Our Mission Statement
Growing and learning with love.
Our aim is to develop your child’s skills and learning in all the appropriate developmental areas in a happy, relaxed and loving environment.
The quality of education and the level of care, love and attention we give our children, are the hallmarks of HILLTOP FRIENDS.
Hilltop Friends is a Christian school based in Douglasdale / Jukskei Park Border. We are a fully private, registered school open to children from 12 months to Grade R (Grade 0).
HILLTOP FRIENDS PRE-SCHOOL AND PLAYSCHOOL pride ourselves on smaller classes with a qualified teacher and a class assistant in each class. We have a reputation for our nurturing environment and for providing a high and holistic level of stimulation during this critical stage of their development. Research has shown – that the quality of education a child has in the early foundation years is critical to their later development and success.
Hilltop Friends follows Early Childhood Development Theme Based Curriculum focusing on all areas of development (i.e. : physical, intellectual, cognitive, perceptual, emotional and social, language and literacy, problem solving and numeracy, science and exploration, knowledge and understanding of the world, sensory and tactile play, creative and music) and prides itself on nurturing and stimulating children at this crucial development period. Every class boasts a wide range of top quality educational equipment, well planned learning and construction areas and spacious fantasy play areas to stimulate the children’s imagination and social and emotional development.
Our school campus is unique with a beautiful welcoming fantasy garden entrance and two large separate playgrounds for the Juniors and Seniors. It boasts beautiful trees for natural shade and wonderfully looked after grounds with a variety of playground equipment, large shaded and covered sand pit, bike track and tactile and sensory tables. This gives your child the edge in terms of physical development and the development of imagination and fond memories. We want our children to play. Slide. Run. Climb. Go through tunnels. Balance. Swing. Build. Pour and sift and look for treasures in the sensory tables. Play imaginative games in the Play house. Our teachers monitor the children playing and keep parents informed of their child’s development.
Play also forms the foundation of (Hilltop Friends) programme and in this play-rich environment, your child will learn about themselves.Through play we aim:
- To promote self-confidence and a positive self-image.
- To develop the ability to communicate.
- To provide guidance in developing self-discipline.
- To develop a positive attitude towards school and learning.
- To provide opportunities for the child to learn to reason, solve problems, make decisions, form conclusions and express opinions, without fear of rejection or ridicule.
- To provide an atmosphere which allows for and promotes creativity.
- To develop an awareness of the environment.
We adjust where adjustment is required and lovingly assist your child in being ready to face and capably enjoy “big school”. We are exceptionally serious about what we do. We know that looking after your child is a matter not to be taken lightly. At Hilltop Friends we all become a family; a desire to walk alongside you to prepare your child/children for the adventures of life during these precious formative pre-school years. Aiming to provide your child/children the very best in Pre-school education in a fun, loving and nurturing environment with positive learning experiences.
We are a private school following the private school terms as prescribed by ISASA. We remain open throughout the year and only close for 2 weeks in April (incorporating all the Easter Public Holidays), 2 weeks in August and December Holidays from 16th December. During the holidays we stop teaching the curriculum and offer a holiday programme filled with arts and crafts, gross motor games and all meals. Holiday programme is included in the fees provided that the children attend the same number of days that they are enrolled for.
The children are continuously being assessed with frequent parent meetings and comprehensive individual reports are handed out mid-year and at the end of the year. With a wonderful team of qualified teachers and assistants’ on-hand we teach your child with unrivalled care and attention. Our staff are all committed Christians and we endeavour to build sound values and lifestyle principles into the lives of the children. Our Principal, Kelly Da Fonseca is a hands-on Principal. Qualified Teacher with 18 years of teaching experience with a passion for children and education. A mission minded person and always introducing fresh ideas and concepts.
Hilltop Friends gladly welcomes all families regardless of race or creed. At Hilltop friends – we also offer full inclusion, i.e. providing the environment which facilitates learning for children with special needs. We take a maximum of two children per class with mild to moderate special needs.Parents must provide their own facilitator and once a term attend wrap-up meetings with facilitator, therapists, class teacher, Principal and Parents.
Children’s safety is of paramount importance to us, so teachers and class assistants are kept up to date with their CPR and First Aid Training. In addition, we have paramedic response at a push of a panic button. The school has a permanent full time security guard on the premises as well as medical and 24 hour medical and armed response from RSS. The school is also secured with electric fence, controlled access, cameras, monitors and radio response.