Dear Parents and Guardians,
The year so far has already been filled with hard work, fun, overcoming challenges, awakening curiosity and much learning. One needs to bear in mind that education is about joy, wonder and above all, fostering the children’s curiosity and awakening their imagination. It is our intention to provide our girls with experiences to achieve this.
This year will see the introduction of “Philosophy for Children “into our Grade R curriculum where I will aim to teach reasoning and argumentative skills to our girls. It has been found that children benefit from a philosophical inquiry at a young age and that teaching children reasoning skills early in life improves other cognitive and academic skills, and greatly assists learning in general. Children are capable of playing with ideas and building on each other’s arguments. Children become more rational and open-minded. They develop a capacity to articulate thoughts clearly and to evaluate them honestly, and the confidence to exercise independent judgement and self-correction. They are skills we will seek to cultivate in all our girls at our school, no matter what they grow up to be.
I would like to thank you for all your support and cooperation in making the last few weeks such an enjoyable learning experience for the girls.