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SANDTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

Sandton Primary School was founded on the values of providing learners with first-class education in a secure and beautiful setting where they can thrive as individuals, with their own unique diversities.

SANDTON JUNIOR BRYANSTON

Sandton Junior Bryanston aims is to encourage each learner to be a self-confident, inquiring, tolerant, positive, well-rounded character with an independent mind.

SANDTON HIGH BRYANSTON

Sandton Primary School was founded on the values of providing children with a first-class academic education in a secure and beautiful setting where they can thrive as individuals.

Our story

At all of the schools who form a part of the Sandton School Group, our primary aim is to encourage each learner to be a self-confident, inquiring, tolerant, positive, well-rounded person with an independent mind.

 

A balanced programme of rigorous academics, sport, and cultural activities enables learners to discover and expand their own talents in a personal and diverse community, so they can embark on their school careers confidently. Courage, trust, humility, perseverance, community and life-long learning are the underpinning values of the school, and provide the foundation for each learner’s growth towards becoming a responsible member of society.

 

The owner of the school, is Mrs Nadya Katz, who has been involved in education for the past 22 years.  She started her first school with a couple of babies and through the years she has expanded her numbers to include two nursery schools and two primary schools.  She is passionately committed to education and plays a hands-on role in all her schools, giving staff and children the benefit of her years of experience.

 

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Together with the founding team, Katz had done her research: no new government schools had been built in this densely populated area in the last 35 years, and there was a dire need for more primary schools in Sandton.  

 

Having small classes (between 18 and 25 learners per class) and enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate teachers means we are able to take different needs into account.  

We are passionate about inclusion, but feel that all too often, it is about lip service and not about the actual practice.  Being a smaller school means that we actively practice inclusivity.

 

We aim to create a unique environment which is conducive in bringing out the best in every child who comes to one of the our schools.  We also want to create a group of schools that makes our parents lives easier; somewhere were everything is available under one umbrella.

 

Diversity is a very important part of our schools.  Many of our learners come from beyond South Africa’s borders, including Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Germany, the USA and India.  Our diverse student cohort enable us all to be exposed to a wide variety of cultures, as well as making for interesting and relevant geography lessons.

 

Experienced Teachers and State of the Art Equipment

Our teachers work together as a team, upholding the ethos of the Sandton School Group to enable learners, and to ensure a safe and healthy learning and teaching environment. Our key philosophy at the Sandton School Group is that every learner is unique and deserves to be treated as such. The main reason that we have small classes is so that the teachers are able to focus on each learner’s individual needs. 

 

Our school motto is “Soaring to excellence”, and we feel that this inclusive approach to teaching enables us to live up to our motto. Learners are taught to be independent, and a love for learning is fostered . They are encouraged to challenge themselves and to strive to be the best that they can be.  

We have installed state-of-the-art Smart Boards, which means that teaching can be done in real time – for exmple, if there is an earthquake in Japan, the teacher can get the information to the pupils immediately.

 

We are mindful of the danger of an over-reliance on technology, and strive to balance our teaching strategies.  We are investigating using iPads, but have observed that in many schools they just replace textbooks.

We joined ISASA because membership enables us to benchmark ourselves against schools in the same category as us, as well as giving us access to all the current developments in education in South Africa and beyond.

 

Our staff benefit by having access to a qide variety of relevant workshops, and to ongoing training.

Membership also gives us the credibility with prospective parents, who geel more comfortable that the standards they require are being met.

 

Being an independent school is very important to us. It enables us to put systems in place that benefit our students. It also gives us a degree of flexibility in working with the curriculum, and allows us to extend our students to reach their full potential. The other advantage of being an independent school is that we can limit our student-teacher ratio at a level that optimises teaching and learning. We are very excited about the journey that we have embarked on with the Sandton School Group. We look to the future with great excitement and relish the challenges, which we are convinced we can overcome.

Our Vision

Sandton School Group is an institution focused on holistic education, which offers learners the opportunity to build on their academic portfolios in a nurturing environment. It is imperative for the learners to feel that they can reach their full potential.

At Sandton School Group, we strive to:

 

1. Provide our learners with a progressively high-quality education,

 

2. Teach with the latest science and technology, designed for optimal learning,

 

3. Create a place for learners to pursue their dreams, talents, and to grow into their full potential,

 

4. Create an opportunity to cultivate relationships among learners,

 

5. Allow a diverse teaching corps with global perspectives utilise modern teaching techniques,

 

6. Produce a diverse campus that values uniqueness, differences and culture,

 

7. Give learners the necessary morals, beliefs and values to become the leaders of tomorrow,

 

8. Create a safe environment with social and supportive activities.

 
 
 
 
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Our Values

Courage: This quality of mind and spirit enables a person to face difficulty, danger or pain, without showing fear.

 

Trust: The firm belief in reliability, truth, and the ability of someone or something.

 

Humility: The quality of having a modest or low view of one’s self-importance.

 

Perseverance: The steady persistence in a course of action, purpose or state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement.

 

Life-long Learning: A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.

 

“Each of us is needed. Each of us has a gift to bring. Each of us is a social being and our institution is a social unit. Each of us has a desire to contribute.” – Max du Preez

“From a warm personal welcome by the owner Nadya Katz in December, when we first visited the school, to a really impressive couple of months! It’s so inspirational to be part of a school so dedicated to educating our children, using the best methods geared for the children! Not to mention such a passionate Principal and fully supporting teaching staff that regularly engage with parents, supporting individual needs! Where have you ever seen a Principal greeting pupils and parents in the parking lot on arrival at school in the mornings? Breath of fresh air! The calendar is constantly abuzz with activities for all children to participate in and interact, with great fun themes and functions. Thank you to each and everyone that makes up the great team at Sandton Primary School!”
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Caroline Pritchard
A Grateful Parent