The Heritage School is one of Zimbabwe’s finest independent schools. It’s a happy community with a warm, welcoming personality. New, yes, with twenty-first century facilities, we offer staggering breadth and first division academic performance to over twelve hundred pupils, aged three to eighteen. We function as one school through a clearly articulated curriculum developed from British National curriculum and adapted for Zimbabwe. At The Heritage School the work of our teachers and the lives of our students are shaped by our Mission Statement and the ideals of our motto, “Alta Pete” (Aim High).
Founded in 1997, By the Austin & Pangeti Families, we are a school that promotes and honours hard work, creativity, civility and generosity of spirit. Our curriculum provides an extraordinary array of academic, artistic, sporting and leadership opportunities for students. We are a diverse, dynamic and cohesive community and we continually strive to provide what is best for our students.
While over a three quarters of our families hail from Zimbabwe, we also draw students from many other counties, giving our school a very international flavour. Families and students choose The Heritage School because it is a challenging and supportive school that seeks to know and fulfil the potential of every young person. Our graduates attend many of the finest colleges and universities around the Globe
Our teachers are coaches, advisors, mentors, artists and scholars. They have chosen The Heritage School for the calibre of the student body, the quality of our programs, our positive partnership with parents, and an institutional commitment to each teacher’s professional growth that is second to none. Together, we provide a challenging, transformative and nurturing school environment.
If you want a caring environment offering exceptional A level performance; nationally recognised sport; and a creative arts scene delivered with passion and pizzazz in a large, happy family community of committed young people, then please do come and visit and experience our school in action.
As parents, the choice of school for our children is one of the most significant decisions that we ever have to make. It is important to visit The Heritage School, talk to the Principal, meet teachers and pupils at work and thus get a real feel for the school’s quality, style, and atmosphere.
We, at The Heritage School, believe that every child is an individual with specific needs and abilities; our aim is to develop each child’s potential in a happy, well-disciplined and caring environment.
THE INFANT DEPARTMENT
The curriculum allows children from an early age to concentrate on the fundamentals of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Mathematics. The children also benefit from a wide experience of subjects which include; Science, Art, General Knowledge, Religious Education, Music and Drama, Information Communication Technology, French and Shona. Assemblies are attended by all Infants in their own Hall. Each child takes part in Physical Education and every child is taught to swim.
THE SCHOOL DAY
The Infant department starts the day with registration between 7-15am, and 7-30am. The day is structured with learning through play in the first years, and progressing to more formal lessons in Reception, Grade 1 and Grade 2. Playtimes are an important part of a young child’s school day. The learning of social skills takes place during this time, and with careful supervision we are able to encourage children to organize themselves and to become considerate to one another. Infants may be collected at 12-30pm. unless they have an activity. After any activity children are expected to be collected promptly.
OUR AIMS ARE;
To provide the finest education by employing the highest quality staff, facilities and resources.
To insist on high standards in work, dress, speech and behaviour.
To provide a thriving co-educational, multi-cultural, multi-faith environment.
To realize the full potential of every pupil through the provision of stimulating teaching, a wide range of opportunities and excellent facilities within a safe and caring community.
We have three school Houses which are Caenarvon, Edinburgh and Windsor, pupils are allocated a House from Grade 1, and should they have an older brother or sister they will be put in the same House. We have Housepoints awarded for good work and helpfulness, minus Housepoints may be given for misdemeanors of a minor nature. We use Housepoints for Sports Days and Cross-country. Certificates are awarded in the Junior Department for gaining six plus Housepoints in a week.
THE JUNIOR DEPARTMENT
We follow a broad based amalgamated British and Zimbabwean curriculum, and the following subjects are taught at the Junior level;
English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, Shona, Art and Design, Music, Information communication technology (I.C.T.) Religious Education and Physical education. Assemblies are attended by all Juniors in the Apollo Hall.
Programmes of Study set out what each child will be taught at each grade, and this forms the basis for planning schemes of work for each term.
The progress of pupils is closely monitored, and continuous assessments are made. Examinations are held twice a year in June and November. Grade 7 pupils take the ZIMSEC examination. A full report follows which will show the strengths and weaknesses in each subject. Encouragement and praise is the norm, but if there are problems teachers are committed to help individual pupil
THE SCHOOL DAY
Juniors are expected to be in school by 7-15am. Registration ends at 7-30am, and formal lessons begin. Pupils may be collected from 1-00pm.,unless they are involved in activities. At the end of any activity the children must be picked up promptly.
The Heritage School uniform is smart and practical and gives the children a sense of belonging. The uniform also sets a standard of dress which is compatible with a good standard in work, speech and behaviour. All school clothing is to be purchased from the school shop and should be named.
We have found that high expectations are usually rewarded with good behaviour and a positive attitude. Children need to have parameters and a structure in which to work and play. The school follows a policy of reward rather than punishment, and we endeavour to build a pupil’s self-esteem and confidence so that they feel secure and valued.
Homework is part of the schools approach to help young people to work, think and learn individually. All pupils in the Junior department are set homework each weekday evening, the length of time extending as the children progress through the school.
Both Infant and Junior pupils make many varied educational visits and expeditions which extends their appreciation of topics and places in Zimbabwe. Grade 6 have the opportunity to attend a leadership course at an outward bound camp before Prefects are selected.
As with all schools in Zimbabwe we take our sports seriously. There are plenty of opportunities to be selected for the school teams and to enter the inter-schools leagues. Our major sports are Rugby, Cricket, Cross-country, Hockey, Tennis, Swimming, Athletics and Basketball. We like to offer social sports which include Golf, Netball, Rounders, Football, and Water Polo. Dance and Gymnastics are also considered to be important to the sports programme.
The children have a choice of afternoon activities which include sports, leisure activities, and the performing arts. We believe that these activities play an important part in character building and the formation of a fully rounded personality.
The Heritage School has three terms in the school year beginning in January. Entry may be throughout the year when places become available. The main entry points are Nursery at 2 years old, Grade 1 at 5 years old and Grade 3 at 7 years old.
New pupils are given an interview and a test where practicable. We also require a satisfactory report from the child’s present school if they have already begun schooling.
We have a Senior department which includes a Sixth Form. All students completing Grade 7 successfully will have the right to proceed to the Senior Department in order to complete their studies.
We will endeavour to make your child’s start in The Heritage School a happy and an exciting occasion, and we look forward to introducing new pupils to our Heritage family!
WHERE TO FIND US
Head out of Harare on the Borrowdale Road, passing the Borrowdale Racecourse, and the Borrowdale shops on your right. When you see the Borrowdale Police Station on your left and B.P. and Total garages on your right, turn right into Crowhill Road. The school is 4 kilometres down this road on the right. Enter the gates of The Heritage School on your right off Fairway Drive.
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