Carolyn Slabbert – Principal
Trinityhouse Palm Lakes Pre-Primary School is the third Trinityhouse that opened in 2013 and the first Trinityhouse outside of Gauteng. Our dynamic and stimulating pre-primary is situated in the beautiful surroundings of Tinley Manor on the Dolphin Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Our growing school has the ideal atmosphere of a “days gone by” close-knit community and is an integral...
part of the neighbouring Palm Lakes Family Estate. While many of our children live on the estate, we attract children from up and down the North Coast with our intimate classes and highly sought after teacher:children ratios.
We are spoilt by our untouched, natural surroundings of sugar cane and beaches, allowing us to indulge our parents’ lifestyle goals as well as the children’s imaginations and love of the outdoors during events such as cross country, mini triathlons and fishing picnics.
The caring, accepting and nurturing atmosphere of our pre-primary classes celebrates the involvement of our family members during our special event days and evenings, creating a welcoming environment in which to get to know us and to feel excited about the endless possibilities for their children’s unique educational experience.
The community and the school work hand in hand, step by step to bless others just as we have been blessed. Our Christian ethos within the school as well as the support from a loving community drives us to be an ever greater success in helping parents to shape their children to strive to be the people we all hope to be.
Our school embraces a “learning through play” approach which involves the teachers being dedicated to setting out activities in an inviting classroom environment each afternoon in preparation for the following morning. Each fun activity has...
the purpose of the teacher’s goals in mind, allowing the children sufficient exposure to and practice of developmental concepts in a stress-free manner. While the children are “playing” they do not feel the pressure of learning and this allows an optimum environment in which to assess each relaxed and happy individual’s strengths and consolidation requirements. We are able to carry out continuous assessments which allow for days when the child may not be feeling at their best and these give a clear indication over a period of time, that the developmental programme indeed enhances their skills and knowledge. Each child receives a detailed age-appropriate report at the end of the first, second and fourth terms. A parent teacher interview accompanies each report as well as an interim progress interview is offered at the end of the third term. 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, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist on our premises, for your convenience.
The Pre-Primary children are welcome to take advantage of the following extra-murals: (With the exception of Karate and Tennis, these activities take place during the morning) Mondays: Library book exchange (part of the developmental...
programme) Tuesdays: Tennis coaching for the Grade R children Wednesdays: Superhuman Club Thursdays: Childrensminisports (billed to the parents account) Mathletics for Grade R children (part of the developmental programme) Swimming / water confidence (part of the developmental programme) Karate (billed to the parents account) Fridays: Ballet (billed to the parents account) Baking (part of the developmental programme)
Uniform can be purchased from EDUFORM within the school’s premises. You can contact Charmaine for assistance on 082 847 4303. In the Pre-primary we encourage comfortable clothing to facilitate our sensory play. We do...
however, insist on a sunhat with the school’s logo as we have a “no hat no play” policy during outdoor play times. We have “Sunshine Friday” each week where we encourage unity by requesting that the children wear their school T-shirt for the day. We also wear these for outings and SPUR family evenings. For cooler days we have long sleeved shirts as well as Tracksuits available.
We have a positive reinforcement approach to shaping our little children. We feel that good self-esteem leads to spontaneous and experimental learning. We like to praise, highlight, reward and encourage good behaviour and strive to...
be vigilant in order to distract and support from any mistakes made during the natural developmental scenarios of childhood. We understand that school classrooms and playgrounds (with surroundings peer groups) are the ideal and safest places to make mistakes while learning about the social graces of life. We embrace and learn about the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This helps tremendously in creating happy, kind, accepting environments and leads to minimal upset amongst the children. We have “take a break” areas (which the teachers choose, that are close by to a caring adult) with calming activities in which to gather your thoughts, and persevere to try, try and try again.
Tactile sensory experiences are available in the classrooms as well as in trays during outdoor play along the corridor.
Annual concerts bring lots of joy and develop self-esteem.
Weekly science tables encourage natural exploration. They support concepts that are covered during each theme.
Birthday rings are celebrated with much joy! Parents are invited!
Make a difference parties bless those less fortunate in our communities.
January 11-March 31
April 18-June 30
July 24-September 22
October 9-December 6