Fernhill Preparatory offers a wide range of co-curricular activities on the premises. These activities are designed to maximise the benefit obtained from the curricular programmes. These activities are OPTIONAL and are therefore not included in the regular school fees. The only activity that is included in the school fees is Experi-Buddies (for Grade 2 and up only) and Soccer Starz. For more information please view the co-curricular documents under the Newsletters and Documents tab in the private section of this website.
The co-curricular activities are divided into Termly (payments are made over 3 terms) and Monthly (payments are made on a monthly basis)
TERMLY PRIVATE Co-Curricular Activities consist of:
- Friday mornings
Ballet is a wonderful activity to help children develop coordination of mind and body. It can improve and correct poor posture and helps to strengthen a physically weak child. It also gives children a sense of movement, rhythm and an appreciation of music.
- Wednesday Mornings
The Kano Institute is the most successful club in South Africa due to their commitment to make a difference in our youth. They have developed a specific programme to bring the basic aspects of self-defence to primary school children through the Olympic sport of Judo. Kano was the first Judo club to introduce judo into pre-primary and primary schools.
Modern dancing and hip hop involves rhythmical and coordinated movement activities that build physique and physical fitness in a fun and exciting way. This high-energy activity is also great for cardio-vascular fitness and body awareness. This discipline teaches and requires the values of personal discipline and hard work – traits that are required in virtually every aspect of life.
Experi-Buddies is an educational, co-curricular programme that uses scientific experiments to show young children that the world of science can be fun. This is done by means of interactive projects, exciting demonstrations and basic experiments. Children should do experiments for the same reason that they listen to stories and do sport – experiments encourage children to be inquisitive, creative and build their self-confidence. Experiments help to teach children to observe, compare and to predict outcomes while having fun. Experi-Buddies is run by an independent franchisee at Fernhill.
- Thursday mornings
The Beautiful Game. Soccer Starz provides an early training platform for children where they will learn various skills, not only in soccer, but other sport that involves playing with a ball. Trained coaches provide skills needed for youngsters to become more confident on the sports field. Children will be taught:
- Eye co-ordination
- Kicking a soccer ball
- Throwing a ball
- Balancing a ball on his/her foot
- Movement – running forward/ backwards, sideways and jumping.
These will assist in the development of body awareness and control, visual perceptions, motor skills and spatial awareness.
MONTHLY PRIVATE Co-Curricular Activities consist of:
- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings
Swimming is a great way for children to exercise. It is a wonderful opportunity to improve the child’s muscle tone. They learn and practice all the swimming strokes, giving them a head start.
- Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons
With the Kumon method of learning mathematics, your child can develop a solid foundation in a wide range of maths skills, enhance concentration, improve study habits, increase self-confidence, and best of all, experience a sense of achievement on a daily basis. Kumon’s formula for success is as simple as 1-2-3:
- Diagnostic tests
- Specialised material
- Advancement at a comfortable pace
- Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons
Our approach to learning is that mastery comes from regular practice. Your child will receive daily assignments to be completed at home and returned at the next session. The time required each day varies from 10 to 30 minutes and is adjusted as your child improves his/her English skills and advances through the study levels. During the Foundation Phase 3 areas receive attention:
- Reading and Comprehension
- Friday Afternoons
Music is a vital part of every child’s development. Research studies agree that piano lessons are an essential part of an enriched foundation phase education, producing a 40% rise in maths scores as well as better handwriting and problem solving skills. When children begin playing at an early age, music is fun and lasts a lifetime. When started late, children tend to dread lessons and view music as tedious. Invariably they quit playing at some point.