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Broadacres Academy Tutor Centre

Broadacres Academy Tutor Centre offers an affordable private school solution for registered homeschoolers.

We are conveniently situated in the greater Fourways area of Johannesburg, Gauteng. Set on seven acres in the growing suburb of Broadacres, the Tutor Centre is close to the suburbs of Lonehill, Fourways, Chartwell and Dainfern.

We pride ourselves in the unique and effective educational environment we offer. We welcome all students who have the desire to learn in a way that standardised schools are not always able to accommodate.

Our vision is to enhance the natural love of learning that each child innately harbours.

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Our Philosophy of Learning

The Broadacres Academy Tutor Centre has a philosophy of education that recognises the need for students to develop in a safe and friendly environment.

Where children learn, naturally

At Broadacres Academy we are in the privileged position of being able to grow our community organically.

We can create the type of caring environment that is centred around the principles of how children learn naturally.

Often the traditional school experience can leave students with a lack of self-confidence. Students can have little sense of connection and ultimately will dislike school and learning.

Young people today frequently battle to find relevance between schooling and life. They feel disconnected and this can manifest in their relationships and sense of self-worth.

Our philosophy of education is one that embraces the innovative changes society is undergoing.

We believe that children have a natural love of learning which we strive to nurture, creating life-long learners.

Broadacres Academy believes in a holistic approach to learning that does not compromise on quality of education.

Read more about what out students and tutors have to say about their Broadacres experience here.

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“Coming here is one of the major turning points of my life, where everything is starting to make sense. I am becoming my own person, coming out of my shell. That, together with all the support that you get here.”

“At the Broadacres Academy Tutor Centre, school is focused on individualised learning.  It is much easier and more enjoyable to learn at the Tutor Centre.  It is  not just about ‘getting through the syllabus.”

Here, at the Broadacres Tutor Centre, the message is reinforced for us: ‘We want you to achieve to the best of your abilities, not the ability you have been labelled to have.’

Here, at the Broadacres Academy Tutor Centre, it’s like a fresh start for me. I moved in matric, which is normally unheard of, but I wanted a new start.

“Before, worrying about school was actually a big thing in my family. But now school is quite nice. It’s a nice environment – people want to be here.”

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After matriculating from Parktown High School for Girls, I enrolled in a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) programme in Chiang Mai in Thailand.

Upon graduating, I moved to Bangkok where I taught English to high school students for a few months.

Since returning to South Africa, I have tutored English to grade 8–12 students, and continued along this path when I joined the Broadacres Academy family in early 2017.

With a special love for the English language, I am also passionate about teaching and am currently completing the final year of my BEd degree through UNISA.

I look forward to expanding my horizons with the tutoring centre at Broadacres Academy, and since the beginning of 2019, have taken on the role of Centre Manager.

While I will continue in my role as English and Life Orientation facilitator, I will also be on hand to assist with the day-to-day running of the centre.

Being a part of the nurturing and inspiring environment that is Broadacres Academy has been a humbling and enriching experience.

Broadacres is a place where learners are free to be themselves, and where learning happens organically.

Each child has different passions and strengths and I am blessed every day to witness these young people’s satisfaction and enthusiasm when they come to grips with new or challenging concepts.

I believe that hard work, a love for learning and dedication are keys to success in all aspects of life, and hope to instil this ideal in each child with whom I have the privilege of working.

“Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns” – John Holt

Corrine EngelbrechtI’m Corrine, and I grew up in the Vaal Triangle, in the small city of Vereeniging.

I was home-schooled from Grade 4, and finished matric at the age of 16, so I absolutely see the benefits in self-learning, and a not-so-typical school environment.

Every student is unique, which means their learning must be adapted accordingly.

Drama has always been my passion, and I envisioned myself as a ‘big-screen actress’. As I grew up, I realised I would need to make a career. I studied fashion design, while completing a part-time drama certificate.

I finished my Bachelor’s degree, and my drama qualification the same year, and ultimately decided to stick to drama. I am now a full-time drama teacher, as well as a theatre director, and have directed numerous plays with high praise from industry professionals.

I am so grateful to have the wonderful opportunity of tutoring at Broadacres Academy, with students that are as unique as the environment they are ‘schooled’ in.

Sunel LootsAs an individual who struggles to fit inside the mould that has been created by society and standardized schools, I have made my life goal to facilitate learning in a holistic teaching environment.

My background of teaching consists of small group or home-schooling environments. This helps me understand that learning takes place when an individual feels comfortable enough to question things and express themselves and their views.

As teachers I believe we are required to equip learners with more than just academic knowledge.

Broadacres Academy has provided a platform for me to help learners gain confidence and self-knowledge. I believe that these are two very important pillars to success in today’s innovative society.

I am excited by education, nature, animals and of course children. I come from a big family and this is where I discovered my passion for teaching and sport.

I started au pairing after I matriculated and will be completing my Bachelor of Education in 2019.

I hope that my students can grow up to do what they are passionate about every day and continue a journey of lifelong learning.

franklin-muller-broadacresI was born in Cape Town and lived there until my wife and I relocated to Johannesburg in 2016. This new environment has rejuvenated our lives, as are experiencing so many things South Africa has to offer. To me, it has given renewed energy to teach and inspire young people.

I am a veteran teacher with over 30 years’ experience of teaching high school students.

During my time as an educator, I have taught primarily Geography. I love this subject and feel it is fundamental in the understanding of basic physical systems that affect our everyday life. It is thus deeply fulfilling to pass on this knowledge to my students.

The small classes at Broadacres gives me the opportunity to engage with students without other distractions.

This has deepened my love for teaching and I am grateful to have a job that allows me to draw on elements of my past experiences and so enrich the lives of the generation who will lead South Africa in future.

Tegan Rees

My love for working with children and teenagers began in 2009, when I went with my mom to work at a remedial school. She was a facilitator working one on one with a young teenager. I could see how much he achieved, grew and learnt with such close guidance and attention in a small learning environment.

In 2010 I began my undergraduate degree- Psychology in the Educational Context. I then did my Psychology Honours degree, while working as a teacher’s assistant and then became a facilitator myself.

I then moved to a small classroom, home schooling environment. This is where I could truly see the benefits of small classes with individual attention, proper guidance and students really enjoying learning.

I am currently finishing my PGCE through a UK based university so I can broaden my teaching career and then complete my Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology in future years.

Each child is unique, and it is up to us to teach them the way they learn. As teachers, we have to understand this and find the spark in each individual – and use this spark to create a love for learning.

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” – Aristotle

cherene-swanepoel-broadacres After completing my Master of Visual Arts degree (specialising in art education) I began looking for ways I could apply what I’d learned about alternative pedagogy and critical citizenship in teaching.

Luckily, I ended up at Broadacres Academy where their teaching style reflected perfectly what I’d just learned in my postgraduate degrees.

My original plan had been to become a psychologist specialising in art therapy, and has now evolved to include art education which I believe to be vital to the developing adolescent. I believe I have found my niche in tutoring home-schooled students in a relaxed environment, allowing the learning to develop naturally.

The tutor centre gives us the opportunity to not only encourage academic achievement, but also to help form happy and functioning future citizens who approach the world in a fresh and confident way. I’d always had a love for visual art, but to see it being absorbed and appreciated by these wonderful young people is so rewarding.

My favourite subject at school was art, and I’d like to create a similarly calm and creative space for my students where we can discuss our lives and world in a productive way that stimulates understanding and creative solutions.

In art class we’re always trying something new or exploring a different medium while also honing our skills in the basics of drawing. What a privilege it is to teach art at Broadacres, it has changed the way I think of schooling and education, how I perceive its advantages and potential.

Roald Dahl shares this love of the creative arts: “There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.” And I couldn’t agree more.

This is relaxed learning environment. No constant pressure or constant panic coming from students or co-workers. It is a more lenient, facilitating environment. This is like breath of fresh air.

Daniella, Tutor

I believe each student learns differently and it’s up to us to help him or her find a way to make learning fun and interesting.

Erika, Tutor

Parents are saying that previously, they would have to force their kids out of bed to go to school, whereas now, at Broadacres Academy, they come happily, because it’s a nice environment. You want to be here.

Daniella, Tutor

What a privilege it is to teach art at Broadacres, it has changed the way I think of schooling and education, how I perceive its advantages and potential.

Cheree, Tutor

The small classes at Broadacres give me the opportunity to engage with students without other distractions – this has deepened my love for teaching!

Franklin, Tutor

I am so grateful to have the wonderful opportunity of tutoring at Broadacres Academy, with students that are as unique as the environment they are ‘schooled’ in.

Corrine, Tutor

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Broadacres Academy is an affordable private school conveniently situated in the greater Fourways area of Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Our Tutor Centre for registered homeschoolers is set on seven acres in the growing suburb of Broadacres. The school is nearby to the suburbs of Lonehill, Fourways, Chartwell and Dainfern.

The Academy includes a Preschool, a Preparatory School (Grade 0 – Grade 4) and a Tutor Centre for registered homeschoolers (Grade 6 – Grade 12).

Our physical address is 28 Syringa Ave, Broadacres, 2021.

Broadacres Academy | Situation in Broadacres | Map

For the next few years while our Preparatory School is developing, we encourage students from Grades 6 to Grade 12 to enrol at our Tutor Centre.

As children in Grade 6 and 7 progress into higher grades, these two grades will be phased out and incorporated into our Preparatory School, leaving Grade 8 to Grade 12 in the Tutor Centre.

The Broadacres Tutor Centre uses the CAPS aligned curriculum supplied by IMPAQ and receives academic support from IMPAQ.

Curriculum delivery is subject-based and not grade-based. This means we tutor students of mixed ages together, forming collaborative communities of learning within our Tutor Centre.

Tutors in the different subject areas are there to guide and inspire students through ensuring that students’ individual needs are taken care of, and that they have a thorough understanding of each subject.

Broadacres Academy | Tutors 2018

Broadacres Academy | Tutors 2018

The Tutor Centre is situated in a unique farm-style environment in the middle of suburbia. We have created a homely feel with a space that is not prescriptive.

We have dedicated spaces for the various learning areas. These areas are designed for group learning and collaboration. There are also areas where students can study on their own, undisturbed.

The Tutor Centre is Wi-Fi enabled to facilitate learning optimally through allowing students to utilise their smart devices for research, tasks and educational enhancement. The Wi-Fi is safe and secure and can only access learner-friendly sites.

There is a communal kitchen and gathering area where students are able to store their lunches, drinks and use the basic facilities to heat up food.

There is sufficient outdoor area for students to relax or to utilise for studying should they feel the need.

Broadacres Academy Tutor Centre makes use of the CAPS aligned curriculum that is supplied by IMPAQ.

  • For the IMPAQ Intermediate Phase Grade 6 Curriculum, click here.
  • For the IMPAQ Senior Phase Grade 7 – 9 Curriculum, click here.
  • For the IMPAQ FET Grade 10 – 12 Curriculum, click here.

The IMPAQ curriculum is aligned with the National Curriculum (CAPS) and is affiliated with SACAI (South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute) for examination purposes. SACAI is UMALUSI accredited, with full university entrance credentials.

Students will be able to write the NSC (National Senior Certificate).

We use the CAPS aligned curriculum supplied by IMPAQ curriculum expand the content as and when needed, according to the natural development of each child.

Each learning area is facilitated by a qualified tutor who oversees the learning and development of students. To view the various subjects offered in our Tutor Centre, please see below:

SUBJECTS OFFERED

IMPAQ supplies most of the learning material through the textbooks and additional portfolio notes. Any additional textbook required will be supplied to the pupils.

Broadacres Academy Tutor Centre uses the CAPS aligned curriculum as supplied by IMPAQ and receives academic support from IMPAQ.

The CAPS aligned curriculum is supplied by IMPAQ,  and they affiliate themselves with SACAI (South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute) for examination purposes. SACAI is UMALUSI accredited, with full university entrance credentials.

Learners will be able to write the NSC (National Senior Certificate).

We use the CAPS aligned curriculum as supplied by IMPAQ as a base and expand the content as and when needed, according to the natural development of each child.

Daily requirements will be:

  • IMPAQ  learning material.
  • Own stationery. A stationery list is supplied on the enrolment form.
  • Lunch and snacks.

There is no tuckshop facility. Students are expected to bring their own healthy lunch and snacks. There is a refrigerator and microwave for their convenience.

Step 1: View by appointment

Call our admissions office (011-4653810) to make an appointment to experience first-hand the ethos of our Broadacres Academy community and Tutor Centre situated in our unique and charming rural environment.

Step 2: Provisional Application

This means that you are interested and that you genuinely wish to consider Broadacres Academy as your Tutor Centre of choice. Download an application form by clicking  on the green button below, or collect one from the admissions office. You can also request an application form via email by clicking here.

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Step 3: Meeting with our Tutor Centre Management

A meeting with either  André de Coning or Dylan Cavanagh, is a necessary step for you and your child to ask any final questions.

Step 4: Placement

Providing there is space, your child will be offered a place upon completion of your application and payment of the relevant fees and deposits.

We would like to welcome all new parents to the Broadacres Academy community! We look forward to a long and happy association with you. In order to assist our parents and/or guardians (new and existing) with planning for 2019,  details of the Tutor Centre Fees can be found in the Tutor Centre Application Form which can be downloaded below.

The school’s banking details are as follows:

Nedbank Current Account – Broadacres Academy (Pty) Ltd

Current Account: 1522 065 008

Branch Code: 15 22 05

Reference: See REFERENCE NUMBER as per Invoice/or Surname

TUTOR CENTRE FEES

Parents or guardians must ensure that students are individually registered as Homeschoolers with IMPAQ. IMPAQ has a very user-friendly website with a self-explanatory registration process. To register your child as a Homeschooler with IMPAQ, see below. Should you require assistance with this process, you may contact our admissions department.

Please note that the IMPAQ registration and payment procedure needs to be completed before enrolment at the Broadacres Academy Tutor Centre can be completed.

REGISTER WITH IMPAQ

Should you have any questions about homeschooling, please visit the informative IMPAQ website for more information.

 The Tutor Centre Times:

Tutor Centre hours are Monday to Friday from  08H00 to 13H30. The centre is open from 07h00 in the morning for students who need to arrive earlier.

We do not offer an aftercare facility, and students need to be collected by 14h00.

We operate on a 3-term calendar.

The term dates for 2019 can be found below:

2019 TERM DATES

As we encourage individualism, we do not have a prescriptive uniform for the Tutor Centre.

We encourage students to dress appropriately and to come in jeans, tracksuits or any suitable practical clothing.

Due to our natural outdoor environment, sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended.

Broadacres Academy does not offer formal extra-curricular sporting activities at this stage. We can recommend various sporting clubs and will gladly refer you to the right one for your child’s physical activity needs.

Parents are responsible for their children’s transport arrangements to and from school.

There are various transport options available, and should you wish to explore these, please feel free to get information from the Admin office.

When I was four years old they tried to test my IQ,  they showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear.  They asked me which one is different and does not belong, they taught me different was wrong.  ~Ani Difranco~

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