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Are our schools keeping up with the times?
It was Albert Einstein that aptly defined insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’, a definition that often characterizes our approach to education in this day and age. We would all agree that the world our children will have to face in the next 5 to 10 years is vastly different to the one that we are currently preparing them for. With the rise of the Information Age, the rapid advancement of technology, drastic changes in family structures and the very subtle influence of post-modern culture, we have students that are seeing a widening disconnect with what they experience in an average school day. Allow me to elaborate with the following statements:
Our educational objectives at Oasis Preparatory School seek to address some of these challenges by providing students with:
We believe as a school that God has called us to raise up and equip individuals to fulfill the destiny that He has laid out specifically and individually for them.
We teach each child diligence, responsibility and accountability which is a scarce commodity in this day and age. The responsibility of education rests on the shoulders of the educators but the responsibility of learning and the results that follow rest entirely on the shoulders of the individual learner. Just by putting these simple expectations into place, you would be surprised to see the level of performance each child is able to achieve. Responsibility and success are wonderful moral builders; there is nothing better than working hard at something and reaping the reward of it in the end.
Subjects offered include:
Each day’s academic work is complimented by a vast variety of activities these include, Sport, Library, Choir, Drama, Spiritual growth times, Daily Devotions, Art, Community Outreach and much more.
Education is not just the academic development of your children but rather the development of your children as a whole – Spiritually, Physically, Socially, Emotionally and Academically. Our hearts desire at Oasis Preparatory School is to have individuals that are ready for life in all those areas and are a blessing to the nations, if is our deepest desire that our school, teaching and learning reflect that.
CULTURE + ACADEMICS:
The culture of a school needs to be realistic and at the same time, inspirational. Our culture at OPS is summed up as the word ‘Effulge.’
So how does ‘EFFULGE’ fit in to our academic program:
Extraordinary – this is best defined in our ‘Inquiry based learning days’. These are days where we introduce lessons and concepts in a creative way, where we allow students’ questions to lead the lessons and where fun and practical times are most used. We find that these moments are excellent tools to encourage students to look at things from a different perspective.
Faith – at OPS, we believe in the Bible unapologetically. Every concept taught and lesson learned is from a Biblical worldview. We also believe that our students are capable of ANYTHING they set their mind to and often encourage students to conquer the ‘giants’ and ‘mountains’ that are in front of them. Using David and Goliath as inspiration, I have taught a child to conquer their fear of Maths. It is important to us that the things of God are real and relevant to our students and we aim to ensure that they have practical uses for it.
Family – in a family, we learn from each other. This is shown in our peer learning and group work. We allow our students to work together with others, encouraging stronger students to assist other students, peers teaching peers and producing good team work skills all under the watchful guidance of teachers.
Unique – we believe each child is unique and, because of this, our aim is to ensure that each child is reaching their personal academic potential. We also have Learning Identity who come in and empower our students by giving them strategies on how to deal with their work.
Love – our heart is love. It is our desire to serve your children in love. The way we approach introducing and developing concepts is out of a love for your child. We look for ways to ensure that your child feels empowered, but safe enough to make mistakes and learn from them.
Generosity – our students are generous with their academics when they give of themselves, when they do their best and when they make an effort to learn and absorb the information presented to them. Generosity is not just a once off moment, but it is a lifestyle we are encouraging.
Excellence – we expect excellence in the way our students present work, in their projects and their work ethic. It is imperative that our students take pride in the work that they produce and we constantly ask them the questions: ‘Is this YOUR best work? Is this something YOU are proud of?’
All students participate in the National Conquesta Olympiads annually. These assessments are good exposure and practice for our learners. All students, regardless of their academic capabilities, are given the opportunity to participate. The layout of the papers is set so as to encourage rather than disenchant, and they are aimed at student participation and enjoyment. The Olympiads are presented in multiple choice format.
ANNUAL NATIONAL ASSESSMENTS (ANA):
ANA was put in place by the DBE as a strategy to annually measure progress in learner. ANA is one of the initiatives that form the backbone of the DBE's Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025. ANA targets Literacy and Numeracy because these have been found universally to be the key foundational skills for successful learning in school and beyond.
These tests are used for information about Grade levels reached by individual learners, identifying which Grade a child is on, and whether this is better or lower than expected. Areas where each learner might need extra help are also identified.
We have two different types of reports: Development Reports and General Reports.
Term One and Three: Development Reports. Our Development Reports focus on each of our school’s five pillars.
Teachers comment on each child’s progress in each area and suggest possible parent-teacher strategies to ensure that each child reaches their full potential. These reports are then discussed in the parent-teacher meetings.
Term Two and Four: General Reports. These reports focus on academic development and include a general overview of the term.