Spring 2015 edition now online

All articles from the Spring, 2015 edition reproduced online.

Ages and stages: getting a kick out of Kildare Pre-Primary School

Kildare Pre-Primary School, in the suburbs of Cape Town in the Western Cape, is considered a special place in the hearts and minds of the youngsters who go there and the parents who entrust the staff with the care and teaching of their children before they go to ‘big school’.

The green good news school story

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Ready, steady, go! Redhill Preparatory School’s Grade 7 Leadership Summit

It is always a good time to ask what kind of leadership we need, because the world is constantly changing.

Eighty-one years on: Pretoria Chinese School part of the ‘Asian century’1

There may still be people in South Africa who have not heard about the school the Taipei Liaison Office representative2 recently described as an “African anomaly”.

Family matters: the story of a platteland school

Founded in 1997, ISASA member Harriston School was established by a group of parents who wanted a quality English-medium school in the small town of Harrismith, in the rural eastern Free State.

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