Innovation in Academics

Innovation in Academics

Brescia House School, as a traditional, academic and disciplined school strives to provide opportunities that allow its girls to perform to the best of their abilities as life-long learners capable of shaping our future.
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Brescia House School’s vision is to create a dynamic learning community where the use of ICTs is integral to the learning of every girl.

In the Primary School there are two phases namely, the Foundation Phase - Grade R to 3 and the Intermediate Phase - Grade 4 to 6.

The Grade 7s are part of the Secondary School and continue their path in the Senior Phase - Grade 7 to 9, the final phase being the FET phase of Grades 10 to 12.

Pupils are prepared for the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board, and we are proud of our consistently high achievement record in these examinations. Our class of 2015 achieved not only a 100% pass rate, but also a 100% University Entrance in their final matric results.

FOUNDATION PHASE

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Beginning Knowledge
  • Life Skills
  • Music
  • Information Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Information Skills
  • Religious Education

INTERMEDIATE PHASE

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • IsiZulu
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science and Technology
  • Social Science: History
  • Social Science: Geography
  • Life Orientation
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Information Technology
  • Religious Education

SENIOR PHASE

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • IsiZulu
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences: Geography
  • Social Sciences: History
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Arts and Culture
  • Music
  • Technology
  • IT Skills
  • Life Orientation
  • Religious Education

FET PHASE

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • IsiZulu
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Advanced Programme Mathematics
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • History
  • Geography
  • Consumer Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Drama and Dance
  • Music
  • Information Technology
  • IT Skills
  • Life Orientation
  • Religious Education

Through the use of technology, learners are more engaged in the classroom than previously. They use social media for research and immediate learning, rather than having to look up information later. As a result, learners are better organised than before. Notes are not lost; and electronic calendars and sticky notes help ensure that deadlines are met. Homework is also completed more quickly and in a manner that allows each pupil to express her individual creativity.

Access to the school's wireless facility makes it easy for pupils to work from anywhere in the school - including outdoors during break time. The school does not restrict access to sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as it has found that the pupils eventually get tired of only messing around with these resources and have actually married education with their private lives.

Brescia has embarked on an extensive laptop programme for all learners from Grade 6 to Grade 12. The school has been entirely renovated to provide for the wireless environment which supports the programme. This includes additional open and flexible spaces where girls are able to access the internet anywhere and at any time.

In 2015, as part of our Global Education Exchange programme, Brescia House School were visited by a group of students and their two staff members from the Ursuline Academy, which is a private Ursuline school in Wilmington, Delaware. The pupils were hosted by Brescia House School families and they spent several days at Brescia House School and then spent several days in Cape Town and the Kruger National Park. Although the days spent with Brescia House was for a limited time, a lifetime of memories were created in a very short time. Thank you to all our parents and pupils who made this a very special exchange.

They have arrived……. from Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

The normal apprehensions of “will we get along?”, “will we have anything in common?”, “is her ‘cat allergy’ going to be a problem?”, “what if we have awkward silences?” prevailed.

All fears were blown away when our delightful Ursuline ‘sister’, Leslie Collins, arrived. With her beaming smile, a bounce in every step and boundless enthusiasm to get to know her ‘new family’.

Her first observation was that our house had walls of concrete, not wood! Leslie fitted in immediately. The chatting was incessant as the girls got to know each other and celebrate their similar interests. There was a slightly anxious moment when she realised she had not packed her black shoes; however, after a ‘Cinderella moment’ of trying on every pair of black shoes in our house, she found a pair that was acceptable!

The Ursuline girls spent the first morning at Brescia House attending classes with their host sisters. Leslie was amazed at all the space we have at school, especially the vast lawn where our girls enjoy their breaks. After an interesting outing to Soweto they visited Little Eden, an orphanage in our community, and attended the Instrumental Concert at Brescia House School that evening. A truly jam-packed day!

Leslie cooked her favourite dinner for us that evening, unfortunately she muddled lettuce and celery which resulted in rather soggy lettuce!

On their second day they went to St Ursula’s, Krugersdorp and then to Maropeng to visit the Cradle of Humankind. That evening we all attended the Global Ed Dinner, one of the highlights being the lighting and releasing of Chinese lanterns. The dinner was kindly sponsored by Monica Furman, USA.

The host families spent the last day taking their guests to various places of interest in and around Johannesburg. Leslie loved the braai, roasted marshmallows and the bright Southern Constellations after being taken up in a glider plane over the Magaliesberg mountains.

This was a truly unforgettable experience for all as the girls discovered the common threads that unite all across the globe. New lifelong friendships were forged and sad farewells were bid.

We can honestly recommend hosting as a wonderful experience!

In 2016, several the Brescia House School pupils will be traveling to Ursuline Academy Wilmington, Delaware, USA;  Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Texas, USA and St Ursula's College, Toowoomba, Australia as part of the Global Education programme.

We have been recognized as a global leader in successful integrations of technology with teaching and learning. In November 2015 Brescia House School was selected by Microsoft as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School for our excellence in transforming our learning environment to deliver more personalized education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace. This is the second year in a row that Brescia House School has been awarded this accolade.

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+27 (0) 11 706 7404

Address:

14 Sloane Street, Bryanston