Ruimsig Academy

Ruimsig Academy

Ruimsig Academy follows the education programme Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). This curriculum ensures that the Primary School academic programme is effective and provides a sound foundation for our learners.

As an independent school, Ruimsig Academy has the ability to be flexible with learning programmes and can offer a curriculum that is both inclusive and internationally relevant. Learners are prepared and excel in the high school environment.

Small classes across the entire Primary School, highly experienced teachers and the provision of teaching assistants and interns are central features of these formative years of our children.

Cambridge Primary offers a flexible curriculum with integrated assessment for 6-12 year-olds. Cambridge Primary sets clear learning objectives in English, Mathematics and Science skills for each year of primary education. It focuses on learners’ development in each year and provides a natural progression throughout the years of primary education, providing international benchmarks for schools. It is also excellent preparation for the next stage of Cambridge Lower Secondary for learners aged 11-14.

Our students start with their Cambridge Lower Secondary in the Grade 7 year.

Our leaders:

Gustav Botes                Head of School

Eugenie Louw               Head Teacher (Curriculum)

Janinie Quigley             Head Senior Primary

Pre-Primary

Grades 00 to R (Ages 5 to 6)

Learning Environment

Our consistent and structured environment allows a child to confidently and securely explore his new and challenging environment. They must LOVE to learn, and to do their “work”. Children are treated with respect and have clear and consistent limits. A child who is respected and taught discipline is more likely to respect and care for others, and practise self-discipline.

 Christian Based Education – Our curriculum is based on Christian values. We want children to see God as their “other Daddy” who they can always ask for help, whenever they are feeling alone or scared. Every school day starts with a Bible Story, to instill in our children the morals and values as taught by the Bible, and experience the wonders of God.

Our school is fully bilingual – When teaching concepts, children are taught in their language of first choice (home/preferred).
We encourage children to speak in both English and Afrikaans, and this naturally happens on the playground as well. We teach mainly in English. Every aspect of our curriculum is then done in the language of the week, so that all children are exposed to both languages on all levels.

Children pick up on a second or third language within months, and are very resilient when learning extra languages, especially when conversing with friends. Children are most susceptible to learning languages before the age of 7 years, after which it becomes more difficult. Historically we’ve had a lot of success with this teaching method, and children will end up speaking, writing and reading their second languages at the level of their first language.

From Grade 0 upwards we aim to get all children on a first language level for both Afrikaans and English, starting at their current language level, and gradually building them up to first language level. Should a child have been at our Nursery School for at least two years, they will be on a first language level for both languages by Grade 0.

 Lessons – We have two structured lessons per class per day.

 The first lesson focuses on specific skills. We follow an integrated approach and these lessons are specifically designed to encompass all the skills your child needs to be ready for school.

Starting from a very early age, we start teaching and forming the foundations and basic concepts and skills your child needs to learn, building up slowly and surely, making sure a child understands and masters a skill before moving on to the next one.

We focus on the following developmental areas, and they include all the skills and knowledge your child need when tested for school readiness:

Monday: Language & Thinking
Tuesday: Fine motor skills
Wednesday: Mathematical concepts
Thursday: Visual Perception & Baking/Science
Friday: Auditory Perception

The second lesson is theme based and we discuss a different theme or story each week. These lessons focus on language development and comprehension of language, as well as thinking and reasoning skills. Each lesson is planned to be age-appropriate, building on the theme, language and thinking skills progressively each year. We also do our art during this time, as well as fantasy play.

Using the latest technology available, we present the themes with PowerPoint presentations on big screen televisions. Should the children learn about lions, they will see and hear actual lions roar, or catching their prey. We organise educational visits and outings with most of our themes so that children can learn with first-hand experience.

Creative work and art is based on the theme, and incorporates the basic skills learned in the first lesson. Creative work is done over 2 days – teaching the children each step of the creative process, teaching them to not only see a picture two dimensional, but all three dimensional and detail.

Educational Outings – 
Excursions are undertaken on a regular basis to enrich your child’s educational experience. Any theme is much better remembered and understood if they can experience it! We will inform you of all educational outings in writing and ask that you sign an Indemnity form should we leave the school premises for any outing. Please see our yearly program for dates and description of outings.

Homework – Should your child have homework for the week it will be sent out via email. This is a fun way for you and your child to do an activity together and to instill a positive attitude towards homework for the future.

 Reports – Written reports are sent out every term. This process is aimed at providing you with insight into your child’s development during the year. You will have the opportunity after each report, to sit down with your child’s teacher and discuss the report and your child’s progress.

Kwanda Kinetics – Gross motor development is crucial at this age, as everything your child learns during this stage of their lives, are through their bodies. For this very reason, we have a Junior Kinetic Program called ‘Kwanda Kids’. ‘Kwanda Kids’ is a group-based perceptual-motor program with a preventing, improving and/or therapeutic nature and is presented once a week during school terms by registered Kinderkinetici (qualified therapists and paediatric exercise scientists).
This fun program is designed for children between 0 and 9 years in order to develop a child’s motor skills and optimize a child’s perceptual-motor skills. It also encourages creativity as well as proper brain devel-opment and aims to prevent educational implications, thus helping a child to reach his/her full potential. Kwanda Kids is a highlight of the children’s week. Ruimsig Academy pays for this experience.

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Extra-mural activities – These activities are chosen for their specific qualities and importance for your child’s development.

Ballet is offered for the discipline and self-discipline it teaches your child. The ballet girls are also part of our yearly concert in which they give a special performance.

 Kindermusik – We don’t have to explain the benefits of Music to your child. This activity is a must for brain development, mathematics, logical and analytical thinking.

 Future Golfers – Our lovely big grounds allow very nicely for this popular sport.

 Arrival & Departure Times – School is open from 06h00 till 18h00. We have staff members on duty from 06h00 in the morning, and the teachers all start at 07h00. Your child should be at school latest 08h00 (3 years and under) and 07h30 (4-6 years) for him/her to have a chance to settle down before class starts.

Departure times are 14h00 for half-day kids and up to 18h00 for full-day kids. Teachers work different full days, and will be on duty until 18h00 and staff members until 17h00.

 Meals and Snack Times – (included in school fees)

The following meals are served at the school:

  • Warm porridge and tea up to 08h00
  • Seasonal fruit and juice at 10h00
  • A fully cooked, nutritious lunch and salad at midday
  • A sandwich and juice at 15h00

 Menu – The menu varies every week. Should you wish to have a copy of the menu, it can be emailed to you. Salad, vegetables and fruit are bought fresh weekly. Our meat is sourced from the Northern Cape, and contains no hormones or artificial products that might be harmful to your children.

Security – We have 24-hour security provided by Drift Reaction. Ntondana or Sheppard will be in attendance at the gate during all arrival and departure times. No person is allowed into the school grounds without prior arrangement with the Principal and proper ID. Please note in our Policies and Procedures document, the rules regarding the fetching of your child.

 Hygiene – Your child’s health and safety is incredibly important to us. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness and neatness of our classes. We use products that are non-toxic to clean all surfaces. These products disinfect and kill bacteria and viruses, where normal products clean, but don’t kill the germs causing illness.

Toilet Routines – Children are free to go to the bathroom when they need to. The children are always supervised and assisted while in the bathroom. This provides opportunities for teachers and staff to teach basic LIFE SKILLS.

School Holidays – We are open all year, and do not close for school holidays, except for midterm breaks. During Government School Holidays, we follow a fantastic holiday program that the children love!

Grade R-3 Foundation Phase

Foundation Phase:  Grade 1 – 3 (Ages 7 to 9)

There is a Cambridge Primary curriculum framework for each subject – English as a first language, mathematics and science – providing a clear teaching structure.

Online materials are used, work can easily and any time be accessed by both parents and students to do revision or even homework with.  Our students start from Grade R using this technology.

Core Subjects

English – Cambridge Primary English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this curriculum framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.

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Mathematics – The mathematics curriculum framework explores five content areas: number, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

Science – This curriculum framework covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning, investigating, recording and analysing data. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also part of the curriculum.

Arts and Crafts, Bible/Life Skills, Music: Basic theory, Physical Ed, and Child Kinetics.

Ruimsig Academy teachers are highly qualified and dedicated. They approach teaching with a hands on philosophy; and believe that every child has the potential to succeed. Foundation Phase also has the help of assistant teachers. Their role is to assist teachers with general classroom management; and help monitor student’s progress.

Grade 4-6 Intermediate Phase

Intermediate Phase: Grade 4 – 6 (Ages 10 to 12)

Ruimsig Academy teachers are highly qualified and dedicated. They approach teaching with a hands on philosophy; and believe that every child has the potential to succeed. Intermediate Phase and High School share subject teachers, who have vast experience in their respective fields.

2018, we are incorporating the new Cambridge Global Perspectives into curriculum.  This is a natural progression for us, as this fits with our philosophy of project based learning.

What will students learn? – The programme develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication. It strengthens the links across English as a first or second language, mathematics, science, which are the core of Cambridge International, combined with ICT.

How is the programme taught? – Cambridge Primary is made up of a series of Challenges. There are six Challenges a year. Teachers can integrate the Challenges into their existing teaching or lessons, and do as many as they like.

Each Challenge is six hours long, subdivided into a range of activities, and covers a range of skills. The skills are taught through a wide range of topics using a personal, local and global perspective. Teachers help students to look at a variety of global issues or topics that give a range of contexts.

Cambridge Primary healthy

Moving to a new countryKeeping the peacePeople – young and oldReduce, reuse, recycleRich and poorThe world of workLooking after planet EarthObeying the lawThe right to learnSport and leisureValues and beliefsUsing energyFamiliesWater, food and farmingWorldwide companiesLiving and working togetherWorking with other countriesMoving goods and companiesSharing planet EarthKeeping safeImproving communicationComputers and technology

What will students learn?  –The programme develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication. It strengthens the links across English as a first or second language, mathematics, science and ICT Starters.

How is the programme taught?  – Cambridge Primary is made up of a series of Challenges. There are six Challenges a year. Teachers can integrate the Challenges into their existing teaching or lessons, and do as many as they like.

Each Challenge is six hours long, subdivided into a range of activities, and covers a range of skills. The skills are taught through a wide range of topics using a personal, local and global perspective. Teachers help students to look at a variety of global issues or topics that give a range of contexts.

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Cambridge Primary topics

Keeping healthyMoving to a new countryUnderstanding belief
Keeping the peacePeople – young and oldReduce, reuse, recycle
Rich and poorThe world of workLooking after planet Earth
Obeying the lawThe right to learnSport and leisure
Values and beliefsUsing energyFamilies
Water, food and farmingWorldwide companiesLiving and working together
Working with other countriesMoving goods and companiesSharing planet Earth
Keeping safeImproving communicationComputers and technology

 How is Cambridge Primary Global Perspectives assessed? – Throughout the programme, teachers focus on formative feedback on the skills they want students to develop. When a Challenge is completed, teachers can discuss with students ‘what went well’ and how they can improve further, so that students can reflect on, and improve, their performance.

A Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Global Perspectives assessment is available at the end of the final year to assess learner performance. Students produce a team project that is used to assess how skills have developed throughout the programme. Teachers mark the assessment before they are moderated in Cambridge. Learners receive a statement of achievement at Gold, Silver or Bronze level and the school receives a feedback report.

Our other subjects are – Afrikaans (First/Second Language), Social Studies ( Geography and history),  Bible/Life Skills, Music and Physical Education.

International Assessment – Every April, the students in Grade 7 write the Primary Checkpoint exam based on English, Maths and Science; which is graded by Cambridge in the UK.

Grade 7-9 Secondary 1

Grade 7 Lower Secondary (age 13)

The concept of a ‘Cambridge learner’ helps us communicate attributes we believe are important for learners in the modern world.

We recognise that a meaningful curriculum is more than a collection of subjects. Learners need to develop a set of academic skills, life skills and attitudes to be successful.

We encourage learners to become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged:

  • confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.

Cambridge Lower Secondary includes optional tests to help us assess your child’s development, compare individual students and class performance, and report progress to you and your child.

There are two assessment options: Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests and Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint:

Progression Tests – for each stage and marked by teachers

  • Cambridge Lower Secondary year one completed at the end of Grade 7

Technology in the Classroom

We make extensive use of technology in the classroom to enhance the educational experience for the children. As such, it is compulsory that each child in Ruimsig Academy has their own laptop computer. We subscribe to standard teaching practices, and do not use technology to replace the role of the teacher in the classroom. We use a secure Wi-Fi network for access to the Internet. This is a well-controlled secure environment. To ensure the integrity of this environment, we do not allow the children to bring mobile phones to school

Every student in the school has his/her own laptop or tablet, which is daily brought to school and taken home. Students are responsible for their own devices, and therefore must ensure that their devices are kept in safe place.

RUIMSIG ACADEMY holds no responsibility for damaged or loss of laptops and other electronic devices.

School Activities

Arts – Nearly everyone enjoys music, acting, dancing and performing. We offer various cultural activities at the school as part of our daily program. We also encourage and expose our students to a wider audience such as the state theatre etc.

Music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. Not only is it an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich students’ lives and education. We have professional music teachers who come to the school and teach all learners basic music theory as well as how to play various musical instruments.

Shakespeare for Students –In 2015, Ruimsig Academy was the first primary school in South Africa to request permission to participate in the National Shakespeare Festival held in September. Our Grade 6-7 students performed “Midsummer Nights Dream” in the Johannesburg State Theatre. Our production was a huge success.

Sport

Participation in sport for all children are very important to us at Ruimsig Academy. Not only for the life- and social skills it teaches our children, but also for the fitness, strength and endurance it gives your child for academic performance. Because of this we offer many different sports at the school.

List of sports:

Athletics

Swimming

Netball

Soccer

Innings and Outings

Educational shows and outings enrich your child’s educational experience. Any theme is much better re-membered and understood if they can experience it! 

Educational shows are arranged to come to the school during our school day, and excursions are arranged per term from 4 years upwards.

Subject/grade teachers will organise outings, and you will be given information in advance. This is all part of your school fees. We will only ask for your signed permission with every outing. All outings are relevant to their embedded concepts and curriculum. Most outings will happen on a Friday, so as not to interfere with our daily programs.

School Fees

RA Schedule of Fees – 2019/2020 Fees Structure

School Policies

Pre-primary policy

School Transport Policy

Discipline Policy and Procedures

Code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT

School Uniform

All children at the school wear a school uniform.  While we recognise the importance of individual character and expression, we also have to maintain a positive and professional image of our school and the children themselves.
Uniforms can only be ordered directly from Ropa Trading (ropacc@vodamail.co.za).  (072) 108 3670 Liza

Contact Us

Address

Ruimsig Academy 4b Chestnut Road,

Tres Jolie, Ruimsig Johannesburg

GPS Coordinates: 26.075986, 27.877091

Call us on the numbers

+27 (0) 10 109 5009

Drop us a line below, and we will respond to you

admin@ruimsigacademy.co.za

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