Facilities In Our School

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Aftercare

At BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI Preschool and Primary we are mindful of our working parents need for longer school hours, as such, we have aftercare for our Toddler and Preschool children which forms an extension to their day, filled with many activities to keep them occupied until collected.

Our Primary Children Join The ‘Homework Club’, Whereby They Have Supervised Homework Followed By Field Activities Until Collected.

Our Toddler And Preschool Classes Participate In ‘Snack Day’. This Is Where Each Child Gets To Supply Snack For The Whole Class For A Day And Literally ‘Hosts’ Snack Time.

The Host Then Gets To Choose 3 Friends In The Class To Assist Him/Her With Snack Preparation And Delegates Various Duties To The Helpers, Who Often Vary In Age From 3 To 6 Years Old. Our Children Get To Experience A Wonderful Variety Of ‘Cultural Foods’ In Which Halaal And Food Allergies Are Catered For.

We have an independently run tuckshop that caters for lunches and snacks.

We offer the following Extra Mural activities to children after school hours from 12h30. (Additional cost):

Dance mouse – (Preschool & Primary) – Monday’s – Wendy 083 387 7771
Katz’s School of Dance/ Ballet – (Preschool) Tuesday’s – Nadia 082 572 0563
Yoga – (Preschool and Primary) – Thursday’s – Suzie – 083 299 6555
Drama – (Preschool only) – Wednesday’s – Justine – 082 572 5756
Karate – (Preschool & Primary) – Thursday’s – Stuart – 083 417 6315
Golf – (Preschool & Primary) Monday and Wednesday’s – J.J – 082 559 6254
Soccer – (Preschool only) – J.J. – 082 5596254
Cricket – (Preschool only) – J.J. – 082 559 6254
Pottery Classes – (Preschool & Primary) – Tuesday’s – Dominique – 079 505 5916
Monkeynastix – (Preschool & Toddlers) – Friday’s – Lynne – 072 463 9606
Little Lab Coats – (Preschool only) – Thursday’s – Machel – 079 324 9531

Extra Curricular

At BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI, a great emphasis is placed on extra-curricular activities. We offer a wide variety of activities that contribute to the physical, emotional, mental and social development of every child. We believe that education is as much about what happens outside a classroom as what happens within. Our pupils continue to develop their growing sense of self confidence, and gain a wide variety of skills, be it through sports, music, dance and drama.

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

Softball:

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.

Soccer

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.

Cricket

Although cricket is a relatively new to our school, our team has won most of their matches this season.

Netball

We compete at a very good level, our girls receive coaching from successful netball players.

Sports Day

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.

Community Days

Market Day is an entrepreneurial experience for all our Primary Children. They are given a budget of R200-00 where they need to recycle goods to produce items that they can sell. Each child from 6-years old is required to produce a business plan whereby they identify their market, do a costing exercise, produce the goods, sell them and work out their profit. 40% of the proceeds of the market go towards funding a facility that benefits all the children in the primary group such as upgrading the playground, buying outdoor umbrella’s, sports change rooms etc.

All parents and children at BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI are invited to support our Market day entrepreneurs which always promises to be a highlight of each term.

 

Our annual sports day is the highlight of our athletics sports program. We have four sports houses at BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI, namely: Impala (yellow), Springbok (red), Kudu (blue) and Sable (green). The day attracts our families who root for both their children and their houses. It is a fun filled occasion which has both parents and children competing for their houses. The winning house receives a trophy and each participant receives a beautiful medal.

Our ‘Musical Picnic’ is a family day whereby our talented children entertain our families by performing a variety of acts from choir and solo singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and miming for our families whilst our community enjoys a relaxing afternoon picnicking with their loved ones and socialising with each other.

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. 

 

At the end of every year, we graduate each of our children who pass from one plane of development to another. This is a very special occasion which attracts multiple family members. It is an occasion that requires our very talented choir and musicians to perform songs fitting for this very important occasion. Our toddlers graduate to preschool at 3-years old, our pre-schoolers graduate to Junior Primary at the end of their 3-year cycle in the Montessori environment usually at 6 – 7 years old and our senior children graduate to high school after having spent 12 years with us. This is a very special occasion and a very proud moment for all the staff who have had the honour of teaching these very accomplished graduates. Many of these graduates go on to premier high schools with full scholarships, a testimony to BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI’s remarkable education standards, recognised by the high schools.

Our Senior Primary children (9-13 years) get to enjoy their ‘last blast’ with their graduating peers. This is an occasion where the children are allowed to have enormous fun together and socialise with each other. We provide a DJ and lots of music, the younger children get to decorate the hall as a surprise for their graduate friends. This is a well supervised occasion that is the highlight of the senior children’s social calendar. 

Specialists On Site

As part of our services offered to parents to make life a little easier, we have a full time speech therapist and occupational therapist operating from our school. Children who present with barriers to learning get to receive interventions during school hours and the teachers and parents are given instant feedback and advice on how to assist the child in the classroom and at home to maximise the benefit of the therapies for better results.

SPEECH THERAPIST

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST / PLAY THERAPIST

Clothing

At BUCCLEUCH MONTESSORI, we encourage children to make their own choices in the clothes they wear to school daily, provided they are appropriate, weather appropriate, and clean. We do have a Compulsory school shirt and cap to be worn by all children on outings and we have very specific uniforms and tracksuits for sports fixtures.

Facilities

19 International Standard Montessori Environments
Sports Field And Centre
Computer Centre
Music Centre
Art Centre
Large Spacious, Well Equipped Playgrounds
Aftercare Centre
Tuckshop
Therapy Centre
Beautiful Gardens

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