Art forms an integral part of our school curriculum. Our art department is truly inspiring, the children get to experience a wide variety of mediums and have the opportunity to create amazing artworks. A few of our children entered the Art Eisteddfod this year (2017) and all 59 entrants received an ‘A’ which put us well ahead of over 30 schools.
An integral part of the BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI Preschool and Primary philosophy is ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’. At BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI our sport has grown exponentially and competitively throughout the years. Our school coaches Cameron and Jitesh are both extremely dedicated to building our children up to succeed in the sport of their choice. We can confidently boast about our many sporting achievements
Our open girls Softball team came second out of 12 top private schools in the interschool’s softball league this year and went on to win the Arnold Classic National Tournament. One of our team members, Motshegi Tlakula was selected to play for the U/15 Regional Softball team.
Recently our under 10 soccer team set a national record of winning every game of the season against premier schools.
Our Open team has won the interschool Jabulani soccer league twice (in 2014 and 2016). Both times a BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI player was selected as ‘player of the match’.
Athletics and Cross country
Over the years, our pupils have broken records in the track and field activities. We do well in inter-school tournaments. We are regularly placed in cross-country fixtures.
We have an annual school sports day where each of the houses (and Parents) compete for the coveted Athletics trophy, this is for all our children from 14-months to 13-years.
Although cricket is a relatively new to our school, our team has won most of their matches this season.
We compete at a very good level, our girls receive coaching from successful netball players.
We have an annual school sports day where each of the houses (and Parents) compete for the coveted Athletics trophy, this is for all our children from 14-months to 13-years. This is a wonderful BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI community activity.
We offer the following sports/extra murals to the primary group at BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI. These are all included in school fees. A sports timetable is given out at the beginning of each term.
Softball (Summer Season – Gauteng Interschool League) 14h00 – 15h00
Athletics (Summer Season – Gauteng Interschool League) 14h00 – 15h00
Cross-country (Summer Season – Gauteng Interschool League) 06h30 – 07h30 TBA
Cricket (Summer Season – Gauteng Interschool League) 14h00 – 15h00
Netball (Winter Season – Gauteng Interschool League) 14h00 – 15h00
Soccer (Winter/Summer Season – Gauteng Interschool League) 14h00 – 15h00
Choir – Friday afternoons, Juniors 12h00 – 13h00; Seniors 13h00 – 14h00
Zulu Senior Primary Zulu – Monday 14h00 – 15h00 – (A Zulu text book is required)
Junior Primary Zulu – Tuesday 14h00 – 15h00 – (A Zulu text book is required)
BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI emphasises the importance of the creative arts as an integral part of every child’s complete development.
Each year we stage a spectacular professional musical production at the Barnyard theatre. Every single pupil at BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI takes part in this spectacular stage-filling dancing, singing, instrumental and choir fest, while providing an outlet for developing talents. Our annual BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI Revue showcases the depth of musical and dance talent in our school. Every pupil gets to learn multiple dance routines and the lyrics are sung by our choir. Performances to date have been ‘Music through the ages’, ‘The Heartbeat of Africa’ and ‘Nations of the World’. Our children perform in front of an audience of 600 which always ends in an encore! This gives our pupils enormous confidence on stage.
Music plays an integral role at BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI. Every child from age 6 entering our Primary school learns how to read and write music and play a musical instrument. Our recorder groups consistently achieve ‘diploma’ certificates (the highest accolade) at eisteddfods and many of our students go on to play more complex instruments such as violin, piano, flute and guitar. Our musical talent has earned our pupils full scholarships to premier high schools.
We have two very talented choirs, namely a Junior and a Senior choir. Our children learn to sing from a very early age under the careful guidance of our very accomplished choir teacher. We regularly put on spectacular performances for our parents. We receive high accolades at eisteddfods for our very talented singers. Many of our choir members have been cherry picked for the Alimentum choir which plans to tour nationally.
Our children use computers as an extension to our cultural curriculum for both research and presentation purposes. They are expected to present each research project in class using power point. We follow the comprehensive ‘Computers for Kids’ curriculum which provides our children with an internationally recognised certificate and an ICDL rating (International Computer Driver’s License)
Chess at BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI is played during the children’s free time. We have three chess clubs, interestingly started by the children themselves from as young as 7-years old. Chess at our school is encouraged as it is proven to give children mental clarity and mental dexterity for solving problems. Children playing chess from an early age exhibit extraordinary memory skills. Chess is also known to improve concentration and academic performance of the child.
All our children go on camp annually, from 6-years old to 13-years old.
The Junior Primary goes to Camp Nelu where they get to enjoy the outdoors and interact with nature in a very safe, fun filled environment. Our young children particularly enjoy the freedom and independence our annual camps offer.
The Senior Primary group go to different camps annually which provide stimulating, challenging activities. The camp brings out the leadership qualities in each child as well as providing them with an opportunity to enjoy being with their friends and nature. Camps of choice are, Hadeda Camp in Parys where our children get to river raft, and navigate challenging obstacles in a beautiful setting. Camp Zenith, which provides opportunities for our children to enjoy the outdoors and work collaboratively on challenging activities.