Five secrets formulate the essence that ensures success at SACS Junior School:
History – Steeped in time, space and pride as South Africa’s oldest school of 184 years, SACS achieves a dualism that welds the traditional, ‘back to basics’ philosophy with a progressive initiative to lead at the cutting edge of modern education.
Holistic Education – Our main objective thrusts towards ‘Learning for Life’. A wide range of opportunities is offered across the Academic Curriculum and Extra Mural Programme respectively.
Maintaining the Balance – Sport, Academics, Culture and Social – an acronym forming ‘SACS’ – comprise four cornerstones upon which our Whole School Programme is founded.
The Family Ethic – SACS depends wholeheartedly on the generous, volunteering spirit of our parents and staff whose teamwork is simply amazing!
Proudly South African – SACS continues to strive towards her goal of growing diversity within South African society.
Our ‘open-door’ policy encourages you warmly to step into SACS – a unique way of life!
2013 and the growth continues…
In review of the School’s financial progress during our recent Budget Approval build-up, it is most encouraging to see the extent of the growth that has happened in 2013 and is ongoing. Our SGB have been most prudent in their forward planning to provide funding for much-needed projects. The SACS Junior PTA, too, have come to the party, with their professionally-managed coffers, to add value to the School with wholesome intentions in mind. SACS parents can feel extremely proud on two counts: They have been contributors, and therefore direct participants, in building the success that has been achieved in this period; They have appointed a highly efficient SGB and PTA as guardians to monitor and engage in the development of the School going forward with the best interests of the boys in mind. Through strategic planning amongst the Staff, the SGB and the PTA, the following have been put in place:
- A focus on maintaining the best standards in Academics going forward. By allowing for positions of Academic Phase Heads, Grade Heads and Subject Heads, we believe that we have secured sound practice in the rollout of CAPS. In addition, this has allowed for vertical and horizontal management structures to track the delivery of the School’s programme. Included are such support systems such as mentorships, teacher appraisal, standardisation of Assessment systems, establishing Thinking Schools and so forth.
- Upgrades of safety and security measures: Starting with the tarring of drop zones and walkways, traffic safety issues have been addressed. Additional security guards placed strategically allow for seamless coverage of the Junior School campus. Two top range Quantum combis with proper seat-and-safety-belt arrangements. The construction of our absolutely STUNNING ‘palisade wall’ that is a shared Junior and High School enterprise. The ‘opening ceremony’ will take place at the end of January 2014. Close attention is being paid to Phase Two of this project – the completion of the Mains Street boundary on Anneberg Field. The Aquatic Centre has enjoyed the provision of an impressive space-age shade structure thanks to the support of our Old Boys. New grating around the pool’s rim flow looks both safe and smart!
- Improved facilities: As we speak, the entire lighting system in the school is being converted from conventional to LED, resulting in electricity savings and tying in with our Green Flag status. Additionally, a thorough upgrade of the Grade Five and Six wing – the original Dean Street Primary School – comes from a sizeable dual initiative between the SGB and the PTA. Earlier this year, the PTA upgraded the Cleaning and Grounds Staff tearoom facilities. They are now injecting HUGE support in the form of R500 000 towards this renovation! We feel so relieved that the boys will be able to enjoy a fresh Academic environment in the oldest part of the School. Plus, the Hall floor was replaced with beautiful, new American Oak!
- Forward planning: Growing reserves for the establishment of a Science and Technology facility that will allow for additional teaching space while optimising use of space; the installation of all-purpose Astro surface to our Tennis courts so that they can be used all year round across a range of codes – Tennis, Mini Cricket, Hockey, Gr R Ball Skills – the list goes on and the establishment of an extra Music tuition room converted from a store room!
- Perhaps the most heart-warming is the extension of our Funded Learning Opportunity to a total of three candidates from 2014. Wow! And you’re all part of it!
As you can see, our stakeholders – our SGB, our PTA, our parents – have provided for massive development in so many spheres at the Junior School in 2013. This leaves yours truly with a lump in the throat!