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 National Senior Certificate examinations of the Independent Examinations Board, and we are proud of our consistently high achievement record in these examinations. Our class of 2019 achieved a 100% pass rate, as well as 100% entrance to tertiary course of study. In addition to this, there were 7 placements in the top 1% of specific subjects, and one pupil with an IEB Commendable Achievement (achieved within the top 5% in 5 subjects and achieved a rating level of 7 in Life Orientation).

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
  • Creative Arts: Music, Art and Drama
  • Design and Technology
  • Information Technology Skills
  • Life Orientation
  • Religious Education
  • Art Specialist (Grade 9)
  • Music Specialist (from Grade 8)
  • Out the Box (Blended Learning)

FET PHASE

  • English
  • Advanced Programme 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 technology 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. 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 House School has embarked on an extensive laptop programme for all learners from Grade 4 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.

Brescia House School is part of a worldwide Ursuline network of schools, committed to the education of young women in a manner which fosters in them the visions, hopes and dreams to contribute fully as participants on an international platform.
The schools collaborate in a Global Education Programme so that pupils of Ursuline schools can travel and meet with their Ursuline counterparts, exchange ideas, form networks and develop the confidence that will stand them in good stead in the future.
‘With the shrinking of the world into a smaller global village, we have recognized the need to forge greater bonds with our fellow Ursuline schools around the world,’ said Sr Diane, School Representative for the Ursuline Schools in Southern Africa.
It is also through this networking that the pupils learn more about the culture of other societies and work to form a better understanding of the world in which we live. The exchange also allows for the teachers to discuss educational issues with the intention of forming educational exchanges. Many of the pupils and teachers skype each other on a regular basis and exchange educational material or ideas.
Visits to and from Ursuline schools across the world has become an annual occurrence for both staff and pupils of the Global Education Programme. The school has had several exchanges in the last few years and has established strong ties with the Ursuline Academies in the USA, Brazil, Europe and Australia.

Brescia House School has been identified by Microsoft as a Showcase School since 2014. Microsoft Showcase Schools are recognised by Microsoft as the change makers in education. Our students now embrace mobile and cloud technology daily in order to better prepare them for the future success in the workplace.

The Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes. Almost all Brescia House School teachers are currently recognised as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts.

Phone:

+27 (0) 11 706 7404

Address:

14 Sloane Street, Bryanston