Cannons Creek Independent School, Nursery Way, Pinelands, Cape Town
If one was asked to design the ideal school, the following would be high on the priority list:
- Medium-sized: 400 to 450 pupils
- Small classes (maximum of 16 pupils in the Primary School and 20 pupils per class in the High School)
- An excellent academic programme
- A balance of co-curricular activities
- A supportive and friendly environment within a structured programme
- Expert teaching
- Extra lessons/tutorials
- Development of learning skills
- Regular assessment
- Professionally coached sport
- Cultural, social and service activities
- An aftercare facility and Homework class in the Primary School
- Enriching, subject-related activities and excursions
- Staff in close communication with parents
- 21st Century innovative teaching methods
This became a reality with the founding of Cannons Creek School in 1997. Each of our carefully selected staff members (teachers and support staff) identifies with our ethos of encouragement and nurturing each child’s potential and strengths; acknowledging every individual. At Cannons, every child matters. That Cannons Creek is a success is due to a healthy combination of Christian values, the points raised above, our co-educational approach, excellent teaching and a family-like spirit. Pupils look forward to coming to school in the mornings because Cannons Creek is a place of belonging, of security, of happiness – and a place where young people are challenged to attain their full potential. Pupils who attend Cannons Creek will be afforded every opportunity to make a success of their lives through the absorption of sound values and outstanding skills. Our pupils understand that while it is not possible for everyone to be the best, it is essential to do your best. We hope that you will consider Cannons Creek as a serious option for your child’s education.
Cannons Creek pupils are:
The school offers tuition from Grade RR to Grade 12. There are two classes per grade.
Pre-Primary: Grades RR and R
In this phase the focus is on:
- learning through structured, creative play in a calm, caring and loving environment.
- concrete learning taking place in all spheres.
- the development of gross and fine motor skills.
- Introduction to Letterland and emergent literacy
- Introduction to six bricks and emergent Mathematics.
Foundation Phase: Grades 1-3
In this phase the emphasis is on:
- giving pupils a good foundation in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
- it is endeavoured to impart self-confidence and independence to the pupils, as well as a sense of responsibility. This is brought about through a balanced approach to academics, culture and sport, as well as through social interactions.
- The teachers also attempt to instil good manners and respect for others in the pupils.
- Community Awareness through regular outreach initiatives.
- isiXhosa (Grades 1 to 3 – conversational).
- Technology (ipads and computer laboratory integrated online).
- Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) (Grade 3).
Intermediate Phase: Grades 4-6
In the Intermediate Phase we build on the good foundation laid in the Foundation Phase by encouraging greater independence and responsibility. Research skills are honed and co-operative, relevant learning takes place within groups; learning is also taken out of the classroom through outings to pertinent places. Teachers strive to make learning fun. Grades have interactive TVs and access to laptop computers in the Computer Laboratory. iPads are integrated into the curriculum. 21st Century Teaching (Coding and IBL)
The subjects that are offered in this phase are:
- isiXhosa (Grade 4 and 5 – conversational)
- Life skills: Personal and Social Well-Being; Creative Arts (Art, Music, Drama); Physical Education
- Integrated Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) for Natural Science, Technology and Social Sciences
- Computer Technology integrated into classwork either in the Computer Laboratory or through iPad use in classrooms
- Google Classroom
SPORT AND EXTRA MURAL ACTIVITIES
Pre-primary School (Grades RR and R)
- Art Club (Grade R)
- Ball skills and introduction to Cricket and Hockey
- Drama Club (Grade R [Gr RR from Term 3])
- Orff (Grade R)
- Social Skills (Grade R)
- Sports Hub
- Tennis (Grade R)
- Violin (Grade R)
Foundation Phase (Grades 1 to 3)
- Art Club
- Chatterchamps (Grade 1 and 2)
- Coding (Grade 3)
- Drama Club
- Kingdom Kids (Christian Group)
- Nifty Needlework (Gr 3)
- Social Skills (Gr 1 and 2)
- Tennis (Grades 1 and 2)
- Young Strings
Intermediate Phase (Grades 4 to 6)
- Art Club
- Christian Group – Funzone
- Coding (Grade 4 to 6)
- Drama Club
- Nifty Needlework
High School (Grades 7 to 12)
G.E.T. (General education and Training) – Grades 7, 8 and 9
F.E.T. (Further Education and Training) – Grades 10, 11 and 12
- Accounting (F.E.T)
- Afrikaans First Additional Language (G.E.T and F.E.T)
- Afrikaans Second Additional Language (F.E.T for Immigrants only)
- Computer Applications Technology (CAT) (F.E.T)
- Creative Arts: Art, Drama, Music (G.E.T)
- Design (F.E.T)
- Dramatic Arts (F.E.T)
- Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) (G.E.T)
- English Home Language (G.E.T. and F.E.T)
- Geography ( G.E.T and F.E.T) • History (G.E.T and F.E.T)
- Information Technology (IT) at SACS (F.E.T)
- Junior Computer Technology (G.E.T)
- Life Orientation (G.E.T. and F.E.T)
- Life Sciences (Biology) (F.E.T)
- Mathematical Literacy (F.E.T) • Mathematics (G.E.T and F.E.T)
- Music (F.E.T)
- Natural Sciences (Science and Biology) (G.E.T)
- Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics) (F.E.T)
- Tourism (F.E.T)
- Visual Arts at Peter Clarke Art Centre (F.E.T)
SPORT AND EXTRA-MURAL
- Indoor Hockey
- Squash (pre-season training only)
- Touch Rugby
Cultural and other activities
- Bands (marimba and rock)
- Book club
- Cannons Creek Radio Station
- Drama Club
- First Aid
- Glee Club
- Go.com (Christian Society)
- History Society
- Instrumental Music Tuition at additional cost
- Matric Dance Committee
- Outdoor Club
- Photographic Society
- Theatre Club
OUTREACH Because of the belief that success without empathy is hollow, the Cannons Creek Independent School commitment to others less fortunate than ourselves is evident in our Outreach Programme, and all Cannons Creek pupils are encouraged to involve themselves in one or more of the outreach projects. At Cannons Creek Outreach is not an extramural – it’s an integral part of who we are.
Please see our website: https://www.cannonscreek.co.za for more information about our fees and admissions procedures.
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