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Curro, the future of learning

Well prepared and ready to educate its pupils once again, school staff are excited to welcome back pupils after nearly two months of remote learning, starting with grades seven and 12 of which the majority of pupils have returned. 

Social interaction with friends and classmates is what a developing mind needs to thrive and, with this in mind, Curro is reopening its schools.

Well prepared and ready to educate its pupils once again, school staff are excited to welcome back pupils after nearly two months of remote learning, starting with grades seven and 12 of which the majority of pupils have returned.

We spoke with the heads of Curro Castle Mount Richmore, Curro Mount Richmore Primary and Curro Mount Richmore High School.

“If lockdown has taught us anything, it is that resilience, resolve and kindness are the skills needed to carry you through life no matter the situation,” said Head of Curro Castle, Jacqueline Clark.

“My passion in life is to help young people grow into confident adults with a high self-esteem. I believe this is the answer to doing life well.” Clark said the nursery and pre-school caters for children between the ages of three months to five years and, that they would continue with the hybrid form of teaching which all three phases have been doing since lockdown first started.

In terms of advice for parents, Clark said let children play, engage and be independent.

As for changes which the little ones can look forward to once they are allowed to return: “At the Castle we have found some fun new ways to play and learn within the safety protocols, the best part is regular picnic style for breakfast and lunch times. Meals will be enjoyed together, yet a distance apart.”

Head of Curro Mount Richmore Primary, Bafana Mabena is just as excited to welcome back pupils, saying that they have learned that technology can be used in a multitude of ways.

“Remote teaching has been a key point during lockdown where I have seen the growth of relationships between parents and their children, while parents also received a firm understanding of what is involved in teaching,” he said.

Speaking about the hybrid learning system the school has taken on, Mabena said they would cater for pupils at home and at school through live teaching methods.

“Everyone will be able to see teachers and hear everything discussed in class. Each student will have the opportunity to ask questions online and hear feedback.”

Mabena urged parents to not just be teachers to their children, but also to take time out to bond with them, especially with more time to do so.

Head of Curro Mount Richmore High School, Eugene Montgomery said that what they had missed the most was the presence of – and social interaction between – pupils. And while he added that the new hybrid learning system will allow for more independence, it will also require more accountability from pupils.

“We definitely have a better product and have been able to constantly adapt this by incorporating 21st century technology. “Although we want all our learners back in class, it will be like being in a classroom, even if you are not there,” said Montgomery.

Meanwhile, Curro Mount Richmore marketer Jade Spence-Wilson said pupils who opted to remain home would be able to continue their schooling with the support of their teachers.
“Our hybrid schooling will continue in terms of our commitment that no child is left behind,” she said.

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