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Start of the new year and learning continues at Curro Mount Ricmore

Physical education is being offered across the board with social distancing measures and hygiene precautions in place, but no inter-school sports are on offer in the province.

Schools across the North Coast are starting to reopen this week with full awareness of the difficulties that the coronavirus pandemic poses.

Government schools are due to open on January 27, but many private schools have begun to reopen this week.

All of the private schools the Courier spoke to are offering both in-person and virtual learning curriculums, allowing parents to choose what is best for their family. 

Physical education is being offered across the board with social distancing measures and hygiene precautions in place, but no inter-school sports are on offer in the province.

Curro Mount Richmore opened their ‘Castle’ (aged 3 months to 5 years) on Monday, with grades 5 – 12 returning on Tuesday and grades R – 4 on Wednesday.

Matric students returned to Curro Mount Richmore on Tuesday and are ready to tackle their final year. From left, Sonique Mouton, Tayla Daws, Michael van As and Xanthe Beneke have been at the school since it opened in 2014.

 

“As we try to find the best solution for each of our families in this difficult time, we are proud to be able to provide a safe learning environment at school along with the flexibility of remote learning at home.

“Last year was a year of change while this year becomes a year of growth.

“We are so excited to see our learners again as we stand side by side and help them to reach new heights,” said Bryn Thomas, executive head at Curro Mount Richmore.

Grade 8 Curro Mount Richmore students on their first day of high school with their homemade babies as part of orientation. Clockwise from front left, Cassidy Duncan, Kylan Lundie, Rene Gerver, Delite Mwoffati and Hannah Wilkins.

 

Crawford North Coast is opening on Wednesday and the school is ready to take on the challenge of 2021 having made 2020 a success despite everything, said principal Samantha Smith.

“We are continuing last year’s procedures until we get clarification from the government about lockdown restrictions. This includes special provisions for the learners who need it and programmes to keep the students engaged,” she said. 

Ashton International College is opening on January 20, in the hope that further clarification will be given by the education department later this week.

“While we wait for further instruction, our tennis, cricket and swimming academies have been opened to students who are willing to go back into training.

“This is offered in conjunction with the school and is fully in line with all the procedures set out by the National Coronavirus Command Council,” said Jeannie Habig, marketing manager at Ashton International College.

Grade 8 Curro Mount Richmore students on their first day of high school with their homemade babies as part of orientation. Back, Eduan de Kock, Rene Gerver. Middle , Zara Padayachee, Shyanne Jones, Khanya Nyawose. Front, Tisandza Matenjwa.

 

Reddam House Ballito opens its college on Wednesday, January 13, and students returning from last year can expect a similar experience with many home activity regimes already in place.

“We are well prepared to start this year given our experience with the various lockdown situations in 2020.

“We feel lucky to be able to offer both virtual schooling and virtual exercise programmes because it is so important to offer a routine where students can be active with their classmates in a safe setting,” said Catherine Raw, head of school at Reddam House.

North Coast Agricultural College in Shakaskraal confirmed that they were ready to start on January 27.