Welcome to South Africa!
So you and your family have just arrived. Welcome! Here is some useful advice from us at the International English School.
We see many high school and primary school children coming to South Africa and going straight into school. The dilemma is that parents want their child to start school immediately, but is this always the best option for your child?
ENGLISH, TO HAVE OR NOT TO HAVE?
- Cold fact: In order to make friends this is a good idea
- Cold fact: Children who are not fluent in English often fail their first and sometimes their second year at school
- Cold fact: Teachers do not have time to help students who need extra English support
- Cold fact: Some of the best schools will not even accept your child until their English is good enough
- Cold fact: Some schools will accept your child because they want the money
- Cold fact: If your child has to repeat a year it can be very demotivating as their friends will leave them behind
- Cold fact: Many schools will ask the child to start at a lower grade so that the first year doesn’t matter
Our recommendation if the learner is of high school age
We recommend that you allow your child to learn English first. Once they can communicate well enough, enroll them into a school. They can still have private English lessons with us in the afternoons and over weekends. We can offer high school subject support and continued learning in English. They can also attend our school during the school holidays.
Our recommendation if the learner is of primary school age
We recommend that you enroll your child into a reputable school and supplement their regular teaching with private English lessons with us in the afternoon. Young children learn quickly through play and there is much less pressure to speak perfect English at primary school level.
Schools in the Helderberg:
|Private Schools||Description||Address||Telephone||Web site|
|Somerset College||primary and high school
|Bredell Road, Somerset West||021 842 0050||www.somersetcollege.co.za|
|Helderberg High School||Seventh-day Adventist
open to all
|Annandale Road, Helderberg College, Somerset West||021 855 4949||www.helderberghs.co.za|
|Somerset West private school||small classes
primary and high school
|Andries Pretorius St, Somerset West||021 852 8451||southafricaprivateschool.co.za|
|International School of Cape Town in Helderberg||UK school system
primary and high school
|Hazelden Drive, Heritage Park, Somerset West||021 851 6290/1||helderberg.iesedu.com|
|Somerset House||primary school
|Somerset House, Drama Street, Somerset West||021 851 7164/5||www.somersethouse.co.za|
|Government Schools||Description||Address||Telephone||Web site|
|Hottentots Holland High School||co-ed high school||Eiland Rd, Somerset West||021 852 1405||www.hhhs.co.za|
|Parel Vallei High School||co-ed high school||95 Parel Vallei Road, Somerset West||021 852 1228||www.pvallei.co.za|
|Rhenish Girls High School||girls’ high school||Koch Street, Stellenbosch||021 887 6807||www.rhenish.co.za|
|Paul Roos Gymnasium||boys’ high school||Paul Roos Gymnasium, Suidwal, Stellenbosch||021 887 0017||www.paulroos.co.za|
|De Hoop primary school||primary school||Old Stellenbosch Rd, Somerset West||021 852 3576||www.dehoopps.co.za|
|Beaumont Primary School||primary school||Van Der Merwe Rd, Land En Zeezicht, Somerset West||021 851 7124||www.beaumont4u.co.za|
|Rhenish primary school||primary school||Doornbosch St, Stellenbosch||021 883 3152||Â rhenishprimary.co.za|
|Children Day Care||Description||Address||Telephone|
|Baby day care||baby care||Oceanview Rd, Somerset West||021 851 4057|
|Little Rascals Day Care Center||pre-primary||Irene Ave, Somerset West||021 851 5656|
|Christian Academy of Excellence||pre-primary||Somerset West||021 851 8337|
|University of Cape Town||www.uct.ac.za|
|Cape Penisula University Of Technology||www.cput.ac.za|
|University of Western Cape||www.uwc.ac.za|
|College of Cape Town||www.cct.edu.za|
A note about the South African education system:
Children start school at about six years of age in South Africa. There are only two levels of school education: Primary School for year 1 to year 7, and High School for year 8 to year 12. Younger children go to Kindergartens or Pre-Primary. After completing High School, you can join a tertiary education institution (a university or vocational college) for further training.