Junior Prep

Grade 0 – 3
Broadacres Academy Junior Prep School
Broadacres Academy Member of ISASA
Broadacres Academy IEB Accreditation

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

Explore the journey that will support your child as they develop their natural love of learning in the Preparatory School.

Bubbly conversations and joyful learning can be heard from our secure Junior Prep learning spaces. We create opportunities for the children to immerse themselves in exploratory learning during the Grade 0 – 3 years. This forms the foundation of each child’s happy journey through the Prep School at Broadacres Academy. With our staff, your child will receive an excellent educational grounding in this critical, building-block stage of their schooling.

Children in the Junior Prep School embark on a sense-making process, becoming actively involved in their learning journey by:

  • asking questions
  • learning through experience
  • problem-solving
  • exploring
  • thinking critically

Learning is not limited to the classroom. Grounded by our community values of kindness, integrity, empathy, courtesy, love for the environment and compassion for others, our children flourish in their purpose-built learning spaces. The beauty of our campus makes outdoor learning in nature possible, which enables open-mindedness and a love for our planet.

Broadacres junior prep school

We believe that learning is a journey of exploration,

A collaboration between learner and teacher,
Inspired by curiosity,

Guided by professional insight and commitment,

Grounded in community values,

And focused on the natural development of each child’s potential.

Enrich their school day with fun.
Nurture a happy, confident child.
Develop a natural love of learning.
Dylan Cavanagh | 
Preparatory School Principal
Dylan Cavanagh |
Preparatory School Principal

As Principal of Broadacres Academy, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our web page. Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope you find the information useful.

Beyond the information, I do hope you will experience the same message across our website, as well as our social media pages, that Broadacres Academy is a school that understands its “Why” – why we do what we do.

What we do is drive learning around our primary beliefs of what education and schooling should be. You will find our beliefs in bold on the website Home page. These beliefs are at our core and they encompass everything that happens at Broadacres Academy.

My focus is to ensure that our staff, parents, and children work together to create an exceptional learning experience. We are partners with our parents in the educational journey of their children.

Broadacres Academy has embraced educational change and we deliver the curriculum using Constructivist education philosophies. We develop children as individuals, based on their individual strength and ability. Each child is unique and experiences the world in their own way. This carries through into how they learn and assimilate knowledge and skills.

At Broadacres Academy we operate in a space of trust. We trust that parents will be ambassadors of our school who trust us with the educational journey of their child. Our staff always act in the best interest of the children and we work in a mutual trust relationship with parents towards a positive and incredible school experience.

Broadacres Academy is a happy and safe environment where children feel loved and cared for by all the staff. If you have not yet visited our beautiful school, I encourage you to come and experience our unique learning environment.

Dylan Cavanagh

Tammy Letcher | 
Junior Prep Deputy Principal
Tammy Letcher |
Junior Prep Deputy Principal

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse; encouraging them to create their own.”

  • Nikos Kazantzikas

Our Junior Preparatory at Broadacres Academy is a happy, secure space which provides children from Grade 0 – 3 with a unique learning experience, one which sets us apart from others.

The days of ‘teaching at children’, meaning, ‘I teach, and you listen’ is something in the past.  We embrace the fact that children are experiential / hands on learners, who should engage in integrated learning activities daily. In this way, they drive their own learning, remaining curious and, above all, they learn naturally, which is what children are wired to do.

Our committed and skilled staff share a passion for children, guiding and facilitating the process of enabling them to continually add to their knowledge and understanding of the world, by creating meaningful and engaging learning experiences through our Constructivist philosophy.

We have moved away from the traditional chalk and talk teaching methodology which assumes that children know nothing. We do not believe they are empty vessels to be filled with knowledge. We celebrate the fact that every child is filled with talent and potential waiting to be uncovered and unleashed. Rather than merely providing children with answers, we encourage them to discover and explore through units of enquiry and project-based learning activities that ignite their curiosity and passion for learning.

Our exceptional learning spaces enhance the learning experience and allow children to maximise their potential as individuals.

At Broadacres, we are well aware that the standardised model of education designed for a bygone era is outdated and does not equip learners for the ever-changing, fast-paced world of the 21st Century.  We understand the nature of children and how they learn, and our approach to learning is child centred.  Our classrooms or ‘learning spaces’, as we like to call them, are dynamic and movable, allowing for flexibility and open-mindedness.  Learning is not limited to the classroom.  The beauty of our campus makes outdoor learning in nature possible.  Our school is a happy, nurturing space grounded by our community values of kindness, integrity, empathy, respect, courtesy, love for the environment and compassion for others.

The Junior Prep forms the foundation of your child’s journey through the Prep School at Broadacres Academy.  With our wonderful, professional and experienced staff, your child will receive an excellent educational grounding in this critical, building-block stage of their schooling.

Tammy Letcher

We equip learners for the ever-changing, fast-paced world of the 21st Century.

We use the National Curriculum (CAPS) as our framework, underpinned by the Independent Examination Board (IEB) guidelines. Our delivery of the curriculum through the Constructivist approach is rich and filled with diversity, substance and purpose.

Our integrated style brings learning alive! We follow the Phono-Graphix Phonics and Reading Programme and the Number Sense Mathematics Programme. These programmes complement our Constructivist Education philosophy and develop strong foundations in Literacy and Mathematics. These two crucial learning areas are woven into other learning areas, so that children can apply their understanding of Literacy and Mathematics in real life situations.

Classes

Our Junior Preparatory offers mainstream children smaller classes, with a maximum of 22 per class, and four classes per grade. With personalised attention, each child feels that they belong in our welcoming and warm classes.

From 2022, we will offer a specialised bridging class in Grade 1, 2 and 3 for children who require assisted learning, with the view of being able to integrate into mainstream schooling from Grade 4. These classes will be small, with a maximum of 12 children per class who will be guided and taught by teachers who are trained to teach children in an assisted learning environment in a more specialised way. Having these bridging classes on campus allows children to remain part of our mainstream environment and all that it offers, whilst receiving the necessary support they require in the classroom to thrive.

We teach children in the way that they naturally learn and provide learning support where required.

This does not mean that we cater for children who may have developmental delays and other related barriers to learning and who still need the specialised environment established remedial schools offer.

We are also blessed to have a Therapy Centre onsite where independent practitioners provide Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Play Therapy, where necessary.

Communal Learning Areas

At the Junior Preparatory, we have a unique learning space known as a Communal Learning Area (CLA). This magnificent, multi-faceted space allows our children to be creative through Art and Technology, drawing the unit of enquiry from the classroom into this space, creating an integrated, cross-curricular experience.

The children are taught by both their class teachers and specialist staff. Our specialist subject areas include Afrikaans, Zulu, Art, Technology, Music (Colourstrings programme), and Physical Literacy, creating a diverse, holistic curriculum in which all aspects of the child are developed.

We believe that learning is focused on the natural development of each child’s potential.

We are launching bridging classes for Grade 1 – 3 from January 2022. The vision is to extend the classes  into Grade 4, 5 and 6 in 2023.

The bridging classes are suited to children who have a need for assisted learning with the vision of integrating back into mainstream classes.

For children with average to above average ability, whose learning is impacted by factors that impair their academic development, our bridging classes would be able to assist them in getting the support they need to potentially mainstream again. These factors could range from ADHD to severe anxiety or dyslexia.

Children sometimes require additional specialised educational expertise or smaller classes environments where assisted learning can give them the confidence and freedom to develop at their pace.

Classes

Our bridging classes will be limited to 12 children per class. The classes will provide an educational environment for students with intellectual potential, who are not yet able to realise this potential in a regular mainstream school setting.

Should a child have reached the necessary grade level, there will be an option to leave the bridging class and become part of the mainstream classroom. This will be a seamless transition as they would be accustomed to being part of a mainstream schooling environment already and will have covered all the content and skills necessary to adjust.

Whole school offering

Having the bridging classes within our mainstream school environment is most beneficial as children can experience an inclusive schooling environment.

Children will be able to participate in all the extra-curricular activities and enjoy the whole school offering while receiving the specialised educational support they require.

We have the benefit of a team of therapists on campus to provide the necessary therapies that children may need. Our bridging class fee structures will be competitive, but do not include additional therapies.

Bridging classes will be facilitated by remedially qualified teachers as this is a more specialised type of learning environment.

Music and Cultural Activities

There is always time for creativity! Whether painting, drawing, singing, dancing or playing an instrument, creative activities allow a diverse, holistic curriculum in which all aspects of the child are developed.

At Broadacres Academy we follow a Kodály-based Music curriculum for all Grade levels.

Find out more about the music and cultural extra-murals on offer, in the extra mural tab below.

Sport and Physical Literacy

Children love being outdoors, and we emphasise outdoor activities in the preparatory school. Physical Literacy links directly to the development of gross and fine motor skills – vital for the growth of each child. Our newly developed facilities prove to be a real asset for the school.

The swimming pool, cricket nets, tennis courts and sports field, are used to grow and develop all the necessary sports and physical literacy skills a child needs at primary school level.

Our Physical Literacy programme has been developed to ensure all-round skills are taught during the children’s intramural time.

Please note that fees are subject to change.

Prep School Banking Details

Broadacres Academy (Pty) Ltd.
Bank FNB Current Account
Acc. number 62824337043
Branch number 250655
Reference Child surname + child name

To start your application, please complete our online application form by clicking here.

Broadacres Academy Financial Payment Policy 

The Prep School uniform can be purchased from our uniform stockists, McCullagh and Bothwell in Fourways Crossing.

Broadacres Academy follows the ISASA three-term calendar. These term dates apply to the Preschool, Prep School and High School. The school is closed during the mid-term breaks as well as school holidays.

The school is open from 06:45. The school day typically starts at 07:30. During Covid-19, we have grade-specific drop-off and collection times. These are communicated internally and are subject to change.

GRADE
START OF SCHOOL DAY
COLLECTION
FRIDAY COLLECTION
4 – 6 07:00 14:00 13:30
2 – 3 07:15 13:30 13:00
1 07:30 13:15 12:45
0 08:00 12:30 12:30

Aftercare is available to the Preschool and Preparatory School children at an additional cost (as per the fee schedule) and is run by Sherpa Kids. The Preparatory School aftercare runs until 17:30 each day and includes a structured supervision programme and a light snack. Note that there is no aftercare on the days that we break up for half-term and end of term.

The school outsources the Holiday Care offering to Sherpa Kids. There is a dedicated team from Sherpa Kids who run a fun activity-based program in the school holidays.

Parents are responsible for their children’s transport arrangements to and from school.

There are various transport options available, and should you wish to explore these, please feel free to get information from the Admin office.

We do not allow children to be dropped off or collected by Uber transport, unless a parent or guardian is present.

At Broadacres Academy, we have a variety of enriching activities on offer across the preparatory school.

Extra-murals on offer (included in school fees):

  • Cricket (Summer) (Grade 2 – 6)
  • Softball (Summer) (Grade 2 – 6)
  • Soccer (Winter) (Grade 2 – 6)
  • Netball (Winter) (Grade 2 – 6)
  • Tennis (Throughout the year) (Grade 5 – 6)
  • Recorder Ensemble (Grade 2 – 3)
  • Choir (Grade 1 – 6)

Extra-cost activities on offer (billed by the service providers to parents directly):

  • Ballet (Grade 0 – 2)
  • Computers (Grade 0 – 1)
  • Drama (Grade 0 – 6)
  • Karate (Grade 0 – 2)
  • Modern Dancing (Grade 0 – 6)
  • Tennis Coaching (Grade 0 – 4)
  • Individual Music Lessons (Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin and Ukulele).
Leadership
Dylan Cavanagh | 
Preparatory School Principal
Dylan Cavanagh |
Preparatory School Principal
Tammy Letcher | 
Junior Prep Deputy Principal
Tammy Letcher |
Junior Prep Deputy Principal
Grade 0
Lauren Phillips | 
Grade Head
Lauren Phillips |
Grade Head
Daniella Teixeira
Daniella Teixeira
Jessica Cullen
Jessica Cullen
Lesley Smith
Lesley Smith
Lerato Tefo | 
Intern
Lerato Tefo |
Intern
Grade 1
Sonia Oshry | 
Grade Head
Sonia Oshry |
Grade Head
Leanne Vlietstra
Leanne Vlietstra
Kelly Porter
Kelly Porter
Chantal Collins
Chantal Collins
Alexi Rusche |
Intern
Alexi Rusche |
Intern
Grade 2
Dominique Nevin | 
Grade Head
Dominique Nevin |
Grade Head
Gillian Forbes
Gillian Forbes
Michele Hala
Michele Hala
Grade 3
Elizabeth Zacharie | 
Grade head
Elizabeth Zacharie |
Grade head
Karen Nunan
Karen Nunan
Sue Prinsloo
Sue Prinsloo
Specialist Staff
Caroline Brown | 
Junior CLA Specialist
Caroline Brown |
Junior CLA Specialist
Ruan Fourie | 
Music Specialist
Ruan Fourie |
Music Specialist
Jeanne-Marie Barnard | 
Remedial Therapist
Jeanne-Marie Barnard |
Remedial Therapist
Nadine Raath | 
Afrikaans Specialist
Nadine Raath |
Afrikaans Specialist
Gugu Nkosi | 
isiZulu Specialist
Gugu Nkosi |
isiZulu Specialist

If you’d like to find out more information, please get in touch with us.

You can call us on +27 (0)11 465 3810 or email prepschool.admin@broadacres.com

We would love to hear from you and are happy to answer any and all of your questions.

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