Set in Kenya’s Rift Valley, the children could not be in a more picturesque and exciting setting that inspires their learning. Greensteds Junior School has a palpable sense of community and a family feel that allows children to be children. We pride in our British National curriculum that has proven to prepare our students to edge in the dynamic and fast-paced world. We remain responsive to the dynamics of today’s environment and will continue to commit to excellence in our service delivery. One of our guiding principles, “ Quid Quid Decori Admirare”(it is admirable to do the right thing) continues to shape our learners’ competence towards socially responsible citizens. Permit me to point out key outstanding opportunities for our learners at Junior school, GIS community.
First, our Junior School offers an outstanding environment for boys and girls to embrace and tap into their hidden potential. We provide cutting-edge resources, technology and collaborations in a British recognized curriculum. These massive opportunities equip our learners for a world-class education nurturing leaders and innovators. We inculcate the values of care, responsibility, citizenship that allow our students to have a cutting-edge experience in partnering to solve humanitys’ problems even as we cultivate their individual talents. Our academic excellence is unmatched and the quality of service delivery is incomparable. Our aim is not just to prepare our children for the next stage of their education, but to also lay the foundations for them to grow up and lead happy, purposeful and fulfilling lives anchored on our seven pillars; opportunity, care, community, challenge, diversity, dedication and respect. These pillars are enforced within a friendly, inviting and well-established International community.
Whilst we are a multi-diverse school, where all pupils have equal opportunity, we go beyond the call of duty to provide personalised care and service to meet our learners’ unique needs. We support our learners in their journey to becoming the best versions of themselves.
Our Junior school is intentional in embracing the diversity of cultures as reflected in our commitment to engaging experienced, talented and committed staff. Our academic staff go above and beyond the call of duty to provide opportunities for each individual pupil to tap into their talents. We administer a wide field of educational experiences to motivate and challenge our learners to raise their standards and to fulfill their goals. Key disciplines involving the humanities, arts, physical education, music, French, technology and sports, as well as a strong grounding in the core academic subjects ensure our learners remain dynamic in the changing times. Our pupils also benefit from our individualised teacher support at our enrichment center.
Our website provides insight through the virtual campus tour at the junior school. However, to get a real feel and to fully understand what a special place this is, I would be delighted to host you on appointment, and more importantly, provide you with an opportunity to be part of the GIS community.
I look forward to partnering and welcoming you to the GIS community.
Junior School Coordinator.
Assemblies At Greensteds Junior School we regard ‘Assembly Time’ as a crucial part of our pastoral care and the holistic development of our students. We meet three times a week; on Monday as a whole school with the Senior School, on a Wednesday with Key Stage 1 and 2 separately and on a Friday with the whole Junior School together outdoors at the ‘Raising of the Flag’ assembly. All teachers in the Junior School are involved in running assemblies. In our assemblies we aim to:
- Boost self esteem through celebrating successes and achievements amongst our students;
- Focus attention on a particular theme such as a moral (hope, kindness, forgiveness) that is relevant to our students through telling a story or acting out a play which might include the students themselves;
- Provide an opportunity to build further understanding about Greensteds 7 Pillars;
- Provide opportunity for our students to reflect on the chosen theme in a quiet time which may then enable them to incorporate what they have learnt into their everyday lives;
- Foster a spirit of togetherness and community amongst all of our students and staff.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Personal, social and health education deals with many real-life issues our students at Greensteds Junior School face as they grow up. Our lessons provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy and responsible lives as confident individuals and members of society. Subjects discussed may will include bullying, cyberbullying, safety, friendships and the world around us. Our PSHE sessions also involve a visit to the school cafeteria where the students are able to spend some of their own budgeted money; promoting their independence and sit down to listen to a story or further discuss the subject of the lesson; encouraging their social and communicating skills.
Break times There are three break times during the school day. The first a short ten-minute break from 9.10 am to 9.20 am between Literacy and Numeracy, the second a longer twenty-minute break from 10.50 am to 11.10 am for a morning drink and snack, and the third from 12.45 pm to 1.35 pm for lunch. During each of these breaks, there are a number of Junior School teachers on duty monitoring the student’s behavior, welfare and interaction with each other. We recognise that break times play a very important part in the development of the Junior School community and our student’s ability to cooperate with each other in a range of play activities. Our students are free to play in the adventure playground, entertain themselves with a range of sports on the field or simply relax in the peaceful shade of trees whilst reading a book.
Golden Time At the beginning of the school year each class agrees on a set of ‘Golden Rules’ which are designed to positively reinforce appropriate behavior in the classroom. Such rules typically include statements such as ‘Always show respect to other people’s property, ‘Always put your hand up if you want to talk in class’ and ‘Always show kindness to all other students. During the week students are reminded of the rules and complimented on keeping to them. However, on the rare occasions that one or more of our students do break the Golden Rules then they are made aware of the offense and a period of time is taken off their Golden Time at the end of the week.
Junior Boarding Boarding life has numerous benefits, with the main one being that students’ remaining on-site allows them to fully take advantage of everything that Greensteds has to offer. Each dormitory (boarding house) creates an atmosphere that lets students feel at home and fulfil their academic potential. Teaching staff live-in and support the students, overseeing all their needs. Matrons, who also live in, facilitate the day-to-day domestic side of the dorms.
In the Junior School, the Class Teacher works closely with each child and their parents, with the support of the Head of Junior School, to ensure that their welfare is prioritized and that they develop as they should. Borders are additionally supported by their Dorm Tutor who also liaises with parents to ensure continuity of care and outstanding support for children.
Some of the facilities include a Common Room with TV (DSTV), kitchen areas for preparing light snacks, hot showers and laundry service. Prep time is a component of boarding life and entails pupils being supervised by a member of the teaching staff as they carry on with their prep (homework) each evening.
Parents are welcome to visit their children at any time, by arrangement with their child’s Dorm Tutor. The School also welcomes parents during Parents’ Weekends of which there is one each half term.
Our community welcomes those of all faiths and none, whereas students of faith are encouraged to practice their faiths with the School, where we provide opportunities for worship and prayer on and off-site.
Every day, at 3:20 pm, it is a joy to see Greensteds pupils rushing off excitedly to their after-school clubs laid on for them by our staff, as well as by a range of excellent external providers.
We believe that membership of our many clubs and activities links to the happiness, and success, of our children both now, and in the future. So why do we place so much importance on co-curricular activities? Firstly, participating in these activities instills in children a sense of belonging and unity. Many of the clubs promote teamwork, sportsmanship, and communication skills and this, in turn, leads to increased self-confidence and self-esteem. Secondly, many of the clubs promote a healthy lifestyle.
We offer a wide range of active clubs that include; rugby, hockey, netball, rounders, cricket, athletics, running, roller-skating, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, journalism, chess, bead club, horse riding, art, pottery, cookery, pottery, Zumba and dance. If children adopt a healthy lifestyle at a young age, this will tend to follow them throughout their lives. Thirdly, being a part of a club encourages children to express themselves in a creative way.
At Greensteds children can express themselves through art, music, singing, dance, sport and a variety of clubs. Finally, our wide and varied clubs programme encourages our children to enrich their lives, both now and in the future, by exploring interests outside the normal school curriculum. Discovering early on a passion and talent for cookery or horse-riding, for example, may very well lead to a life-long interest or even career, in a field that may very easily have been missed.
In an increasingly competitive and demanding world, it is personal skills and an enterprising instinct as well as academic flair that set successful people apart. Greensteds pupils learn that trying new things and meeting new people are two of life’s great joys. We find that teachers’ high expectations are met with pupils’ enthusiasm.
Even from the earliest years, our pupils are learning the basic skills of social interaction: listening, cooperating, and becoming articulate about their thoughts and feelings. The children are in a community here at Greensteds, making mistakes and learning from them is normal and good ideas are noticed and celebrated. This approach provides a stimulating and challenging curriculum in which children thrive.
Children who come here very quickly find aptitudes, gifts and talents that may have been missed elsewhere. There is an atmosphere here that encourages everyone to try something new and improve abilities through sustained effort. In Key Stage 1 and 2 we study all the English National Curriculum subjects plus Kenyan world history and geography and French.
In the upper years of Junior School, our pupils are given tasks that require more independent study and research. We also cultivate a sound work ethic in preparation for Senior School. Classroom learning is regularly enhanced with trips and visits. Formal and informal assessments are set by teachers regularly to find out the progress and level of attainment the children are reaching.
At Greensteds it is not just about high achievers but about ‘value added’ progress for all children.
Through the nurturing of learning in our youngest pupils to the challenge of Year 6, we strive to teach in a way that will generate a lifelong interest and engagement.
The following examples of termly overviews for Year 1 (Key Stage 1) and Year 6 (Key Stage 2) will give you a flavor of what the children might be learning in one of the three terms.
- Termly Curriculum Overview Year 1 Hilary 2021
- Termly Curriculum Overview Year 6 Hilary 2021