CHRISTOPHER ROBIN PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL

Christopher Robin Pre-Primary School was established in 1975 as a Natal Education Department controlled school and ran out of the St Luke’s Congregational Church hall. The first Principal was Mrs Noreen Ramsdon. In 1986 the school moved to its current position in Davallen Avenue and continued under the leadership of Principal, Mrs Sheila Morris, who remained in office until her retirement at the end of 2006 after 21 years of service. The school is a fully registered school with an EMIS number.

Currently, the school has 11 classes:

Two Grade 000 classes with 22 children in each class and both a class teacher and a full-time (qualified) Assistant teacher. The children in these classes either turn 3 before the end of March or turn 4 from July to December.

Three Grade 00 classes with 24 children in each class. The class teacher is assisted by a Grade 00 Co-ordinator who  assists the three classes on a rotational basis. The Grade 00 Co-ordinator is a fully qualified and highly experienced teacher who is a valuable asset to the Grade. The children in these classes either turn 4 between January and June, or 5 between July and December.

Four Grade R classes with 20 children in each class. As well as their class teacher, the Grade R classes are assisted by a “roaming” Assistant teacher who visits each class daily, offering particular assistance where ever required. The children in these classes either turn 5 between January and June, or 6 between July and December.

Two Grade R/A classes with 20 children in each class. These two classes share a (qualified) Assistant teacher who is an excellent resource for the class teachers. These classes are ONLY for children who have completed Grade R; whose birthdays fall between January and June and who require the extra time in pre-school in order to mature socially and emotionally before entering formal school (Grade 1).

Our teaching methodology is an eclectic mix of different methodologies and is constantly evolving; always keeping the best interests of the children as our focus. The involvement of parents is critical and we welcome their input and participation, whilst also being available to guide and nurture both parents and children in this critical phase of parenting and development.

Our daily programme has equal portions of free-play and structured activities which include more formal teacher-directed periods in order to prepare the children for formal schooling. Exploration through play is critical in the development of children, so they are given ample time to “be children” during the day!

The school doors open at 7:30 am with the first, early morning Greeting Ring beginning promptly at 8:00 am. The younger children are out for Free Choice time (during which they are able to participate in activities of their own choosing: painting, creative/art activities/ play dough/ free drawing and cutting / fantasy-dressing up/ cognitive-puzzles, educational games as well as outdoor climbing, balancing, sensopathic, ball and bicycle or tricycle play) by 8:30 am. The Grade 00 and R/a children enjoy Free Choice time at 8:45am and 9:00 am respectively. Free choice time continues until 9:30 when children return to their classrooms for Snack and then Ring (teacher-directed teaching times which include music, movement, dance, drama, discussion and developmental play). At 10:30 am, children enjoy another period of Free Choice time. By 11:45 to 12 noon children are all indoors again enjoying extension and story times. Home time for the Grade 000 and 00 children is 12:15 pm whilst the Grade R and R/A children leave school at 12:30 pm.

School fees include all stationery, a hotdog each Monday, an individual and class photograph, ear screening, eye screening and Play ball (once a week) which is a ball and sport skills programme run by qualified and experienced outside coaches. There are three coaches per class ensuring small groups.

The extra mural programme offered as an optional extra for the children includes Cricket (and other ball skills) coaching by DURBAN NORTH COACHING ACADEMY, Ballet and Karate.

Christopher Robin is a happy, loving environment, offering quality, affordable education. Prospective parents are welcome to find out more by joining me on a tour of the school on the last Thursday of the month at 8:15 am.

Jean Gibson
Principal
031 572 3114

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