principal: arthur preston

I am an experienced school leader who is passionate about effective 21st century education which is relevant and engaging. I have a progressive approach to primary school education and lead our team in their pursuit of new knowledge and skills. I am also a musician, keen cricket fan and blogger. When not working on school-related matters, I can be found enjoying time with my family and exploring new spaces in and around Cape Town.

As a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and workshops both locally and abroad, I am exposed to schools and teachers from a wide spectrum of society. I believe passionately in the ongoing professional development of teachers and in the idea that we are life-long learners too.

academics

Building on the foundation laid in pre-primary and the foundation phase, we provide opportunity for our pupils to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through various learning activities. Emphasis is placed on developing a variety of cognitive, personal and collaborative skills, which are taught both incidentally and within the curriculum.

Our goal is to develop well-rounded and resourceful young people who are able to think independently and are willing to engage with their learning. In order to accomplish this, we offer a diverse range of learning areas, which include coding, drama, physical education, design and the age-appropriate integration of information technology in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

sport

We offer a dynamic and varied sports programme that encourages the development of our children’s skills and allows participation in competitive leagues and events.  All our children are expected to participate in at least one sporting code per term and to attend practices each week, which will allow them to compete in matches.

Sportsmanship, teamwork and commitment are skills and attitudes integral to our sports programme and are reinforced by our well-trained coaching staff.  

Children are also offered enrichment opportunities in our termly Clubs and Societies, in which students can explore diverse interests such as horse riding, dance, hiking, sewing, surfing and body-boarding.

summer sport

cricket
athletics
softball
tennis
swimming


winter sport

rugby
hockey
netball
chess
cross-country
soccer (social, we do not participate in league soccer)

sports uniform

Although we encourage our children’s individualities, please respect that sports uniforms are appropriate to each discipline and should not be mixed and matched as seen fashionable.

physical education
Elkanah House stone-coloured T-shirt
school tracksuit
navy shorts/skorts
cap or cricket hat
predominantly white takkies (coloured stripe or tick is acceptable)
stone-coloured socks

inter-house activities
Elkanah T-shirts (Sapphire, Emerald & Ruby)
Elkanah House costume

sports practice
same as Physical Education
appropriate footwear

swimming
Elkanah House costume or navy blue costume
Elkanah House swimming cap as per house colour (Sapphire, Emerald or Ruby)

uniform matches

girls: match shirt to be worn with:
softball: navy shorts
netball: navy shorts and stone socks
hockey: navy shorts and Elkanah House sports socks
tennis: navy shorts
athletics: match shirts, navy shorts/shorts and white trainers

boys: match shirt to be worn with
cricket: navy shorts, Elkanah sports socks
hockey: navy shorts, Elkanah sports socks
soccer: navy shorts, Elkanah sports socks
tennis: navy shorts and white trainers

art, drama, dance and music

A wide range of cultural activities are on offer to our children. These include choir, drama, dance, musicals, instrumental tuition and participation in music ensembles. Our children are also exposed to a variety of performers throughout the year to enrich our cultural offering.

Every second year, the senior primary campus stages a full musical production in the Theatre@Elkanah.

Our pupils are also given opportunities to explore their interests with activities in extra-mural clubs and societies on a weekly basis, and more in depth at the end of each term, extending their learning beyond the curriculum. Some of the many options are:

  • Robotics, surfing, horse-riding, public speaking club, performing arts club, baking, science & technology club, gardening, chess, kids rock (Christian fellowship and worship group), M-Tech (Music and media technology programme, hiking, body-boarding and many others.

 

 

 

creative kids corner

Children needing supervision and a home-from-home in the afternoons are provided for through the Creative Kids Centre.  This facility provides a nurturing, fun and structured homework facility provided by a trained facilitator.  It also ensures that working parents have a solution for the afternoons when there are no extra-mural activities.  

 

Schedule
monday to thursday     14h30 – 17h30
friday                               14h00 – 17h30 

 

information hub

school times

Monday – Thursday
07h50 – 14h30

Friday
07h50 – 14h00

These times are for the academic day and do not include extra-mural activities.

calendar
academic staff

what our students have to say

  • I am able to be myself, balancing my academics with my interest in drama.  Elkanah House is like a family who truly care for each other and the environment. 

    Emily Johnson