#promoteyourschool – Curro Castle Mount Richmore
Welcome to Castle – Your family, is our family at Curro Mount Richmore. Laughter fills the playground as children reach their milestones and learn social skills through play and, when children don’t want to go home after school, the team at Curro Castle know they have done their jobs well. With beautiful jungle gyms, obstacle courses, sandpits and classrooms filled with wonder and fun, the children at Curro Castle Mount Richmore are given the best possible start to their schooling career:
Virtual Tour – Opening their doors in 2017, the Castle is run by Jacqueline Clark and recently consolidated with Curro Castle Eco Kidz’ Carol Webster. The two women are affectionately known as the “Queens of the Castle”. Educational play and independent thinking are the building blocks upon which the school is built. The curriculum is designed to equip and prepare children with the skills needed to excel in both South African and international schools, a factor that past parents who have since emigrated have found eased their transition into new schools abroad. “With the philosophy of developing inquiring and creative minds, we believe our children are being well prepared for the future,” said Mrs Webster. Jackie and Carol have created a close-knit family environment where parents can rest assured knowing their children are loved and cared for by dedicated teaching staff. “Your family is our family,” said Mrs Clark, who says not only do the small class sizes benefit the children and make teaching easier, it also makes physical distancing easy to achieve. The school is a well-oiled machine driven by world-class staff, including the likes of Group 1 teacher (from 3 months), Chantal Engelbrecht and Group 5 teacher (up to five years), Chantelle Smith. Noting that she has the most important job in the world, teacher Chantal’s responsibilities include caring for and nurturing parents’ most precious possessions. Teacher Chantal’s constant in-touch attitude with parents ensures that parents stay up-to-date on their child’s progress. Teacher Chantelle said a lot of team planning went into the Curro Castle curriculum, which includes ELDAs. ELDAs forms part of the national curriculum framework and stands for Early Learning Development Areas: well-being, identity and belonging, communicating, exploring Mathematics, creativity and knowledge and understanding of the world. “I believe that each child needs to feel loved and safe in an environment in order to then have the ability to learn and grow,” said teacher Chantelle, who found her passion for teaching after leaving the corporate world. “Teaching adults was not for me. I relate better to little people,” jokes teacher Chantelle (Group 5). “We implore our parents to be a part of the school and for our teachers to be part of their children’s families,” said Mrs Clark.
Standard Operationg Procedures – With the return to school, health and safety procedures were of the utmost importance to both the Castle Stars and staff. We looked for a fun and informative way to introduce the new standard operating procedures, which would keep the Castle Stars safe and happy. This video shows parents and children how school will be and gives them peace of mind knowing that all will be well. The health and safety of the Castle Stars is of utmost importance, and CCMR have gone above and beyond to ensure that our learners are dropped off and taught in a safe, clean environment:
Remote Teaching Bloopers – The National Lockdown brought many new challenges for teachers, one of them – technology and live online lessons and videos for learning purposes. Curro prides itself on delivering a high quality, educationally sound and visually exciting product. CCMR had a lot of fun compiling these videos but with it, brought a few hiccups. In this video they share with you a few of our teachers ‘bloopers’: