Academic Affairs

In addressing matters pertaining to your child’s academic progress:

Should you encounter a challenge or concern relating to the curriculum, your child’s social interactions, your child’s interactions with the class teacher, or with the school in general – the accepted procedure at Sandhurst Preparatory College® is to contact the teacher and attempt to resolve the issue, either by letter, telephonically, or in an arranged parent-teacher conference. If the issue cannot be resolved, the next step is to contact the Head of Phase or Head of Department (depending on your child’s grade). Should the matter still not be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, the Principal may then be called upon to settle the matter.

General school issues are to be discussed directly and immediately with the relevant office staff member or the Principal. We value open and honest communication between parents, school and learners. Any unsolicited communication outside of these guidelines will be regarded as a breach of contract.

Curriculum

Sandhurst Preparatory College® follows the GDE curriculum, which culminates in the award of the National Senior Certificate.

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Homework Foundation and Intermediate Phases:

Homework teaches a child skills such as independent study, self-discipline and time management. It also consolidates work done in class. Reading is considered to be of particular importance and children should read daily from set readers and supplementary material. Children are required to complete the homework set for the day, and parents are requested to check and sign the homework diary daily. The diary may also be used as a form of communication between parent and teacher.

Senior Phase:

It is imperative that all homework set is completed thoroughly in the spirit of consolidation and preparation. New work learnt should be revised and mind-mapped and kept in a separate file for study purposes. Opinions differ among teachers and educators. Almost all, however, agree that homework time frames should be determined by the child’s level of development. High school learners can generally focus for more than an hour, but first-graders are unlikely to last more than 15 minutes on a single task. One suggestion is that primary school children could be given homework that lasts 30 to 45 minutes.

It is important to give the child short breaks in between. It is generally agreed that the younger the child, the less time he or she should be expected to devote to homework. A second suggestion advocates following a general rule of thumb, namely, that children do 10 minutes of homework for each grade level. Therefore, first graders should be expected to do about 10 minutes of homework, second graders 20 minutes, third graders 30 minutes, and so on. If your child is spending more than 10 minutes a grade level on work at night, then you may want to talk to the teacher about adjusting the workload. These suggestions should be seen as guidelines. They will need to be adapted to the particular age of the child and the circumstances in which you find yourself. Some children find the homework routine easy to manage. For others, it is a challenge and they need consistent encouragement and support.”

Stationery Requirements

A stationery requirement list is sent out in November of each year. This is also available by request from our administration office during the remainder of the year. Please send us an email and we will ensure you receive one.

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