Five secrets formulate the essence that ensures success at SACS Junior School:
History – Steeped in time, space and pride as South Africa’s oldest school of 184 years, SACS achieves a dualism that welds the traditional, ‘back to basics’ philosophy with a progressive initiative to lead at the cutting edge of modern education.
Holistic Education – Our main objective thrusts towards ‘Learning for Life’. A wide range of opportunities is offered across the Academic Curriculum and Extra Mural Programme respectively.
Maintaining the Balance – Sport, Academics, Culture and Social – an acronym forming ‘SACS’ – comprise four cornerstones upon which our Whole School Programme is founded.
The Family Ethic – SACS depends wholeheartedly on the generous, volunteering spirit of our parents and staff whose teamwork is simply amazing!
Proudly South African – SACS continues to strive towards her goal of growing diversity within South African society.
Our ‘open-door’ policy encourages you warmly to step into SACS – a unique way of life!
Bulletin Board: Africa Day
Mindfulness! What an appropriate concept for us as we savour our existence on the African continent – all within the pulse of ‘Africa Day’, which we regarded on Wednesday of this week. Mindfulness assists individuals and communities in striving for an essential Habit of Mind – Thinking interdependently – which instructs us to ‘Work together!’ Amongst others, three more Habits come to the fore as beneficial to ‘being in the present’ on the mainland which cradles humankind.
- Gathering data through all the senses – using our ‘natural pathways’ to comprehend the unique spectra of sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and textures around us.
- Metacognition – the ability to ‘think about our thinking’, so that we can focus on the present in order to savour precious moments as life sweeps by.
- Responding with wonderment and awe – being fascinated by the natural beauty and rich diversity of life in Africa, especially in our neck of the woods – The Mother City.
What better way to reflect on an industrious week filled with the privilege of life at SACS, especially with the stunning weather that we are experiencing at present?
In line with our launch into 2016 and the focus on co-operative parent and teacher roles in raising independent, happy boys at SACS, here is a little poem that speaks volumes:
Focus Poster 2016
Our Focus Committee has, as before, produced a dynamic poster to aid us in setting goals for the coming year. There is scope for lessons and symbolisms that can be interpreted from the poster’s fresh, broad theme, depicted cleverly in the artwork as well as the evergreen family values towards which the SACS Family aspires. Congratulations to Mrs Sue Devine and the Focus Committee, led by Mrs Bev Bownes, for their creativity and intuitive contributions. A copy of it appears in each classroom as well as on the cover of the Senior Primary homework diary.
The slogan, ‘Make Each Thread Count’, was defined to the boys like this: “Each of us is a single thread. Each thread is one of a kind. When we intertwine, we become a strong cable that can bear the weight of any challenge. It is our responsibility to make each and every member of our School feel special, secure, supported and happy. So, we must work together and pull in the same direction for the sake of everyone. Then, we shall all get the best out of 2016.”
The poster displays the need for interdependence amongst all role players in the SACS community. It also represents our splendour, uniqueness, rich diversity and strength, while espousing those traditional moral ethics. The poster will serve as a talisman from which many inferences, sub themes and life lessons will be drawn. We are VERY excited!