Language Policy

STREAMING OF PUPILS

Re-organization of classes is done in the interest of your children.

Because of the language policy of the department of education, pupils who experience difficulty with the medium of instruction as well as pupils whose home language is English, will be streamed in the best practical way in Foundation Phase of the school.

1. Introduction
1 The school has chosen English as its medium of instruction.
2 In order to enable a learner to become competent in the language of learning and teaching the level of language proficiency of an individual pupil might determine his/her placement in a class group in order to reach a satisfactory standard of communication in English.
3 In Grade 1 and Grade 2, English in the only approved language taught.
4 From Grade 3 onwards, English is taught as well as Afrikaans as a second language.
5 The teaching of any other language does not form part of the curriculum as presented by the school.

2. Admission to the school
2.1 Learners with English as a home language shall be given preference.
2.2 Language competence testing shall not be used as an admission requirement.
2.3 Where a school uses the language of learning and teaching chosen by the learner and where there is a place available in a relevant grade, the school will admit the learner.
2.4 On admission of a child, non English speaking families will be informed about the disadvantages of receiving education through another language other than the mother-tongue.

3. Communication
3.1 English as a medium of communication will as far as possible be encouraged during the normal school programme.
3.2 No learner shall be punished for expressing him or herself in a language other than English.
3.3 All written correspondence will be done in English only.
3.4 All formal meetings, internal, or with visiting staff, parents or the authorities, will be conducted in English only.
3.5 It is expected of all pupil and staff members, as far as possible, to promote the correct use of the English language in all communication with one another and with outsiders, in order to promote and maintain a high standard of the language as communication medium.

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