Pastoral care is at the heart of development of every child. We endeavour to provide a safe environment in which all children learn vital life skills that are applicable in school and beyond. Homeroom tutors monitor the development of children and are at hand to discuss children’s progress with parents. All members of the school community encourage children to talk about their concerns. Every morning, there is a homeroom session of at least 15 minutes set aside to discuss pastoral and current issues within the classrooms. In addition, weekly staff meetings provide a forum for teachers to share information on pastoral care and any other emerging issues. Our multicultural setting provides children with a wide perspective of life based on respect, fairness and love.
WELCOME TO PREP SCHOOL
Nestling between the secondary school and the kindergarten, the prep school block never fails to elicit praise from first time visitors for its modern architectural design and bright, colourful walls. Here the children learn in a friendly environment that nurtures their talents and potential. Our aim is to give them the opportunities they need to progress in confidence and become engaging and ingenious young people. The children love coming to school and are very proud of their achievements. At the heart of our success, is a team of dedicated, friendly and highly competent staff, all contributing to our distinctive child-friendly atmosphere. Only by paying us a visit will you fully appreciate our vibrant school life and what we have to offer.
The primary section caters for boys and girls, aged between 5½-l0½ years of age. At present, there are approximately 480 children on roll. We have eighteen classrooms, an ICT Suite, a library, a music room, an art room, a lunch hall, a learning support room and 2 conference rooms.
The first two years in primary school [Key Stage 1] set the foundation for primary education based on the British National Curriculum. Years 3 to 6 make up Key Stage 2. At the end of Year 6, the students do the Cambridge International Checkpoint Exam which serves as a benchmark for entry into secondary school.
Teachers are responsible for the children’s welfare and delivery of the curriculum. Work is planned by teachers who draw on their expertise, knowledge and experience to ensure work is relevant and suited to the needs of the children. The emphasis is on developing skills and teaching them how to improve their own learning while at the same time living harmoniously with others.
We believe extra-curricular activities play a very important role in the all round development of young people. We therefore offer a variety of activities for our students to join and enjoy during the school day and after school.
There is an expectation of high standards of personal behaviour and respect for others which we expect parents to encourage and support. Our expectations are clearly outlined in our Discipline and Homework policies.
The British National Curriculum forms the basis of the education in the Primary School where Years 1 and 2 make up Key Stage 1; and Years 3 to 6 make up Key Stage 2. At the end of Year 6, the students sit for the Cambridge International Checkpoint Exam which is a recognised bench-mark for entry into secondary school.
For each subject in the curriculum, there is a programme of study, outlining the subject, knowledge and skills that the pupils have to develop at each stage. There are frequent checks and balances on the progress of pupils, which are regularly communicated to their parents.
Throughout the curriculum, we equip our children with the academic, personal and social learning skills needed for the fast-changing world that they’ll be living and working in. We do this within the happy, structured and nurturing environment of the primary school.
Key Stage 1
Moving from kindergarten to primary school at the tender age of 5½ years can be daunting. However the warmth of their reception into primary school soon allays their fears; and we are often told how the children hate missing even a day of school.
Key Stage 2
The transition into Year 3 is made at the age of 7½ years when children are independent and ready for the challenges of a more demanding curriculum including learning new languages like French and Spanish.
At the end of Year 6, at the age of 11½ years, our students are equipped with the basic skills ready to face the rigours of High School.
For each subject in the curriculum, there is a programme of study, outlining the subject, knowledge and skills that the pupils have to develop at each stage. There are regular assessments to monitor the progress of pupils, the schedules of which are communicated to their parents.
DRAMA AND MUSIC
At Premier Prep school, we have a strong tradition of drama and music which develops children’s performance skills. In the school choir, children have great fun learning to work with each other and singing together.
Class assemblies held every Friday provide opportunities for students to showcase their talents in the form of skits in an exciting atmosphere.
In addition, a musical and a nativity play are staged every year by children of Year 6 and Year 2 respectively. Recent productions of the musical include Rats, Hansel & Gretel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat and Aladdin.
P.E AND SPORTS
We have a vibrant P. E department which creates an enjoyable sporting environment in which children enhance their performance in many sports activities. Even though we encourage all children to take part in activities, we do not stifle the talented: we expose them to opportunities, within and outside school, to play at their highest level. Children compete house-wise and give their best during annual competitions such as sports day, triathlon, cross country and the swimming gala. Usually, parents turn up in solidarity with students of Blue, Green, Red and Yellow houses during such days in our calendar.
The PE curriculum ensures that children take part in a variety of sports including swimming, cricket, rounders, soccer, netball, rugby, hockey and basketball.
Children take part in out of school tournaments where they have continued to post impressive results.
Trips not only provide a break from the routine of learning but they also provide fond memories of formative years once children exit school. Our children get a chance to bond with each other in an out of class setting, replete with exciting learning opportunities.
Children take part in other activities such as inter-house quizzes, scouting, fancy dress competitions and fun learning activities that are done every Friday afternoon. All these are geared towards proving an extramural fun learning environment that enhances holistic development of the child.