The “Inky” (Grade RRR to Grade R) is our special term used for the boys in the Andrew Rattray Pre-Primary. In total there are about 80 boys in the Inky, with approximately 18-22 boys per class.
Derryn Odell is the HOD of the Pre-Primary. She is joined by 6 other Pre-primary teachers namely Debbie Holmes, Caitlin Hull, Bonnie Kyle, Alexandra Edmonds, Carol Ndlovu and Lee-Ann Holdsworth.
The Pre-Primary building which opened in January 2009 is designed with busy little boys in mind. The indoor areas are spacious and the creative room allows the opportunity for boys to experiment with different creative techniques, whilst using their imaginations, vibrant colours and sensopathic experiences to stimulate learning. Baking takes place twice a term where the boys delight in measuring and stirring to produce ‘yummy goodies’ to eat.
Our extensive garden area provides the boys with space to run freely, play soccer and cricket, enjoy mini putt-putt and make use of the bike track, as well as developing their balancing and gross motor skills on the exciting jungle gym. The sandpit area is well-designed and allows for outdoor play even on a rainy day. Our new forest area, which is an extension of our playground, has proven to be most popular and the boys spend their time climbing trees, exploring, digging for treasures and building forts.
We believe that boys need to learn through play. The opportunities and activities provided by the well – qualified and experienced staff encourages them to discover, experiment and explore the world around them.
The boys are exposed to a wide variety of ‘rings’ by their teacher and the Grade R boys have environmental lessons in our outdoor forest classroom every second week. All the Gr RR and Gr R boys also enjoy the expertise of a specialist music teacher, dance and drama lessons and guidance lessons from our Headmaster. All boys attend psychomotor lessons on a weekly basis facilitated by qualified staff.
Sports Stars, a ball skills programme, and swimming happen in the appropriate terms and the boys love these active outdoor lessons. Puppet shows and staff dramas are put on for the boys by the staff twice a term and are thoroughly enjoyed by the boys. Our visit to the Cordwalles Chapel every Thursday is a highlight for the Gr R boys as they learn not only the relevant teachings of the Christian faith but also the history of the Chapel. Throughout the year the boys are fortunate to be taken, by their teachers in the Cordwalles school bus, on many rewarding outings to exciting destinations, namely the Botanical Gardens, the SPCA, the Fire Station, the Museum, the Pet Shop, the Nest Retirement Home and many more. The boys are encouraged to do their bit for the wider community and we support different social responsibility projects each term. We also invite visitors to our school to enhance learning during our various themes.
The Andrew Rattray Pre-Primary is also the home of Aftercare (for Grade RRR – Grade 3 boys only) where the boys are able to relax, play, do crafts and bake with a qualified teacher and her assistants.
The development of the whole child while learning through play is paramount. One of our objectives throughout the school is for children to learn respect: respect for themselves, their peers, the environment, and for God. This all begins in our happy, fun-filled Andrew Rattray Pre-Primary.