Facts of Kairos

“Kairos” means “time”, but a different sort of time to “Chronos”, the kind of time that’s measured by the clock). Kairos is mystical time, moment-to-moment time, time where the action suits the context. This kind of relationship with time is needed for a person to inquire, to explore, to learn. This kind of relationship with time is needed for a teacher to educate.

Grade 6 drawing

INNOVATION:

Kairos offers an holistic system of experiential learning based on cutting-edge educational innovations from around the world.

WHOLE BRAIN:

Whole Brain perspective (of Dan Siegel and others) imbued into a world-class, home-grown social / emotional curriculum to complement an excellent academic learning culture.

NON-VIOLENCE:

The methods and ethos of Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication are infused in all teaching and social aspects of our school.

CURRICULUM:

We align ourselves with the overall curriculum outcomes and CAPS expectations and IEB benchmarks in the upper grades. We aim at academic depth and genuine understanding, and for us this requires a different pacing of academic progress through the journey from Grades R to 7. We also have developed our own holistic, whole-brain-based curriculum which is in an ever-renewing process of collaboration and refinement. We are influenced by the Waldorf Schooling Curriculum, with its emphases on storytelling, relationships and experiential learning.

CALENDAR:

We follow the 4-Term Calendar of ISASA for Gauteng, except for minor and occasional adjustments. This calendar is very close to the government schools’ calendar. We have a calendar of events and celebrations for the year, available online and on request.

SCHOOL FEES:

Our current fees consist of monthly tuition fees (over 10 months annually), a once-off, non-refundable Registration Fee, a three-month refundable deposit, and very few other nominal extras.There are not the substantial additions of a school uniform, a large set of textbooks nor a set of annual levies.

POLICIES:

We have a document called a Parent Pack that covers all our policies and procedures in the school, covering school timetable, food code, dress code, discipline system, screentime and so on.

SCHOOL TIMES:

Start: 7h45. End-times: 12h30, 13h45 and 14h30 (depending on the Grade). Break times are longer than most other schools (±75 minutes per day). 

RELIGION:

While we are a non-demonational school, we are also not a secular school. We value reverence, respect and etiquette, and encourage curiosity and awareness of difference.

ACCOLADES:

  • Certified internationally as an Ashoka “Changemaker School” (2014)
  • Maths and academic high scholarships, and top Grade 8 academic results from our graduates.
  • Several of our students have earned top awards in Eisteddford Art competitions, the AMESA Maths Challenge and Eskom Science Expo, and enjoyed solo parts on the theatre stage.

“The only real object of education is to leave one in the condition of continually asking questions.”

Leo Tolstoy

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