Glenwood House Pre-Preparatory School

Our Pre-Preparatory school, Little Glens, focuses on teaching young children to become happy, confident and competent. We believe that good self-esteem leads to spontaneous and experimental learning, which will lead to school readiness and development of cognitive (particularly reading and mathematics) and non-cognitive skills. Non-cognitive skills, such as attention, effort, initiative and behaviour are a very important part of our programme.  The children are taught to love one another and respect one another’s differences. They are taught to be kind and considerate, and to grow and develop good life skills.

We believe that a relaxed, fun environment helps the Little Glens to cope with the physical, perceptual, social, emotional and academic demands of the school arena. Our skills focus is on language and pre-reading as well as cognitive, physical, gross- and fine motor and emotional skills.

The school is committed to fostering strong communication and close co-operation with our parents. We have two notable social events each year. We have several notable social events each year. In February, the Grade 0 families are invited for our annual Gr 0 Camp out at Herold’s Bay Beach resort. This is well supported, and a wonderful opportunity for families to get to know each other better.

The Summer Splash is held in the first term and is all about having fun with water games. The playground is transformed into a water wonderland and the children have a wonderful time getting wet and enjoying the summer weather. Each class has delicious eats and drinks on sale. This event is enjoyed by the whole family.

Our International Food Fair brings a festive atmosphere to our annual school concert, usually held in October. Other special days that are big celebrations at Little Glens are: Mother’s day, Father’s day, Grandparent’s day and, of course, the graduation ceremony for our Grade Os.  We regularly invite guests to entertain and educate our children through puppet shows, visits from Community Helpers and going on several outings during the year.

Glenwood House School is active in all aspects of social responsibility. The Little Glens get involved in various projects, helping people and the environment.

We eagerly participate in the annual George Art Eisteddfod and each year our Little Glens are awarded highest honours.

We also offer aftercare facilities on our premises. Please see more information under Glenwood House School Aftercare.

UNIFORMS:

At Little Glens, we have an informal school uniform. The children are encouraged to wear “easy-to-manage” clothing and are never reprimanded for getting dirty. Children are permitted to come to school barefoot during the summer months. The school sports shirts and hats have the school logo printed on the front. It is compulsory for each child to have a hat and a sports shirt. The hats have wide brims and protect the children from the harsh sun, and are to be worn during outside activities throughout the year. The sports shirts are worn with denim/navy shorts/pants. These shirts may be worn on any day, however are compulsory on special days, outings and events.

EXTRA MURAL ACTIVITIES:

All our extra mural activities take place during school hours while the children are having their free play outside.  We offer Playball, Monkeynastics, KinderMusik and ballet as extra-murals. These are not compulsory and parents choose which activity they would like to join.  Arrangements for these take place directly with the service providers.

The Grade 0 classes enjoy rugby, cricket, tennis and netball as part of the curriculum.

ASSESSEMENTS:

The children are assessed throughout the year and because of our “learning through play” approach, the children are unaware that they are being assessed. This allows a relaxed, comfortable and optimum environment in which to assess. Each teacher has her own observation file and a portfolio file for each child. The observation sheets are worked out according to the Advtech Curriculum statement. Grade O/R reports cover all the necessary requirements as required by the School Readiness Policy.