Welcome to the Highly Praised, Hilton Pre-Primary School!
Who are we?
Hilton Pre-Primary School is a forward-thinking, Christian-based educational centre. We endeavour to provide each pupil with a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment in which they have every opportunity to develop to their full potential. Our holistic approach to education encompasses all areas of child development namely physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual, ensuring that we produce pupils who are well prepared for primary school. To this end, we strive to work in close co-operation with the child’s home, offering a supportive and friendly environment that nurtures independence and responsibility.
Often parents are distraught when they pick up their children and ask the old age question “So,what did you do today?” The answer is often “nothing.” Well, at Hilton Pre-Primary we can assure you that this is not the case. Our professionally trained teachers have specialized in early childhood education and have the insight and ongoing training into the developmental needs of our young children. Their focus is a holistic one, encompassing the whole child to realize their potential physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and creatively in a warm, caring environment where your child’s needs come first and they feel safe and secure. We are registered with the Kwazulu Department of Education and Culture and we have high standards that are maintained to keep our teachers abreast of all the latest educational trends.
We believe in a holistic approach to education and therefore a strong link with home is of huge importance to the staff at Hilton pre-primary. We offer feedback to parents in the form of parent interviews in the first and third term and a written report in the second and the fourth term. We pride ourselves on the early detection of learning difficulties and our grade R class is assessed for school readiness before they are promoted into grade 1. Parents are also invited to join the school’s Parent’s committee.
Hilton Pre-primary was one of the model pre-primaries built by the education department in the 1970s. Its complete focus being a child-friendly environment, from all the classrooms leading on to a quadrangle playground, to little toilets and hand basins suited to the little ones. Every aspect of the school is designed to give the children a learning experience; from our beautiful fairy garden to our spider web, climbing wall and all sorts of play opportunities such as: Outdoor play in a beautiful, huge grassy area of the school with interesting nooks and crannies. A fantasy room where both boys and girls can dress up and role play. A creative room where children are encouraged to do free art as well as a more structured art activities including playing with play dough, cutting, sticking and box construction. A cognitive area where children are exposed to puzzles and educational games, construction toys and a host of Montessori equipment. Sensopathic play is encouraged, with senior and junior sandpits which are changed every day and filled with exciting challenging toys. Sensopathic trays are also put out every day, making children aware of different textures and senses. A block room is an area dedicated to building creatively with three dimensional objects.
Strict standards are applied to ensure the safety and health of the children. Each play area is structured and supervised by a teacher. Members of staff are all trained in first aid and basic CPR.
Hilton pre-primary has a good working relationship with Laddsworth, Cowan House, Cordwalles, Merchiston as well as The Wykham Collegiate and St John’s. We are affiliated to Laddsworth and have an excellent working relationship with them,
visiting them for plays and for athletics days and to visit their library.