Senior Preparatory Staff2020-01-12T20:52:19+02:00

Senior Preparatory School Staff

André de Coning

My teaching career started in 1990, in the North-Eastern Cape. Right from the start I realised that there are institutional “truths” that fly in the face of how children learn.

This led me to deeper investigation and studies which have shaped me as an educator.

For many years I have envisaged having my own school where I could create a learning environment that would nurture my core beliefs regarding education.

I believe that children are inquisitive, risk takers, adventurers and love to find things out for themselves.

Children are natural collaborators and care about each other. They don’t have to be coerced, threatened or punished to learn – they do it naturally.

My responsibility at Broadacres Academy is to ensure that the school develops a learning ethos where children are confident enough to step outside their comfort zones in order to develop and grow.

This means that each classroom and learning space is organised, safe and adequately equipped to provide a rich learning experience. It means that each learning activity should lend itself to gaining knowledge, asking questions and solving meaningful problems.

You can read Andre’s full biography here.

Meet our Senior Prep Staff

Karen Stein

Karen Stein | Grade 4

Danae Gerber | Grade 5

Andrea Meyer | Grade 5

Chantal Collins | Snr CLA & Afrikaans

Jeanne-Marie Barnard

Jeanne-Marie Barnard | Learning Support

Ruan Fourie | Music

Deirdre Hodgkinson

Deirdre Hodgkinson | Snr Prep Aftercare

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