Senior Prep

Grade 4 – 6
Broadacres Academy Junior Prep School
Broadacres Academy Member of ISASA
Broadacres Academy IEB Accreditation

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” – Aristotle

Experience the professionally designed opportunity to thrive when children are encouraged to stay curious and deepen their natural love of learning in the Senior Prep School.

Children are captivated by the wonder of learning in an environment that is purpose-built to facilitate constructivist learning. Magic happens when children are deeply engaged in a learning activity, finding connections between existing knowledge and new information and making sense of how it all fits together.

Children from Grade 4 to Grade 6 engage in integrated learning activities within their dynamic learning spaces daily. This unique learning experience equips your child to be a thriving global participant in a more conscious 21st century world.

Our teachers encourage and facilitate children in the Senior Preparatory at Broadacres Academy to drive actively their own learning, remain curious, and construct knowledge under the guidance of the teacher as a facilitator. Above all, they learn naturally, which is what children are wired to do.

Active learning engages students in learning, using activities such as reading, writing and discussion.

Our children learn by doing and by being actively involved in the process by:

  • asking questions
  • engaging in project-based learning activities
  • problem-solving (exploring “big questions and provocations”)
  • exploring (finding connections and making sense)
  • thinking critically (finding real solutions to problems)

We understand the nature of children and how they learn. Our approach to learning centres around the child. Our learning spaces are dynamic and movable, allowing for flexibility and open-mindedness. The beauty of our natural surrounds and the contemporary farm-like feel at our school make outdoor learning possible.

Our school is a happy, thoughtful and caring space grounded by our community values of kindness, integrity, empathy, courtesy, love for the environment and compassion.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

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

André de Coning | 
Senior Prep Deputy Principal
André de Coning |
Senior Prep Deputy Principal

A warm welcome and thank you for making the effort familiarize yourself with the Senior Preparatory Phase at Broadacres Academy.

Our curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum Statement with regard to learning areas and core skills. Our emergent curriculum offers academic extension over and above the minimum requirements. The Senior Preparatory children follow an Inquiry Based learning model through which they learn in a holistic way. In this learning approach a guiding question drives the Unit of Inquiry, and the teacher becomes a thought partner in assisting with students’ discoveries.

At Broadacres Academy we have always had re-configurable learning spaces in which our children learn. These spaces are modern, incorporate technology and support the inquiry base learning approach.

Children are challenged and encouraged to become immersed in the learning experience, ask meaningful questions and to take risks. Children are recognised and treated as persons who have to be extended to become the best they can be and let their individuality contribute to the learning experience.

Children get the opportunity to visit the Communal Learning Area on an ongoing basis. Here they make use of the fully equipped workshop area to complete learning activities by building models and investigating concepts related to science and engineering. They are also exposed to computational thinking skills that lead to Coding and Robotics which is integrated with their Unit of Inquiry. The communal Learning area also provides a space for children to give creative expression through art.

The children take part in a physical literacy program as part of the curriculum. Afternoon sports practices and games are organised. Sport at Broadacres Academy also serves as a vehicle through which sportsmanship and life skills are taught.

Music forms an integral part of our children’s development. Class music lessons take place every week. We also offer afternoon private lessons in piano, voice, violin and guitar for the children who have a specific interest in the music field.

In all our endeavours we have succeeded in creating a learning community where our teachers enjoy teaching and each child’s innate love of learning is fostered.

André de Coning

Intuitive learning for the Information Age.

Broadacres Academy delivers the curriculum in an integrated way. We use the National Curriculum as our framework. We believe that integrating knowledge fits the educational paradigm of the information age better. An integrated curriculum is also suited to the way the brain recognises and processes new information; as well as the brain’s natural ability to combine new information with existing knowledge.

Our curriculum is created through an active process in which planning, acting and evaluating are all commonly related and incorporated into the process. It is guided and informed by the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) – a national policy set out by the Department of Education (UMALUSI accredited) – that states what should be included in the curricula of schools for each grade in South Africa.

Classes

Our Senior Prep offers mainstream learners smaller classes, with a maximum of 22 children per class. We teach children in the way that they intuitively learn and we aim to keep each child’s unique learning style in mind in the classroom.

Our small classes provide the opportunity for each child to flourish through individual attention, and a personalised environment where each child feels that they belong.

Communal Learning Areas

Our Senior Prep building houses an incredible learning space known as a Communal Learning Area (CLA). This is a multi-faceted space where children can be creative through art, design and technology. They can use their time in this space to build on their learning through research and work on projects using technology. They can also consolidate the skills developed in the classroom, under the guidance of a skilled educator.

The purpose of creating such a learning space is to integrate and enhance the learning experience beyond the confines of the classroom.

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 senior 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.

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 07:00. The school day starts at 08:00.

GRADE
START OF SCHOOL DAY
COLLECTION
FRIDAY COLLECTION
4 – 6 08:00 14:00 13:30
2 – 3 08:00 13:30 13:00
1 08:00 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
André de Coning | 
Senior Prep Deputy Principal
André de Coning |
Senior Prep Deputy Principal
Grade 4
Karen Stein | 
Phase Head
Karen Stein |
Phase Head
Carin Botha
Carin Botha
Grade 5
Roanne du Toit
Roanne du Toit
Andrea Meyer
Andrea Meyer
Grade 6
Marike Bertram
Marike Bertram
Erica Göhre
Erica Göhre
Specialist Staff
Mangaliso Vuso | 
Senior CLA Specialist
Mangaliso Vuso |
Senior CLA Specialist
Amy Rigby | 
Music Specialist
Amy Rigby |
Music Specialist
Jeanne-Marie Barnard | 
Remedial Therapist
Jeanne-Marie Barnard |
Remedial Therapist
Gugu Nkosi | 
isiZulu Specialist
Gugu Nkosi |
isiZulu Specialist
Ciska Rossouw | 
Afrikaans Specialist
Ciska Rossouw |
Afrikaans 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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