Bush Lore and later ECAL, have been the cornerstone of our school since its inception.
The idea of opening a school in Hoedspruit was largely inspired by the environment and what it can teach us.
The school focuses on enhancing learning by encouraging children to feel free, happy and understand the place they live in.
The environmental emphasis in our teaching programme begins in the classroom where teachers endeavour to use nature-based themes to teach the curriculum. This might be through attending an art or poetry lesson outside, doing a geography practical on the Blyde River or measuring animal spoor as a mathematics exercise.
The main aim is for our children to experience a journey where learning will inspire, intrigue and create a love of and passion for the bush.
The programme is presented on three different levels which are age appropriate for Pre-school, Prep School and College learners. Lessons are planned to entice children to explore, to be passionate and attain a better understanding of their surroundings and environmental issues respectively.
Bush Lore is offered at pre-school and preparatory level. Our children experience exciting, hands on exploration of the bush. Lessons include bush walks, tracking and close up lessons and observations of wildlife. On a regular basis, visitors are invited to talk about their specialist fields.
ECAL is offered in the College and is a more detailed look at environmental issues and the impact of mankind on the earth. These lessons focus on debates and talks pertaining to wildlife conservation and environmental concerns, as well as taking action to assist in any way possible.
The objective of developing an environmental conscience in our learners permeates all facets of our school life. From the naming of school houses to the recognition of learner achievements, from the leadership structures to the events and activities engaged in by the school, everything is focused on this objective.
We believe a genuine love and respect for the natural environment is important for our learners and will have a great impact on their own lives. This love and respect is born out of authentic knowledge of the bush and real life contact with the environment.