A word of welcome from the Principal

 

We would like to welcome all new students to Urban Academy. Be assured that you have made the right choice. Urban Academy is not just another school – it is the school where you will get the opportunity to excel and achieve your potential.

 

We pride ourselves of being caring and able, and will at all times focus on the improvement of your educational outcome. We will do our utmost to live up to the values and standards we set for ourselves. We would like all to feel welcome and at home at all times. Make this your home and be part of our family.

While at school we as the staff of Urban Academy will always act in a responsible way and take care of all students as if they are our own.

 

What is it that we do differently?

Our philosophy of education is built upon the following basic methodology;

 

1. Outstanding invitational teaching

We aim to create a total school environment that intentionally summons students to realize their relatively boundless potential. It addresses the global nature of schools. Its purpose is to make schooling a more exciting, satisfying and enriching experience for everyone involved. Its method is to offer a guiding theory, a common language of improvement and a practical means to accomplish. Invitational education is based on four pillars – trust, respect, optimism and intentionality.

 

2. Cross grade learning

Success in work and life can often be linked to one’s ability to relate to, and work well with others. We believe in encouraging students to interact and learn with and from others through cross-grade learning. We create the opportunity for cross grade learning in a structured program that involves older students mentoring classes of younger students in their units of inquiry or specific subject areas. Older grade students learn compassion and empathy by mentoring younger students. They also gain personal satisfaction from using their talents in service to others. Younger students also benefit from the extra one-on-one support and from the safe and caring school environment this program fosters. They also learn to interact with older students which helps develop their confidence and connection with a wider peer group. The program develops a greater level of maturity in all students, and truly helps them feel like an integral part of the Urban Academy community. This program will take place as an extra mural (After school hours)

 

3. Inquiry-Based Learning

We all know there is truth in the old saying: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." This premise is the foundation of inquiry-based learning. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Actually being involved in the lessons allows students to possess skills and attitudes that will permit them to seek resolutions to questions and issues while constructing new knowledge.

 

This approach ensures that students are fully engaged in higher-level thinking (e.g., synthesizing, analyzing, and evaluating). This style of learning also helps students become accountable to each other and to their teachers for quality learning. Teaching and being taught in this manner, offers the opportunity to students to communicate in the language of instruction (which is English)- whilst this is in many instances not their actual Home Language. Creating opportunities to brainstorm, discuss, debate, report, etc. will improve their comprehension of the language and in doing so will improve their academic outcome.

 

Parents and prospective students are invited to become part of the Urban Academy family. Please participate in the Education of your child and accept us as partners in the upbringing of your children. My office door is always open and you can feel free to contact me or to come for a visit.

Chris Cronje

    Principal