About Edenglen

 


Edenglen Primary School is a distinguished state school in the heart of Edenglen, Johannesburg. The school opened its doors in 1978 with 252 children, with our current enrolment being over 1200 children. We provide an excellent standard of education, and our dedicated and enthusiastic staff are always striving to improve the standards within our school. With modern and reliable resource facilities and a wide educational infrastructure, Edenglen provides learners the basis for them to reach their full potential.



FROM THE (ACTING) PRINCIPAL’S DESK:

2017 arrived with a bang and the holidays of 2016 are but a distant memory. Time waits for no man (or woman!) and it seems that the pressures placed on children in modern times increase with the arrival of each new year. As I moved from class to class to meet the children, I could not help but be overcome by a sense of excitement and expectation. The young minds before us could belong to the next Elon Musk, Patrice Motsepe, Cyril Ramaphosa or Thuli Madonsela. As adults we tend to look towards role models in the wider community, but we must ask what we as parents and teachers are doing to build our children to become the next generations of icons and role models.

Believe it or not, this process starts at school. The love of learning, respect for those who are different to us, forging a sense of community, innovative and “out the box” thinking – we need to encourage our children to foster these traits and it begins by teaching a common value system. It starts as early as Grade R – learning to listen to the teacher and friends when they speak and extends to playtime, where the children are taught to share their things. There is no better or comforting sight than when a young child shares his lunch with his friend in the class whom he sees did not have lunch today. Such qualities are far more valuable than being able to colour in the lines (although our ECD practitioners will put forward a strong case for the simultaneous development of such academic skills), for they show that our young children are developing compassion and empathy for others, which in turn will shape them into becoming wise adults committed to the upliftment of others.

Life skills are such a vital part of one’s development and cannot be acquired by studying facts from a textbook or repeating endless formulae and equations. They are learned from a child’s interaction with people like you and me. How do we teach our children to resolve conflict? Do we write aggressive notes in a homework diary or swear at the driver who has just cut us off in traffic? Or do we hear the other side and accept that there are three sides to the story, or smile and wave at the person who has dared to make us five seconds late at our destination, remembering that there are always those who will get ahead of us in life? As teachers and parents, children model our every word and behaviour and we have a tremendous responsibility to ensure that the right example is emulated. Instead of lamenting the existence of so many beggars on the streets or at busy intersections, what if we were to imagine the life story of the person standing in front of us and imagine what we or our leaders could do to solve the problem? Already then, a creative approach to solving problems is fostered as well as a recognition of the fact that every individual has dignity and deserves respect, despite his/her circumstances being different to ours.

And so where am I going with this, you may ask? Quite simple: My challenge to each and every person represented in our school and community is to make a positive difference this year. Let’s change our way of how we’ve always done things so that we embrace change and achieve what we never have before. Tell children what they can do instead of what they can’t. Teach them the values you long to see in others, for you cannot bemoan the state of society until you actively participate in the process to improve it. Let’s focus on inspiring our learners and giving them a real life education that is balanced by excellence in teaching and learning. The responsibility does not belong to others – it never did and never will. The ability to make a difference is ours. What will you do to make this happen?


Heather Broodryk Deputy Principal

Heather Broodryk
Acting Principal


Gerrie vd Linde Deputy Principal

Gerrie vd Linde
Deputy Principal

 
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