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Olive Ridge School

Education for the Future

We are dedicated to preparing our wonderful children for the future, helping them compete internationally and instilling the emotional intelligence to cope with the demands of a digital world.

Who we are

At Olive Ridge School in Bloemfontein, we provide a safe, curiosity-nurturing and fun educational environment where learners are able to explore, discover and prepare themselves to become life-long learners.  We help them to become confident in their own knowledge; responsible for themselves and respectful of others; compassionate towards others; striving for greatness and doing the best they can; and persistent to be great.  We promote learning through play in the Early Years Foundation Stage, but prepare our pre-primary learners (toddlers, Gr RR and Gr R) for the more formal setting of the Junior Preparatory Stage (Gr 1 – 3).  We pay particular attention to our learners’ development of deep subject knowledge, conceptual understanding and higher order thinking.

In order to bring world-class aligned education to our learners, we will be offering the Cambridge International subjects as supplementary to the full IEB curriculum (CAPS) for the Junior Preparatory- and Senior Preparatory Stages.  The program is further enriched with the STEAM approach to learning, making it a first of its kind in Bloemfontein.  The International Preschool Curriculum (IPC) employs cutting-edge educational philosophies, we cater for children from 18 months to Grade RR.  Within this framework, we offer the child an orientated curriculum which originated from research done on the best teaching and learning practices in the world, blending a multiple-intelligence approach taken from methodologies of the International Cambridge Curriculum, the International Preschool Curriculum (IPC) and the IEB Curriculum (CAPS) to develop their readiness required for Grade 1.

Our centre is a state-of-the-art facility, designed to make learning thought-provoking and fun, and also enhancing the children’s learning by incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Sesotho, Afrikaans, Digital Literacy and Music.  Our teachers are qualified, experienced, dedicated and creative.  We believe childhood is a magical time, therefore our passionate teachers are dedicated to help learners achieve greatness through playful learning experiences.

Our Development Strategy

The school will be developed in phases. This provides our educational specialists and project managers to adapt to the growth needs of the school.

Phase one
Opened January 2020

Pre-Primary (18 months to Grade 00)
Junior Preparatory (6 to 7 years – Grade 1)

Phase two
Opened January 2021

Junior Preparatory (Ages 8 to 9 – Grade 2 and 3)
Collegiate (Ages 13 to 16 – Grade 8 and 9)
Resident facilities

Phase three
Opening January 2022

Senior Preparatory (Ages 10 to 13 – Grades 4 to 7)

Phase three
Opening January 2022

Senior Preparatory (Ages 10 to 13 – Grades 4 to 7)
Senior Collegiate Grades (Grades 10 to 12)
Resident facilities

OUR ETHOS

Core Values of Olive Ridge School

Our Vision

Olive Ridge School is dedicated to prepare learners for the future, helping them to compete internationally and instilling in them the emotional intelligence to cope with the demands of a digital world.

Our Mission

We treat our learners, teachers, parents and the community with dignity and respect.  We strive to promote confidence and independence in our learners through knowledge and adaptability to become world citizens.  We enable the academic philosophy of “Think, Understand & Apply” by providing a world class facility in a psychologically safe environment.  We encourage our staff to utilize their expertise and skills to innovate and shape the future of our learners.

Our motto of “learn, discover, achieve greatness for your future” is incorporated in our curriculum and within our curiosity-nurturing school environment.  We strive to develop our learners’ readiness for the next step in their education path, but also to prepare them for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical world they are growing up in.

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    Confidence

    We teach our learners to become confident in their own knowledge and those of others.

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    Responsibility

    We guide them to become responsible for themselves and respectful of others.

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    Compassion

    We teach them compassion towards others.

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    Greatness

    We help each unique individual to strive for greatness and motivate them to do the best they can.

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    Persistence

    Greatness lies in persistence and hard work.

Meet our Teachers

Our small classes ensure a close interaction between teacher and child.  Our loyal, creative and committed team of in house experts encapsulates the dynamics of our unique approach to education.

Debbie van Wyk

Principal

Lizelle Martins

Office Administrator

Cheraz Da Silva

Junior-Preparatory Teacher
B.Ed Foundation Phase

Chezanne Steyn

Junior-Preparatory Teacher
B.Ed Foundation Phase

Anasha Muller

Pre-primary Teacher
B.Ed Foundation Phase

Palesa Feni

Pre-primary Phase
Assistant Teacher

Margaret Modise

Pre-primary Phase
Assistant Teacher

Skye Klopper

Music Teacher

Mandie von Maltitz

Fine Arts Teacher
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