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This information page should address many of your queries. However, if you have more questions, we’re happy to answer them. You can email us here: support@eclassroomschool.org

Please start by listening to our recorded Question & Answer Webinars below and read the Frequently Asked Questions further down.

If you would like to meet some of our teachers and ask them your questions in person, our next webinar is on Tuesday, 29th September at 10.00am (South African time). Scroll down for details on how to join.

To enrol your child in our school, click this button to download the form.

Q&a webinar Tue 29 Sep 2020

Join our next webinar

In this webinar, you’ll meet our Intermediate Phase teachers and find out more about our school. Please fill in the form for the webinar link.

Tuesday 29 September 2020 from 10.00am – 10.45am (South African Time)

 

Submit your details for Tues 29 Sep at 10am

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Enrolment closes on 31 October 2020

If you’ve already decided that you would like to enrol your child in our school next year, please click on the button below to download the form with instructions.

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10% Discount

10% off full year’s fees if paid annually in advance by 31 October 2020.
10% off first month’s school fees if paid by 30 September 2020.
Enrolment closes on 31 October 2020.

Fee Structure 2021

A non-refundable fee of R 350 is payable upon application

Monthly x 12 months:

  • Grade 1-3: R1850 per month payable at the beginning of each month
  • Grade 4-6: R2150 per month payable at the beginning of each month
  • Grade 7: R2450 per month payable at the beginning of each month

How and when to pay

Fees are payable in advance at the beginning of each month.

Debit order facilities available.

Textbooks

Textbooks will be used in the Intermediate Phase but not in Foundation Phase. We provide all lesson material and assessments your child needs to complete Grade 1-7 at home. If our teachers require your child to purchase a textbook, you will be informed before the school year begins.

Induction Day

We will have an induction day to introduce students and parents to the teachers and learning management system before the school year starts.

q&a webinar Mon 7 Sep 2020

View the webinar recording

If you were unable to attend the webinar on Monday the 7th or missed something during the session, we recorded it for you. Please click on the picture below to watch. 

q&a webinar Mon 14 Sep 2020

View the webinar recording

If you were unable to attend the webinar on Monday the 14th or missed something during the session, we recorded it for you. Please click on the picture below to watch. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click any question to expand it to see the answer.

Assessments

How will assessment take place?

There will be some traditional written tests.
There will be some combined assessments – observations by the teacher etc.
There will be continuous assessment.
We will also use baseline assessments.

Grade R – 3: Learners do not write any tests or examinations. They do formal assessments based on the CAPS curriculum, which can be marked by the parent/facilitator for immediate feedback (as they will have the memos) and on occasions they will be marked by us.

Grade 4 – 7: Students fill in the answer sheets, scan and attach to our platform for marking. In a cottage school or learning centre, the facilitator may mark these and attach the marked work.

How will the Foundation Phase children be assessed in reading for example?

In Foundation Phase we will use breakout rooms for group reading where we will provide the stories. We will also use an online reading program which will assess the reading scientifically as the child reads along. This is available in English and Afrikaans and is used by many schools in South Africa.

Benefits

What are the benefits of attending your online school?

Students will meet their classmates every day (especially in the morning meet)
Students can study in a comfortable environment.

No disruptions or distractions.

All live lessons are recorded, so lessons can be easily caught up and watched again to reinforce a concept.

Students can interact with qualified teachers and peers in live lessons.

Using the platform and self-study material given during lessons teaches independence and self-discipline.

Students will be involved in collaborative project work with their peers.

Students will experience ongoing assessment, tests and exams that measure progress, but in a stress-free environment.

Students easily submit work using our learning management system.
Students will seamlessly fit back into the public-school system (or any system) if the need arises.

Catching up of work

If we miss a day, will there be an opportunity to catch up?

Yes, all recorded lessons will be accessible to you. These recordings will not be available in the public domain, so your child’s safety is assured.

How will you cater for children who are behind because of the school they attended previously?

Our baseline assessments will pick up the gaps, and the teachers will endeavour to arrange ways to meet those gaps.

Class size

How big will your classes be?

We hope to contain classes at 25 students — no more than 30. Unlike traditional schools, online learning does not have the same distraction limitations.

Will classes be grouped by location so the children can get to know each other and socialise?

We encourage those who live close to one another to arrange to meet. We will obtain your permission to share a contact detail with another parent in your vicinity.

Curriculum

Are you accredited with the Department of Education?

Schooling from home is a legally recognised alternative to traditional schooling. Parents are required to register their children with their Provincial Department of Education for home schooling. We provide you with a portfolio of evidence to support your child’s progress.

What curriculum will you follow?

We will follow the CAPS curriculum, but we strive to extend your children in exciting ways, by teaching CAPS in a way that centres on creativity and critical thinking.

Daily Routine

What is the daily routine?

GRADES 1-3

The Foundation Phase proposed daily schedule is:
Grade 1 and 2:  7.45am to 12.30pm
Grade 3: 7.45am to 1.00pm

We are currently conducting sample classes with Foundation Phase students to ascertain what they realistically can manage on and offline daily and, to that end, will update this section once concluding that research.

Grade 4-7

Monday-Thursday: 07:45-13:30
Friday: 07:45-12:40

Enrolment

Where can I find the enrolment form?
What are the requirements/supporting documents to be able to enrol?

Birth certificate, the last report if they attended a previous school, their portfolio of evidence from that school, any medical directives that could affect learning.

Are applications open for January?

Yes, applications are open until end of October 2020. To accommodate parents who could be schooling other children at traditional schools, we will align our school year as close as possible to a conventional school year.

Is the school open for international enrolment?

Yes, international students can enrol.

Extra help

If a child is struggling academically with a subject, does he/she get extra help?

The teachers can suggest ways in which you can get extra help, and we will endeavour to provide as much support as possible.

Extramurals

Will any form of online extramurals be offered?

We are still working on this. We hope to provide at least an online music teacher, and coding and robotics.  These will be at an extra cost.

Fees

How much are the monthly fees? 

Our fees for the 2021 academic year are:

  • A once off application fee of R 350
  • Grade 1-3: R1850 per month
  • Grade 4-6: R2150 per month
  • Grade 7: R2450 per month

Fees are payable in advance either monthly or annually. Fees paid upfront for the year qualify for a 10% discount.

Facilitators

Will my child need a facilitator?

We foresee that in Grades 1-3 your child will need a facilitator to help them log in and hand in work, and to oversee the completion of work. The more exposure your child has to the system, the quicker they will gain independence. Typically, a Grade 4 student should be able to get through a school day independently if they have been in an online system previously. A lot depends on your child’s personal development.

How will the facilitator know what to do?

We will provide the facilitator with a lesson plan for all the lessons we plan to do in the week.  The live classes aim to cover most of the critical parts of the course.  We offer extra support from our teachers. They are available to answer any academic questions you or your child might have after school hours until 5 pm.

How will the facilitator know how to work with the LMS (Learning Management System)?

We will provide online training for the facilitators regularly.

Foundation Phase

How does the Foundation Phase work?

We focus on integrated learning in the Foundation Phase. Our subjects are:

  • English Home Language (which includes reading)
  • Mathematics
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Life Skills – Beginning Knowledge, Creative Arts, Physical Education, Personal and Social Well-being

Internet Software

How stable are the servers for downtime and maintenance schedule?

We will use a learning management system from the USA. No downtime or maintenance will occur during school hours.

Regarding security/safety with Zoom and live streaming how will that be handled?

We will access Zoom within our Learning Management System. Zoom resolved the privacy issues experienced in its early inception.

What software and hardware do we need?
A laptop or desktop computer with 2.0 GHz + processor, minimum 4 gigs (RAM) – 8 gigs will ensure a smoother, faster connection.

A webcam and microphone are essential earphones with a mic option help zone out external noise.

Internet connection – 10 mbps+ download speed & 2mbps upload speed.

Approximately 50+ gigs of WIFI per student per month

The latest version of Google Chrome

The latest version of Zoom – check for updates monthly

A printer & scanner. Scanner apps are available for smartphones & tablets. You will need one that can create a multi-page PDF doc from multiple scanned pages.

Headphones with microphones are important

Office 365 is available for free to children through this link https://mahala.ms/signup/

Students will also need a Gmail account for easy access to the work we do in Google’s G Suite.

Language of instruction

Will you provide lessons in Afrikaans as well as in English?

All our lessons will be in English, except for Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal which will be taught in English in Foundation Phase but, from Grade 4 instructions will include more Afrikaans. To master a language, we must hear it spoken and speak it frequently. Afrikaans is a compulsory subject and is taught in a way that makes students comfortable with it, not fearful.

Lessons

How will the classes be presented? Will it all be based on a computer? Will some tasks be practical?

We aim to achieve a classroom feel online, so the child feels part of a whole. We will take a blended learning approach and assign offline activities.

To enable your child for the digital world, teachers will take regular opportunities to assign tasks that teach them valuable computer skills, too. We will also include fun, practical activities as part of our learning. We want your children to love coming to online school.

What happens if my child misses a lesson? Can they catch up?

Yes, all recorded lessons are accessible for catch-up purposes.

How long is a lesson?

30-minute lessons – Gr 1 and 2 may be shorter. Breakaway sessions in between for the children to work on applying what they have learned. A typical day will include approximately two hours of online time.

Parental involvement

Am I able to see what my child is working on?

Our Learner Management System gives parents a login to keep you in the progress loop.

How will parents be kept in touch?

Parents/facilitators and teachers will have a weekly meeting to discuss the class activities for the week ahead.

Pass Requirements

What will the pass requirements be for each grade?

We will work according to the DBE system of progression.

Reading and Phonics

Which phonics system is being used?

We will be using Jolly Phonics which is one of the most popular phonics systems world-wide.

How will you do the reading?

We will use a reading program that can assess reading data and assessments.

Registering with the DBE

If our children are already in a school, how do we register for your school?

All children, whether in school or not yet in a school, must be registered with the DBE to attend a home school or online school. It is not a daunting process. Please click on the link and follow the steps. https://www.education.gov.za/Parents/HomeSchooling/tabid/406/Default.aspx

Why do we need to register our children with the DBE?

The DBE is responsible for ensuring all children are receiving an education. While they can keep track of traditional schools, they cannot know your child is being educated at home unless you inform them.

Registration

When does registration close?

The first registration period closes at the end of October 2020. If the need arises for more classes than we currently have capacity for, we will announce another registration date.

School Terms and hours

What will the school hours be?

GRADES 1-3

The Foundation Phase proposed daily schedule is:
Grade 1 and 2:  7.45am to 12.30pm
Grade 3: 7.45am to 1.00pm

We are currently conducting sample classes with Foundation Phase students to ascertain what they realistically can manage on and offline daily and, to that end, will update this section once concluding that research.

Grade 4-7

Monday-Thursday: 07:45-13:30
Friday: 07:45-12:40

When will school start?

Our school calendar and curriculum will follow that set out by the Department of Basic Education.

Stationery

What stationery is required?

To learn successfully, children need a dedicated learning zone set up for them – ideally with a chair and table (where their feet can touch the floor).

We will inform you more specifically in our enrolment pack. Apart from workbooks to write in, and the computer requirements you will need typical stationery such as a pen, pencil, scissors, a ruler aand eraser.

Foundation Phase: play-dough or clay, Unifix building blocks (minimum 20), Craft glue or Pritt, Coloured koki pens and crayons, small whiteboard and marker,  paint for art lessons, skipping rope, beads and thread, A4 paper white paper, large ball.

A detailed stationery list will be available after enrolment is confirmed.

Teachers

Is there one teacher per grade, or do they change teachers per subject?

In the Foundation Phase, we have one teacher per grade.  We will also have other specialists, such as music and physical education. 

In the Intermediate Phase, we will have a register teacher who will meet with the class daily and subject specialists.

Are the teachers proper teachers?

Yes, the teachers are all qualified, experienced teachers with SACE accreditation.

Textbooks

Will the DBE books, currently free to every learner on the DBE website, be used for grade 1 to 3?

We have created our activities and materials, but parents can use those to reinforce concepts or for extra work if they wish to.

Are subject textbooks required?

Textbooks will be used in the Intermediate and Senior Phase, but not in the Foundation Phase as we have created our high-quality resources. We provide all the lesson material and assessments your child needs to complete Grade 1-7 at home. If our teachers do want you to purchase a textbook, we will let you know before the school year begins.

Trial Period

Is there a trial period a student can register for your school to see whether it suits them or not?

We do not have a trial period, but we will introduce ourselves to your child before the school year starts, to give them an idea of how a class will work.

Workflow

How will my child get his work to you to be marked?

Your child will turn in his or her work via the Learning Management System that we use.

General

Should my child be registered with the department of education for online schooling?

Yes, you are required to register with the Department of Basic Education.

Home education is a legally recognised alternative to formal education in South Africa. If you prefer your child/ren to school online, apply to the head of your Provincial Education Department to register your child for Home Education.

What records should I keep?

After  your child has been registered for online schooling, you must keep the following:

  • Record of attendance
  • Portfolio of the child’s work
  • Up-to-date records of the child’s progress
  • Portfolio of the educational support given to the child
  • Evidence of the continuous assessment of the child’s work
  • Evidence of the assessment and or examination at the end of each year
  • Evidence at the end of grade 3,6 and 9 that shows whether your child has achieved the outcomes for these grades
How do I apply to the department of education?

Apply electronically, using the applicable application form, to the head of your Provincial Education Department and attach the following documents with your application:

  • Parent/s certified ID copy
  • In case of foreign nationals certified copies of passport /study permit/work permit/Asylum document is required
  • Last copy of school report (if the child was in school before, but if the child is only starting school now you must attach an immunisation card)
  • Weekly timetable which includes contact time per day
  • Breakdown of terms per year (196 days per year)
  • Learning programme
  • Certified copy of child’s birth certificate
How long does the application process take?

It may take up to 30 days for your application to be processed.

How are reports sent out?

Reports are mailed to parents via our student information and reporting system.

Can my child migrate back to main-stream school?

Yes, we follow the CAPS curriculum, which means that our lesson material and educational products adhere to the curriculum directives set out by the Department of Education.

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