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ISASA delivers transformational guidance

| November 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

JENS Primary School, an independent school in Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), would like to share with readers the impact that ISASA is having on our development.

The management team and staff have at times felt that the true ethos of the school was being lost, due to the pressure imposed by the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) accreditation process. Furthermore, the National Department of Basic Education’s seemingly unending demands and rigid requirements increase the pressure and make it hard to know how our school can implement a unique framework to meet the needs of our learners. It is through the school’s affiliation with ISASA that unanswered questions suffocating our creativity and uniqueness for the past few years, have been answered. The ISASA Governance Workshop and the Independent Examination Board’s (IEB) Assessment Workshop, as well as interaction with our KZN regional director, Mr David Wilkinson, has not only been enlightening, but also empowering. The heavy cloud has started to lift, and a path forward has begun to take shape. Creativity has been allowed to seep back into termly planning, our new-found vision giving us insight into available options.

A close study of the curriculum, discussions and workshops on how to meet the curriculum criteria as well as the needs and wants of the learners and parents at JENS, meant that the first hesitant step in redefining our framework was taken. With the school drama production, “Jonah and the Big Fish”, centre stage for the third term this year, English Home Language, Afrikaans First Additional Language, and the visual art and drama aspect of life skills were the initial focus of cross-curricular implementation. Through careful lesson planning, mathematics lessons were also being used to create features for the back-drop and entrance.

The day of the performance arrived. Little darting eyes scanned the crowd, eager to find a familiar face; smiles were the chosen attire for the occasion; performers found new energy and confidence with their parents and visitors in the audience, the performance became everything that it had the potential to be. “Jonah and the Big Fish” will always be remembered for the new-found freedom, for a revival of creativity and for the joy that it brought with it. Thank you, ISASA, for helping us to find our unique path and framework that enable us to be operate within legal requirements while remaining true to the ethos of the school.

Nadine Wolhuter
JENS Primary School

Category: Summer 2018

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