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Frequently Asked Questions

What is our approach to sport?

We believe children should learn to master their bodies and sport can be one of the ways in which this is done. During the school week, we make time for physical conditioning, which serves to build a foundation of fitness for life. Sport and healthy competition can be a wonderful gift to children. Should you wish for your child to receive sports coaching, we highly recommend Sportshub which is offered as an extramural (at an additional fee). The children receive excellent coaching related to the six most popular sports in South Africa and enjoy team games and match simulations as they grow. Their model is based on the best of sports science and is the foundation any child needs to enjoy sport in their life. You can read more about it here: Sports Hub Coaching

What about children with special needs?

Children who attend Three Peaks must be able to access our curriculum. Where this is possible, we can offer a rich learning experience. We use a set teaching methodology in the classroom, and do not offer individualised programmes. Should your child experience any barriers to learning, whether neurological, physical, hearing, visual, emotional, behavioural, or any other medically assessed special need, you are required to inform the school before your child is enrolled. During the application process, children are required to spend up to three days visiting the class that they are applying to be a part of. This provides an opportunity for the school and the family to assess whether Three Peaks is a good fit for the child.

What are the habits that we foster?

We train children in the habits of:

Paying attention – whether it be observing an artwork, working out a mathematical equation, or following a given instruction

Remembering – recalling information and retaining knowledge from previous lessons to assimilate that into the lesson at hand

Managing themselves – displaying strengthening of the will by bringing themselves to do what they ought to do, exercising control over their bodies

Imagination – delighting in tales of imagination rather than the ludicrous; expressing themselves freely through diverse and various mediums, and exhibiting curiosity in learning

Neatness and order – practicing executive function skills; working properly and neatly

Excellence – giving their best effort, being thorough and accurate, and completing tasks

Punctuality – observing appointed times & working within them

Responsibility – accounting for their behaviour in relationships, work and activities, and attending to personal belongings

Truthfulness – displaying care in stating the truth, avoiding exaggeration

Careful Thought – tracing cause and effect, making comparisons, working independently and confidently and participating in a dialogue of thought

Good Temper – demonstrating kindness, patience, humour, cheerfulness and humility

What is our approach to technology?

We are preparing our children for an uncertain future – although we are certain that our future is in a digital age. Why then don’t we use technology? If you want to code in the future, the underlying skill is problem solving. If you want to innovate, the underlying skill is creative thinking. We see technology as an enabler, and something that is invading every aspect of our reality. We want to focus on the underlying skills that will enable our children to participate meaningfully in a digital future. We also want to develop their ability to pay attention – and the presence of screens and phones in a room undermines the capacity for undivided attention. So you won’t find computers in our classes because we’re developing the underlying skills needed for the future which, enabled with technology, can change the world.

Why do we intentionally cultivate a non-competitive environment?

“We’ve forgotten that school is a place that you go to learn. It’s a place of preparation, not performance. Once you’ve learnt skills and gained confidence based on real competence, you are better prepared for the stress of performance and competition.” – Gary Kirsten, former SA cricket team coach and batsman

Gary Kirsten was quoted saying this while addressing parents regarding school sport. We acknowledge the ruthless and competitive world that we are preparing our children for. However, we do not believe that the exposure to competition at a young age is the best way to prepare them for this. When there is competition in the classroom, children’s attention is taken off the subject at hand and is then drawn to competing with their classmates for rank, grades and prizes. Competition and artificial rewards shut down real learning. Rather, their childhood should be a time when they are provided an opportunity to learn a broad range of subjects to develop their interests and skills. As Gary Kirsten mentioned, this will then ensure that they are better prepared for the world. In addition, as they learn alongside their peers with consideration and respect, they learn to collaborate and share knowledge which is even more important for their future.

What do we mean by a Christian School?

Three Peaks is not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination or theological tradition. We are committed to bearing witness to the person, work and principles of Jesus Christ as expressed in the New Testament, and the expression of its central truths in historically orthodox creeds such as the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. Within these bounds, we recognise that a broad range of secondary theological differences and identifying characteristics do exist between different church groups and Christians.

Three Peaks warmly welcomes children from all backgrounds. We do not require that the families of the children in our school fully share our Christian convictions, only that they agree to be respectful of our commitment to them, understanding that this is a core aspect of our school identity.

Although we start each day with a Bible lesson, that is not where the Christian aspect of this education ends. We believe that all truth is God’s truth, and encourage children to discover and embrace it in all the beautiful dimensions of knowledge before us (art, history, maths, nature study etc.). We also believe that the way that we learn teaches children as much as the content – our methodology is also informed by our Christian educational philosophy.

Instead of only focussing on content and skills acquisition, we also focus on character formation of the child. We acknowledge that struggle is a part of the growth journey and we wrestle with the reality of our human frailty and the weakness of will, mind and heart that each one of us experiences.

What is our approach to assessment?

The teacher carefully observes the children and evaluates their progress on a daily basis. Children are also formally assessed each semester but no additional preparation is required for this – rather, this is a genuine assessment of what the child is learning at school and provides further data, in addition to the teacher’s running records, to demonstrate the growth in the child’s mastery of content and skills.

How does our curriculum relate to CAPS?

Our aim is to ensure that the children reach, and in most cases, surpass the national curriculum (NCS and CAPS) requirements for numeracy, literacy and languages. We provide a much broader range of inspirational (content) subjects than is required by CAPS. Therefore, if you child attends Three Peaks School, they will have a solid foundation upon which to transfer into any school thereafter – not only because of the curriculum they are exposed to, but because of the work habits they develop in the process.