December 16, 2018

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Our vision

Established in 1932 as the Johannesburg SDA Church School, we moved to Orange Grove in 1953 and became known as Paterson Park School. The school provides a warm, caring environment where all children can learn to relate positively to each other, staff and other adults. It recognises the uniqueness of each individual and priority is given to helping every learner develop socially, spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically to the fullest extent possible.

Paterson Park is a Christian school. The teachers are dedicated to encouraging learners to develop a love for God, a love and acceptance of other people, and a healthy self esteem.

Paterson Park School will give learners opportunities to:

  • Develop academic excellence
  • Mature in physical skills
  • Make positive social adjustments
  • Build lasting peer relationships
  • Cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Grow in Christian values
  • Create a sense of pride in themselves and their school
  • Feel secure and nurtured within their learning environment
  • Learn in a balanced environment where their natural abilities will be challenged
Values
Paterson Park School’s staff integrates the teaching of Christian values into all subject areas, and encourage each learner to adopt high moral standards. While Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are presented a tolerance and understanding of all religions is encouraged.

It is expected that all learners will gain an appreciation of Christian worship and spiritual fellowship with a strong emphasis being placed on co-operative behaviour and self discipline by learners themselves.

Code of Conduct
The school’s code of conduct is based on four basic principles:

  • Everyone has the right to work and learn without being disrupted by others.
  • Everyone has the right to be treated courteously and respectfully.
  • Everyone has the right to work in a clean and safe environment.
  • Everyone has the right to feel proud of the school.

A well-structured behaviour management system operates with full staff support. (Ask the principal for details.)

Academic Excellence
Our school is proud of its high academic standard and pleasant learning environment. We expect that children who are accepted into our school will maintain the high standards which set our school apart from many others.
Personal Deportment
Paterson Park School has established a strict uniform code and expects children to wear the correct uniform at all times. Learners are required to maintain high standards of neatness and tidiness in dress and grooming. Hair needs to be in a short, neat, conservative style for boys and the girls must tie their hair up if it reaches past collar length. No long bangs or braids are allowed to hang over the eyes. Only navy blue or white hair accessories are allowed. Our school has adopted a sun safe policy regarding the wearing of school caps which are worn throughout the year.
Our Mission
The mission of Paterson Park School is to inspire and empower every learner with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to live successfully as children of God in the 21st century.

By competent sympathetic teaching, within the framework of the SDA philosophy, we strive to restore the image of God in the children entrusted to our care.

Our Philosophy
Paterson Park School offers a program based on the Christian philosophy of God being the Creator and Saviour of the earth. The fundamental premise upon which our educational philosophy is based is the belief that this gospel touches every aspect of life. The educational programme in this school is designed so that the power of the gospel may become a reality in all aspects of the lives of our learners.
Our Objectives
Paterson Park School exists to provide a warm, caring, Christian environment where all children can learn to relate positively to each other, staff and other adults. The school recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and priority is given to helping each child develop socially, spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically to provide a balance for life skills and life’s choices, preparing the mind for truth, the hands for service and the heart for heaven. As a result of our belief in the holistic approach to education we emphasize the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle.

As Paterson Park School is a Christian school each staff member is dedicated to encouraging learners to develop a love for God and a saving relationship with Jesus Christ which will be expressed in unselfish service, self discipline and a better understanding of biblical principles by which to make decisions.

Opportunities will be provided for children to develop:-

  • Academic excellence
  • Advanced physical skills
  • Positive social adjustments
  • Sound peer relationships
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Growing Christian values
  • A sense of pride in themselves, their school and environment
  • And to feel safe and well cared for
Assessment
Learner assessment is on a continuous basis taking into account class work, assignments, tests, participation and attitude.
Social Development and Relationships
At Paterson Park School, learners are taught the value of self-worth within a Christian context. The qualities of self-control, self-discipline, tolerance toward others and the acceptance of responsibility for one’s own actions is promoted. Habits of courtesy, decorum and graciousness are also strongly emphasized as being part of everyday life.
Physical Achievement
A high standard of achievement in physical areas is consistent with the school’s philosophy of excellence in all areas, and contributes to a holistic lifestyle. All learners are expected to participate in the sports programme, which allows learners to develop skills in a variety of individual and team sports.
Parental Involvement
The school encourages the participation of parents in its education programme. Parents are expected to attend the annual general meeting in the second week of school as well as parent evenings in the months of April, August and November for interviews with the teachers and to collect their child’s report. We also expect parents to support all Church promotions by bringing their children to participate.
Parents and Teachers Association (PTA)
The Parents and Teachers Association is organised and run by parents and fosters close relationships between the school and the home. Functions are conducted to provide opportunities for all parents to participate in the life of the school and to help raise funds.
Gifted and Talented Learners
Children with specific gifts and talents are supported to develop these abilities at their own rate of achievement.
Learning difficulties
Children with learning difficulties will be referred to the Wits Emthonjeni Centre for assessment and assistance as an optional extra. We offer extra maths classes in the afternoons as an optional extra.
Homework
Week night homework is structured from 30 minutes to 1½ hours Monday to Thursday nights depending on age and grade.
What will my child learn?
Paterson Park School has maintained a balance between educational innovation and effective traditional methods of teaching. We follow the GDE curriculum and the SDA Reading and Bible Curriculum.

 

Our subjects include:-

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Technology
  • Computing
  • Human and Social Science
  • Life Skills or Life Orientation
  • Economic Management
  • Arts and Culture
  • Physical Education
  • Additional Languages – Afrikaans and Zulu

Further learning areas include:

  • Bible

Bible is a subject which promotes Christian values and the development of faith in the lives of the children. The daily Bible stories are drawn directly from the Bible and follows the General Conference Bible Education Curriculum.

  • Music

Class music and singing includes training on the Orff instruments and recorder lessons. We also have a senior and junior choir.

  • Computer Studies

The Media Centre is equipped with PC’s. A weekly class is conducted for all grades from Reception to Grade 7. Many children get permission to do extra work on the computers to enhance their presentations.

  • Library

The library is well equipped with more than 4,000 books, charts, audio and video cassettes, educational periodicals and teaching kits. This ensures that both children and teachers are kept up to date.

  • After care.

There is an after care facility offered by the school (until 17h30, Monday to Fridays.) We also cater for ‘casual’ after care attendance on a cash basis of R30 per day. Parents that arrive late to fetch their child will be charged an extra R10 per each 5 minute period.

  • Sporting Activities

The school offers the following sporting activities:

Athletics, swimming, tennis/netball/soccer.

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