We support all standard operating procedures for schools regarding COVID-19, while we are also conscious of minimising any negative side-effects of the pandemic on the teacher-child relationship.

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Dear Kairosians

Two of the parents who met me this week to inquire about the school were a mom and dad who had a particular skill in asking interesting questions. One of these was something like, “Of your various innovations in the school, if you were to name two things you intend your pupils achieving by the time they graduate from Kairos, what would those be?” Shyoh!

Thinking on my feet, even though I was sitting down, I privately scanned our various educational innovations that we work with here in Kairos. Our overall “Integrity-Mastery-Harmony” framework  is an all-encompassing innovation itself, with its implications of several of our innovations: our NVC (“Non-Violent Communication”) culture of discipline; our sessions of philosophical inquiry with the children; our pupil’s sense of agency balanced with a culture of sincere etiquette and respect; and our holistic conceptualisation of the whole child’s learning process — in all its multiplicity of literacies — and that of our educational duties to teach each of them. There are also the more specific innovations, such as our school currency, the Waldorf-oriented Integrated Studies themes, our daily “Check-in”, our Partner Projects, and the newest innovation: next week’s “Pop-Up School.” 

For us — teachers and pupils — our various innovations dovetail neatly into a coherent school system, but for the outsider the details may sound a bit like a shopping list. And although the threefold “Integrity-Mastery-Harmony” framework summarises our ethos, perhaps it’s is not specific enough about the sort of graduate we are aspiring for. So what “two things” can we use to sum up as our educational objective? 

My first answer was about child’s self-concept and my second was his or her abilities. I hope our pupils will leave us with a sense of their own power and agency for making a difference in their lives and in the world, with a sense of purpose about what that might be. They will be both confident and courageous, with a sense of direction and self-motivation in areas of personal passion. And, secondly, they will graduate from Kairos with competence across the curriculum of literacies: they will be skillful in writing and reading, in mathematical thinking and artistic thinking, skillful in physical movement activities with a healthy relationship with their own bodies and others, and they will have an unusually high social intelligence for their age. They will be brilliant in areas of knowledge they’re passionate about and also properly competent across the broad range of what it means to know and to learn. 

We don’t only want our pupils to succeed in the game called School, although that is valuable too. We want our pupils to succeed in the game called Life, which includes School. Life is a vast and complex place. Childhood is not a preparation for life: it is life, and skills learned now need to be relevant for life now. Nevertheless, with the rapid changes in the workplace andradical threats to our political and meteorological landscapes across the globe, the holistic and emotionally-intelligent development of a child is vital for the time they enter adulthood. They need it, and the world needs them.

Sincerely
Your headmonster
Marc

 

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“Not a day goes by that I am not thankful that there are such alternatives available to us, and that my son is as happy as he is there.”

— Kairos Parent

“You and your staff can be extremely proud of producing a young man of his calibre and I am sure that Daniel will enjoy and an outstanding career at St John’s and bring credit to himself, his family, and both our schools.”

—Paul Edey (Former Head, St Johns College)

“This morning I once again felt validated in the choice we made for my daughter’s school.”

— Kairos Parent

“I’ve not seen the personal care received here anywhere else.”

— Kairos Parent

“Highly skilled teachers.”

— Kairos Parent

“…More children, from all cultures and socio-economic circumstances, need access to a school like this.”

— Kairos Parent

“My child is so happy… I feel like I have my little girl back!”

— Kairos Parent

“Certainly the most innovative and nurturing primary school in Joburg!”

— Kairos Parent

“This morning I once again felt validated in the choice we made for my daughter’s school.”

— Kairos Parent
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