As the oldest Afrikaans primary school in Cape Town, Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck, whilst steeped in the heritage, traditions and values of its ninety years, is a school intent on modern education. This is achieved through the use of the latest teaching methods, premium standard facilities and a broad range of school offerings in keeping with a demanding and comprehensive all-round education. In keeping with this, in-depth computer skills are offered in fully-equipped computer rooms. The school also operates under the ideology that language skills and their development are a vital part of their academic enrichment. As such, the school has a voluminous media centre and reading is encouraged, as well as having a number of complementary courses available. Based on a long-standing ethos of Christian values, the educators at Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck strive to bring every learner to reach his or her greatest potential in a culture of responsible learning. To this end, the school provides a top level and intensive academic programme in a balanced environment. With access to all levels of support from the staff body, gifted learners are equipped with skills to streamline their gifts and confront their issues, giving them a thorough scholastic foundation. With a rich cultural heritage, there is a wealth of offerings in terms of extra-curricular activities. Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck prides itself on the musical instruction available in piano, voice, violin, flute and guitar. The learners that participate in this are given the opportunity to participate in Royal Schools or Unisa examinations, as well as playing in the Eisteddfod. The school also has a prolific choir. As such, the school productions are a much-anticipated feast and a veritable showcase of the various talents within the learner community. On a competitive level, all Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck learners are high achievers. To add to the cultural enrichment of the school, Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck has a prolific arts and drama department, adding to the eminence of the school’s productions. Modern dance is inextricably part of this, and is very popular amongst the learners. The modern dancers put on a variety of shows during the course of the year, including fashion shows and beauty contests, as well as participating in exams and eisteddfods. Pottery and chess are also available, and the school is proud to have a number of provincial chess representatives among its learners. Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck has a full sporting calendar, covering a broad range of sport activities. Under the dedicated tuition of the dedicated coaches, the sporting fraternity at the school adds to its outstanding reputation for excellence. The school also has an Outdoor Club, whereby children and their parents can go on outings over the weekends, along with enthusiastic teachers, to hike and enjoy many other activities together outdoors in nature. This is an ever-expanding project that is rapidly gaining popularity, and new ideas are welcomed and put into practice as regularly as they are put forward.
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