The school and its three campuses are situated nearby to the suburbs of Lonehill, Fourways, Chartwell and Dainfern. The Preschool and Preparatory School are set on seven acres in the growing suburb of Broadacres. The High School campus is currently under construction and will be open from January 2022. The High School is situated in the suburb of Chartwell, a mere 3km up the road from the Preparatory School, on Cedar Road.
The design of the new school buildings has a contemporary farm feel that builds on the heritage and ethos of the original Broadacres Farm Nursery school. The Broadacres Academy learning environment has always been characterised by rural charm and with a farm ethos and atmosphere, where natural learning is the order of the day.
A Development Partnership with Skye Education has allowed us to grow and develop a full school solution much sooner than anticipated. This partnership brought with it the ability to develop the school facilities for a full preschool and preparatory learning community. Our 2020 vision was achieved with the Preschool and Preparatory School campus now fully completed. This included a full re-development of the site with a school that is purpose built for our constructivist education philosophy.
Our 2022 vision is the development of the high school campus to cater for the continuation of the Broadacres Academy Learning experience.
Our preschool learning environment provides a unique opportunity to inspire your child’s natural curiosity and learning in safe and relaxed surroundings.
Our facilities include spacious, well-equipped classrooms, large and safe age-appropriate playground areas and equipment, a well-stocked library, and our interactive farmyard. Our little ones love interacting with the animals in the relaxed, natural learning environment.
The two and three-year-old classes have customised potty-training bathrooms in the classroom.
Horse riding lessons are available as an extra-cost activity for the Preschool children.
Junior Prep School Facilities
Learning spaces that extend beyond the classroom.
Our Prep School has movable learning spaces, outdoor learning spaces and communal learning areas. Each class is spacious with doors that lead outside, so that learning spaces are not just limited to the classroom.
Our sporting facilities are geared to accommodate the usual Preparatory School sport offerings, including tennis, netball, soccer and cricket. Our hall is large enough to accommodate indoor physical literacy activities such as ball skills, dancing, karate, and mini tennis. The hall is also fully kitted out for school productions and drama.
We have two learn-to-swim pools for the Preschool and the Junior Preparatory children, with one being a stroke correction pool.
There is a dedicated Music room with three soundproof studios for individual music lessons.
A space where children can live out their love of learning.
The Communal Learning Areas (CLAs) are designed with the vision of having a space where children can express their creativity and drive their own learning. These are multi-faceted spaces where children can be creative through Art and Design and Technology.
Children can use this space to extend their reading, research and work on projects using technology. Children also consolidate the skills developed in the classroom through activities and projects in the CLA. This is a great initiative which enriches the learning experience beyond the classroom.
Since the beginning of 2022, we offer a bridging class for Gr 1 – 3 children who require specialised assistance in the foundation phase, with the aim of integrating children back into mainstream classes in Grade 4. The purpose of having the bridging classes on the same campus is to give all children the opportunity for inclusivity, as well as to be integrated into the school and all the activities on offer.
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 have a Learning Support Centre on site where Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Play Therapy are provided by professional practitioners, where necessary. The therapists are all independent and run their practices from our school facility.
Senior Prep and High School Facilities
The High School campus includes two sports fields, five tennis and netball courts, and a full-size swimming pool (25m with 8 lanes). There are spaces dedicated to specialist subjects such as Music, Drama, Natural and Physical Science, Art and Design and Technology.
The Welcome Centre is where guests are welcomed on first entry to our beautiful school. Students pass by and through here each day. It houses our Reception area and sick bays. It is also the place of Khula Café, which is our very upmarket canteen/tuckshop. “Khula” means “to thrive” in isiZulu and this is the hallmark of everything we do and are at BAHS. We are a school that aims to enable each person, whether adult or student, to thrive. Khula Café sells a range of healthy foods and works on a cashless basis. It is outsourced.
Here vegetable growing, planting, harvesting and uses in cooking, form part of the educational programme. Eating healthily and serving the community by growing our own vegetables and then making soup for people in need, is part of how we become “Habit Champions” – one of our 4 key pillars of an “Education to Thrive”
There are three obstacle courses which wind their way through our school: 500m; 750m and 1km. As the students follow the printed hoof tracks through the school, they will encounter obstacles specifically designed to develop fine and gross motor coordination and improve physical fitness. The course is part of being a “Habit Champion” – one of our 4 key pillars of education to thrive. (The other pillars are being “purpose driven contributors”; “summit climbers” and “deeply connected relationship builders”.)
This is a particular learning space, where “collaboration” can take place through integrated study. Students should not learn in silos of specific subjects. The world is an integrated place where different areas, subjects, passions, and skills occur in an integrated fashion. For example, a chair designer needs to know about Mathematics (angles etc), Science (gravity and forces etc); Art (so that the chair looks beautiful), Business Economics (so that good sales can be made), Accountancy (so that the chair-producing company may make profit) and much, much more. The Colab space is filled with light. It is a relaxing place to stimulate creativity. Please note the beautiful furniture too!
Each laboratory has been equipped with water, gas, AC and DC electricity outlets, so that the best experiments may be conducted to enhance learning. Please note the blinds, especially sourced for the experiments requiring special UV lighting! This world births our future scientists, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, inventors, and healers, amongst others.
Young adults love to “hang around”. The gardens have been designed with many spaces on benches, low walls, and under trees for students to sit and relax, sharing lunch and ideas. All of these spaces are intended to assist students to form “deeply connected relationships” – one of our 4 key pillars of “Education to Thrive”. (The other pillars are being “purpose driven contributors”; “summit climbers” and “habit champions”.)
Students at BAHS are permitted t have cell phones on property. These are incredible tools for connecting, researching, and investigating. They can also be dreadful weapons if used unwisely in social media platforms, spreading fake news etc. There are many programmes at BAHS which encourage self-regulation and wise use of technology. Such programmes also encourage “habit champions”.
What a unique fixture in a school! Here a green screen and excellent sound and lighting means that students can learn the art of production. The film industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. If this doesn’t suit you, then at least you can have really impressively produced Tik-Tok!
What a beautiful light-filled and spacious room to create, design and produce incredible pieces of art and sculpture. Visual Art is an important and exceptional subject in our cohort of subjects. Please note the unique design of the cleaning basins outside the room, connected by a sliding window.
This is an important place where the family gathers to meet. Assemblies occur every Monday morning so that we can start the week with a focussed lesson, usually centred on one of the four pillars we believe are essential for thriving: “Purpose driven contributors”; “Summit Climbers”; “Habit Champions” and “Deeply connected relationship builders”. The Hall also sees special events like Drama festivals, public speaking and debates, awards ceremonies, and perhaps even the matric dance in a few years’ time!
The co-curricular programme is very important to us at BAHS. We believe that a healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand. Every student must therefore take part in a school activity after school hours. These include Swimming, Tennis, Basketball, Chess, Choir, Drama Club, Public Speaking and Debating, Netball, Rugby, Touch Rugby, and Soccer. If you are keen to start or participate in something else, please raise your voice and canvas for it – this school is made to serve its students and their needs.
Each student is assigned to a House when they are enrolled at BAHS. We have three houses: Tamboti (blue), Marula (red) and Baobab (green). Houses are designed to encourage school spirit and relationship building. This is one of our 4 key pillars of “Education to Thrive”. (The other pillars are being “purpose driven contributors”; “summit climbers” and “habit champions”.) Each student is also assigned into a Tutor Group led by a Tutor Teacher. The group is made of mixed genders and ages. Deeply connected relationships are forged in these groups which meet once a week for an hour.