Gracehill college | PRESCHOOL

Previously known as Twittering Trees

Preschool

  • Our first class is for babies aged 3 – 12 months: the Hatchlings
  • Our second class is for children aged 1 – 2 years: the Little Chicks
  • Our third class is for children aged 2 – 3 years: the Sparrows
  • Our fourth class is for children aged 3 – 4 years: the Swallows (Grade RRR)
  • Our fifth class is for children aged 4 – 5 years: the Starlings / Spreeus (Grade RR – English and Afrikaans)

OUR DREAM

  • A place where children meet Jesus and move into the deeper truths they learn from the Bible, which is shared with them from Pre-Primary to High school
  • A school that is built on the abounding grace of Jesus Christ
  • A school that will foster honour and respect to all
  • Children living by the motto: Living fully, Loving widely, Learning creatively
  • A school with a family atmosphere, where children look out for one other and not only their own interests
  • Children leaving school as confident young adults;
    • socially well adjusted;
    • knowing who they are in Christ;
    • academically strong;
    • environmentally aware;
    • physically fit and healthy;
    • aware of their environment and making a difference in it; and
    • aware of the community around them – desiring to leave a legacy.

OUR PREschool MOTTO

learning * loving * laughing

When a child is young, the most important way to learn, is through play. That is why we have a big “loose parts” section in our outside play area, where children can explore and learn without the teacher interfering with the cognitive processes.

The best toys do not come from a store – nature offers a wide assortment of loose parts that are captivatingly simple and empowering.

Although teachers have always been aware of the incredible play value in natural materials, current research now validates the tremendous learning potential they offer as well. 

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”

Dr. Seuss

OUR PRESCHOOL MISSION

To create:

  • a happy, relaxed, homely, nurturing Christian environment with loving, professional teachers.
  • smaller classes which will enable our competent staff to help to meet the individual needs of each pupil.
  • an atmosphere where each child is treated as an individual, and to encourage and develop their own unique strengths.
  • a challenging learning environment, which follows the examples and teachings of Christ, so children can develop to their full potential.

Moms & Babies and Moms & Tots class

Moms come and join together for a weekly play date with their little ones. Through guided play with age appropriate toys, gross and fine motor activities, and music the babies and toddlers learn and develop while bonding with mom.

 

As a Christian pre-school, we focus on developing the child as a whole

Physical

Outside play, gross motor co-ordination, ball skills, dancing, fine motor co-ordination, sensory stimulation (vestibular & proprioceptive), and promoting healthy eating as a lifestyle.

Social

Nurturing characteristics like kindness, attentiveness, honour, patience, love, loyalty, honesty, self-control, etc. as a basis for good relationships; and becoming aware of the community around them.

Intellectual

Focussing on visual & auditory perception skills and mathematics /number concepts; encouraging a love for learning; placing emphasis on language development; learning about important music pieces and art forms; leaving space for creativity.

Emotional

Creating an orderly environment where the child can feel safe, loved, cared for and confident.

Spiritual

Giving a foundation of Christian living, love and obedience; creating a love for the Bible; and focussing on the importance of making Jesus the centre of your life; becoming spiritually alive and active.

Aftercare

  • Afternoon Care is from 12:00 to 17:00.
  • Midday Care is from 12:00 to 14:30
    Only children whose parents have enrolled them in Midday Care may attend.
    We request that children are fetched punctually at either 14:30 or 17:00.
  • Holiday Care
    During school holidays, we offer an option for Holiday Care. Holiday Care does not include Public Holidays. Holiday Care usually closes for a two / three week period over the December / January holidays.
  • Registration forms for Aftercare are available from Gracehill College office
  • If you wish to withdraw your child, please advise Gracehill College office in writing.

ACTIVITIES

Gracehill Babies and Tots work according to a carefully prepared curriculum that triggers brain activity and helps the young mind develop to its full potential.

…and every other term,
an outing to a nearby age appropriate venue.

Once a semester, we go on an excursion, where we learn, laugh and love in the immediate environment around us.

The teachers assist the children in taking part in a little play every year to help the children grow in drama, song, rhyme and confidence.

Our children are very proud of their veggie patch, which they harvest from time to time and take home to their families.

Class times are filled with time to learn through play. The children exercise their little fingers in preparation for writing and other fine motor skills.

We love to explore our outdoor spaces and give children lots of time to play with loose parts which create opportunities for social interaction, creative and imaginary play, as well as problem solving skills development.

Staff

Administrative

Tanya Nel

Tanya Nel

Principal

Janine Jonker

Janine Jonker

Administrator

Carla Pretorius

Carla Pretorius

Finance

Teachers

Teacher Rose

Teacher Rose

Hatchlings Class

Teacher Vicki

Teacher Vicki

Little Chicks Class

Assistant teacher Danel

Assistant teacher Danel

Little Chicks Class

Teacher Alison

Teacher Alison

Swallows Class

Assistant teacher Chrissy

Assistant teacher Chrissy

Swallows Class

Teacher Kim

Teacher Kim

Sparrows Class

Assistant Teacher Nelly

Assistant Teacher Nelly

Sparrows Class

Teacher Su Rae

Teacher Su Rae

Graad RR (Spreeus-Klas)

Teacher Simi

Teacher Simi

Grade-RR (Starling-Class)

Skysha Barrett

Skysha Barrett

Grade R

Fee Structure 2023

Every effort is being made to reduce the number of ‘extras’ that get added to the account, to ensure a set monthly fee that includes all costs.

Hatchlings Full Day

(3-12 months)

Workbooks & Consumables (Yearly)

R600

Monthly payment over 11 months

R2 348 p/m

Annual fee in advance
December (5% Discount)

R24 536.60

Annual fee in advance
January (3% Discount)

R25 053.10

Hatchlings Half Day

(3-12 months)

Workbooks & Consumables (Yearly)

R600

Monthly payment over 11 months

R1 948 p/m

Annual fee in advance
December (5% Discount)

R20 356.60

Annual fee in advance
January (3% Discount)

R20 785.16

Little Chicks Full Day

(1-2 Years)

Workbooks & Consumables (Yearly)

R600

Monthly payment over 11 months

R2 348 p/m

Annual fee in advance
December (5% Discount)

R24 536.60

Annual fee in advance
January (3% Discount)

R25 053.10

Little Chicks Half Day

(3-12 months)

Workbooks & Consumables (Yearly)

R600

Monthly payment over 11 months

R1 948 p/m

Annual fee in advance
December (5% Discount)

R20 356.60

Annual fee in advance
January (3% Discount)

R20 785.16

Sparrows

(Turning 3)

Workbooks & Consumables (Yearly)

R600

Monthly payment over 11 months

R1 712 p/m

Annual fee in advance
December (5% Discount)

R17 890.40

Annual fee in advance
January (3% Discount)

R18 267.00

Swallows

(Turning 4)

Workbooks & Consumables (Yearly)

R600

Monthly payment over 11 months

R1 712 p/m

Annual fee in advance
December (5% Discount)

R17 890.40

Annual fee in advance
January (3% Discount)

R18 267.00

Starlings

(Turning 5)

Workbooks & Consumables (Yearly)

R600

Monthly payment over 11 months

R2 135 p/m

Annual fee in advance
December (5% Discount)

R22 310.50

Annual fee in advance
January (3% Discount)

R22 780.45

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. We, at Gracehill College, believe that “every good gift of knowledge and insight come from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17.

We trust in our Heavenly Father to nurture and equip our children, through a thoroughly researched curriculum and feast of ideas. We strive for an education that is far deeper than mere exams and tests – an education that impacts lives and echoes into eternity

Get in Touch

Office: 044 093 0994 / 083 556 7993
Carla Pretorius (Finances): 044 873 5583

info@gracehillcollege.co.za

Address:
88 Hope Street, George Central

School Hours:
Grade 1-3: 07:30 to 13:00
Grade 4-7: 07:30 to 14:00
Grade 8-9: 07:30 to 14:30

School Terms 2022

First term:
19 January – 25 March 2022
Second term:
5 April – 24 June 2022
Third term:
19 July – 30 September 2022
Fourth term:
11 October – 14 December 2022