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PRIMARY SCHOOL

St Patrick’s CBC places strong emphasis on the core skills of literacy and numeracy at primary school level, which provides a strong foundation for a life of learning. The curriculum is rooted in traditional values but with a modern outlook. 

THE PRIMARY SCHOOL INITIATIVE

From January 2017, the Grade 7’s will once again form part of the Primary School, and not the High School, as has been the case for the last few of years. This is a positive step in improving the already high standard of education at our school.

St Patrick’s CBC has been registered with the Independent Examination Board (IEB) since 1998. It is currently the only IEB school in Kimberley. The IEB is an independent assessment body. It offers external assessments in accordance with legislation and Umalusi directives for schools registered with and offering Grade 12 (i.e. the National Senior Certificate). The Umalusi Council sets and monitors standards for general and further education and training in South Africa.  Umalusi is currently responsible for the certification of both the Senior Certificates as well as the National Senior Certificates in schools.

The Primary School Initiative, or psi, was designed and launched in 2015 to complement the IEB’s product offering to independent schools. For the past 25 years, the IEB has focused on delivering quality support in assessment practices to independent high schools and is now extending that level of support to IEB primary schools. The Primary School Initiative aims to broaden the awareness of the importance of good teaching and assessment practices at the primary school level.  It wishes to establish a strong collaborative network of primary school educators who are familiar with local and global trends, developments and standards and assist primary school teachers in embedding these in their daily classroom interactions with learners.

The psi addresses specific primary school concerns around critical learning and assessment practices, informs primary school teachers about local and international trends in assessment practices and assists primary school teachers to embed good assessment in their daily practice.
The advantages of the psi are a national support structure allowing for co-operation and collaboration, external validation of school standards, access to the latest information about educational policies as well as added credibility.

The psi offers professional development opportunities tailored to primary school needs, access to a variety of assessment and benchmarking tools, MATCH - a new benchmarking assessment for Grade 7 pupils as well as an IEB User Group Primary Schools Conference for academic staff support. MATCH is a pilot programme targeted at Grade 7 to assess skills needed for high school. It includes a 1-hour knowledge paper and a 2-hour skills and application paper, which is externally marked and diagnostic and predictive in nature.

An IEB Primary School identifies itself as a South African school with its learning rooted in CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements), while firmly maintaining global standards and is committed to producing a learner who is a meaning-maker, equipped with knowledge, possesses the 21st century skills of communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
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