Our primary goal is to provide a quality, progressive and affordable mainstream education to children in the greater Ballito community. Smaller class sizes, limited to 2 classes per grade, are a defining feature of our school that enables staff to learn the unique personality and learning traits of each child. Eden Village Prep is committed to maintaining smaller class sizes and a compact school community as a primary pillar of our approach to contemporary education.
We are passionate about preparing the children of today for the world of tomorrow. Understanding that our world is advancing at an exponential rate with technology playing an expanding role in our lives, delivering more efficiency and faster response times, we know that we cannot predict nor teach the jobs of tomorrow today. However, we can equip children with learner agency - the ability to take ownership of their learning and the tools to become independent learners. We enable an environment in which pupils develop a mindset that embraces change, teaching them how to think critically and creatively, singularly or seamlessly as a team, and how to anticipate and create opportunities.
As proudly South African citizens we know that there are considerable challenges ahead, both locally and abroad, and therefore our mission includes a mandate to teach our children the correct attitudes of patience, grit and determination. In a world of instant gratification and a tendency to quit early-on, it is imperative that our children are provided with plenty of opportunities to try and learn and keep trying until they succeed, all from an early age. We call this mastery. Children are encouraged to understand how they develop and grow each skill or understanding of a concept until they have mastered it, and understand it, as an essential stepping stone to the next level of development.
Thus a nurturing yet explorative culture sits at the core of our mission, where learners feel free to take on challenges without the fear of failure and with the knowledge that there is as much support from staff and their contemporaries as they are willing and able to garner. As such, Collaboration and Co-creation form routine practices that we infuse across the scholastic, social, cultural and sporting aspects of our school.
We also recognise that there is an advancing rate of unemployment globally, and that we have a responsibility to instil in our learners the necessary attitudes and habits required to create enterprise and turn the tide.
We have purposely expanded our mandate to accommodate pupils with specific, short-term barriers to learning. We recognise the critical importance of identifying and addressing these challenges as early in a child's development as possible, in order to minimise any negative impact on a pupil’s self-esteem, and to tap into their developing neural pathways. Together with Village Kidz Preschool we will support learners with specific, short-term barriers to learning from Grade-R through to Grade-7.