Characteristics

Our students will state proudly that they went after their dreams, sought out and nourished robust, life-giving relationships and fulfilled their purpose in their own unique way. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: “Too many people die with the music still in them.” We encourage our students “to sing their own special song, dance their own special dance.” Above all, Mountain Cambridge School is a happy place; a place where “every child matters”. We will strive at MCS to ensure a happy child through:

  • High standards & stated expectations
  • Passionate, nurturing & inclusive school
  • Cambridge Curriculum: Internationally recognized qualification & benchmarking
  • Small learning communities
  • “Whole-brain”/creative teaching strategy
  •  Analytical & creative thinking : Edward De Bono Lateral thinking
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Bully-free zone
  • Disciplined but relaxed environment which is conducive to learning.
  • Interactive playground
  • Reading programme
  • SENCO programme
  • Mentorship programme
  • Leadership programmes
  • Partnerships with our parents as our stakeholders
  • On-going professional development
  • Sport and culture development
  • Community service

Thinking Skills Programme

  • Mountain Cambridge School is affiliated with Thinking School South Africa (TSSA) and are in the process of working towards getting our accreditation from Exeter University in London, UK. Cambridge requires our school to have a student-centred learning approach to enable the learners to apply their knowledge.
  • In all our academic programmes, the learners are encouraged to become independent, critical thinkers and problem solvers. Focus is also placed on the development of effective communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Our Thinking Skills programme is central in our approach to academics. Students are taught a wide range of strategies and tools that enable them to engage in Higher Order Thinking. Dr David Hyerle’s Thinking Maps and Dr Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats are applied across the curriculum at every level. These tools enable our learners to organise their thoughts and make effective decisions about how to approach their work.

Aim of the Pre-primary Programme

To provide the children with a nurturing and stimulating environment where through differentiation, play, joyous exploration and movement the children progressively develop

  • a sense of self-worth and well-being.
  • a secure sense of belonging enabling them to work spontaneously, independently and confidently.
  • appropriate socializing skills enabling them to engage assertively yet respectfully and politely in a positive manner.
  • an awareness of right and wrong which has been internalized thus enabling them to make informed decisions about their behaviour.
  • physically with the emphasis on gross motor, fine motor and perceptual skills as the foundation for effective reading and writing.
  • sensory skills which will enable a greater awareness of self within the bigger world.
  • creative, inquiring minds which will enable them to think, reason and willingly explore, experiment and engage with new concepts.
  • free flowing language skills enabling the child to define, label, question, analyse, synthesize and compare experiences.

General Guidelines

  • The Pre –Primary children are to be personally handed over to the educator in the mornings and fetched from the educator unless arrangements have been made to make use of the aftercare facilities or the bus drop off service.
  • The Educator must be informed if a child is to make use of the aftercare facilities or school transport system after the completion of the relevant documentation.
  • If a child is to go home with somebody other than their parent the educator must be informed as no child in the P.P. will be handed over to an unidentified person.
  • The children are to wear old clothes to school as sand, water and other messy activities are included in the daily programme. It is advisable to pack in an extra set of clothes.
  • The children must be protected from the harmful effects of the sun by providing them with a hat and additional sunscreen. It is advisable to smear sunscreen on your child before school each morning.
  • The children must be provided with a healthy snack and additional water. Limit items containing refined sugars, high GIs, colourants and preservatives. Whole wheat bread, fresh fruit, raw vegetables, nuts, raisins, cheese or yoghurt are far healthier options. No sweets are allowed except on Thursdays when the children are allowed to buy tuck. Please limit the spending money to R10.
  • To avoid tears and frustration toys are not allowed at school and will be taken away until home time.
  • To prevent the spreading of diseases an ill child is not allowed at school. The children will be monitored during the day and if it is noticed that a child is ill he/she will be sent home to receive the necessary care.
  • We have a “no medication” policy and therefore if your child needs medication please administer it before and after school.

Each child’s birthday is celebrated by means of a special ring during which parents and grandparents are welcome to attend. Party packs are allowed and individual cupcakes are preferred to a large cake. We recommend a healthy alternative party pack which can be supplied by The Gap. Fruit juice is also allowed.

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