Grade 4 and 5 Academics

Grade 4 pupils were trying to figure out why a heavy balloon-sized ball of ice doesn’t sink, or why a tangerine with its peel on will float. They were investigating why an iceberg would prove to be such a formidable opponent for the ill-fated Titanic. The chatter was exhilarating- not because of the activity, as much as the wonder and enthusiasm about the learning that was happening. They dressed up as crew and guests on the Titanic for their lesson.

Grade 5 learnt about time.

Senior Phase happenings.

Grade 5 has been a hive of activity. Our pupils have been introduced to the world of Google Education and have signed up on Google classroom. This is a safe virtual classroom that they enjoy and utilise correctly. It was wonderful to see the pupils so engaged in their research and core skills necessary for 21st Century Education. Teaching visually through discussion and questioning gives the pupils opportunity to be actively involved in lessons, rather than being static recipients of content and facts.

The Grade 6 and 7’s researched plants. They put their skills to good use and found the botanical names of these plants and sent Mrs Swanepoel (Science teacher) a PDF document of their findings. Fun Science experiments were also done. They also followed international news in Social Sciences and produced an article on it.

 

The Gr 7’s had a busy and creative term in English!  The use of similes and metaphors in poetry was reinforced in the writing and decorating of their own simile and metaphor poem.

 

 

 

 

Crawford student accepted into Harvard with full scholarship

Mfundo Radebe, 18, an Umlazi resident, was awarded an all expenses scholarship worth $69 000 per year to study political sciences. The straight A student spoke to News24, saying it was diligence and a hunger for wanting more that saw him accepted to Harvard.

According to the teen, he planned his future since the tender age of 13 when he was at Addington Primary School.

“I just thought that I needed to seriously look forward. I know it’s weird for a kid to think that, but it was what happened.”

After speaking to his primary school principal Gail Teunissen, Mfundo discovered scholarships that were available and attended Northwood Boys High on a full scholarship.

“The thought of Harvard was never really on my mind though until I read about a Crawford Sandton chap that had been accepted to Harvard and Yale. I thought it was possible when I heard about that.”

Mfundo thereafter communicated with Crawford La Lucia principal Jenny Coetzee in the hope of attending the school.

“It was a series of back and forth e-mails. At first she told me it was difficult because the school only offered partial scholarships. But I mailed and explained my goals and aspirations for myself and after a while I managed to get in.”

The road to Harvard University

From there on the vision of the young man steamrolled forward, with teachers recognising his natural talent.

“Many of my teachers told me it was possible for me to attend a college overseas and I began gaining interest in Harvard. It was quite a process initially and throughout the phases of it, parts of me didn’t really know if it would happen.”

Mfundo underwent a number of obstacles before being accepted including essays, the SATs and a rigorous administrative application process.

“It was indeed a long process and there was a point when I sort of gave up on Harvard, but there was a lady at the US embassy, Susan Knowles, who runs the Education USA programme. She had something called Opportunity Funds which helps students through the entire application process. She was encouraging me to continue, helping me understand the process and what was required.

“She told me about Harvard representatives that were coming down to give a talk. I attended the talk and they said the only way you won’t get in is if I didn’t apply. I took that to heart and I spoke to Robin Worth, Harvard’s director of international admissions, somehow she had heard of me.

“I was accepted on my trial results which were eight A’s.”

Disadvantaged but living with the privileged

The youngster says his ultimate plan is to come back to South Africa and contribute to its growth.

“I want to come back to South Africa and find a way to market our country. I do not want to get into politics directly, but I would really want to contribute back into our country.”

When asked how it felt to be a previously disadvantaged student in a world of privilege, Mfundo said he has since found many like himself.

“In recent months I have gotten in touch with people from SA who have been taken from townships and into this privileged world. When I first came to Crawford it was intimidating and I thought wow, look at all these people, how am I going to fit in. I am all alone. But then I realised there is a large network of people like me coming from this background throughout the country.

“I came here in Grade 11. I remember the first day here. I hadn’t been here before and I arrived in a taxi. As I am walking in there were people with Ferraris, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, and I just wondered what I got myself into.

“I kept telling myself ‘remember who you are and why you are here’. That was critical. If you remember that you can have fun but not lose focus.”

Family support

Mfundo says he is also thankful to his family who gave him unrelenting support in his vision.

“I initially lived with my grandparents and cousins. It was a big family. It sort of meant I had to find my own space in that family and find my own dynamic. I only moved in with my mum, step-dad and two half-sisters recently.

“There has always been a spirit of support in the family. It wasn’t like, hey we are going to help you academically, but man, they were always encouraging. They backed all of my decisions. My mum and grandmum were pivotal. There are many temptations in townships with drugs and alcohol – I have my mum largely to thank for that. She sacrificed the little that she had to ensure I stayed at home and not went out and strayed.

“The people who came along on my journey have been stunning. Whenever I felt frustrated Cathy Constable, the assistant to the principal, or the principal herself reassured me of my ability.”

Mfundo is currently working at Crawford, where he coaches debating and tutors, before leaving for the US in August for the start of the Harvard academic year.

When asked to give advice to other aspiring youngsters, Mfundo said: “I would just advise them to not sit and be comfortable. Go out there and seek assistance and opportunity. Sure, I have been helped along the way but I had to seek the help and seek the opportunity. I think there is an overwhelming amount of opportunity in SA. Be curious, find people who have succeeded – will find a mentor and someone who can expose you to these things.”

Source: News24

Boarding Facilities

North Coast College provides boarding facilities for grade 8 – 12 male and female students in a safe and secure ‘home-from-home’ environment. Our students enjoy a supported and guided, extended-family system, in which they can take advantage of the abundance of opportunities available within the enriching Crawford ethos.

The boarding environment possesses the following positive characteristics:
– Supportive boarder-teacher mentors
– Small group of boarders with high-level personal interaction
– Highly accessible location with King Shaka International Airport close by
– High performance academic programme
– Relaxed country setting within extensive natural surrounds
– Nutritious, well-balanced meals provided by Cafe’ Flava
– Enriching Art and Culture programme
– Abundant support services including transport, security and laundry
– Active and varied sports programme
– Organised off-campus, and private hospital and specialist services in close proximity
– Caring and friendly student community
– Comfortable semi-private and private individual rooms

For peace of mind, enrol your child in our boarding facility, where they can develop their educational potential to the full.

Your home away from home

Academic Programme

Grade 000

DAILY PROGRAMME FOR GRADE 000
We follow the ‘Integrated Day Programme’. Directed Periods’ and ‘Free Choice Periods.’

07h30: Children start arriving at school
08h00 – 08h30: Early morning greeting routine/activities Neuro Development exercises
08h30 – 09h00: Teacher directed activity – music and movement, drama, dance, song and discussion. Toilet routine
09h00 – 10h00: Free Play– garden, fringe activities, creative activities, fantasy play, cognitive-puzzles, games, construction toys, blocks
10h00 – 10h30: Toilet routine and snack time
10h30 – 11h00: Teacher directed perceptual activities
11h00 – 11h15: Skills
11h15 – 11h55: Outdoor free play
11h55 – 12h10: Toilet routine, pack bags
12h10 – 12h30: THRASS
Story and language enrichment, rest, home

Specialist lessons included during the week
Busy Ballers (Physical Education)

Age Requirements for Grade 000
Children who are turning 4 within the year are eligible for entry into Grade 000.
If a child is born in the second half of the year and is not ready in all areas of their development to move to the next grade, they may, after discussion with the parents, repeat the grade.

School Hours for Grade 000
08h00 – 12h30

Maximum Number in Each Grade 000 Group
18 children

Outings and Innings
Outings and Innings are organised throughout the school year. During the first and fourth terms we arrange an Inning – a show or educational demonstration that takes place at school. During the second and third terms, the children are taken on an Outing related to the educational theme. We use the Crawford school bus to transport children and take parents with us to help with the supervision and safety of the children.

Grade 00

DAILY PROGRAMME FOR GRADE 00
We follow the ‘Integrated Day Programme’. Directed Periods’ and ‘Free Choice Periods.’

07h30: Children start arriving at school
08h00 – 08h30: Early morning greeting routine/activities Neuro Development exercises
08h30 – 09h00: Skills
09h00 – 10h00: Free Play– garden, fringe activities, creative activities, fantasy play, cognitive-puzzles, games, construction toys, blocks
10h00 – 10h30: Toilet routine and snack time
10h30 – 10h45: Teacher directed activity – music and movement, drama, dance,song and discussion
10h45 – 11h15: Teacher directed perceptual activity Free play on carpet/puzzles
11h15 – 11h55: Outdoor free play
11h55 – 12h10: Toilet routine, pack bags
12h10 – 12h30: THRASS
Story and language enrichment, rest, home

Specialist lessons included during the week
Busy Ballers (Physical Education)

Age Requirements for Grade 00
Children who are turning 4 before 30 June or turning 5 between 1 July and 31 December, are eligible for entry into Grade 00 If a child is born in the first half of the year and is not ready in all areas of their development to move to the next grade, they may, after discussion with the parents, repeat the grade.

School Hours for Grade 00
08h00 – 12h30

Maximum Number in Each Grade 00 Group
20 children

Outings and Innings
Outings and Innings are organised throughout the school year. During the first and fourth terms we arrange an Inning – a show or educational demonstration that takes place at school. During the second and third terms, the children are taken on an Outing related to the educational theme. We use the Crawford school bus to transport children and take parents with us to help with the supervision and safety of the children.

Grade 0

DAILY PROGRAMME FOR GRADE 0
We follow the ‘Integrated Day Programme’. Directed Periods’ and ‘Free Choice Periods.’

08h00 – 08h20: Earning morning greeting routine/activities Neuro Development exercises
08h20 – 09h00: THRASS
09h00 – 10h00: Free Play- garden, fringe activities, creative activities, fantasy, play, cognitive-puzzles, games, construction toys, blocks
10h00 – 10h30: Toilet routine and snack
10h30 – 11h00: Skills
11h00 – 11h30: Teacher directed perceptual activity
11h30 – 12h00: Outdoor free play
12h00 – 12h10: Teacher directed activity – music and movement, drama, dance, song and discussion
12h10 – 12h40: Pack bags
12h40 – 13h00: Story and language enrichment, rest, home

Specialist lessons included during the week
Busy Ballers (Physical Education), Computer Education and Visual Art.

Age Requirements for Grade 0
Children who are turning 5 before 30 June or turning 6 between 1 July and 31 December, are eligible for entry into Grade 0.
If a child is born in the first half of the year and is not ready in all areas of their development to move to the next grade, they may, after discussion with the parents, repeat the grade.

School Hours for Grade 00
08h00 – 13h00

Maximum Number in Each Grade 00 Group
22 children

Outings and Innings
Outings and Innings are organised throughout the school year. During the first and fourth terms we arrange an Inning – a show or educational demonstration that takes place at school. During the second and third terms, the children are taken on an Outing related to the educational theme. We use the Crawford school bus to transport children and take parents with us to help with the supervision and safety of the children.

School Activities

We provide a good balance between organised class activities and group activities that are either facilitated by the group teacher, or the subject specialist teacher.

These activities are as follows:
Physical: Specialist physical developmental education, KDP (Kids Development Programme)
Cognitive: Indoor games, puzzles and chess
Computer Education: Technology (from Grade 0)
Culture and Creativity: Movement and dance, drama, visual art, music
Learning Programmes: Grade 00 – skills and language programme
Grade 0: School readiness concepts and skills programme, phonics and numeracy programmes

The above activities are interspersed with teacher supervised periods of “free choice” indoor and outdoor activities, where the children have a choice of where to play and with whom, e.g outdoor play on the Adventure Playground equipment; cycling or experimenting with sensopathic materials and water play.

Indoor play takes place in our Fantasy Room (dolls / dress up / blocks / theme play); the Creative Room (painting / drawing / playdough / waste construction); or our Cognitive Area (puzzles, books, construction toys and games).

Extra-Mural activities

Mini Sports-Tennis ,soccer,netball,cricket and swimming, Dance*, Karate*, Playball*, Chess*, Nature club, Pottery* clamber club*,Drama* Gymnastics* and PlayGolf*

* Subject to demand and at an additional cost to parents.

New Playground Fun

Crawford Prep Lonehill recently upgraded and remodeled the Foundation Phase playground. The children were so excited to get back to school and find new additions to the playground plus freshly painted equipment. Foundation Phase pupils are seen here trying it all out and having so much fun. The playground got the thumbs up from everyone!