The classes consist of heterogeneous groups of learners. This means that a full spread of ability, ranging from weak to strong should be found in each class. This method of grouping is followed because it challenges all learners to give of their best work and accept peers with different abilities. The grades 1 – 6 classes have normal, traditional class teaching, with one educator in the class throughout the day. Grade 7 – 12 classes follow a full teaching programme covering all the learning areas.
All existing rules at School of Merit, e.g. school fees, uniform and discipline must be adhered to.
Parents are welcome, and encouraged, to discuss any matters relating to the welfare or academic progress of their child with the teachers and Principal. In all instances appointments should initially be made through the school office, telephonically or in writing, directly to the person concerned. It is, however, a matter of courtesy that the matter be discussed with the child’s teacher first and thereafter, if additional support is required, the Principals of the phase and then the Head of School.
This is a programme for children with identified barriers to learning, but are capable of mainstream learning. This centre caters for Grade 1 to 4 pupils. Individualised programmes are followed. Classes are very small (10 maximum.)
The extramural programme is limited due to the size and geography of our school. The activities listed below are optional, at own expense. Private coaches conduct these activities. Activities that take place at the moment are:
- Karate: by enrolment, after school
- Young Engineers
- Art Club
- Soccer Starz
- At the High School, various clubs are available – based on the interests of the children.
The timetable of activities is advertised at the beginning of each year, but may change during the year for operational reasons, or if the number of children participating may cause a need for change. Details and contact details of the various community sporting centres are given in our Newsletters. As part of the school timetable, children in the primary school participate actively in Physical Education activities.