Our unique proposition
Our pre-school offers children from the age of 2-6 a safe, caring and enjoyable learning environment that gives them freedom to develop and discover activities that interest them. The school operates within the framework of the very best of Montessori theory and practice, combined with traditional pre-school practices.
Children prefer work to play: doing a meaningful activity is more important than the end result. Our teachers are highly qualified, experienced, and have with a sound understanding of small children’s needs.
The school is equipped with a wide range of traditional and other stimulating and challenging educational activities to engage your child’s curiosity.
Physical development Focus
Each child is nurtured to grow and develop holistically., Outdoor play and exploration are encouraged with climbing, balancing, swinging and water/sand play.
Small children have a profound sense of personal dignity : we work hard at promoting and keeping it. Learning social grace is an essential part of what schools teach. At Summit Pre-school, self-discipline is a key focus – children are not free to disrupt others or harm apparatus.
At Summit Pre-school your child will be in the hands of professional, caring and competent staff, committed to helping nurture each child’s intellectual emotional and physical potential.
Our unique proposition
We believe children must be allowed to be children, and at Summit, they have an idyllic environment in which they gently learn essential values and attitudes. In the Preparatory School they are taught to respect all living creatures. The unique campus environment lends itself to this philosophy. However, the comforting environment does not draw us from our academic purpose: we are here to teach the children and prepare them for the reality of everyday life. Dedicated and innovative staff ensure that each child’s unique potential is developed: small classes and open spaces provide many ‘hands on’ tactile experiences for them, as they are taught to be tolerant of others’ race, religion, beliefs and values. It is a fine beginning of emotional intelligence, and its quotient. It is an appropriate time for children to learn how to show respect for all living creatures. We strive to ensure that the values and principles implanted in Preparatory School are developed further at a higher level.
From Grade R to 7, our learning philosophy is one of academic discovery and exploration. Within the National Curriculum framework, we encourage learners to extend their ability with relevant programmes and initiatives. Collaborating with other educational organisations can ensure success in achieving academic results. Learners have opportunities to absorb further knowledge and exceed their own expectations. This preparatory education is an essential process that equips the learners for a smooth advancement to High School. We encourage parents to be involved in their children’s education: in fact, relationship-building between parent, child and teacher is imperative.
If there are any queries or concerns, parents are encouraged to make an appointment either with the individual teacher or management.
The Support Centre
Our Support Centre has a full-time Remedial Therapist and a School Counsellor employed to provide academic and emotional support at all levels. We also have the support of Speech and Language Therapy, and Occupational Therapists who interact with the children during the school day, at junior level. The support centre also facilitates the progress of our bridging classes, Grade 1 – 3, where the teachers assist each child to achieve their potential and develop their strengths, while addressing their difficulties within a smaller, more personalised environment. With this in mind, the Support Centre successfully integrates the National Curriculum with remedial support and any other necessary therapies.
Our learners have access to the full range of the Preparatory School activities , and are encouraged to participate. Preparatory School students may choose from – Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country, Netball, Softball, Swimming, Soccer and Tennis. In the key sports, professional coaching is provided.
Our sports Houses are named from our elephant heritage, in different languages –
- Ndlovu (Zulu) – Blue
- Ganesha (Hindu) – Green
- Tlou (Sotho) – Red
In cultural and other activities, the programme depends on staff and their particular field of expertise, but may include the following: Art, Ballet, Chess, Community Service, Computers, Drumming, First Aid, Guitar, Karate, Piano, Pottery and Recorder. Students in the senior prep attend educational and leadership camps which form an integral part of any students curriculum.
The Summit Music Centre was established in September 2008. Although a very young facility, it has almost 100 students taking music lessons. The center offers piano, recorder, contemporary guitar and drumming tuition.
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. [Denis Waitley]
Our Unique proposition
Our country needs young people with an outlook that isn’t consumer-centric or materialistic, but altruistic. It is influential leaders of this nature who change our world and make it a better place to live.
We are committed to achieving a 100% matric pass rate and a university endorsement level above the IEB national average.. We are a secular school that acknowledges and respects the diversity of the faiths represented at the school. It is our firm belief that stable, uninterrupted schooling is the most effective way to ensure a solid academic result, a wide range of social skills, and a sense of responsibility.
As we are an independent school, by Grade 12 learners complete the examination for the Independent Examination Board’s Senior Certificate. This examination provides fair, consistent and challenging standards, sound marking in ideal conditions, and carefully monitored security policies. The IEB is recognised at all tertiary institutions in South Africa – and good quality results will provide access to universities overseas.
We offer a low profile Academic Support programme in key subjects after school for students who may need help.
All students are encouraged to participate in an extensive extramural programme of sport and cultural activities. The programme promotes physical fitness and fellowship, but it also encourages sportsmanship, loyalty, commitment, determination and leadership. High School students may choose from – Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby 7’s, Softball, Swimming, Soccer and Tennis. In the key sports, professional coaching is provided.
In cultural and other activities, the programme depends on staff and their field of expertise, but may include the following: Art, Chess, Choir, Creative Writing, Debating, Drama, Guitar, Student Newsletter.
Summit organises and conducts tours overseas, providing the students with an experience that expands their knowledge, and introduces them to different cultures and environments..
President’s Award Programme
We currently have many learners from Summit College in the President’s Award Programme. This is a self-development programme that aims to empower young people (between 14 and 25) by enhancing their capacity to achieve.
Our School Counsellor provides individual and group counselling to learners from Grade R to Grade 12. Peer Counselling – which improves communication skills, empathy, and self-awareness – is also offered. These learners are actively involved in fundraising for the underprivileged with the Community Outreach team.
An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life. [Anonymous]