Tyger Valley College
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Preparatory

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Preparatory

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Mr Gavin Langley  – Principal’s message

Our children are most privileged to function within an environment where they are constantly exposed to a range of activities and pursuits which will ultimately prepare them for ‘their future’. In the classroom, a strong work ethic and the ability to think deeply, reason and create is an integral part of any lesson. In our brief history, we have celebrated many sporting successes.

Our swimming culture continues to grow in reputation and other sporting codes – football, hockey and equestrian – are proudly flying our school’s flag. Annually our Grade 3 to 6 children spend time away from home on camp where they are exposed to nature and introduced to independence and the value of functioning within a team. Our senior teams are rewarded for their dedication and commitment to our school sport by virtue of tours which are fast becoming an established tradition.

Performing arts, music and culture are celebrated pillars of our school. Many of our children are learning to play a musical instrument, our choirs are growing in number and esteem, and we are annually staging a school production at Tyger Valley with great success and rave review.

Outreach remains fundamental to the ethos of any school and Tyger Valley Preparatory embraces this pillar of our school at every opportunity. Whether creating awareness as to the plight of our endangered rhino, supporting local schools and disadvantaged communities or feeding and caring for abandoned pets, our children are developing a healthy social conscience from a very early age.

An encounter with a Tyger Valley Preparatory child will always be a pleasing experience. They are quite simply ‘happy children’ who enjoy the supportive and nurturing environment of our fine school and community. We always arrive at school with a contented smile and depart after a long day with a good story to share.

The African proverb that says, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, most certainly rings true in the context of the Preparatory school at Tyger Valley College. We are blessed with a team of talented teachers and passionate parents who truly ‘live the difference’ at our proud school. This ensures that the school motto, ‘Through enjoyment to excellence’ pervades every aspect of a child’s life at Tyger Valley.


The Curriculum

Tyger Valley College follows the National Curriculum Statement. As from 2013, we implemented the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement or CAPS. This document or policy was developed for implementation nationally by the Education Department with various role players, among others the IEB and ISASA contributing significantly. It outlines the necessary skills and outcomes which should be mastered by pupils in order to progress to the next grade. These skills and outcomes are called Assessment Standards and schools are given a list for each grade. Teachers are expected to teach these skills and outcomes to pupils and to assess whether or not they have achieved the necessary outcomes. The way in which this content is taught is key.
At Tyger Valley College we strive not only to educate, but also to differentiate for various learning styles, to remediate and to extend on the curriculum where we recognise that our pupils are more advanced than the basic requirement, as outlined in the Junior Preparatory Phase Policy.
In order to do this, teachers first take the list of grade appropriate assessment standards and divide them from easiest to most challenging for the grade into 3 terms. Usually there are 10 assessment standards per subject per term, thus 10 for English, 10 for Mathematics and 10 for Life Skills. Teachers meet and together they devise a term plan. Themes are chosen and these themes are taught across the curriculum which means that the theme is incorporated into English, Mathematics and Life Skills.
Once the term plan is complete it is decided how each assessment standard will be taught according to the theme. Some work is taught intensively for a week and then it is revised incidentally for the rest of the year and some work is taught and practised for longer periods.
In Mathematics, basic Maths concepts are taught and then extended upon as the year progresses to meet the necessary requirements by the end of the year. In English, the Time to Read program is built upon from the basic code of spelling that our pupils are taught in Grade 0. These pupils are able to sound basic words, know the phonetic sounds of the alphabet and are able to read phrases. In Grade 1 this is built upon after a revision period until pupils can read with confidence, intonation and expression, they are able to write sentences and creative passages and answer simple comprehension questions. By Grade 3, pupils complete exercises in a Guided Reading book, dedicated solely for comprehension and other Literacy extension exercises. In Life Skills, all aspects of the pupils’ school work are assessed and theme work is done and assessed. This is done in the form of surveys, short oral presentations and fun, guided projects. Aspects that are vital to academic and social success are also assessed like behaviour, responsibility, work speed and focus.
Assessments are done throughout the year. At least 3 assessments are done per assessment standard which means that your child will do an assessment about the same concept 3 times and an average will be taken. Some concepts are taught but not assessed. These are concepts that are not part of the basic and vital concepts of a learning area and will be covered in Grade 2 and 3.
The CAPS document is available on-line and we are confident that when a curriculum audit is done by Umalusi or IQAA, TVC will be on par with the standards they require. Umalusi and IQAA are the national quality assurance bodies for Educational Institutions nationwide.

The Senior Preparatory Phase (SP) encompasses Grades 4 to 6, and currently consists of 2 classes for each of these Grades. At full capacity Tyger Valley envisages 4 classes per grade, each accommodating a maximum of 25 learners.
The SP is managed by a Phase Head directly responsible to the headmaster, and is staffed by highly qualified and experienced educators, motivated not only by their love for children but also by their passion for education.
We believe that the empowerment and potential for success brought about by a holistic approach to education such as the one offered here at Tyger Valley College, is the inalienable right of every child. This approach focuses not only on the acquisition of subject knowledge, but also on the development of both practical and life skills, values and attitudes characteristic of a joyful, well-adjusted, productive and successful future member of the South African- and indeed the international community.
The stimulating and challenging academic curriculum, based on the National Curriculum Statement, has been developed and refined by our expert educators to prepare all our learners for the rigors and challenges of academic life after Grade 6 and even beyond their years at the College.
The curriculum includes the following learning areas: English (first language), Afrikaans (second language), Mathematics, Natural Science, Technology, Geography, History, Life Orientation and Art and Craft. In addition, each learner also attends computer and physical education lessons on a weekly basis.
Learners requiring additional academic and/or emotional support are referred to our in-house Academic Enrichment Centre (AEC), where our expert remedial educators and school psychologists assist and encourage them.
Our afternoon programme includes compulsory sports and cultural activities four days a week (Monday-Thursday), and a daily voluntary 1 hour homework and preparation session.
When all is said and done however, nothing indicates the success of the work done in the Senior Preparatory better than the smiles on the faces of our learners and the laughter, happiness and good cheer that abounds in the classrooms, on the corridors and on the playground.

The College offers an integrated school day, with the traditional academic school day being augmented by homework preparation sessions as well as sports and cultural activity sessions.
Each learner will participate in ONE activity every day from Mondays to Thursdays, and must participate in AT LEAST ONE sporting and ONE cultural activity each week. These activities will vary according to the seasons. The choice of these activities is made at the start of each term.

On Fridays, no homework- or activity sessions are offered.

Times for the different departments within the College are as follows:

The Junior Preparatory (JP) – Grades 1 to 3:

 

Academic Day Sports/Cultural Sessions Supervised Homework Sessions (Optional)
07:45 – 13:00 13:00 – 13:55 14:00 – 14:30 (Monday to Wednesday)

 The Senior Preparatory (SP) – Grades 4 to 6:

 

Academic Day Sports/Cultural Sessions Supervised Homework Sessions (Optional)
07:45 – 13:30 14:00 – 15:00 15:15 – 16:00

Pupils have the following choices regarding sports activities:

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
  • Swimming (Boys & Girls)
  • Cricket (Boys)
  • Tennis (Boys & Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys & Girls)
  • Netball (Girls)
  • Hockey (Boys & Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys & Girls)
  • Athletics (Boys & Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
  • Cricket (Boys)
  • Swimming (Boys & Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys & Girls)

Pupils have the following choices regarding Cultural/ Club or Private Activities:

Clubs Culture Private
  • Dance
  • Computer
  • Echo
  • Writer’s Club
  • Drama
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Choir
  • Chess
  • Tennis (Boys & Girls)
  • Ballet (Nominal Fee appiles)
  • Judo
  • Modern Dance
  • Latin and Free-style
  • Public Speaking
  • Drama
  • Modern Dance
  • Ballet
  • Music
  • Chess
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Academic Enrichment Centre

The Vision Statement of AEC is to be a centre that is responsible for facilitating the implementation of programmes that will serve to encourage learners to utilise their talents, enhance their skills and experience self confidence.

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Aftercare

Tyger Valley College offers an after-care facility on the premises for children from grades 000 to 6. Care is taken to ensure the children receive sufficient homework supervision and work in different age appropriate methods.

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