A PRAISE AND CARE ZONE
Where we want to be
Our aim is to be one of the leading Primary Schools within the Province of KwaZulu Natal, upholding a Christian ethos, constantly striving to provide quality education, through outstanding teaching methods, innovation, management, governance and professionalism, achieved by a well-motivated and committed team who are proud of what we are, what we do and how we do it.
OUR SHARED VALUES
The way we do things around here
1. Our primary focus is on the learner’s education and well-being.
2. We trust and respect one another.
3. We are totally committed to quality.
4. We strive to be the best we can be.
5. We adhere to the highest standards of integrity.
6. We have pride in what we do and in belonging to the
family Sherwood Primary School
To be Brave and! Strong and True
STATEMENT OF INTENT
The members of the Governing Body recognize and acknowledge that sound and equitable relations between parents and professional teaching staff are essential for the promotion of goodwill, the educational well-being of the learners and the long-term viability of the School.
- To this end, the Members declare their common commitment to following objectives:
b. To provide well founded, quality education that focuses on the personal development of each pupil and provides opportunity for intellectual, physical, cultural
and religious development.
- To foster the partnership on which good education is based between school and home, between parent, educator and learner, through commitment and co-operation.
- To maintain and develop a work environment, both in the classroom and outside, which is compatible with good education, the satisfaction of educators’ professional needs and offering harmony and stability.
- To preserve the traditional values, standards and individual character of the School, whilst adapting constructively to the changes that occur.
- To maintain and develop educational facilities at Sherwood that are non-discriminatory catering for all learners able to benefit from the education on offer.
- To deal with one another with fairness and justice, and in a spirit of mutual understanding trust and respect.
- To endeavour to provide to each other as Members of the Governing Body’ information that is relevant and necessary for effective decision-making and for the successful functioning of the Governing Body and the School.
1. THE RELIGIOUS CURRICULUM
Not with standing the underlying Christian ethos on which the school is based no learner will be unfairly discriminated against on the grounds of religion.Religious education is a life skills learning area, which should help learners to understand and respect diverse religions and develop a moral standing in life.
1.1 Religious education will therefore include the following:
- Developing respect for all religions
- Developing knowledge of customs, rituals, and religious celebrations of different religions and cultures.
- Developing good morals and sound values.
2. SCHOOL UNIFORM
2.1 All learners will be required to wear the specified school uniform of Sherwood Primary School and respect the school rules as this is an integral part of the identity and ethos of the school.
2.2 The school is sensitive to the symbolism of diverse cultures and religions and will allow religious or cultural objects to be worn provided that:
- it is not contrary to the safety of the learner concerned or to other learners or staff.
- that it is not offensive to other religions and cultures.
- that it is discreet.
- that it is an essential item and not merely being worn as decorative jewellery.
- that parents I guardians take full responsibility for loss or damage of such objects.
2.3 In the event of an objection, the parent of the learner must write to the Governing Body of the school, requesting a waiver of the rules. A priest or minister of the religion concerned must support this request, explaining the importance and necessity of the request. The Governing Body of the School will then consider the request.
Assemblies at the school, despite the underlying Christian ethos, will promote and develop respect for diverse religions and a moral standing in life. The school’s morning assembly forms a very important part of the curriculum and therefore learners may not be excused from assembly on religious grounds.
Assemblies have the following focus and purposes:
- To create unity and pride in the school
- To impart information to learners.
- To make awards and announcements
- To teach general sound moral values such as equity, tolerance, honesty and social honour.
4.1 FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES AND LEGAL STIPULATIONS
In accordance with the South African School’s Act, No 84 of 1996 section 3
a. A learner in a public school shall have the right to instruction in the language of his or her choice where this is reasonably practicable.
b. No learner at a public school may be penalised for expressing him/herself in a language that is not the official language of the particular school.
c. Language ability tests may not be used as an admission requirement to learners at a public school
4.2 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF THE SCHOOL
4.2.1 The Governing Body of our school have, in consensus with the requirements of the law decided that the language of instruction at Sherwood Primary shall be English, however, every effort will be made, using the resources available, to accommodate learners whose home language is not English.
4.2.2 Afrikaans and isiZulu shall be given equal status as additional second languages
4.2.3 We acknowledge that no discrimination will tolerated with regards to language.