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Darling College was awarded 7 year accreditation through Umalusi. 

The school is also a registered NPO and can issue S18 certificates to individuals and companies who make donations.

Darling Kollege is 7 jaar akkreditasie deur Umalusi toegeken.

Die skool is 'n geregistreerde nie-winsgewende organiesasie wat S18 sertifikate aan individue en besighede wat dsonasies maak kan uitreik.

History

In January 1998, after months of hard work by a small group of dedicated parents, Darling College opened its doors to seventeen learners and two teachers. After only one year, the number of pupils had grown by 100%.  During 1999 we were registered at the Western Cape Education Department as an independent school, and we have also become a member of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA). From humble beginnings n 1998 the school has now grown to 102.

The current buildings were occupied in 2003.

Geskiedenis 

In Januarie 1998, na maande van harde werk deur ‘n klein groepie ouers, het Darling Kollege sy deure vir die eerste keer geopen. Sewentien leerders en twee leerkragte het daardie eerste dag aangemeld. Na net een jaar het die leerdertal gegroei met 100%. Gedurende 1999 is ons by die Wes-Kaapse Onderwysdepartement geregistreer as ‘n onafhanklike skool en het ons deel geword van die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Onafhaklike Skole (ISASA). Sedert 1998 het die skool gegroei tot 102 leerders.

Die huidige geboue was in 2003 in gebruik geneem.

Facilities

Sunrise over Darling College

The school has a modern infrastructure and was designed in phases as to allow for future expansion. It is situated at the Mamre entrance of Darling on 2ha of land. There is more land available to accommodate future expansion.

Facility breakdown:

  • 3 X Foundation Phase class rooms separate from the other phases.
  • 1 x Pre-school facility
  • 5 X Senior primary teaching rooms with own store facilities
  • 1 X IT room (20 separate computers)
  • 1 X Staff room
  • 1 X Hall
  • 1 X Admin block
  • 3 X Separate store rooms
  • 1 X Library

Open play areas and well-manicured gardens. The school building is built in such a way as not to impede with future expansion. Preliminary second phase plans have been drawn up to allow for expansion. Our sports field is under construction and we hope to have our first game there before the end of 2016. We currently make use of the Darling Club sports fields that is conveniently located next door to the school

The building is WiFi enabled as well as a wireless network. Overall the school is well resourced and all classes have mounted data projectors to aid in teaching and learning.

Governing Body / Beheerliggaam

Darling College is governed under the schools constitution by the Governing body.

The buildings and land is managed by the Darling College Trust. The Trust is the outright owner of the land and buildings.

The Governing Body consists of 12 members of which one is an independent educational consultant. The Trust has 8 members of which one member is an independent law consultant.

Darling Kollege word bestuur volgens die skool se grondwet deur die Bestuursliggaam.

Die geboue en grond word bestuur deur die Darling Kollege Trust. Die Trust is die volslae eienaar van die grond en geboue.

Die Beheerliggaam bestaan uit 12 lede waarvan een lid 'n onafhanklike onderwys konsultant is. Die Trust het 8 lede waarvan een lid 'n onafhanklike wetlike konsultant is.



DARLING COLLEGE GOVERNING BODY / DARLING KOLLEGE BEHEERLIGGAAM

Peter Niklaus

Chairman and Constitution

Voorsitter en Grondwet

Marius Jerling

Principal

Skoolhoof

Gilbert Ferreira

Treasurer (Assisted by Jacqui Sherwood)

Tesourier  (Bygestaan deur Jacqui Sherwood)

John Duckitt

Buildings and Grounds

Geboue en Gronde

Surene Kirtsten

Secretary

Sekretaresse

Lientjie Nel

Marketing and Staff

Bemarking en Personeel

Glyn Lewis

Teacher Representative

Onderwyserverteenwoordiger

Lukas Wentzel

Sport and Activities

Sport en Aktiwiteite

Charmaine du Toit

Marchell Kalumpie

Fundraising

Fondsinsameling

 

 

Ons Missie

By Darling Kollege streef ons daarna om ‘n veilige, gelukkige leeromgewing te skep, waar leerders in ‘n plattelandse omgewing gekoester en gestimuleer word om kreatief, weetgierig, ywerig, aanpasbaar en verantwoordelik te wees. Die Christelike waardes vorm ons grondslag; ons onderrig en beoefen verdraagsaamheid en respek. Ons doelwit is om ons leerders te motiveer dat hul met selfvertroue ‘n sinvolle bydrae tot hul gemeenskap en die wêreld in geheel sal maak.

Our Mission

At Darling College we strive to create a safe, happy learning environment, where learners are nurtured in a country setting and stimulated to be creative, inquisitive, industrious, adaptable and accountable. The Christian ethos is our bedrock; we teach and practise patriotism, tolerance and respect. We aim to motivate our learners to be self-confident in their own special abilities and to be able to make a meaningful contribution within their community and the world at large.

 

We are affiliated with the Western Cape Education Department and ISASA (Independent Schools Association of South Africa). / Ons is geaffilieer by die Wes-Kaapse Onderwys Departement en ook by ISASA (Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Onafhanklike Skole).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff / Personeel

There is a dedicated and suitably qualified member of staff for each Grade. The school has made provision for part-time staff members to further enrich the quality of teaching (English/Afrikaans Home Language Teachers, a Music Specialist, an Art Teacher and an Information Technology Teacher).

Our office staff includes a Principal and Bursar/Office Administrator as well as a permanent cleaner and a gardener. 

Our teachers are passionate and qualified individuals, who provide quality education to our children.

Ons het 'n toegewyde en geskikte gekwalifiseerde personeellid vir elke Graad. Die skool maak voorsiening vir tydelike personeellede om die kwaliteit van ons onderwys onderrig te verryk (Engels/Afrikaans Huistaal Onderwysers, 'n Musiek Spesialis, 'n Kuns Onderwyser en 'n Informasie Tegnologie Onderwyseres).

Ons kantoor personeel bestaan uit die Skoolhoof en Boekhouer/Kantoor Administateur sowel as 'n permanente skoonmaker en tuinier.

Ons onderwysers is passievolle en gekwalifiseerde individue, wat kwaliteit onderrig aan ons kinders verskaf.

 

 

Senior Phase / Seniorfase

 

Mr Marius Jerling

Principal. Gr 7 Social Science and Technology. Rugby, Cricket and Athletics.

Skoolhoof. Gr 7 Sosiale Wetenskappe en Tegnologie. Rugby, Krieket en Atletiek.

Mrs Janine Jerling

Head of Academics, Learner Support. Gr 6 Class teacher. Gr 6 - 7 Englich FAL and Afrikaans FAL. Netball, Athletics and Culture.

Hoof van Akademie, Leerder Ondersteuning. Gr 6 Klasonderwyseres. Gr 6 - 7 Engels EAT en Afrikaans EAT. Netbal, Atletiek en Kultuur.

Mr Glyn Lewis

Gr 7 Class Teacher. GR 6 - 7 Mathematics, EMS and Natural Science. Life Orientation and Culture.

Gr 7 Klasonderwyser. Gr 6 - 7 Wiskunde, EBW en Natuurwtenskappe. Lewensorientering en Kultuur.

Ms Benita van As

Gr 5 class teacher. Gr 4 - 5 Afrikaans HL, Afrikaans FAL and Mathematics. Athletics and Culture.

Gr 5 klasonderwyser. Gr 4 - 5 Afrikaans HT, Afrikaans EAT en Wiskunde. Atletiek en Kultuur.

Ms Clarisa Hugo

Gr 4 Class teacher. Gr 4 - 5 Social Science, Natural Science, English FAL & Life Skills. Athletics.

Gr 4 Klasonderwyseres. Gr 4 - 5 Sociale Wetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Engels EATen Lewensvaardighede. Atletiek.

Mrs Simone van der Merwe

Gr 4 - 7 Afrikaans HL, English HL, Social Science and Information Technology.

Gr 4 - 7 Afrikaans HT, Engels HT, Sosiale Wetenskappe en Informasie Tegnologie.

Mr Hentie van der Merwe

Gr 4 - 7 Art.

Gr 4 - 7 Kuns.

 

Foundation Phase / Grondslagfase

 

Mrs Sunel Grundlingh

Head of Foundation Phase. Gr 2 Class Teacher. Mini-Cricket and Netball.

Grondslagfase Hoof. Gr 2 Klasonderwyseres. Mini-Krieket en netbal.

Ms Zandre Hugo

Gr 3 Class Teacher.

Gr 3 Klasonderwyseres.

Ms Sunelle Booysen

Gr 2 Class Teacher.

Gr 2 Klasonderwyseres.

Mrs Jorunda Jordaan

Gr 1 Class teacher. Mini-cricket and netball. Head of Sport.

Gr 1 Klasonderwyseres. Mini-krieket en netbal. Sporthoof.

Ms Anna-Marie Stoffberg

Gr 1 Class Teacher. Netball and Athletics. Eisteddfod.

Gr 1 Klasonderwyseres. Netbal en Atletiek. Eisteddfod.

Mrs Cheri vd Merwe

Gr R Class Teacher.

Gr R Klasonderwyseres.

Ms Carla van Bo

Gr RR Class Teacher.

Gr RR Klasonderwyseres.

Ms Izanda Bruintjies

Gr R - RR Class Assistant

Gr R - RR Klasassistent

Mrs Levona de Villiers

Gr R - 7 Drama and Dance

Gr R - 7 Drama en Dans

 

 

Administration /  Administrasie

 
Mrs Jacqui Sherwood

 

Bursar and Office Administrator

Boekhouer en Kantoor Administrasie

Faustina

Cleaner

Skoonmaker

Jacobus

Gardener

Tuinier


Finances

Darling College finances are managed through a rigorous budgeting system and the school books are audited twice a year by an external auditing company Schoemans Certified Chartered Accountant & Registered Auditors.

The members of the governing body are professionals in their own right and are co-opted to perform specific tasks on the governing body that is related to their field of work.

The school receives a small subsidy of 15% from the WCED that is calculated by the amount of students on roll.

Darling College is regestered as an NPO.

 

BANK DETAILS

DARLING COLLEGE

STANDARD BANK DARLING

B/C: 050-11141

ACC NO: 083265457

Please make sure you reference all payments according to it's intention (vd Merwe  school fees).

Verwys asb. all betalings met 'n gepaste verwysing. (vd Merwe   Skoolfooie)

Application and School Fees 2017

The school has an application process that all applicants must follow. Included in the application documents are: Welcome letter, Information booklet, Application form, Parent Contract, several policy documents and a medical information form. All applicants undergo a credit check and parent interviews are conducted.

When applying for 2017 the following fees apply:

  • Application fee: R200 per child
  • Entrance fee: R2500 per child (Gr 1 - 7 only)
  • Annual development levy R600.00 per child (Pre-school)
  • Annual development levy R1400.00 per child (Gr 1 - 7)
  • Monthly fee: R2385.00 per child per month for 12 months Gr 1 - 7
  • Pre-school fees:R950 per child per month for 12 months

Although the Board of Governors will always endeavour not to increase tuition fees during the school year, it reserves the right to do so if required by circumstances. School fees will increase with a minimum of 5% annually.

Aansoek en Skoolgelde

Skoolgelde 2017:

  • Aansoekgeld: R200 per kind
  • Intreegeld: R2500 per kind (Gr 1 - 7 alleenlik)
  • Jaarlikse ontwikkelingsheffing R600.00 per kind (Voorskool)
  • Jaarlikse ontwikkelingsheffing R1400.00 per kind (Gr 1 - 7)
  • Maandelikse gelde: R2385.00 per kind per maand vir 12 maande Gr 1 - 7
  • Voorskoolse fooie: R950 per kind per maand vir 12 maande

Die Beheerraad sal daarna streef om nie skoolgelde gedurende die jaar te verhoog nie, maar behou die reg om so te maak indien omstandighede dit vereis. Skoolgelde sal jaarliks met ‘n minimum van 5% styg.


Toelatingsbeleid

BELEIDSVERKLARING

Ons skool is ‘n tweetalige, Christelike primêre skool vir kinders van beide geslagte tussen 6 en 14 jaar oud.

Die skool se Beheerliggaam en die Skoolhoof sal volgens die wet redelik optree wanneer aansoeke om toelating tot die skool oorweeg word. Die volgorde van prioriteit vir opname is soos volg: 

  1. Kinders wat reeds broers of susters in die skool het.
  2. Kinders met broers of susters in kleuterskole in die dorp, maar nie in die skool nie.
  3. Kinders wat in die omgewing van Darling / Yzerfontein woon. 
  4. Kinders met ‘n verklaring van onderrigbehoeftes wat ons skool as die diensverskaffer meld. 
  5. Kinders wat nie in hierdie kategorieë val nie. 

Die volgende toelatingskriteria word in die skool se prospektus in volgorde van prioriteit vermeld: 

1.a)   ‘n graad R-leerder wat vyf jaar oud is en wat voor of op 30 Junie van die toelatingsjaar
6 word, of ‘n leerder wat in die loop van die toelatingsjaar sewe word.
1.b)   ‘n kind wat in die Darling / Yzerfontein omgewing woon.
1.c)    Graad 2 – 7 : heersende getalle is die eerste faktor wat die aanvaarding van kinders in hierdie grade bepaal. 

Ander faktore wat oorweeg kan word, sluit in:

  • ‘n leerder se ouderdom
  • akademiese, sosiale en emosionele faktore
  • vorige promosieverslae (oordragte en jare wat herhaal is)

2. ‘n Kind wat moontlik ten tye van toelating ‘n broer of suster in die skool het

3. ‘n Kind wat ‘n spesifieke rede vir toelating het, bv. mediese of sosiale behoeftes. By die aansoek sal die nodige onafhanklike dokumente oor bv. mediese inligting verlang word. 

4. Leerders wat die naaste aan die skool met die kortste loopafstand daarvandaan woon.  In die geval van ‘n ooraanbod, sal prioriteite in die volgorde van 1 tot 4 toegepas word.     

In gevalle waar aansoeke die getal plekke in bogenoemde kategorieë oorskry, sal die afstand in ‘n reguit lyn tussen die kind se huis en die skool se ingang beslissend wees.

Die skool se Beheerliggaam sal nie diskrimineer teen applikante ten opsigte van hul geslag, ras, kleur, geloof, burgerskap of land van herkoms nie.

Die Beheerliggaam sal nie diskrimineer teen aansoekers op grond daarvan dat die kind nie in die omgewing van Darling / Yzerfontein woon nie, behalwe in die geval waar so ‘n aansoek die skool se toelatingsbeleid hierbo weerspreek.

Soos in die Grondwet vermeld, word getalle en aanvaarde toelatingsgetalle vir elke klasgroep bepaal deur die Skool se kapasiteit om leerders te akkomodeer. Die aantal toelatings vir enige klas sal slegs in buitengewone omstandighede en ná raadpleging met die Beheerliggaam en die Skoolhoof oorskry word, soos dit in die Grondwet van Darling Kollege vervat is. ‘n Onafhanklike paneel vir appèl sal deur die Beheerliggaam en die Skoolhoof aangestel word.

Die skool se Bestuur sal die toelatingsbeleid jaarliks in die skool se prospektus publiseer.

Die toelatingsbeleid streef na ooreenstemming met Darling Kollege se Grondwet.  

Darling Kollege se aansoekvorms vir toelating sal onder al die voorskoolse inrigtings in Darling versprei word.

Aansoekvorms sal ook saam met die skool se Prospektus aan alle ouers wat navraag doen, gestuur word. 

Navrae in verband met aansoeke word meestal per telefoon, e-pos of persoonlik ontvang.

‘n Aansoekvorm en skedule van fooie word dan óf per faks, e-pos, landpos óf  per hand afgelewer.

Die skool se verhoudingsgetal vir toelating is vasgestel op 1:20 per graad.

Aansoeke om toelating tot die skool moet verkieslik teen die einde van die derde termyn in September vóór die jaar waarin die kind moet begin, voorgelê word.    

Aansoeke wat laat ontvang word, sal alleen in die volgende omstandighede as tydige aansoeke hanteer word:

a) Waar ‘n gesin hulle pas in die Darling / Yzerfontein-omgewing kom vestig het.
b) Waar die Beheerliggaam aanvaar dat individuele omstandighede geld en die vertraging in die gegewe omstandighede redelik is.
c) In elke geval hierbo sal stawende dokumente as bewyse verlang word.      

In enige ander geval, of indien die aansoek nie ná einde September ontvang word nie, sal laat aansoeke minder prioriteit geniet en eers oorweeg word ná aansoeke wat betyds was of as sodanig beskou word. 

Ouers sal teen Oktober kennis ontvang van ‘n aanbod vir ‘n enkele plek in die skool kragtens die Skoolhoof en Beheerraad se magte ná ‘n ooreenkoms met die skool.

PROSEDURE VIR TOELATING

1.   By ontvangs van die voltooide aansoekvorm, saam met die ID van albei ouers en die leerder, word ‘n brief gestuur wat ontvangs erken.

2.   Die Tesourier mag ‘n finansiële navraag doen om seker te maak dat die leerder se skoolfooie betaal sal word.

3.   In die loop van die eerste jaartermyn, voor toelating, kan ‘n brief aan alle voornemende leerders gestuur word waarin hulle genooi word om die vereiste assessering / vaardigheidstoets (Graad 2 – 7) af te lê. ‘n Afskrif van die leerder se jongste rapport moet die aansoekvorm saam met die registrasiefooi vergesel. Afsprake word vir die ouers en voornemende leerders gereël om die Skoolhoof te ontmoet en die skool te besigtig.

4.   In die geval van ‘n graad R-leerder moet alle assesserings deur ‘n terapeut of spesialis asook een of ander aanbeveling van skoolgereedheid voorgelê word. Wanneer die assessering / vaardigheidstoetse verwerk is, word briewe aan suksesvolle kandidate gestuur, insluitend alle relevante dokumente vir die leerder se toelating.

5.   Indien ‘n voornemende leerder nie ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse burger is nie, is dit noodsaaklik dat ‘n studiepermit voor die leerder se toelating bekom word. Dit is gebruiklik dat ons die nodige deposito en aanvaarding van ‘n plek in die skool voor die einde van die tweede termyn, d.w.s. Junie, verlang.

6.   ‘n Bekendstellingssessie word jaarliks vir voornemende graad 1-leerders gehou.

7.   Die ouers van voornemende graad 1-leerders wat aanvaar is, sal in November na ‘n inligtingsessie genooi word. 

Indien ‘n kind nie ‘n plek in die skool aangebied word nie, sal die ouers skriftelik ingelig word, saam met hul reg om te appelleer. Die Beheerliggaam en die Prinsipaal sal alle aansoeke hanteer. Die skool sal die Beheerliggaam oor alle toelatings inlig. Indien ouers teen ‘n afwysing appèl wil aanteken, sal ‘n paneel hul saak aanhoor ná  ontvangs van
‘n skriftelike appèl, wat binne 14 dae ná die afwysing gerig aan die Beheerraadsvoorsitter by die skool se adres ontvang word. (Die paneellede sal bestaan uit die Skoolhoof, die Voorsitter van die Beheerliggaam, die Tesourier en óf ‘n senior grondslagfase, óf ‘n senior intermediêre fase-onderwyser.)

In elke kategorie sal prioriteit gegee word aan kinders wat die naaste aan die skool woon met die naaste staproete wat bestaande voetpaaie insluit.

Vir kinders wat in terme van die statutêre Verklaring oor Spesiale Onderwysbehoeftes na hierdie skool verwys word as die mees gepaste plek vir hul onderrigbehoeftes, sal ‘n plek in die skool aangebied word. 

WAG LYS

Wanneer alle beskikbare plekke in ‘n skool gevul is, stel die skool ‘n waglys op. Ouers wat
hul kinders op die waglys wil plaas, moet die skool skriftelik in kennis stel. Alle plekke wat ontstaan, sal toegewys word volgens die kriteria van die toelatingsbeleid. Geen tydsduur of volgorde van prioriteit as deel van die eerste toelatingsrondte sal vir die waglys geld nie.

Die waglys sal hersien en aangepas word –

  • sodra ‘n kind tot die waglys bygevoeg of daarvan verwyder word;
  • wanneer veranderde omstandighede ‘n kind se prioriteit beïnvloed; 
  • aan die einde van elke skooljaar wanneer ouers met kinders op die waglys gevra sal word of hulle vir die volgende jaar op die waglys wil bly. 

KEURING VAN ALLE KANDIDAAT-LEERDERS BY DARLING KOLLEGE

1.   Darling Kollege is ‘n Onafhanklike Skool en behou die reg op toelating voor. Die Beheerliggaam en die Skoolhoof, wat ‘n lid is van die Beheerliggaam, is verantwoordelik vir en het die vryheid om enige kandidaat-leerder te keur. (Lees Artikel 6.5.1 van die Grondwet.)

2.   Darling Kollege is nie ‘n remediërende skool nie en is nie vir remediërende onderrig toegerus nie. Artikel 3.4 bepaal: “Die skool streef daarna om ‘n hoë standaard van onderrig te handhaaf.”

3.   Elke kind word gekeur met die doel om te verseker dat die skool geskik is vir die kind se behoeftes.

4.   Hierdie toetse sal die kind se verbale en nie-verbale vaardighede, asook sy of haar algehele gedrag assesseer.

5.   Indien die keuringstoets aandui dat gespesialiseerde advies nodig is, sal die ouers na ‘n kinderspesialis verwys word. In so ‘n geval berus die onus op die ouers om vir verdere toetse te betaal.

6.   Ouers van moontlike gr. 1-leerders wat Darling Kollege vir die onderrig van hul kind kies, sal versoek word om enige vorm van aanbeveling, bv. ‘n gr. R-verslag (in die geval van ‘n graad 1-leerder) wat die kind se skoolgereedheid verklaar, asook enige ander
evaluerings van ‘n beroepsterapeut-onderwyser of ander terapeute of spesialiste voor te lê. Darling Kollege sal ‘n kandidaat wat nie voorskoolse ervaring het nie, assesseer.

7.   In die geval van ‘n ouer leerder sal die mees onlangse skoolrapport gevra word. Daarbenewens kan keuringstoetse gedoen word soos in 2. vermeld.

8.   Die skool sal kennis neem van dit wat in die kind se belang is.

9.   Ouers wat versuim om ‘n kind se rapport in te handig soos in 6. neergelê, kan kennis kry dat die kind voorwaardelik aanvaar word en sal in die derde kwartaal ingelig word indien hul kind se vordering onbevredigend was. Daarna kan voortgesette bywoning geweier word. By die oorweging van toelating en elke leerder se volgehoue bywoning, sal ons altyd gelei word deur dit wat in die beste belang van die meerheid leerders in elke klas geag word.

10. Soos duidelik in die Toelatingsbeleid gestel, sal Darling Kollege nie op grond van enige kind se ras, geslag, geloof, burgerskap of land van herkoms diskrimineer nie.  Binne ons vermoë sal Darling Kollege alles doen om ‘n nuwe kandidaat te akkommodeer. 

‘n Ware, lojale familielid van Darling Kollege sal die bogenoemde reëls respekteer en hul kind/ers aanmoedig om die reëls te onderhou asook om ‘n goeie voorbeeld tuis te stel.

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Admission and Screening Policies

POLICY STATEMENT

Our school is a dual medium, co-educational, Christian Primary School catering for children aged 6 to 14 years.

The school Governing Body and Principal will act lawfully and reasonably when considering applications for acceptance at the school. Priority for acceptance will be given in the following order:

  1. Children who already have brothers or sisters in the school.
  2. Children who have brothers or sisters in the nursery schools in Darling but not in  the school.
  3. Children residing within the Darling / Yzerfontein district.
  4. Children, with a statement of educational needs, which name our school as the providing establishment.
  5. Children not in the above categories.

The following admissions criteria are stated in the school prospectus in priority order:

1.a)   A Grade R learner who is five years old and who has turned six by 30 June of the entrance year, or a learner who turns seven during course of the entrance year.
1.b)  A child residing in Darling / Yzerfonteinm district.
1.c)  Grade 2 - 7: current grade numbers is the main factor in accepting children in these grades.

Other factors that may be considered include:

  • learner’s age
  • academic, social and emotional factors
  • previous promotion records (transfers and years repeated)

2.     A child who would have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of the
admission

3.     A child who has a special reason for admission e.g. medical or social needs.  On application appropriate independent documentation e.g. medical information will need to be provided.

4.    Pupils who live closest to school by the shortest available walking route. If there is oversubscription, the criteria will be applied in order of priority from 1 to 4.

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places in one of the categories above, the deciding factor will be the distance drawn in a straight line from the child’s home to the main entrance of the school.

The school Governors will not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of gender, race, colour, religion, nationality or country of origin. The school supports the ideals of equity, justice, inclusivity, diversity and service to the community. The school Governors will not discriminate against applicants on the grounds that the child does not live in the Darling / Yzerfontein area, except where such an admission would contravene the school’s admissions policy above.

As stated in the constitution the numbers and approved admissions numbers for each class are set with reference to the School’s capacity to accommodate pupils. The admissions number for any class will only be exceeded in exceptional circumstances and after consultation with the governing body and principal as stipulated in the Constitution of Darling College.

An independent appeals panel will be set up by the Governing Body and the Principal.

The school Governors will publish its admissions policy annually in the School’s Prospectus. 

The admissions policy aims to be in line with the constitution of Darling College.

The Darling College application forms for admission will be distributed through the different pre-schools in Darling.

Admission forms will also be sent with the School Prospectus to any parents making enquiries about the school.

Enquiries are usually received via telephone, e-mail or personally with regards to application.

An application form and fees schedule are then either faxed, e-mailed, posted or delivered by hand.

The school admission ratio is set at 1:20 per grade.

Applications for admission should preferably be submitted to school by the end of the third term in September, prior to the year in which the child is due to start.

Late applications received will be treated as being received on time, only in the following circumstances;

(a)  Where a family has just moved address into Darling / Yzerfontein area.
(b)  Where it is agreed by the Governing Body, that individual circumstances apply and the delay was reasonable given the circumstances of the case.
(c)  In each case supporting documentary evidence will be required.

In all other circumstances, or if the application is not received until after September, late applications will receive a lower priority and only be considered after the applications received (or deemed to be) on time.

Parents will be informed of the offer of a single school place by October within the authority by the Principal and Governing Body, following agreement with the school.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

1.   Upon receipt of the completed application form, together with the ID of both parents and the learner, a letter is sent acknowledging same.

2.   The Bursar is requested to send a Financial Clearance to the learner’s school in order to ensure that school fees are paid.

3.   During the first term of the year, prior to entry, a letter may be sent to all prospective learners inviting them to write the required assessment/scholarship test (grade 2 - 7). A copy of the learner’s most recent report is required to accompany the application form together with the registration fee. Appointments are set up for the parents and prospective learner to meet with the principal and for a walkabout to see the school.

4.   In the case of a Gr. R learner, all assessments done by therapists or specialists as well as some type of recommendation stating whether a child is ready for school. Once the assessment papers/scholarship papers are marked, letters are sent out to successful candidates together with the acceptance letter as well as a full package enclosing all the relevant documents appertaining to the learner’s entry. Should a prospective learner not be a South African citizen, it is imperative that a study permit is in place prior to the learner’s entry. It is our usual practice to request payment of the required deposit and acceptance of the place offered to be made before the end of the second term, i.e. June.

5.   An information session is held annually for prospective Grade 1-learners.

6.   Parents of prospective Grade 1-learners, who have been accepted, then attend an information session later in November.

If a child is declined a place at the school, the parents will be informed in writing together with their right of appeal.  The Governing Body and the principal will deal with any applications.  The school will inform the Governing Body of all admissions made.  If parents wish to appeal against a refusal of a place their case may be heard, by an independent panel following receipt of a letter of appeal to the Chair of Governors via the school address, within 14 days of receiving refusal. (The panel members will consist of the Principal, Governing Body Chairman, Treasurer and/or a foundation phase senior teacher or intermediate phase senior teacher.)

Priority in each category will be given to children living closest to the school by the nearest available walking route (including made-up footpaths).

Children for whom the school is identified as most suitable to fulfill educational requirements as set out in a statutory Statement of Special Educational Needs, will be offered a place.
 
WAITING LIST

When all available places have been allocated, the school will operate a waiting list. Parents who wish their child to be included on the waiting list, must inform the school in writing. Any places that become available will be allocated according to the criteria of the admission policy with no account being taken of the length of time on the waiting list or any priority order expressed as part of the main admission round.

The waiting list will be reviewed and revised –  each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list; when a child’s changed circumstances will affect his/her priority; at the end of each school year, when parents with a child on the waiting list will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list for the following school year.
 
SCREENING OF ALL CANDITATE LEARNERS TO DARLING COLLEGE

1.    Darling College is an Independent School and reserves the right of admission. The Governing Body and the Principal, as a member of the Governing Body of this institution, are responsible for and at liberty to screen any candidate learner. (see Article 6.5.1 of the Constitution) 

2.     Darling College is not a remedial school and is not equipped to do remedial teaching. As article 3.4 stipulates: “The School shall endeavour to maintain a high standard of education.”

3.    Each child is screened for the purposes of ensuring that the school is suitable for the child’s needs.

4.    These tests will assess the child’s verbal and non-verbal skills as well as the child’s overall behaviour.

5.     If the screening test indicates that specialized advice should be obtained, the parents would be referred to a child specialist. In such a situation, it is the onus of the parent, to pay for further tests.

6.    Parents of potential gr. 1 learners, who opt to choose Darling College for their child’s tuition, will be requested to present some type of recommendation, e.g. Gr. R report (in the case of a Grade One learner), stating whether the child is ready for school, as well as all other assessments done by the occupational therapist teacher or other therapist/s and/or specialist/s.  Darling College will assess a candidate, who has not attended a pre-school.

7.    In the case of an older learner, the last available school report will be required, over and above the screening tests done as mentioned in 2.

8.    The school will be cognisant of what is in the interest of the child.

9.    Parents, who refuse to hand in a child’s report as stipulated in 6, may be advised that the learner is accepted on a probationary basis and will be notified in the third term if their child’s performance was  unsatisfactory. Thereafter continued attendance at the school may be refused. In considering admissions and each learners continued attendance we will be guided at all time by what is deemed in the interests of the majority of the learners in each class.

10. As clearly stated in the Admission’s Policy, Darling College will not discriminate against any child’s race, gender, religion, nationality or country of origin. Within our means Darling College will exert itself to accommodate a new candidate.

A true loyal family member of Darling College will respect these rules and encourage their child/ren to abide by them and also set a good example at home.

Thank you for helping to make a difference.

Algemene Skoolbeleid en Reëls

LEERDERS MAG NIE LAAT WEES VIR SKOOL NIE. LEERDERS WAT ‘N GEWOONTE DAARVAN MAAK, SAL POUSES MET DETENSIE GESTRAF WORD.

AFWESIGHEID

Ouers word vriendelik versoek om die Kollege voor 08:00 te skakel om u kind se afwesigheid aan te meld. U kan dit telefonies doen of ‘n e-pos stuur aan admin@darlingcollege.org.za. NB Neem asseblief kennis dat dit die leerder se verantwoordelikheid is om werk in te haal.

VERLENGDE VAKANSIE

Die skoolhoof word soms versoek om ‘n leerder ekstra dae verlof te gee as gevolg van ‘n verlengde vakansie. So ‘n versoek plaas ‘n akademiese las op die leerder sowel as op die onderwyser/s wat op ‘n later stadium verlore werk moet inhaal.

ANDER AFSPRAKE

  1. Maak asseblief alle afsprake, (medies, tandarts, terapie), na skool-ure indien moontlik.
  2. Maak asseblief ‘n afspraak indien u ‘n onderwyser of die skoolhoof wil spreek. 
    Hierdie afspraak moet asseblief vir na skool-ure gemaak word. Onderwysers moet nie voor skool of gedurende klastye gesteur word nie.

GRIEWE PROSEDURE VIR OUERS

Indien u ‘n skoolverwante probleem ondervind, versoek ons u vriendelik om die volgende
prosedure te volg:

  1. Probleme of ander sake rakende onderwysers moet privaat gehou word en nie openlik of voor skoliere bespreek word nie.
  2. Daar is ‘n beleid betreffende die toegang tot onderwysers en personeel.
  3. Maak ‘n afspraak met die betrokke onderwyser by die sekretaresse.
  4. Hierdie afspraak moet asseblief vir na skool-ure gemaak word, aangesien die onderwysers soggens die aktiwiteite van die dag finaliseer.
  5. Meld asb. ook aan die sekretaresse waaroor u met die onderwyser wil gesels sodat sy/hy ook hul gedagtes kan formuleer.
  6. Onder geen omstandighede moet onderwysers voor ander ouers, leerders ens. gekonfronteer word nie.
  7. Sensitiewe gesprekke moet binne die vier mure van die klaskamer plaasvind en nie openlik bespreek word nie. 
  8. Meld asseblief altyd by die kantoor aan as u die skool besoek.
  9. Onder geen omstandighede mag u, u kind by die klas gaan haal sonder geskrewe toestemming nie. Meld altyd eers by die kantoor aan.
  10. Onderwysers mag nie tydens skoolure gepla word nie.
  11. Ons versoek u vriendelik om die onderwysers na skool en voor 15:00 te skakel of laat ‘n boodskap by die sekretaresse.
  12. Indien u en die betrokke onderwyser nie die saak bevredigend kon oplos nie, moet u asb. ‘n afspraak met die Skoolhoof maak. 
  13. Indien die Skoolhoof nie die saak bevredigend kan oplos nie, sal die saak na die Beheerraad verwys word. Die finale oplossing van die probleem berus by die Beheerraad.
  14. Ons verseker u dat ons, ons beste sal doen om sake bevredigend op te los. Dankie dat u die gesprek op ? volwasse wyse en met respek sal hanteer.

AFLAAIPLEK

Ouers moet leerders asseblief in die parkeerterrein aflaai en nie in die pad nie. Leerders moet asseblief betyds afgehaal word. Hulle raak redelik bekommerd as hul ouers laat kom. Alle oproepe na ouers deur leerders sal verhaal word teen R5 per oproep.

ROOKVRYE OMGEWING

Darling Kollege is ‘n rookvrye omgewing. Dankie dat u nie op die skoolgronde rook nie.

KLEREDRAGKODE

Die persoonlike beeld wat ons uitdra deur ons kleredrag is vir ons belangrik. Leerders word uitgeken aan hul skooldrag. Ons versoek dus dat u as ouer, ons sal ondersteun op die gebied en sal sorg dat die kleredragkode streng nagevolg word. Leerders moet hul skoolklere met trots dra. Skooltasse moet donkerblou wees met afskortings binne-in.  Tasse met wieletjies word nie toegelaat nie. Tekkies moet verkieslik wit en donkerblou wees en kan toeryg. Merk asseblief alle items en skoolklere. Stukkende uniforms moet vervang word. Leerders sal vermaan word as hulle nie aan die kleredragkode voldoen nie. Hare van seuns moet netjies bo die ore geknip wees en mag nie aan die kraag raak nie. Hare van meisies moet vasgemaak wees as dit aan die kraag raak. Naels en hare moet skoon en netjies wees teen alle tye.

SKOOLUNIFORM

Skooluniforms is by die skool verkrygbaar. Sommige items is verkrygbaar by PEP Stores (sien kleredragkode). Bestelvorms is beskikbaar by die kantoor. Die bestelvorm moet voltooi word en op Maandae teruggestuur word kantoor toe tesame met betaling. (GEEN KLERE SAL SONDER BETALING DAARVAN GEGEE WORD NIE). Bestellings kan Dinsdae afgehaal word.

SNOEPIE

Daar is `n snoepie op Vrydae tydens pouse. Maak seker dat u kind daagliks ontbyt eet en pak asseblief vir hulle gesonde kospakkies in.

TELEFOON- EN SELFOONGEBRUIK

Leerders mag nie oproepe by die kantoor ontvang of maak nie. Dit sal slegs in noodgevalle toegelaat word. Ouers sal verantwoordelik wees vir die  betaling van hierdie oproepe.

Leerders wat selfone byderhand moet hê, moet dit afgeskakel en in hul tasse hou tydens skoolure. Die skool aanvaar geen verantwoordelikheid vir verlore of beskadigde selfone nie. Selfone sal gekonfiskeer word indien dit tydens skooltyd gebruik word. 

AKADEMIESE KURRIKULUM

Ons volg ‘n kruis kurrikulêre sillabus, bedoelende dat ons leermateriaal byvoeg by die Kurrikulum- en assesseringsbeleidsverklaring soos voorgeskryf deur die Wes-Kaapse Onderwysdepartement. Assessering word op ‘n daaglikse basis in alle grade gedoen. Terugvoering word tydens persoonlike onderhoude aan ouers gegee in die eerste drie kwartale.  Tydens hierdie persoonlike onderhoude ontvang die ouer die leerder se rapport.

Graad 4 – 7 skryf eksamen in Junie en November.

Graad 1 – 7 skryf ook een maal per jaar ‘n eksterne toets waaraan ons, ons standaarde meet.

Graad 7 Driekamptoetse, wat Wiskunde- en Taalvaardigheid toets.

Gr. 1-7 skryf ook ‘n rekenaarvaardigheidstoets aan die einde van elke kwartaal.

Gr. 1-7 neem ook deel aan die conquest.

HANDBOEKE EN SKRYFBEHOEFTES

Gr. 1- 3 gebruik nog nie handboeke nie maar sal wel ‘n woordeboek benodig.

Vir graad 4 – 7 sal die handboekbestellings deur die skool gedoen word. Ouers sal slegs die handboeke kan ontvang indien betaling gemaak word. Ouers word wel aangeraai om kontak te maak met leerders in die jaar bo hul kind om te onderhandel om die nodige handboeke tweedehands oor te koop.

Skryfbehoeftelyste van Waltons word in die derde/vierde kwartaal versprei. Dit staan wel die ouers vry om hul skryfbehoeftes by ander verskaffers te bekom. Maak asseblief seker dat alle skryfbehoeftes gemerk is.

Dit is uiters noodsaaklik dat kinders alle handboeke en skryfbehoeftes met die aanvang van die nuwe skooljaar het.

HUISWERK

Huiswerk word gegee om werk wat bedags gedoen word, vas te lê. Huiswerk word daagliks gegee en moet te alle tye gedoen word. Ouers moet die onderwysers ondersteun deur die huiswerkboekies daagliks te teken. Projekte en mondeling onderwerpe word lank vooruit gegee. Daarom sal geen verskoning aanvaar  word as take nie betyds ingehandig word nie. Graad 6 en 7’s kry huiswerk en klein toetse oor ‘n naweek.

Alle huiswerkopdragte (gr. 4-7) word op die bord geskryf en dit is elke leerder se verantwoordelikheid om die huiswerk in hul huiswerkboekie aan te teken.

Gr. 1- 3 leerders ontvang ‘n weeklikse huiswerkskedule.

GODSDIENS BELEID

Darling Kollege verkondig nie die beleid van ‘n spesifieke kerkverband nie. Getrou aan die
grondwet van die skool, respekteer ons alle godsdienste. Ons onderrig Christelike waardes en moedig die leerders aan om geestelik te groei en Godvresend te lewe.

 

General Policies and Rules

LEARNERS MAY NOT BE LATE FOR SCHOOL. HABITUAL LATE COMERS WILL BE PUNISHED WITH DETENTION DURING BREAK.

ABSENTEEISM

Parents are kindly requested to advise the College before 08:00 of absence due to illness. This can be either done telephonically or sending an email to admin@darlingcollege.org.za. PS Please note that it is the learner’s responsibility to catch up on work that has been done.

EXTENDED VACATION

The request for extra-ordinary leave of absence is presented timeously to the principal. Please bear in mind that a child’s prolonged absence may later place an academic burden on the learner and the teacher/s concerned.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

  1. Please arrange all other appointments, (medical, dental, therapy), after school hours where possible.
  2. Please make an appointment to see a teacher or the principal. These appointments must be made for after school only. Teachers may not be disturbed before school or during classes.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR PARENTS

Should you have a school related problem, we kindly request that you stick to the following
procedure:

  1. Problematic issues or matters pertaining teachers should be kept private and not discussed openly or in front of learners.
  2. There is a policy regarding access to teachers and staff.
  3. An appointment must be made, through the school secretary, to see the teacher concerned. 
  4. This appointment must be made for after school, as the teachers are busy in the morning finalising the day’s activities.
  5. Please advise the secretary briefly about the problem so as to allow the teacher to prepare beforehand on the matter. 
  6. Under no circumstances must teachers be confronted in front of other parents, learners etc.
  7. Sensitive matters must be kept within the classroom walls and not discussed openly. 
  8. Please report to the office when visiting the school.
  9. Under no circumstance should a child be fetched directly from a class except with written permission. Please report to the office beforehand. 
  10. Teachers may not be telephoned or disturbed during school hours. 
  11. We request that teachers are contacted telephonically after school before 15:00 or a message should be left with the school’s secretary.
  12. If the matter could not be resolved satisfactorily by the teacher, an appointment must be made with the Principal.
  13. If the matter cannot be resolved by the Principal, it will be referred to the Governing Body. The final resolution of the issue then rests with the Governing Body. 
  14. We assure you we shall do our utmost to ensure issues are resolved and would like to thank you for handling the situation in a mature and respectful manner.

DROP-OFF ZONE

Parents should please drop off their children in the parking area and not in the road.
Learners must please be fetched on time as they get very worried if parents do not arrive to pick them up. All calls made to parents by learners will be charged at R5 a call.

SMOKE FREE ENVIRONMENT

Darling College is a smoke-free environment. Thank you for not smoking on the school
premises.

DRESS CODE

Personal presentation is an aspect of excellence. Therefore, parents must support the College by ensuring that the uniform is worn correctly and with pride at all times. Students are readily identifiable by their uniform. Boy’s school hair must be cut above the ears and not touch the collar.  Girl’s hair that touches the collar must be tied up at all times and pinned back off their faces.  Nails and hair must be clean at all times.  Book cases must please also be navy blue with partitions inside.  Book cases with wheels are not allowed. Tekkies must preferably be white and navy and have laces. Please mark all items. Damaged uniforms need to be replaced.  Learners will be reprimanded if they do not comply with the dress code. Please mark all school clothes, etc.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

The uniforms are available at school. Some items are available from PEP Stores (see dress code). Order forms are available at the office. To be completed and handed in on/before Mondays at the office together with payment (NO CLOTHING WILL BE ISSUED BEFORE PAYMENT THERE OF). Orders to be collected on Tuesdays.

TUCK SHOP

There is a tuck shop on Fridays during break. Please make sure your child eats breakfast daily and provide them with a healthy “lunchbox.”

TELEPHONE CALLS AND CELL-PHONES

Learners are not allowed to receive phone calls or make phone calls in the office, exception will only be made in an emergency situation. Parents will be billed for these calls.

Only learners, who really need to have a cell-phone at school must please ensure that they are switched off and kept in their school bags during school hours. The school will not accept responsibility for any damages or loss of cell-phones.  Cell-phones used during school hours will be confiscated.

CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT POLICY STATEMENT

We follow a cross curriculum syllabus, incorporating information and learning material to the new prescribed by the Western Cape Education Department. Assessment is done daily in all grades. Feedback is given to parents at a personal interview in the first three terms.  Parents receive their child’s report at these interviews.

Grade 4 and 7 write examinations in June and November.

Grade 1 – 7 write an annual external test against which we measure our standards.

Grade 7 write Triathlon tests which assess Mathematics and Language skills.

Grade 1 – 7 compete in Conquesta.

TEXT BOOKS & STATIONERY

Grade 1 – 3 do not work from text books. Gr 2 and 3 students are required to purchase a dictionary and student workbooks. Lists will be provided with the relevant information.

Subject text books are purchased by the parents from grade 4 – 7. A book list will be made available containing the relevant information of the books that needs to be purchased. Parents are encouraged to make contact with other parents from the grade above to buy second hand text books. Parents may ask the school to order the books for them if they so
choose. The school will only order text books if payment for the books is received before the end of October.

We provide a list from Book League and Waltons of the stationery needed for the next year. However parents may purchase stationary from any supplier. Please see that all stationery and books are marked.

HOMEWORK

Homework is given to consolidate what learners had learnt that day. 
Grade 1 – 3 learners will be given a weekly homework schedule.
Grade 4 – 7 learners’ homework tasks are written on the board by the teachers.  It is the learners’ responsibility to copy it into their homework books.

Homework is given daily and must be done at all times. Parents must support teachers by signing homework books daily. Projects and oral work are given ahead of time. Learners therefore have no excuse if tasks have not been completed. Grade 6 and 7s receive homework and smaller tests over the weekend.

RELIGIOUS POLICY

Darling College is a non-denominational school. In line with the constitution, we respect all religions. We teach Christian values and encourage the children to grow spiritually and be God-fearing.