Frequently Asked Questions

Ql. What type of School is it?

Answer.  It is a multicultural Private English Medium School with approximately twenty nationalities represented including Batswana. The School is registered with the Ministry of Education. The teaching methodologies embrace THRASS, the Six De Bono Thinking Hats, Dr Hyerle’s Eight Thinking Maps, Problem· Solving Mathematics, Buzan Mind Maps, Group teaching and Subject teaching  (Standard  5-7).

Q2. What are the class sizes?

Answer. The class size is approximately 27 children per class and there are 2 classes per Standard.

Q3. Is there a waiting list?

Answer. Yes, there are waiting lists for some classes as some classes are more fully subscribed than others.

Q4. What is the medium of instruction?

Answer. English.

Q5. Will my child cope at another School if we are transferred from Botswana?

Answer. Our experience has been that the children from Broadhurst not only cope, but do exceptionally well anywhere in the world. We offer the IBT/ ACER (International Benchmarking Tests/ Australian Council for Educational Research), the UK based Group Attainment Tests and, internal mid-year and end-of-year examinations.

 Q6. At what age can a child enter the Reception class?

Answer. The child must turn 4 by the end of August in the year prior to entry into Reception. This is the age at which they seem to be ready for School. There is no assessment for entry into Reception. However, if your child has a learning disability we would appreciate your candour. Our Learning Support Department may not be equipped to deal with certain types of learning difficulties.

Q7. What are the requirements for entry into Standards One through Seven inclusive?

Answer. A completed application form, a copy of your child’s certified birth certificate and a registration fee should be submitted to the Bursar. An assessment will follow depending on the availability of places.

 Q8. How will I know if my child has been placed at Broadhurst?

Answer. If at the time of application there is no place, your child’s name will be put on the waiting list. Should a place become available, you will be contacted by the Admissions Officer at the School. Your child will be required to undergo an assessment. If successful, placement will take place. We will also require your previous school to confirm that you have settled any financial matters, and, that you have given them the required notice of withdrawal.

Q9. What type of assessments do the children do in order to be accepted into Broadhurst Primary School?

Answer. Assessments are carried out on Standard 1-7 applicants.Entrance during a School year includes standardised attainment tests in Mathematics and English as well as an abilities test and current classwork of the Standard the child is hoping to be accepted into.

Q10. Does my child have to come from a Private School in order to get a place at Broadhurst?

Answer. No, we accommodate children from both Government and Private Schools.

Q11. Which Curriculum does the School use?

Answer. The core is a combination of the British and Australian Educational Systems. This allows our children to transfer to Schools anywhere in the world.

Q12. How does the School cater for children who speak little or no English at all?

Answer. We have an Active English or Remedial English Department which assists children who speak English as a second language. They develop and integrate these children into the School.

Q13. How does the School assist gifted children and those who do not cope?

Answer. The School’s Philosophy is based on Individual development. The teaching methodology is specifically geared towards getting the best out of all the children. The work in class is differentiated so that children work at their individual levels. Children are extended and no restrictions are placed on the level of work that they do. In addition, there is a learning Support Department which helps children with minor learning difficulties.

Q14. From which Standard do children start French, Conversational Setswana and Setswana lessons?

Answer. In Reception and Standard One there is informal, introductory Setswana. Formal Setswana lessons (for those who opt to do Setswana) begin in Standard Two. Conversational Setswana lessons begin in Standard Two.  French is offered to Standard 2-7 pupils inclusive.

Q15. Do children have access to Computers in the School?

Answer. Children start formal Computer lessons in Reception through to Standard 7. They start by working in applications that introduce them to basic Computer skills and progress t0 working in most of the Microsoft Office programs.

Ql6. What sport and cultural activities are offered?

Answer. The School offers a wide range of activities some of which include Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Cricket, Netball, Swimming. Athletics, Chess, Cooking, Drama, Art and Music. Judo, Taekwondo, Ballet, Monkeynastix, Science, Swimming and Kindermusik are offered by private individuals and children pay an additional fee directly to the Instructor(s) in order to participate in these privately offered activities.

Q17. What are your fees for 2017?

Answer.

Registration  Fee:           P 250.00

Deposit:                             P 500.00 (Refundable)

Development  Levy:      P 5000.00 (Non-Refundable)

School Fees per Term:  P 17 570.00

 The School fees, every term, can be paid in two or three instalments. This information is available from the Bursar.

Please note that the School fees are reviewed every year.

Q18. How many School terms are there in a year?

Answer. There are three terms:

First term            :       January – April

Second term       :       May – August

Third term          :        September – December

There are 180 days in our School year.

Updated – April 2017.