Headmaster’s Welcome 2020

A warm welcome to all our special 345 and CHP families. We have a number of new families that have joined our school this year and I would like to welcome you all too. You have made the right choice and I am certain you will not be disappointed.

At 345 Carlswald we welcome Teacher Pam who joins us in the Grade 0000 class while Teacher Precious is away on maternity leave.

At CHP we welcome Ms Lebo Ngakane in Grade R, Mrs Cheryl Scott in JP Afrikaans, Ms Joy Bond in Grade 1, Mrs Kerry Bradjes in Grade 2 and Mrs Tania Alaraju in Grade 5. All these ladies bring a wealth of experience as well as some fresh vibes to 345 and CHP and we are very happy to have them all with us.

345 Nursery school continues to grow this year. Our focus, as always, is that children learn while having fun. With our structured curriculum that focuses on developing the children’s growth milestones, we always ensure that the children are learning through play. They spend much time outside on the jungle gyms, playing in the sand pits, climbing, painting and getting dirty. Time in the classrooms is spent learning, drawing, painting, colouring in and singing, all of which ensure a fun day at school. The sounds of laughter and happiness are continuous and our little ones are sad to leave at the end of the day.

CHP have a very exciting year to look forward to, particularly because as of January 16th 2020 Carlswald House Prep is officially a Cambridge International School.

Why did we decide to join Cambridge? As a school, we want to ensure that our curriculum is robust, cutting edge and truly 21st century, focusing on the development of skills, critical thinking and creativity. These skills are then applied while learning content that is relevant, current and fun!

What does this mean for our children? It means that your child will receive and enjoy the very best education available. They will be thoroughly prepared for their high school careers and will have the strongest foundation on which to build and develop their lives as they enter a world that is challenging and uncertain.

This year we also continue to focus on Retrain, which was a programme we embarked on last year to profile all our learners to ascertain their preferred and effective learning styles. This enables the teachers to tailor their teaching methods to suit the children, ensuring their learning is more effective and personal. Last year was very successful and the children have become more aware of their own learning style allowing them to take personal responsibility for their education. Along with this programme we continue to place great emphasis on the development of Thinking Skills and the integration of Technology, including coding.

As a school, we opened a second Grade R class this year which is very exciting. We also welcomed our third group of Grade 7s. It’s hard to believe that they have grown so fast and are now the seniors of the school. In a few short months they will be ready to leave us and take on the world of high school and they will be prepared in every way! We continue to enjoy positive relationships with Beaulieu CollegeSt Peters CollegePinnacle Kyalami and Curro Midrand. All our Grade 7 children last year where accepted to their first choice of high school and they are doing exceptionally well.

I would like to thank all our special parents for their continued support and for making the right decision to bring their children to 345 and CHP. We are fortunate to have amazing, dedicated and passionate teachers who put the interests of our children first.

I wish you all a wonderful 2020.

All the best!

Stewart Tagg
Headmaster: 345 and CHP