Mount Sera Primary is an Independent, Christian, English-medium and co-educational day school and boarding school, catering from Pre-Primary to Grade 7. Mount Sera has been registered with the North West Department of Education since 2006 (EMIS 600105073) and is currently in the process of applying for UMALUSI accreditation.
Mount Sera strives to provide a high quality academic education and aims to produce honest and well-disciplined learners who are prepared for their role in society. To this end it is the intention of Mount Sera Primary to maintain small classes in order to support learners’ individual needs in a positive and caring atmosphere. Passionate about creating a learning culture and developing a high level of literacy and numeracy amongst our learners, the teachers of Mount Sera Primary offer complementary after-school lessons in order to remediate, enrich and further support our learners’ academic foundation.
We believe that children are individuals. To this end we will provide quality education with a view to instilling a sense of personal responsibility and social consciousness that will enable learners to realize their full potential and become independent thinkers. This will be shaped by the principles of transformation, equity and Ubuntu.
Underpinning these principles are our Christian values that are reflected in our school.
As Mount Sera is registered with the Department of Basic Education we follow the National Curriculum. This means that all our internal assessments are aligned with the CAPS requirements (Continuous Assessment Policy Statement). All our learners write the NWPA (North West Provincial Assessments) in June and November.
It is really important that our parents are informed of the events at the school so general communication between our school and you, our parents, takes place via Principal Talk – a link which takes you to Google Play Store from where you can download the Android version of the App (for Android phones only) for FREE. Principal Talk on iOS – a link which takes you to the iTunes store from where you can download the iOS (Apple) version of the App (for iOS devices only) for FREE. If you have changed your address or cell phone numbers also PLEASE inform the office as soon as possible. If you are still not “connected” call the office for assistance.
School begins promptly at 07:20 and ends at 13:30.
Please note that school fees are payable in advance and run over 12 months i.e. from January to December. Fees must be paid by the 5th of each month. If fees are NOT PAID your child will not be allowed to attend school. Please take note that a late payment of R150 per day is levied for payments paid late.
We are announce that AVIS and Professional Schoolwear will be able to supply all Mount Sera Primary Schoolwear.
AVIES THE UNIFORM SHOP
Leyds Street, Rustenburg
Tel: 014 592 4190 / Cell: 072 185 7755
53 Steen Street, Rustenburg
Tel: 014 592 2198 / Cell: 083 661 5233
Every Friday it is “Civvies” which means that all learners bring R5 to school and they come in normal (civilian) clothes that day. This is not compulsory and learners who wish to wear their school clothes on Fridays, may do so.
This is included in the school fees and be assured that your child is under safe supervision from 13:30 till 17:30, Mondays to Fridays. Here he/she will enjoy free play, a supervised homework hour and structured activities. Parents have to send an afternoon lunch or snack.
We have done away with the Tuck Shop, so parents must PLEASE send their children WITH LUNCH for the day, and NOT money.
Juice / Water
Please give your children juice/water in sealed bottles or boxes for their breaks. We have had too many ruined, wet school books and suitcases lately because of leaking juice/water bottles. Tubs of yoghurt also need to be inside lunch boxes or in closed plastic bags. Thank-you.
Grade One Parents
Our experienced Grade One teacher works very hard with your children from Day 1 to lay a good foundation for reading, writing and maths. It is vital that you as parents support your children at home with your interest, encouragement and assistance daily in order to ensure their success. We expect all our Grade Ones to be able to read at school and to you at home by June. Please be aware of the following very important point: If your child cannot read well enough by the end of the year, despite all the intervention that will take place, we will advise that your child should repeat Grade One.
Reading is the key to success
Reading is vital for your child’s success. In order to encourage your children to develop a love for reading, we suggest that you join the Public Library as soon as possible. You will need a copy of your ID, your child’s birth certificate and proof of residence to obtain membership and it is a great way to spend quality time with your child and broaden his/her horizons. The better your child reads, the more easily he/she copes in class. We also have two reading initiatives here at Mount Sera.
DEAR stands for “Drop Everything And Read”. To encourage reading and develop a love for reading, all Grade 2-7s start the first period of the day with 5 minutes of compulsory, silent reading. PLEASE ensure that your child has reading matter for this exercise.
MAGIC stand for My Attempt at Greatness In the English Class. All Grade 2-7s have to copy a set number of lines from any story book of their choice, daily. This exercise is to practise their handwriting and transcription skills and it re-inforces the spelling of high frequency words. The best part of MAGIC is that your child must read his/her lines ALOUD to you every day to practise reading skills. The whole exercise is also excellent for learners to practise self-discipline. MAGIC is done in the Afrikaans class as well. NOTE that teachers only control this work and do not mark it. Please encourage your children by providing reading matter and checking their work.
All Grades receive homework daily. This is written down by them, in their homework books and parents are EXPECTED TO CHECK homework on a daily basis, please and sign it off. Please assist us in this important discipline.
Homework not done or projects/assignments not handed in are viewed in a very serious light. You, the parents, will be notified via sms about assignments not handed in on time. Demerits are given for homework not done and late submission of assignments.
Learners who have been identified as needing extra support in Mathematics, English and Afrikaans, will receive Intervention Letter from their teachers to attend EXTRA CLASSES on Mondays and Wednesdays from 13:30 to 14:30. Parents are urged to make the necessary transport arrangements so that their children can attend these free lessons. If learners fail to study for assessments, you the parents will be notified and your child will be given a demerit.
These take place once a term, usually the second Thursday after the commencement of the new term and usually from 17:00 to 18:30. Term One’s meeting is generally an Information Sharing Evening and an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers. The other Parents’ Evenings are vital opportunities for discussion of your child’s report and progress. However, if you have ANY queries at ANY time, please do not hesitate to contact the office at the number above, to make an appointment.
These take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays during school time and are offered by Stimu-Zone. We feel that it is very important for our learners to become computer literate. The payment of these lessons is incorporated in the school fees.
We believe in holistic education so it is really important for your children to be involved in other activities outside of school, learning other skills and inter-acting with other children on a different level. So, a variety of extra-mural activities is offered directly after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 14:30.
Please encourage your children to attend AND make the necessary transport arrangements if needed. There is netball, soccer, dance mania, card games, chess, board games, colouring in, stories and choir. These are free of charge and offered by the teachers. Out-sourced activities are drama and ballet.
Experi-buddies is an out-sourced company that offers a year long programme to encourage and excite learners about Maths and Science. The classes are offered to Grade 1, 2 and 3 on Thursdays at 12:30 here at school. For more information, please visit the website www.experi.co.za or call 072 248 4412.
These are chosen by the teachers at the beginning of each new term and they are given certain responsibilities and duties to carry out. They also are given badges that they are expected to wear daily and look after.
A number of our Grade Sevens are elected as prefects each term and it is a privilege to which they all aspire. Not only are our prefects given certain responsibilities but also assist in mentoring all the Grades. We believe these opportunities will develop their leaderships skills, self-discipline and prepare them well for high school.
We endeavour to have at least TWO outings or events once a term. The cost thereof varies from anything between R60 to R250. So, parents please bear this in mind and encourage your children to earn their pocket money so that you do not have to bear the brunt of these additional expenses.
Mount Sera has at least one fundraising project per term to purchase much needed items such as readers and PE equipment. We really request our parents to support us in this matter.
Code of Conduct
Last but not least, all learners are informed about Mount Sera’s Code of Conduct. They all have to sign the Pledge to show that they have undertaken to adhere to our school’s rules. If misdemeanours persist, parents will be called to the office for a meeting with the Principal. Note that to further strengthen the discipline at school, each Grade two to seven learner is issued with a Demerits Record at the beginning of each term. Learners have to take responsibility to look after their forms. Any misdemeanours will be recorded and will have to be signed off by parents. Learners who manage to behave and do their work and keep their form “blank” will be rewarded each end of Term.