The Foundation Phase follows an academic programme based on the Revised National Curriculum. However, our culture at Pecanwood College is to develop a creative, expansive environment where the individual child has every opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills are the three learning areas that we focus on in the Foundation Phase. Our weekly programme also includes subjects such as Computers, Music, Zulu, Physical Education and Art
The seven years spent in Prep School is where foundations for life are laid. It is a time when children need to learn about cooperation, responsibility, tolerance and resilience. Each and every child should be treated as an individual ensuring that they are able to grow and develop according to their own potential. Boys and girls need the space to be able to have the confidence to express their opinions while at the same time learn from others and respect the opinions of those around them. Emotional Intelligence is so vital in the modern world and should be nurtured.
The school and the home are part of a team that must work closely together. Without this, the child will not take maximum benefit out of their formative years. It is the responsibility of the parents to instill values and morals, while the teachers have the duty of reinforcing these basic foundations. Parents and teachers should lead by example and be role models for their children.
School life should encourage children to strive to achieve their full potential in all areas, be it academic, cultural, sporting or spiritual. Developing a healthy work ethic is very important to creating self-worth and laying the foundations for high school and beyond. The school makes no apology in striving for academic excellence and achievement.
Above all, Prep School life should be fun and enjoyable. It should not just be seen as preparation for life, but rather life itself.