The Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School is situated in the Lanseria area, northwest of Johannesburg and provide quality education to the learners of this marginalised community. The School is dependant on private funding and caters for 125 learners from the ages of 3 to 6.
The Pre-Primary has been in operation since 1990 and as there are very few other pre-schools in the area, it is vital that the children from the surrounding impoverished communities receive stimulation and education in preparation for their entry into formal schooling.
The Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School offers a unique educational opportunity, which goes beyond the four walls of the classroom, providing the children with a stimulating and diversified programme that incorporates sports (namely dance and tennis), cultural activities and a small computer centre.
The school offers a feeding scheme, which provides the children with two meals a day. The school has five classrooms of 25 children each with a qualified teacher per class and one assistant teacher who divides her time between the classes.
The school started out in a small building on Blair Atholl Estate in 1990. In 2005 it was moved to a newly build school on Lindley property, across the main road from Blair Atholl Estate, with four spacious classrooms, which was a first for the Grade R learners, who previously occupied a passageway for their classroom.
Learners are mostly from surrounding informal settlements, with a few living on surrounding farms and smallholdings. Often single parents.
Over the years, the school has been able to identify learners with special needs and refer them to schools that suit them better and so avoid getting them lost in the normal classroom environment, hearing impaired, intellectually challenged and counselling with qualified psychologist.
We have 125 learners from the ages of 3 to 6. The school has five classrooms of 25 children each with a qualified teacher per class and one assistant teacher who divide her time between the classes.
The school offers a feeding scheme, which provides the children with two meals a day. An educational programme is followed every day, to prepares the learners for entry into Grade 1 and formal learning – this is very important, as learners receive little to no stimulation at home.
Our 5 and 6 year olds take part in computer lessons and ball skills on the school premises each week. Parents pay a fee for schooling, this is very important, as it puts a value to their education.
Our learners become top achievers in Primary School. The school also offers practical training and support to those interested in becoming pre-primary teachers.
We are a privately funded school, and rely very heavily on donations to run the various educational projects on offer.
These projects are vital in providing a broader educational spectrum to our marginalised learners, many who come from home environments. We thank you for your interest in our school, and hope that you would consider a donation.
Please email Belinda Warmback, Director and Principal of the School, for further enquiries.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:
- Pam and Neil Senior
- Mr. Ian Visser
- Mrs. S. Holtzhausen
- Mr. Graham Bryson
- Mr. Berno du Plessis