During the phasing out process in July 2000, an Independent Pre-school hired two of the vacant classrooms to open a new Pre-school. The school was called “The Wold Pre-Primary” The Saxonwold Primary School Governing Body became the legal entity of the Wold as the buildings were to be returned to the Primary School. The School Governing Body appointed the Primary school Principal as the Principal of The Wold. The Principal then employed a Head of Department to manage the day to day functioning of the school.
On the 8th December 2001 the Gauteng Education Department removed all the Equipment belonging to the Government form the premises, and formally returned the grounds and building to the Saxonwold Primary School S.G.B.
On the 1st January 2002 “The Wold Pre-Primary officially opened with 3 classes. Gr0, Gr00 and Gr000. One of the conditions laid out by the Government was that all financial affairs of the Gr 0 and Pre-school were to be kept separately from the Public Primary Schools Funds. A Pre-school Governing Body was then elected to manage the financial affairs of the school. The school registered as an Independent Pre-school.
From 1st January 1994 Saxonwold Primary had permission from the G.D.E. to host a Grade 0 class on their premises; in 2002 this class became incorporated into the Wold Pre-school. In 2006 a further Gr0 class was established. This class was accommodated in a classroom which was not being utilized by the Primary school at that time. In 2006 a nursery was built onto the existing buildings, which enabled The Wold Pre-School to cater for children from age 4 months.
In 2008 the Gauteng Education Department set about a programme to reintroduce GrR as a compulsory phase of education in Public schools, although funding still needed to be generated by the school. The Wold Pre-school functions today as an independent pre-school which belongs to the Saxonwold Primary Schools Governing Body.
Bold and significant schooling for the South African future.
Empowering The Wold learners for the 21st Century by:
| Creating a school climate which encourages adventurousness
in learning through openness to new ideas and experiences.
| Embracing global technologies to enhance critical thinking and
problem solving skills.
| Providing a safe space where learners can develop their
| Promoting healthy living values that prepare our learners for the
challenges they face within a Global Society.
5 Tips for Parents
1. Visit The Preschool To Become Familiar With The Setting
The more familiar your child is with the preschool staff and the environment, the easier it will be for your child to settle into the preschool. If possible, make a time to visit preschool during school hours. Parents/carers can observe the preschool in operation and have the opportunity to meet the staff, ask questions and discuss any concerns.
Your child will have an opportunity to mix with other children, meet the preschool staff, and become familiar with the environment while feeling secure that someone familiar is close by.
2. Be Well Informed
Parents/carers need to be prepared for preschool, too. Talk to the principal and the preschool teacher to find out as much information as you can about your child attending preschool. If you know about the new routines and experiences your child will encounter, you will be ready to answer any questions they might have, such as: How will I get there? How long will I be there? How many days do I have to go? What if I want to go to the toilet? What room will I be in and what am I going to do there? Will I get to play?
The first day of preschool can be an anxious experience for both you and your child. Preparing your child for preschool by answering all their questions honestly and in as much detail as they can understand can curb potential anxieties.
3. Find Out What Your Child Will Need To Bring To Preschool
Talk to your principal or preschool teacher to find out the preschool’s requirements regarding lunchboxes, drink containers and other necessary personal items.
4. Encourage Independence
Children who are able to care for themselves and their belongings will feel more confident at preschool. Parents/carers can encourage children to practise personal hygiene, such as wiping their nose and toileting independently. Help your child to feel confident and independent by dressing them in clothing which is simple enough for them to manage with little adult help.
Children who assist in packing their bag at home each morning will readily identify their own belongings during the day.
5. Label Equipment And Clothing
Children’s belongings may look very similar to their classmates’. Labelling your child’s equipment and clothing with their name will help prevent loss, confusion and possible upset for your child.