Although the school is starting small, it is being built so that it can quickly grow by adding children and teachers as the demand grows.
- The school is registered as a non-profit company, “Treow School NPC”.
- The school will register with the Department of Education in 2021.
- The school will register with the Municipality to ensure that all local requirements are fulfilled.
Primary School Teachers
Treow School focuses on classes 1 to 7, where the emphasis is on cultivating the children’s emotional life and imagination. Learning is presented through artistic work that includes story-telling, visual arts, drama, movement, vocal and instrumental music, as well as crafts. The core curriculum includes language arts, mythology, history, geography, geology, algebra, geometry, mineralogy, biology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, and nutrition. The school day generally begins with a one-and-a-half to two-hour, cognitively oriented academic lesson, or “main lesson” that focuses on a single theme over the course of about a month’s time. This lesson typically begins with activities that may include singing, instrumental music, and recitations of poetry, including a class verse for the start of the school day. The learning does not rely on printed textbooks, the children create their own books.
Primary school teachers’ present themselves as a role model that children will naturally want to follow, gaining authority through fostering rapport as well as “nurturing curiosity, imagination, and
creativity”. The overall goal of the primary school is to “imbue children with a sense that the world is beautiful”.
Class teachers teach the same class through classes 1 to 7, where the teacher and the children can form a solid and trusted relationship. Other teachers complement the class teacher by providing music, handwork, woodwork, Afrikaans, Zulu and farming lessons.
Some Waldorf Primary Schools allow for a level of individual variation in the pace of learning, based upon the expectation that a child will grasp a concept or achieve a skill when he or she is ready – however Treow School is not able to accommodate children with learning or behavioural difficulties at this stage.
Cooperation takes priority over competition. Mobile phones are discouraged, and not allowed in the school. Parents are expected to limit the consumption of electronic media by the children at home, to support the teachers in this.
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