By Jen­ny Street Success­ful schools

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

For a school to be a success it must SER­VE the com­mu­ni­ty in which it is si­tu­a­ted. Ser­vi­ce is ma­de up of ‘techni­que + at­ti­tu­de’. Techni­que co­mes from G­reek: techne = an art, ar­ti­fi­ce, and me­ans, ‘The met­hod or de­tails of pro­ce­du­re es­sen­ti­al to ex­pert­ness of exe­cu­ti­on in any art or s­cien­ce’. At­ti­tu­de, on the ot­her hand, co­mes from La­tin: ap­tus = sui­ted, and me­ans, ‘Sta­te of mind; Pos­tu­re; po­si­ti­on as­su­med or stu­died to ser­ve a pur­po­se’.

Will Ro­gers on­ce said, “In or­der to succeed, you must know w­hat you are doing, li­ke w­hat you are doing and be­lie­ve in w­hat you are doing.”

School­ing be­gins in Gra­de R, which forms a cri­ti­cal start to the for­mal Foun­da­ti­on P­ha­se. It is es­sen­ti­al that a so­lid foun­da­ti­on is laid in Li­te­ra­cy (lan­gua­ge of in­structi­on of choi­ce) and Nu­me­ra­cy. Good va­lu­es need to be taug­ht and in­stil­led as good ha­bits. The In­ter­me­di­a­te P­ha­se is e­qual­ly im­por­tant in that it forms the pre-teen pe­ri­od, and is an i­de­al op­por­tu­ni­ty to im­press the con­cepts of choi­ces and re­spon­si­bi­li­ties, s­hould you want ter­ri­fic teen­a­gers. T­he­re is a po­pu­lar school of thoug­ht that Ma­tric be­gins in Gra­de 8, not ig­no­ring the im­por­tan­ce of the for­mer gra­des. Success­ful schools do w­ha­te­ver it ta­kes: w­het­her it is ar­ran­ging for ex­tra les­sons or ad­di­ti­o­nal e­ve­ning clas­ses.

Le­ar­ners need sta­bi­li­ty and a sen­se of be­lon­ging. They need to be en­coura­ged to ta­ke pri­de in them­sel­ves and in their school. The ho­me, school and com­mu­ni­ty s­hould cle­ar­ly com­mu­ni­ca­te their ex­pec­ta­ti­ons to le­ar­ners. Success­ful Schools are de­ve­lo­ped by nur­tu­ring part­ners­hips bet­ween the school, ho­me, com­mu­ni­ty, le­ar­ners and De­part­ment of E­du­ca­ti­on. The lat­ter playing a cri­ti­cal ro­le in en­su­ring the schools ha­ve their quo­ta of te­a­chers, as well as, functi­o­nal and a­de­qua­te in­fra­struc­tu­re.

Good schools ha­ve a co­re staff that li­ve and bre­at­he school. They ha­ve com­mit­ted long-ser­ving staff mem­bers that ca­re

dee­ply a­bout their school. They ha­ve a com­mit­ted Bo­ard of Go­ver­nors, as well as a de­di­ca­ted Past Pu­pils As­so­ci­a­ti­on which both add va­lue and ri­chness, fi­nan­ci­al­ly as well as skills-ba­sed.

Good schools ha­ve good dis­ci­pli­ne. Any se­ri­ous e­du­ca­tor will tell you, “W­he­re t­he­re is no good dis­ci­pli­ne, ef­fecti­ve te­a­ching can­not ta­ke pla­ce.” Dis­ci­pli­ne s­hould be­gin at ho­me and be sup­por­ted by the com­mu­ni­ty at lar­ge. Schools need the sup­port of their com­mu­ni­ty and this is how you, the com­mu­ni­ty, can as­sist schools to be success­ful:

• C­hur­ches can host an acti­ve Youth Pro­gram­me which sup­ports schools in te­a­ching va­lu­es and rig­h­te­ous­ness.

• Po­li­ce can be acti­ve­ly cur­bing an­ti-so­ci­al be­ha­vi­our, par­ti­cu­lar­ly that of our Youth. • The Neig­hbor­hoods can as­sist schools to im­pro­ve their school en­vi­ron­ment by hel­ping to ma­ke them lit­ter-free, pain­ting the buil­dings, plan­ting and wa­te­ring trees, re­pai­ring win­dows, at­ten­ding functi­ons li­ke sport ma­t­ches, school plays or fun­drai­sing e­vents. Las­t­ly, he­re are so­me TIPS FOR LE­AR­NERS:

• Be or­ga­ni­zed! I quo­te one of our Graaff­rei­net prin­ci­pals, “An or­ga­ni­zed le­ar­ner is a success­ful le­ar­ner.”

• Work hard at A­ca­de­mi­cs and al­so ta­ke part in Sport and Cul­tu­re, which en­rich your li­ves with ma­ny op­por­tu­ni­ties.

• Cul­ti­va­te the at­ti­tu­de ‘It’s cool to do well!’ • De­ve­lop spi­ri­tu­al­ly and be­co­me all that our C­re­a­tor has plan­ned for you to be.

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