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.

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