We have a high definition of quality which utilizes a child-centred, inquiry-based, and Reggio Inspired approach to learning. Children can express themselves through the languages of, ‘drawing, painting, building clay and wire sculpture, shadow play, collage, dramatic play, music, and emerging writing, to name a few’ (Edwards, et al., 2012:7), alongside foundational literacies – such as science, technology, and math – as they respond to complex challenges – collaboratively, creativity, and critically – within a context that encourages curiosity, adaptability, and cultural / social awareness, and so on (WEF).
As a school we are committed to celebrating, identifying, and nurturing the unique capabilities, creativity, curiosity, and multi intelligences of each child. We believe that given the opportunity to voice, listen, shape, reshape, form and reform questions, theories, and activities, children see the possibilities of co-creating futures together (Rinaldi C., 2001, p. 195) .
We believe that differing degrees of diversity – be they thoughts, disciplines / subjects, or backgrounds (IDEO 2018) – have a direct impact on a school’s ability to facilitate the kind of quality of education described above. Diverse experiences, skills and viewpoints – when and wherever they’re free to be expressed – stimulate the levels of complex thinking and problem-solving required to foster progress in an innovation-driven society; a rapidly evolving world where the facts and future are uncertain or unclear (World Economic Forum, 2018. Diversity Trumps Talent).
“When the way forward is unknown, ‘creative collaboration’ utilizes the power of diversity and creativity to develop innovative solutions….A creative mindset helps us imagine new possibilities, and make unexpected connections between. While diversity…increases the nature and number of ideas. It is this combination that pushes you beyond the obvious and safe ideas, to the truly innovative”IDEO, 2018.
As a school we’re committed to being intentionally inter-cultural. Studies by The Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning show that where there is a mutual exchange of norms and ideas, deeper levels of knowledge, respect, and understanding of all cultures develop. In celebrating and making room for diversity, no one is left unchanged, because everyone learns from one another (2016).
Where is the future? Where does the “new” reside? We will find the future in places where new forms of human coexistence, participation, and co-participation are tried out….It is necessary for us to learn this unity in diversity, and this diversity in unity’Cagliari P., 2012. One city, many children: Reggio Emilia, a history of the present, p. 45.
As one of the top 10 countries in the world, in terms of diversity, at the tip of the most diverse continent on the planet, South Africa has the potential to offer one of the best education systems in the world; by providing more opportunities for it’s children to learn how to live together, rather than continue segregation based on ongoing economic-based inequalities.
…the current structure of the education system dictates that if you’ve got money you get a better education. ‘South Africa has the most unequal school system in the world.’Drs Muavia Gallie and Nic Spaull, 2015.
To ensure that quality education is accessible to as socio-economically diverse cohort as possible, our fee structure takes into account a family’s household income. Assessing payments on a sliding scale means we can increase diversity within the classroom, and, with that, children’s access to the kind of quality education that nurtures the range of Foundational Literacies, Competencies and Character Qualities that every child requires to thrive as a lifelong learner in the 21st-Century (WEF).