Wrestling with balance

Balance is the word that comes to mind every time I have a discussion with family, friends or colleagues in terms of how we put our philosophy of education in to practice.  Balance between a developmental curriculum / child-centred approach with ensuring children reach their age-related milestones. So, I started to research the developmental milestones for 18 month to 6 year olds.  Many hours / days have been spent compiling a document which includes what a child should be able to do at e...
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Philanthropy in South Africa

Dominant narratives of philanthropy often portray Africans as mere recipients of aid, usually from well endowed, Western almoners - the West distributing charity to impecunious Africans.  Do you agree? Recently I attended the book launch for ‘Philanthropy in South Africa, Horizontality, Ubuntu and Social Justice’ by Shauna Mottiar and Mvu Ngcoya. The contributors to this volume turn this argument on its head and ask: what about the beneficent spirit of multitudes of Africans whose acts of gene...
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Philosophy of Education

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to fulfil their God-given potential, with each student being encouraged and supported to become life-long learners.  We will provide a place of learning where children develop knowledge, understanding and skills which are necessary to fulfil their aspirations and relevant for today’s society, opportunities which enable each child to make a positive contribution to society. As well as a platform to develop knowledge, understanding and skill...
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Leaders Gathering February 2017

In February we held our first leaders gathering of the year.  All the leaders who were part of the ‘program’ last year, seven new leaders, plus a group of visitors from the Hub Church Hitchin participated in the gathering.  The focus of our time together was the evaluation report that was facilitated with the leaders towards the end of 2016. Reflection and learning Apart from a devotion, most of the content for the morning came from the leaders themselves, as a result of the online survey we...
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