Head of Department: Mr Clayton Turner
The ability to communicate is at the core of human development and forms the basis of continual learning. Afrikaans is a compulsory subject up to the end of Grade 12 (Matric). Within the Prep it is our aim to equip the pupils with Afrikaans as an effective tool for communication. We concentrate on five main skill are:
Listening, reading, comprehending, writing, speaking.
It is also our aim to make the learning of Afrikaans as enjoyable and intellectually stimulating as possible. Pupils in Grade 3 receive 11 hours tuition per week, while pupils in Grades 4 – 7 receive 21 hours. By the time a pupil leaves Grade 7 he should have a sound basis for further extension at high school level. Pupils are evaluated on an ongoing basis within each grade. Each mark order attempts to evaluate all the basic aspects: oral, comprehension, reading, written composition, spelling and language. The other aspects of the language are assessed on a cumulative basis. Pupils are encouraged to do as much extra reading as possible, for their own enjoyment and development, and they are encouraged to make use of the school and municipal libraries. They are also introduced to the “Woel met Afrikaans” computer programme and to use it for their own extension. The use of computers is encouraged, especially in the presentation of project work. Emphasis is placed on the neat, structured presentation of work books and these are submitted on a regular basis to the director of Studies for his assessment. Dictionaries are an essential tool from grade 4 onwards and pupils are expected to acquire their own for use in the classroom and at home. Two dictionaries which are most suitable are by “Bosman, van der Merwe & Barnes” and by “J.L. van Schaik”. Please note that pupils should acquire the full size dictionary and not the pocket dictionary. Afrikaans forms part of the bi-annual Eisteddfod which is held internally. All pupils participate and contribute points towards their respective houses. This is mainly through the presentation of poetry, reading, short plays and musical items. On a broad basis, we strive to develop an effective vocabulary within the pupils, in the hope that they will aim to use it confidently in oral and written work. We encourage the use of spoken Afrikaans in classes and also teach in the language as much as is practically possible. We also appreciate parental involvement where appropriate. Positive ideas/suggestions and constructive criticism is welcomed.