Lynn van Jaarsveld-Principal
Trinityhouse Pre-Primary Little Falls joined the Trinityhouse family in January 2012. The school is a Christian school and we value the unique richness of every individual child. The Christian ethos we have at our school is not a religion but rather a lifestyle. The Fruit of the Spirit is integrated throughout our daily...
We help young children to become happy, confident and competent. We do believe that good self-esteem leads to spontaneous and experimental learning. The children are taught to love each other and to respect each other’s differences. They are taught to be kind and considerate. Each child is encouraged to grow and to develop good life skills. The stimulating environment develops inquiring minds and the love for school and learning.
The school is committed to fostering strong communication and close co-operation with the parents. We host annual events such as Information evenings, a sunset picnic, Mother’s day, Father’s day, Grandparent’s day, our annual concert, charity drives, a graduation ceremony for our Grade R’s, etc. We invite guests to entertain and inform the children such as puppet shows, Fire Brigade, Mobile Zoo, Fish friends, etc.
It is a huge responsibility to work with little children and each and every one of us will be held accountable to God for the manner in which we treat all children. God states in Matthew 18: 1: “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven? And He called a little child to Himself ….”
The children are assessed throughout the year and because of our “Learning through play” approach, the children are unaware that they are being assessed. This allows an optimum environment in which to assess each...
relaxed and happy individual’s strengths and consolidation requirements. Each teacher has her own observation file and a portfolio file for each child. The observation sheets are worked out according to the National Curriculum and they are not only differentiated in the different ages, but also in progression to meet all the assessment standards. The Grade R reports cover all the necessary elements which we need to observe for school readiness. The parents are kept up to date regularly by informal parent interviews throughout the term. At the end of the first, second and fourth term the parents receive a written report, which is followed up by an interview if necessary. This clearly indicates the matters which are discussed during the interviews. All interviews held with the parents are minuted by the teacher afterwards and dated for future reference. The reports, observation sheets and interview sheets are kept on the child’s file and sent up to the next grade at the end of each year. We have an open door policy encouraging parents to communicate concerns as well as positive experiences in a relaxed, natural time frame. We are privileged to have an Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Play Therapist and a Physiotherapist on our premises, for the convenience of the working mum and dad, whose child is in need of such specialist attention.
We don’t have any extra murals after school hours in the Pre-Primary. All our extra mural activities take place during school hours while the children are having their hour of free play outside. The extra...
mural activities offered at Trinityhouse Pre-Primary are Rugga, Netgirlies, Playball and Buzz. Rugga, Netgirlies and Playball cover the skills needed for sport in the Preparatory school. Buzz is our cultural extra mural for music and drama. The parents deal with these companies directly. The extra mural activities are not compulsory and the children may choose which activity they would like to join.
At Trinityhouse Pre-Primary Little Falls we have an informal school uniform. Our school uniform is child friendly and very comfortable. The children are encouraged to wear “easy-to-manage” clothing and are never...
reprimanded for getting dirty. Children are permitted to come to school barefoot during the summer months. The school T-shirts and hats have the Pre-Primary logo printed on the front. It is compulsory for each child to have a hat, short- and a long-sleeve T-shirt. These shirts are worn with denim pants/shorts. The Trinityhouse hats have wide brims and are designed to protect the children from the harsh sun. Due to the hot weather we have a “no hat, no play” policy. The children have to play in shady areas if they do not have a hat at school. The hats remain in the children’s lockers during the week and have to be clearly marked. The children have to wear the uniform on special occasions, eg: Mother’s day, father’s day, sunset picnic and every Friday for our sunshine Friday days. The Pre-Primary uniform can be purchased from the Pre-Primary school office. All clothing must be clearly marked with the child’s name and surname. Drawstrings in clothing are banned in the Pre-Primary school. Please remove drawstrings from hats and sweatshirts due to them being a possible choking hazard.
As part of our Christian ethos, we at Trinityhouse Pre-Primary School subscribe to a disciplined lifestyle. We follow the biblical commands regarding respect for authority and love for one another. Staff, pupils and parents...
are always encouraged to treat one another with respect. All pupils receive positive guidance to enable them to thrive and gain confidence in their environment. Misdemeanours are treated as learning situations and handled in a positive manner where all parties win and at no time should any individual feel or be seen to be above the other. Where a pupil is out of control, they may be separated from their classmates for a short while and seated in the “Grace Chair” to assist them to calm down and gain control. The chair is situated in the class but away from the rest of the group. Once calm, the class teacher then takes time to discuss the misdemeanour with the child. Pupils put into “time out” are seated in their “Grace Chair” for no longer than one minute per year of their age, eg. 3 years old = 3 minutes. Corporal punishment is forbidden and pupils may not be verbally degraded in any way whatsoever. We understand that clear rules, which are consistently and fairly enforced, allow children and adults to understand what is expected of them, thus enhancing a sense of security and belonging.
Pupils are thus taught to:
• Behave and act in a manner which reflects the values of the school.
• Respect the teachers and the feelings and property of other children.
• Care for the building, furniture, equipment and grounds of the school.
• Support and abide by the Pre-Primary School rules.
Our Amphitheatre is used for our charity drives and educational shows. It is a fantastic feature where all the children from...
the Pre-Primary can come together as part of the Trinityhouse family.
“Mounting evidence shows that movement is crucial to every other brain function, including memory, emotion, language and learning”, says John...
J. Ratey, MD.
Movement and sensory stimulation are integral parts of the process of learning. So even though swimming is fun, there is a very serious side to these movements that impact the developing brain. We have integrated swimming into our movement programme and this forms a huge part of the gross motor development of the little children during the summer months. Swimming not only helps to develop muscle tone, coordination and balance but also helps eye movement control for reading, fine motor skills for writing, spatial awareness needed for math, cross patterning movements needed for reading, writing and spelling. Swimming strengthens a child’s muscles more rapidly than playing on the floor due to water resistance and because water has greater resistance than air, it is an excellent medium to promote sensory processing. Swimming uses all of the muscles, while playing on the floor does not. Swimming helps develop a children’s self-confidence as well. The swimming coach teaches them how to behave around water and this ensures that water safety is instilled in each child.
A new addition to our school is a sensory garden where all five of the senses are enhanced to assist...
with the development of our children.
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