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New private school to open its doors in Henties Bay soon.

12 November 2018 | Education

Jessica Botes

The newly established West Coast Edu-Centre in Henties Bay is growing in leaps and bounds, and is currently busy building new premises with more classrooms to accommodate more students.

The registered private school started groundwork at the new site four months ago and plans to open its doors on 16 January 2019. The new premises will have seven classrooms to accommodate students from grade R (age four) up to grade 10.

The school follows the South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) syllabus to allow its students, who are mostly foreigners, to continue their education in South Africa.

“We have a lot of children whose parents work in Henties Bay only for a year or two on contract and then they return to South Africa. The CAPS syllabus allows them to just continue their education when they return,” said one of the owners and founders of the school, Dianne Burger.

According to the South African ministry of education, CAPS is a single, comprehensive and concise policy document which has replaced the National Curriculum Statement grades R to 12 Statements. It still follows the requirements of the same process and procedures as the National Curriculum Statement grades R to 12.

The CAPS is an adjustment to what is taught and not to teaching methods. The way the curriculum is written is now in content format rather than outcomes format so it is more prone to traditional teaching methods.

The school also makes extra-mural activities available to its learners to develop their social interaction, social development and personal talents. Its facilitators and teachers are committed to providing a high level of education to its learners.

At West Coast Edu-Centre classes are taught in both English and Afrikaans up to grade 3. From grade 4 to grade 10, classes are taught in English.

The building of the new school premises is fully supported by Atlantico Bank. Local builders and building materials were used where possible with the construction of the buildings.

The West Coast Edu-Centre in Henties Bay is currently constructing a new facility in town to accommodate more classrooms and learners.

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