orientation programme that seeks to be relevant to young people today.



Mission, Vision and Motto

Mission Statement

 

1.             The College will offer excellence in education by:

 

·      developing each child to his/her full potential through an integrated programme that attends to physical, emotional, social, cognitive and spiritual development;

·   implementing a dynamic and relevant curriculum that addresses the changing needs of society and encourages a sense of responsibility;

·       in so doing, preparing each child to achieve a life of integrity and fine character, reflecting the Fruit of the Spirit: 

love 

joy 
peace
patience
kindness
goodness
gentleness
faithfulness
self-control.
(Galatians 5:22)

 

2.         The College will seek to fulfill the calling of outstanding teachers who are committed to their profession and who embrace the College’s Christian ethos. 

3.          The College will be run as an efficient business enterprise to ensure affordability for its school community.


Vision

 

Our local vision is to equip your children, unearth their personal potential, fill them with confidence and build up the family. Our global vision is to raise a new generation of nation builders that are full of integrity, impacting our region, nation and the global community itself. The school is founded upon solid Christian principles with local churches represented in an advisory capacity. Our strong leadership team has a passion and a vision for the future of education. This vision and culture extends from the child to the parents and to the community at large. 

 

Vision Statement

 

To provide for excellence in learning, so that children of all school-going ages receive a well rounded education in a Christian environment; and for outstanding teaching to fulfil the calling of teachers committed to both their profession and the Lord. 

 

Our Motto

 
Our Motto, Ad Integritatem, means 'Towards Integrity' and it is this value that underscores HeronBridge College's efforts at every level.



Curriculum

When defining what constitutes a Pre-Preparatory curriculum, I would like to believe that it is everything that happens in a day. “Curriculum happens when the child meets materials” (Gordon and Browne, Pg 384). It is very different from a curriculum for older children, as it is more concrete, integrated, interrelated and comprehensive.  Young children are unique and need adults to care for them and teach them in ways that enhance all areas of their development, i.e. social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual. It also recognizes the vast amount of development that occurs in the early years of a child’s life and hence the need to explore, experience and discover different things in their immediate environment.

 

“A pre-preparatory curriculum is an organized framework that delineates the content that children are to learn, the process through which children achieve the identified curricular goals, what teachers do to help children achieve these goals and the context in which teaching and learning occur. “ (Bredenkamp and Rosegrant (1995)).

 

So then content is what it being taught through our different themes. It reflects the interest, needs and experiences of the children, as well including the different concepts children should learn. These themes allow the teacher to plan related activities in all learning areas, so that the children can experience the theme in different ways.

 

Process is an important aspect of learning as it shows us as teachers, the how of learning. How do they do things, how do they integrate with one another, and how do they do this within the daily programme. Play forms the basis for this process. The teacher is the decisive element in the classroom in that, she is the person who creates the curriculum, is well planned and provides suitable equipment for all children to reach the various outcomes. She also takes into account the individual learning needs and stages that the children are at.

 

The teacher also takes into account that the children have different learning styles those being, visual, auditory or kinesthetic and instead of expecting the children to adjust she herself makes adjustments to accommodate each child and this is why it is so crucial that teachers involved in early learning have an indepth knowledge and understanding of how a young child develops.  In summary, she facilitates learning by using an integrated approach. 

 

With this all being said, how does HeronBridge provide a suitable Pre-Preparatory Curriculum:

 

Our curriculum is founded on strong Perceptual Motor Development skills, which form the foundation of learning to read, write and do mathematics. Our programme, as it is referred to in the early childhood years, is set out in the form of adult guided activities, child initiated activities and routine. 



Activities

DAILY PROGRAMME:

 

Songs and Rhymes

Theme Discussion

Creative Art

Outside Free Play

Movement

Science

Music

Perceptual Skills

Story / Drama / Puppets

 

PRIVATE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

 

Ballet

Brix n Blox

Arty Crafty Kids

Catrobakidz

Powerplay

Rugga Kids

Drama

Modern Dancing

Playball

Tennis



Detailed School Statistics

Suburb: Fourways
  Lowest Grade: Grade 000   Boarding: No
City/Town: Johannesburg
  Highest Grade: Grade 0 / R   Lowest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
Province: Gauteng   Lowest Tuition P/A: R45440.00   Highest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
School Type: Co-Ed   Highest Tuition P/A: R51780.00   Curriculum:
Religious: Christian Ethos   Administration Fee: 450.00   Teacher/Pupil Ratio:
Number of Pupils: 274   Founding Year: 2001   School Phase: Pre-Prep School


Associated schools

HeronBridge College (Secondary)
HeronBridge College (Primary)




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Pre-prep School Principal:
Glynis Courtney
Prep School Principal:
Tim Irving
High School Principal:
Keith Wilke

Contact: Helen Cock
Tel: (011) 540 4800
Fax: (011) 388 1948
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GPS Co-ordinates:
2757'51.14E
2557'8.13S

Physical Address:
No.36 on the R114
Fourways
Fourways
Johannesburg
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