Herschel Preparatory School aims to provide our girls with a balanced education programme that integrates the academic with the arts and sport. All teaching is enhanced through relevant excursions and tours.
Girls are encouraged to be independent critical thinkers through the Thinking Skills programme. We encourage the development of creativity and teach them problem-solving skills.
A further important component of the programme is the development of life skills. This includes Peace Education, which is facilitated by the teachers but managed by the pupils themselves.
Excursions, such as visits to museums and the theatre, camps and field trips form an integral part of the education programme.
At Herschel Preparatory the aim is to prepare the girls not only for primary and secondary education but also to empower them with skills, which they will take into education and womanhood, enabling them to approach life with integrity, tolerance and respect for others and their environment.
During the third term, the whole school departs from the normal curriculum and participates in various stimulating and enriching activities. These include bringing in specialists to speak, perform or teach and taking classes on unusual outings. The Grade 6 and 7 girls participate in Panorama Day which involves a wide range of craft workshops and other activities which would not normally fall into the classroom curriculum but which are fascinating and enriching.
The Pre-Preparatory has been at the forefront of providing a number of conferences for both teachers and parents during the last few years. One teacher summed it up perfectly as being “Chicken Soup for the Teachers’ Soul.”
The Pre-Preparatory is situated safely and snugly on its own mini-campus , on a quiet part of the extended school grounds. Each morning is a new adventure and laughter and fun are the order of the day. Character Education and Peace Education underpin the development of confident individuals with high self-esteem. Problem-solving, mediation and conflict resolution are part of the learning programme.
Our girls, from the age of six, are introduced to a three-year integrated learning process which is aimed at acquiring the competency skills of Reading, Writing and Numeracy, and also enabling them to develop concepts, skills, attitudes and values needed for future independent learning.
An introduction to various aspects of technology, computer literacy and entrepreneurship all ensure that a sound foundation is laid.
All this happens in a loving environment where pupils work together in groups with their teacher, developing confidence and learning to accept responsibility.
Their Educational Programme includes:
The Intermediate and Senior Phases at the Preparatory School follow the CAPS Curriculum as recommended by the WCED. Herschel, however, teaches beyond the curriculum and emphasis is placed on the development of core skills, values and attitudes. Thinking skills form an integral part of the curriculum and girls are encouraged and challenged to think critically and independently. All classrooms are equipped with interactive Smart Boards and girls are encouraged to use iPads during lessons. iPads are compulsory for all Grade 6 and 7 girls. This multi-media approach takes cognizance of different learning styles and strengths and ensures that optimal learning is taking place. Creative ways of teaching and learning are constantly explored.
Their Educational Programme consists of:
Herschel offers state-of-the-art ICT (Information and Communication Technology) facilities that enable the pupils and staff to maximise their learning experience through the incorporation of ICT into curriculum areas.
An extensive network, consisting of physical fibre and wireless parts, is installed across the campus and allows traditional and mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets and phones, to seamlessly connect to core servers and the Internet. A dedicated connection to the Internet provides reliable and fast access to online services.
Using a personal mobile device adds educational value by encouraging collaborative learning, fostering creativity, developing critical thinking and enabling pupils to control their own learning. Herschel has selected the iPad as the preferred tablet device and each grade 6 and 7 pupil is expected to have an iPad loaded with prescribed apps.
Herschel holds licenses and membership for many of the top productivity and educational packages. Herschel is a Google Apps for Education school and thus makes use of Google’s cloud service to produce and administer content.
Head Mrs B Heidmann, HDE (CTCE)
Deputy Head Mrs L Martin, TTHD (JCE)
Mrs A Baikoff, B Prim Ed (UCT), BEd (UNISA)
Mrs H J Bailey, HDE (Paarl)
Mrs G Barrett, BA (HDE) (UN)
Mrs C Billett, BSocSci PPE (UCT) and PGCE (UNISA)
Mrs S Blake, HDE (CTCE)
Mrs S Bräsler, BMus Ed (UFS) BMus Hons (UCT), LTCL
Mrs S Centurier-Harris, B Ed (CTCE) ACE Special needs (UNISA)
Ms L Cowie, HDE (ECE), Dip. Ed Management (RAU)
Mrs A Foale-Price (Art Teacher)
Mrs I Fisher, PTD (UCT), HDE
Ms L Gauche, BEd, BA Psych, BSocSci Psych (Hons) (UP)
Mrs J Goldschmidt, ICT Teacher and Co-ordinator
Ms C Harrington, BSS, (UCT) Hon, PGCE (UNISA)
Mrs B Julies, Assistant Teacher, Technology and Library
Ms L Karsten, Dip ECD (CCT), BEd (UNISA)
Ms H King, BEd (CPUT)
Mrs M Laubscher, Bsc (US) and HDE (UCT)
Mrs A Lewis, B Prim Ed (UCT)
Mrs C Moritz, BA (STB)
Mrs A Mozley, HDE (CTCE)
Mrs J R Nel, DE (UPE), Dip Sp Ed (Remedial)(UNISA)
Ms M Roebert, B Home Economics (Ed) HDE (US)
Mrs K Rutgers, HDE (CTCE), REM ED (RAU)
Ms D Smith (Learnership)
Mrs L van der Westhuizen, BMus Hons (US), MMus (Hogeschool Zuyd), PGCE (Unisa)
Ms P Vundla, DipEd (Cape Town College), HDE (CTCE)
Ms J Ward, BMus Ed (UCT), LRSM
Ms E Webster, HDE, PTDIII (GTC), ACE Special Needs (UNISA)
Mr D Williams, Learnership
Mrs C Zevenster, BED (CPUT)
Mrs J Brock, NTD (Barkly House), FDE Hons (UP)
Mrs C Blencowe, HDE Pre-Primary (Barkly House) Dip Sp Ed Rem (UNISA)
Mrs L Codd, BA (UOVS), HDE Pre-Primary (UOVS), DSBO (US)
Mrs T Davids, Assistant Teacher, Dip ECD
Mrs T Dicey-Brogan, BA (Hons) (UCT), HDE Pre-Primary (CTCE)
Ms S Gobey, Assistant Teacher, Dip ECD
Mrs V Johannes, Assistant Teacher, Certificate in ECD, Bed in Foundation Phase (UNISA)
Ms A Malefane, Learnership, ABET
Ms M Martin, Assistant Teacher, Dip ECD
Ms N Macala, Assistant Teacher, BA (UWC), PGCE (UFH)
Mrs K Norman, Diploma in Education (JCE)
Mrs L Arendse, BA (Social Work), MA (Child and Family Studies)
Mrs T Aubin, B Prim Ed (UCT), Bed Hons (UJ)
Mrs R Stakemire, Dip Ed FP (CTCE), FDE (CTCE), Special Needs (UNISA)