All you need to know about our Sunningdale Campus
Our flagship campus opened for the first time in January 2016, welcoming children ranging from 04 months to 12 years of age. We filled our classrooms with eager students and enthusiastic educators and can proudly say, we had an eventful and successful first year.
In January 2017, we opened our Middle School Phase, and are currently watching in eager anticipation as our Middle School facilities are nearing their completion target and our students and staff can finally move into their new premises.
We promised change. We promised innovation. We have achieved so much. But this is only the beginning. Watch this space, because a lot more is coming…
Thank you for your interest in applying to Generation Schools. The step-by-step process for applying to Generation Schools, most of which is done online, is outlined in the Admissions section of our website. If you would like to apply, please select the Online Application Button at the bottom of this page now.
In addition, we encourage families to visit the school if possible. Visits may be arranged either before or after you submit an application. If you have any questions about our policy, the eligibility of your child(ren), application deadlines, etc., please contact our Admissions Office.
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Preparation of the Learning Environments
The Montessori and Cambridge educator is committed to preparing the environment on a daily basis. The educator’s preparation is taken from daily observations of each child’s individual needs. Detailed records of each child’s progress and readiness for new materials ensure that the environment remains favourable for every child.
The child’s need to learn by exploring is supported by the following:
- The classrooms contain carefully prepared and sequenced teaching materials and equipment.
- Everything in the classroom is child-size and intended for the child’s use.
- The children “work” because it is exciting to learn from the wide range of activities presented.
- The children learn to appreciate and care for their classrooms and the beautifully crafted Montessori materials.
- The educators guide the child’s energy, interest and enthusiasm into self-enriching channels over a three-year period.
- The educators help each child individually, by demonstrating the special materials.
- Individual capabilities and the interests of each child are respected, as each child develops at their own rate.
04 - 36 Month Phase: Ladybugs and Squirrels
- There are two 04 – 36 Month Phase classes for children aged 04 months to 3 years. The adult to child ratio for our Squirrels class is 1:4 and the child ratio for the Ladybugs is 1:7. The Squirrels Class has one class directress and one assistant directress and the Ladybug class has one directress and two assistant directresses.
- The 04 – 36 Month Phases directresses work on fostering a family environment for the children in their class. The children are encouraged to gain independence in all areas of development – washing hands, putting on shoes, serving snacks to each other, etc.
- Children are taught the social skills needed for mixing with others – sharing, kindness and respect.
- The directresses focus on vocabulary enrichment, gross and fine motor development and perceptual skills.
- The children undergo toilet training when necessary.
- The children graduate to the 3 – 6 Year Phase at the end of the year that they turn three or as soon as they have met the developmental criteria for the 3 – 6 Year Phase and/or a place is available in a class.
3 - 6 Year Phase: Dolphins, Turtles and Penguins
- There are three 3 – 6 Year Phase classes for children aged 3 to 6 years of age. The adult to child ratio is 1:15. Each class has up to 30 children with two qualified directresses.
- The children in these classes focus on the Montessori 3 to 6 Year Phase Curriculum which includes Practical Life, Language, Mathematics, Senatorial and Culture areas, as well as Art activities.
- Children graduating from the three-year curriculum will be ready to begin Grade 1 or continue into our 6 – 9 Year Phase Montessori programme.
- Children are encouraged to participate in weekly theme-based Show and Tell.
- Theme-based innings and outings are conducted once a term.
6 - 9 Year Phase: Explorers, Discoverers, Adventurers, Inventors
- There are four 6 – 9 Year Phase classes for children aged 6 to 9 years of age. The adult to child ratio in the classes is 1:15. The Phase has up to 30 children with two qualified Educators.
- The children in the classes are introduced to age-appropriate Montessori activities such as visual and auditory perception, as well as activities to develop fine and gross motor skills.
- Designing our primary program around the children’s natural cognitive abilities means that our focus is less on the facts and concepts we teach and more on what the children learn and how they learn it.
9 -12 Year Phase: Monets, Picassos & Van Goghs
- There are three 9 – 12 Year Phase classes for children aged 9 to 12 years of age. The adult to child ratio in the classes is 1:15. The Phase has up to 30 children with two qualified educators.
- Generation Primary continues with the Montessori ethos of independent children working within the 9-12 year age span. The mixed age groupings allow the children to work together, and learn from and teach each other in this next step of their development.
- At this stage, in conjunction with the Montessori 9-12 philosophy, we also introduce the Cambridge model of education. This is an integration of an understanding of how to learn from Montessori Primary into a governed framework of education, that is one of the strongest forms of educational recognition in the world.
12 - 15 Year Phase
- There is one 12 – 15 Year Phase Class for learners aged 12 to 15 years of age. The adult to child ratio in the Phase is 1:6. The Middle School has up to 30 learners with five qualified individuals.
- This pillar of Generation is now completely governed by the Cambridge Education model. This is where Generation adds Application of Academics (AoA) to the classroom. This is a process where learners are given projects and tasks that resemble the work they are learning in an environment that is real. It is an application of academics in the real world.
Montessori’s Cosmic Education follows the principle of presenting the big picture to the child first, and then breaking it up into smaller parts. We would first look at our Earth being made of land, air, and water (the ‘big picture’) and then break this down into parts according to the level at which the child is working in reference to land and water forms, continents, countries, flags from the different countries and famous landmarks.
Although English Language, Maths, and Science are of utmost importance and are dealt with on a daily basis, we pride ourselves on our foundation programme (incorporating Cambridge) which includes the following subject areas from Pre-School through to Senior Primary:
Geography and History (Social Sciences/Humanities); Botany, and Zoology (Natural Sciences); Art, Music and Drama (Arts and Culture) Science and Technology.
We also use the assessment criteria and critical outcomes as stated in the NCS for evaluation purposes to ensure our alignment with the Department of Education’s expectations.
Activities of Everyday Living (Life Orientation), Geometry, Mathematics, Languages: English (First Language), Afrikaans (Additional Language), Science and Technology, Art, Drama, Music, Knowledge and Understanding of the World subjects (Geography, History, Botany and Zoology) and Physical Education.
Activities of Everyday Living (Life Orientation), Mathematics: Algebra and Geometry, Languages: English (First Language), Afrikaans (Additional Language), Science, Technology, Knowledge and Understanding of the World subjects (Geography, History, Botany and Zoology), Economic Management, Science, Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education and Computer Studies.
Mathematics, Languages: English (First Language), Afrikaans (Second Language), Spanish (Second Language), Science, Global Perspectives, Travel & Tourism, Business Studies, Accounting, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Art & Design
Book a visit with us, to meet our friendly staff, watch our students explore and learn, and see our campus grow.
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Admissions and Enquiries
Tel. +27 87 285 5837
Generation Schools offers a three (3) week menu cycle plan (mid-morning snack and lunch) has been designed by registered dietitian’s Cecily Fuller and Jenny-Anne Smuts to meet 40% of the daily nutritional requirements needed to promote growth as well as mental and physical development for growing children.
A well-balanced approach has been taken to provide adequate energy and the essential macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) based on recognized guidelines and healthy eating principles for moderately active children.
- The menu is varied to encourage the intake of a variety of nutrients, textures and tastes making it interesting and fun. It may also vary according to the season and availability of fresh produce.
- Portion sizes have been calculated for the different age groups. Children are encouraged to eat according to their hunger. As a large part of the day is spent at school, lunch is strongly encouraged for all learners.
- Minimal added fat is used in the preparation of all meals giving preference to unsaturated fat.
- To comply with the no-sugar policy within the school grounds, baked items are limited to once a week (banana bread, muffins and oat slices) as a treat. These items are prepared using less sugar and are still nutrient dense. Limited amounts of honey are used to sweeten plain yoghurt.
- Limited salt is used in food preparation and every effort is made to avoid the use of artificial preservatives and flavourants.
- Children need 3 servings of dairy-rich foods a day (1 serving = 30g cheese = 250 ml milk = 150 ml yoghurt) to meet their calcium requirements. Additional dairy needs to be provided at home (at breakfast or as a snack) to make up the balance.
- A variety of vegetables (raw and cooked) are included in snacks and lunches. For the younger children they are often mixed in as part of the meal but with time they are encouraged to try them separately to get used to new tastes and textures.
- One fruit is provided by the school in addition to the fruit that is brought from home. The aim is to achieve 2-3 servings of fruit a day. For active children participating in sport extra fruit is recommended.
- Meat-Free Mondays has been introduced to expose children to the concept of vegetarian alternatives and its impact on the environment. Some meat-free ideas to try at home include lentil or chickpea curry, Falafel balls, soups with legumes and lentil and rice bake. Alternatively legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas) can be added to meat dishes and stews.
Educators are the most important asset of any school and Generation Schools is no exception. Our dedicated faculty and staff reflect the divergent and progressive nature of our community, representing different cultures and nationalities, with a collective breadth and depth of experience in Montessori and Cambridge education. Above all, our teachers love working with children, while respecting their individual growth and development. We seek to inspire students, to provide them with the academic and social skills that will enable them to fulfill their potential as responsible global citizens.
As a school and faculty, we are committed to ongoing professional development. This includes taking advantage of our own wealth of knowledge and experience through regular in-service training, as well as leadership and participation in workshops, conferences and other training opportunities hosted by education organizations throughout South Africa and beyond.
We are interested in excellent educators who are passionate about education and are willing and able to contribute to the school and student life in a wide variety of ways. Please see our employment page for a list of vacancies.