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Beyond the curriculum

There is an established multi-disciplinary Support Department at Herschel, looking after the academic, social and emotional needs of the girls at the Preparatory School.

Learning Support Programme

Programmes include the development of phonics, reading, writing, spelling and mathematics skills as well as effective learning practice and study skills. Special small group class-based lessons also take place. Specific assessments take place to investigate the learning styles of specific girls and girls who need specialised learning support are assisted in their learning by one of two Learning Support Specialists.

Private Therapist Team

In addition, the Learning Support Team includes a group of private therapists who practise at the School on a part-time basis. These professionals include a speech and language therapist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and individual facilitators, who are offered to individual pupils during the school day for a prescribed fee, payable by the parents. Enrichment takes place daily with effective use of differentiated teaching in the classrooms.

Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies in the Intermediate Phase is an opportunity for enrichment and extension as the girls tackle project-based learning. Thinking Maps and Habits of Mind are used as part of the ethos of teaching and learning at Herschel. Where necessary, individual extension programmes are designed and implemented.

School Counsellor

Our School Counsellor looks after the social and emotional needs of the girls and families and is an integral part of the Support Department. They act as a change agent and advocate for children, staff and families by linking them to the necessary resources to advance their overall well-being.

Their role is to support children and adolescents by offering a safe space for them to talk about any concerns related to academic challenges, social anxieties, mental health, coping mechanisms, personal growth, grief, friendship issues, life changes or home circumstances.

Pupils may be self referred or encouraged by concerned guardians, parents, staff members or in-school specialists or medical health professionals. The level and type of intervention is based on the nature of the situation and needs of the pupil, family or staff member.

School Song

We are assembled here in love,
We are united, we care for one another.
The greatest lesson of all is the one
That teaches us to live together, together.

Refrain:
Everyone’s a spark and in the night
Together we make a light, a fire burning bright
Ad Dei Gloriam; Inkosi mayibongwe:
To the glory of our God: this is what we believe.

In times of trouble we support
Our fellows; we are taught to be there for our friends.
And all around us, there will be
That special unity, that binds us all together.

If we come back after many years,
We will think fondly of the things that we remember,
And the friends that we made then,
These will be friends forever, forever.

By Thandi Siebert, Head Girl 1993

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