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Nurturing Well-Rounded Future Leaders: The Hallmark Programmes

At Nova Pioneer, our commitment to providing a holistic education goes beyond the standard curriculum. Our hallmark programmes are designed to nurture well-rounded future leaders by fostering creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. These programmes aim to equip students with the skills and mindset needed to excel in a rapidly

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Save in July with Nova Pioneer!

50% Off your Enrolment Fee in July Details: Offer Period: 1 July 2024 – 7 August 2024 Discount: 50% off the enrolment fee Applicable Grades: All grades (Tots to Grade 13) Years Enrolling For: 2025 and 2026 Schools: All Nova Pioneer schools in SA Enrolment Fee Breakdown: Tots to Grade

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Should you opt for the Cambridge Curriculum?

Today’s entry is mostly aimed at parents in South Africa who might be concerned after reading some doom and gloom reports about very disappointing Cambridge AS results at some schools: Over the past few days, a lot has been published in the Media about the Cambridge AS pass rate at

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Coaching at Nova Pioneer: Empowering Growth and Development at Nova Pioneer

In the realm of personal growth and development, various forms of support are available to individuals seeking to navigate life’s challenges and maximise their potential. Among these, coaching stands out as a powerful tool for facilitating progress and achievement. Unlike counseling, which addresses significant distress, or therapy, which focuses on

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Elevating Education at Nova Pioneer

In the dynamic world of education, at Nova Pioneer we are committed to redefining education and enhancing student learning and achievement. A key figure in shaping our academic direction and success is the role of our Dean of Instruction.  Who is a Dean of Instruction and Learning? The Dean of

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Post-School Success Programmer At Nova Pioneer

Meet our Post School Success Manager  Dean Mazhawidza, a Career Development Strategist with expertise in Career Psychology within educational and sporting contexts, underscores the pivotal role of career guidance in schools. With eight years of experience in Cape Town, collaborating with institutions such as Star College, Reddam House, German Schools,

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Academic Scholarships for 2025

Nova Pioneer Foundation SOUTH AFRICA Academic Scholarship Programme Summary and Terms & Conditions Overview: Nova Pioneer Schools for innovators and leaders strives to make quality, independent education as accessible as possible. The Nova Pioneer Foundation (the Foundation) has a finite pool of funds from various sources to assist students with

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Need-based Bursaries for 2025

Need-based Bursary Programme Summary and Terms & Conditions Interested in the Academic Scholarship Terms and Conditions? Read them here. 1.Overview At the Nova Pioneer Foundation (the Foundation), we believe in providing affordable quality education to students who will be the future leaders and innovators of Africa. As part of our

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Give your child a head start and save!

Join Nova Pioneer by 2 September 2024 for the 2024 academic year and we’ll waive your enrolment fee. This offer will apply to all grades (R2 200 Tots-Grade 00; R3 900 Grades R-7; R4 500 Grades 8 and above) across all the Nova Pioneer schools across Johannesburg.  TERMS and CONDITIONS

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The Crucial Role of Soft Skills in the Workplace

In an ever-evolving professional landscape, success extends beyond academic achievements. Employers increasingly seek individuals equipped with a diverse skill set, emphasising the importance of soft skills. A report by Deloitte Access Economics predicts that, by 2030, soft skill-intensive occupations will account for two-thirds of all jobs. The same report notes

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Embracing Linguistic Diversity: The Importance of Language at Nova Pioneer

At Nova Pioneer, we believe in embracing linguistic diversity as a cornerstone of holistic education. With a rich tapestry of cultures and backgrounds represented within our community, we recognise the significance of offering a variety of languages to our students.    The Power of Native Language   At Nova Pioneer,

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Understanding the Factors Behind the Cambridge AS Exam Results

Over the past few days, a lot has been published about the Cambridge AS pass rate at some independent schools offering the Cambridge curriculum. While I am in no position to comment on the dynamics internal to those schools, I am concerned about the apparent misunderstandings around the nature of

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Nova Pioneer Celebrates its Top Achievers 

Celebrating academic distinction at Nova Pioneer with commendable performances in their Cambridge A-Level, AS-Level and IGCSE examinations.   Nova Pioneer Schools, a pan-African independent school group that builds and operates world-class, affordable schools, offering students grades from preschool through to senior school, with established campuses in South Africa and Kenya,

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Nova Pioneer Midrand Primary and Senior Schools welcome new leaders!

We are bursting with joy as we share the incredible news that Nova Pioneer Midrand is welcoming two outstanding School Leaders to our vibrant community! After an extensive and thoughtful search, we are thrilled to reintroduce Sizo Chalufu as the School Leader of Nova Pioneer Midrand Senior School and warmly

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2024 Ruimsig Senior School Fee Rebate

Terms and Conditions: 2024 Rebate for Grade 8 and 9 students at Nova Pioneer Ruimsig Senior School Published on 16 November 2023 Any student enrolled in Grade 8 or Grade 9 at Nova Pioneer Ruimsig Senior School in 2024 will receive a 15% rebate on their tuition.  This is specific

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The Power of Inquiry-Based Learning

In the rapidly evolving landscape of education, the quest for innovative and effective teaching methods is unceasing. One approach that stands out for its transformative potential is inquiry-based learning. At Nova Pioneer, we’ve embraced this educational philosophy to equip our students with the skills they need to navigate the challenges

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Class of 2023 at Nova Pioneer Ormonde High School

Class of 2023 at Nova Pioneer Ormonde High School encapsulates the essence of global changemakers, leaders and innovators who will shape the African Century. Under the supervision, guidance and unwavering support form their Leadership and Innovation teacher, Miss SA Mpila. The class of 2023 left a groundbreaking legacy at Nova

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Focusing on What Really Matters

In this episode, Jabu provides a summary of a Mental Health Awareness session he attended featuring Fulham FC defender Calvin Bassey, the tools that Jabu has used to overcome his own mental challenges this year, the importance of viewing things in proportion, and his message of encouragement to students going

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Mental Health and Wellness at Nova Pioneer

In the world of education, the well-being of students plays a pivotal role in their academic success and overall development, therefore we realise and value the fundamental importance of psychosocial support for our students.  Why do we have Psychosocial Support? As the world has changed, education and learning has come

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Attend our Open Day and win!

Beats by Dre Open Day Competition Terms and Conditions     The Beats by Dre competition will run from 14 October until 31 October 2023 In order to be eligible for entry into the competition, the following steps need to be completed: Attend Nova Pioneer’s Open Day event on Saturday,

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World Teacher’s Day at Nova Pioneer Boksburg

  In this episode, Jabu is joined by junior school students from Nova Pioneer Boksburg to celebrate World Teacher’s Day and reflect on the impact of teacher’s in their personal and academic growth and development. To listen in – click here Want to become a Novaneer? Apply to Nova Pioneer now

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Difference between AS and A Levels (Grade 13)

Choosing the right secondary education path is a pivotal decision that shapes a student’s academic journey and future prospects. At Nova Pioneer, we offer two distinct pathways to a university exemption for our students: the AS Level (Grades 11 and 12) programme and the A Level (Grade 13) programme. Each

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The Value of the Cambridge Curriculum in South African Education

South Africa is a diverse nation with a rich cultural heritage and a growing emphasis on education. As the country seeks to provide its students with a world-class education that prepares them for the global stage, the Cambridge curriculum has emerged as a valuable asset in achieving this goal. In

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#SuperNovaWomen – Marjorie Meyers, NP Ormonde Dean of Students

  In this episode, Jabu is joined by Marjorie Meyers, Dean of Students at Nova Pioneer Ormonde, to discuss her experience in Kenya during Nova Pioneer’s annual South Africa-Kenya Exchange Programme, her philosophy for creating a thriving school environment and how her motherly traits overlap with her role as Dean

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Africa, Your Time Is Now – Jocelyne Muhutu – Remy

  In celebration of Women’s Day, in this episode we release an exclusive Opening Speaker talk from the Nova Pioneer Alumni Summit 2023 with Managing Director at Spotify Sub-Saharan Africa, Jocelyne-Muhutu-Remy, moderated by Jabu Mtwa. To listen in – click here Want to become a Novaneer? Apply to Nova Pioneer

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Successfully Organising and Delivering the Alumni Summit – Dr London Moore

  In this episode, Nova Pioneer’s Director of Schools, Dr. London Moore, joins Jabu on the podcast to briefly reflect on the success of the 2023 Nova Pioneer Alumni Summit, share a behind-the-scenes perspective of organising and coordinating this major virtual summit, the process of sourcing leading changemakers and leaders

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How to refer a family to Nova Pioneer

Nova Pioneer parents share in our mission of building the next generation of innovators and leaders and thus, we look to them to help us find more families who share our vision and values. This is because we believe in building a community of like-minded people who want to come

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Being a World-Class Actor and Present Parent – Vuyo Dabula

  In this episode, legendary South African actor and Nova Pioneer parent, Vuyo Dabula, joins Jabu for a conversation during the IGNYT Innovation & Leadership event at Nova Pioneer Midrand. In a wide-ranging interview, Vuyo shares why he chose Nova Pioneer for his son’s education and his thoughts on the

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It’s Sweeter When Communicated in Our Mother Tongue

Language is an integral part of our identity, connecting us to our heritage and instilling a sense of pride. At Nova Pioneer, we celebrate diversity and value the importance of native languages. Our commitment to multilingual education not only empowers our students but also fosters understanding and respect for one

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Reflecting on Mandela Day’s Significance – Nikilitha Mxinwa

  In this special Mandela Day episode, Wits University student leader and Chairperson of Young Builders Movement, Nikitha Mxinwa, delivers an address to the youth across South Africa about the modern relevance of Mandela Day while interrogating the country’s grave economic challenges and the crisis facing students obtaining an education.

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E18: #AlumniSummit – Kenya Alumni Preview the Summit

  In this episode, Nova Pioneer Kenya alumni, John and Sankara, join Jabu to discuss the highly-anticipated Nova Pioneer Alumni Summit on Saturday 22 July. The trio reflect on the first alumni summit called The First Reunion, the importance of Novaneer alumni gathering and exchanging ideas and what they are

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Celebrating Excellence: Nova Pioneer Student Achieves Top Position in Cambridge International Awards!

Nova Pioneer is thrilled to announce the remarkable achievement of Kewell Moodley, a Grade 12 student at Nova Pioneer Ormonde, who has secured the top position globally for Cambridge International IGCSE Business Studies in November 2022. Kewell’s outstanding academic accomplishment is a testament to his dedication, perseverance, and passion for

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Nova Pioneer North Riding Campus Launches “Cool to Care Campaign”

On Friday, May 5th, 2023, Nova Pioneer North Riding Campus embarked on a remarkable initiative called the “Cool to Care” campaign. This event aimed to foster a sense of care and love among Nova Pioneer students, staff, and parents. With renowned speakers such as DJ Fresh, a popular radio personality,

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Nova Pioneer Midrand Students Shine at Northern Suburbs District Eskom Science Expo

Nova Pioneer Midrand students showcased their exceptional talent and passion for science at the Northern Suburbs District Eskom Science Expo held at Curro Rivonia on Friday, 13 May. This event provided a platform for young innovators to present their groundbreaking projects across various scientific categories. With the guidance of their

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Wimpy at Jackal Creek Corner Delights Nova Pioneer North Riding with Coffee Activation Event

Wimpy, in collaboration with Famous Brands, recently hosted an exciting coffee activation event for the dedicated staff and parents of Nova Pioneer North Riding. This event not only introduced the newly installed kiddies play area at the campus but also provided attendees with complimentary coffee to start their day on

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Celebrating Academic Brilliance: Nova Pioneer Ormonde Primary Honors Junior Students’ Achievements

Nova Pioneer Ormonde Primary recently held a spectacular awards ceremony, shining the spotlight on the exceptional academic performance of its junior students in primary and pre-primary. The event, which took place on May 8th, 2023, showcased the dedication and excellence of the young Novaneers who have set a remarkable academic

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Nova Pioneer Students Exceed Global Benchmarks in Cambridge A-Levels

Nova Pioneer Ormonde Senior Campus is buzzing with excitement as students celebrate yet another year of outstanding results in their Cambridge A-Level examinations. With an impressive 83% of Nova Pioneer’s graduating class achieving University Exemptions, the school has reason to be proud. Notably, Nova Pioneer students surpassed global subject pass

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Nine Years of Nova Pioneer

On 7 July 2014, Nova Pioneer held its first Leadership Winter Programme. In the nine years since, Nova Pioneer has launched sixteen campuses across South Africa and Kenya, impacted 900+ alumni and is currently educating 6 000+ students. This is a momentous milestone for Nova Pioneer as it continues to

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E16: 16 June 1976

16 June 1976. South Africa commemorates this day for the powerful student uprising against apartheid education policies. In this episode, Jabu is joined by Nova Pioneer Ormonde Secondary students Kmi Canham (Grade 12), Matlotlo Mosala (Grade 11), Kea Mayeza (Grade 11) to reflect on the the legacy of Youth Day,

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Building a Thriving Community: Introducing Our Referral Rewards Programme

At Nova Pioneer, we believe in the power of a strong community in nurturing exceptional educational experiences. As we continue to grow and expand our impact, we are excited to announce our new Referral Rewards Programme, designed to harness the support and enthusiasm of our existing parents and teachers. With

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Empowering Future Champions: Pitso Mosimane Soccer Schools Kick Off at Nova Pioneer

Sports and education are a powerful duo, inspiring and shaping the lives of countless individuals around the world. In a groundbreaking collaboration, Nova Pioneer is set to welcome the renowned Pitso Mosimane Soccer Schools (PMSS) to our Boksburg, North Riding and Midrand campuses. This exciting partnership aims to introduce students

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E15: What Africa Day Means to Novaneers

Africa Day is an annual commemoration celebrated on May 25th to mark the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. Africa Day serves as a reminder of Africa’s struggle against colonialism and oppression, and it celebrates the achievements, diversity, and potential of the African continent.   In

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January 2024 – We’ve Got You Covered!

The end-of-year holidays are a special time, but they also come with their own stresses: managing relations with the in-laws, resolving fights between siblings, soothing that sunburn whilst also trying to manage last minute shopping and entertaining! One thing you don’t have to worry about is January school fees –

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Find your Nova!

Let Nova Pioneer unlock a world of great opportunity for your bright star!   If the future is African, then we have the responsibility to prepare our future African leaders to meet the demands of a turning African century.  Find Your Nova encompasses the mission for parents and students to

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Nova Pioneer Fosters Positive Behaviour From An Early Age

At Nova Pioneer we believe that the objective of discipline is to encourage awareness, and that discipline, rather than punishment, should focus on inclusive methods of communication, reinforcement, and modeling. Above all, we want to create a warm and supportive environment in which children can grow, learn, and learn to

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A Checklist for Choosing a Pre-Primary School

“Young children learn in a different manner from that of older children and adults, yet we can teach them many things if we adapt our materials and mode of instruction to their level of ability. But we miseducate young children when we assume that their learning abilities are comparable to

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Nova Pioneer students exceed global benchmarks in their Cambridge A-Levels

Nova Pioneer Schools for Innovators and Leaders, recently celebrated their Ormonde Senior School students’ Cambridge A-Level results, with 83% of Nova Pioneer’s graduating class already achieving University Exemptions. Nova Pioneer students exceeded the global subject pass average in English, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Business and History. Nova Pioneer is a pan-African

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How Student Data Informs Teaching at Nova Pioneer

The expectations we set for our students are based on the data we collect, that also guides us in mapping their educational growth goals.  Our view, is that our students are capable and competent individuals with unique abilities to achieve their goals. Our job is to facilitate the process and

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Nova Pioneer’s 2022 Black Friday Promotion

It’s that time of the year again and we have an exciting incentive to share.  Stand a chance of receiving 25% of the first term’s tuition fees in 2023 if you pay your enrolment fee between the 21st of November and the 16th of December. Lookout for a pop-up ‘Mystery

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Chinezi Chijioke’s Masterclass on Power987

Guest: Chinezi Chijioke   On Tuesday, 01st of November, Chinezi Chijioke, Co-founder and CEO of Nova Pioneer was featured on the Power987’s Masterclass segments on the topic: A New Age School Model in Building Students. The segment was on the show PowerTalk hosted by Lerato Mbhele. To listen in –

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The Transformation of education begins with teachers

“Teaching is conceptual and intellectual, abstract and concrete, creative, and sequential. It’s about people but framed through ideas. It’s about content, hearts, minds, the past, the future–whatever we can imagine, teaching and learning are both causes and effects.”-Teach Thought Staff It has been said that “those who can’t do, teach,”

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E09: Building a Pan-African Alumni Community

Guest: Masego Solomons  Nova Pioneer South Africa Alumni Chapter President and Law student at Varsity College, Masego Solomons , joins Jabu to chat about the ongoing process behind the formation of Nova Pioneer South Africa’s Alumni Chapter and being elected as President of the Chapter. Masego also shares her biggest

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E8: How I Got an A for my A Level Exam

Guest: Tshegofatso Langa Wits University B.A. Law student and Golden Key International Honour Society member, Tshegofatso Langa, returns to the Novaneer Podcast for a special exam preparation advice session. In this episode, Langa shares his top tips for preparing for a Cambridge level exam and discusses vital academic practices that

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E7: Co-founding Nova Pioneer (Extended Interview)

Guest: Josh Elder (Co-founder of Nova Pioneer) On this episode, extended interview with Siegel Family Endowment Director and Head of Grantmaking, Joshua Elder, Josh talks about moving to South Africa for a teaching post in Cape Town, the story behind co-founding Nova Pioneer in 2014. Josh also discusses his experience

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Love my Mother Tongue, Love Me

Simikazi Deyi expresses the importance of mother tongue languages in an article in 2018 that states, “Language is not just a series of words, but includes certain nuances that emerge in the form of idioms, metaphors and euphemisms, as well as praises. Language is therefore tied intrinsically to a sense

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Five misconceptions about Cambridge

In our fast and ever-changing world, it is important that children learn a few key skills from a young age, most of which should be taught at school level. A student’s ability to become successful in the real-world (and face the daily challenges presented in the workplace) weighs heavily on

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Post School Success – Preparing students to thrive post school

Many elements can impact a student’s ability to succeed after completing secondary school. We want to ensure that students perform well academically and that they feel supported and prepared to succeed beyond Nova Pioneer. To that effect, we introduced a Post School Success (PSS) Team at all our Secondary Schools

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E6: Golden City Vision 

Guest: Hassan Paruk  Hassan Paruk is the Co-founder of Golden City Football Club and a founding member of Young African Leaders in Sport. Hassan is also a BCom (Information Systems) student at the University of Johannesburg. On this episode, Hassan shares his experience co-founding and running Golden City Football Club,

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E5: Kasi Fundi

Guest: Thandeka Thusi  Thandeka Thusi, former NP English teacher and founder of Kasi Fundi, joins Jabu and discusses how she landed the Geleza Nathi TV teaching gig as a university student, the impact of Nova Pioneer on her personal and professional growth and Kasi Fundi’s core mission and aspirations for

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E4: Africa Rise

Guest: Tshegofatso Langa Wits University B.A. Law student and Golden Key International Honour Society member, Tshegofatso Langa, discusses Africa’s opportunities and challenges from an International Relations perspective, what Pan-Africanism entails in modern-day Africa, the geopolitical context of Africa’s developmental strides and the role of the African Union in Africa’s rise

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E3: Mastering Your Mind

Guest: Vahin Naka Vahin Naka, host of The Expandable Mind Podcast and Nova Pioneer A-Level student, shares his views on the role AI, blockchain and coding will play in the future and how Africa will become a global innovation hub.  To listen in – click here Want to become a

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Today we celebrate Nova Pioneer’s 8th birthday!

Eight years ago, on July 7th 2014, 30 students gathered for the Pioneer Winter Programme.  It was the first time students and teachers would come together to do what we do: grow innovators and leaders! With that coming together, Nova Pioneer was born.   A year later, teammates of Nova

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Nova Pioneer’s Birthday Episode with Chinezi Chijioke

Guest: Chinezi Chijioke  To celebrate Nova Pioneer’s 8th birthday – an exclusive, extended interview with Nova Pioneer Co-founder & CEO, Chinezi Chijioke. On this episode, Jabu and Chinezi discuss how Nova Pioneer officially launched in 2015, President Kgalema Motlanthe’s task to Nova Pioneer, the impact of students and alumni and

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E2: 21st Century African Storytelling

Guest: Kevin Njoroge  On this episode, author and USIU-Africa Psychology student, Kevin Njoroge discusses how education systems in Africa could be improved, the impact of Nova Pioneer’s Post-School Success program on student’s career prospects and how African literature could evolve in the 21st Century. To listen in, click here Want

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E1: What is a Novaneer?

Guests: Jeanne Sere Mgendi & Menzi Nkambule On the debut episode of the Novaneer Podcast, University of Nairobi BCom student Jeanne Sere Mgendi talks Tabasamu –  a Kenyan social enterprise that she founded which collects and upcycles ankara waste to create consumer products. Later on the podcast, Menzi Nkambule –

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Nova Pioneer Pre-Primary 2023: More Added-Value, More Affordable

At Nova Pioneer, we understand the significance and impact of high-quality pre-primary education. We are thrilled to share some exciting news regarding our Tots (2 turning 3) to Grade 1 offering at Nova Pioneer.  In response to the needs and expectations of Novaneers in our community –  namely, affordable and

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Youth Day – A Lasting Legacy

“It is up to us to live up to the legacy that was left for us, and to leave a legacy that is worthy of our children and of future generations.”Christine Gregoire    Take a look at where we are now, and how far we’ve come; 46 years ago today,

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Novaneer Podcast: Trailer

Meet our host Jabu Mtwa. Jabu is a 20-year old South African entrepreneur and podcaster. He is also a proud Nova Pioneer alumnus having been part of the founding group of Nova Pioneer Ormonde in 2015. Throughout his time at Nova Pioneer, Jabu held various leadership roles including Chijishoka House

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The difference between IEB, CAPS and Cambridge

Our secondary school team has embarked on a #NextLevelCambridge roadshow, taking us to various primary schools across Gauteng.   Our mission as a team is to introduce the Cambridge curriculum to students and empower them with the information that they need to make the best decision regarding high school, particularly when

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Why study A-Levels?

One of the reasons that drew me to Nova Pioneer five years ago, apart from the desire to be a member of a team of educational pioneers in South Africa, was the opportunity to teach within the Cambridge system. And five years down the line, I do not regret that

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Upgrade to Nova Pioneer and give your child a head start! 

Are you considering moving your child from their current school? Why wait?

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Nova Pioneer to open a new High School in 2023

Nova Pioneer is thrilled to announce the launch of a new Secondary Schools in 2023... Nova Pioneer West Secondary. Now enrolling for their inaugural class of Grade 8’s.

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Novaneers admired for their strong set of values and principles

Take a few seconds to think of someone that you deeply admire…  This could be a friend, a colleague, a family member or maybe someone famous. Now note down your answers to these 6 questions, as you keep this person in mind…   Do they:  believe that they can achieve

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Nova Pioneer students celebrate strong Cambridge results

Nova Pioneer Schools for Innovators and Leaders, recently celebrated their Midrand students’ Cambridge Checkpoint results. Nova Pioneer students achieved scores ahead of the international benchmark for English and Science, whilst staying at pace with international trends for Maths.    Nova Pioneer is a pan-African independent school group that builds and

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The Answer to School Lunches: The Bento Box

In Japan, the word ‘bento’ is associated with the word for ‘convenience.’ The bento box is a convenient way to carry a home-packed lunch—or any meal, but especially a single meal eaten during work or school day. The earliest take-along meals date to the 5th century in Japan, when farmworkers,

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Nova Pioneer students celebrate 100% Cambridge A-Level Pass Rate

Celebrating our Novaneers 100% pass rate for Cambridge A-Levels    Students at the Nova Pioneer Ormonde Secondary campus elated as they celebrate a year of exceptional results. Nova Pioneer is a pan-African independent school group that builds and operates world-class, affordable schools, offering students grades from preschool through to secondary.

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A Year of Great Potential

Dear Novaneers   Happy new year!  I am writing you this letter from Johannesburg, where the final rainy week of December has given way to a new year’s weekend of sunshine and brilliantly clear blue skies.  While 2022 will no doubt have its challenges, the year has started with a

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Celebrating Academic Excellence

I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our top academic achievers (Grade 8 -10) for 2021. I wish to congratulate these students for managing to produce these excellent results in what was, again, an unusual year. We are very proud of them. They exemplify our Culture Principles of

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Want to get R7000 off your tuition? This is how to do it … 

Nova Pioneer believes in building a compassionate, like-minded community   Once your child is enrolled at Nova Pioneer, you become part of our supportive and passionate community – a group of parents from all walks of life – who all contribute to our school in various ways for the betterment

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Preventing Bullying at School

The sad reality that is slowly starting to sink in about our childrens’ day to day experiences is that they are not only living through one pandemic that is shaping their futures, but they are also dealing with mental issues such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, often brought to

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Calling all young footballers

This December 6th-10th, Coach Jared Engelbrecht will be leading the Get Your Kicks! soccer clinic at Nova Pioneer Paulshof.    Children aged 6-13yrs of all skill levels are welcome to participate and Novaneer students are eligible for a discounted attendance fee of R500 for the week.  The week-long programme consists of

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Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mindfulness refers to a state of mind where a person has a heightened awareness of the internal and external experiences that are occurring at the present moment. It is a practice where your mind and all its thoughts are quietened bringing a feeling of calmness and increased awareness and focus.

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Hope for South Africa

“We don’t think so, my lord. Why, then, ’tis none to you, for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – Hamlet, William Shakespeare  In the month of July, we as South Africans were challenged to confront threatening, destabilising events and emotions, due to the social tensions

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Competition time, WIN a holiday stay in Umhlanga for the family

Stand a chance to win 7 days of luxury accommodation in Umhlanga, KZN, when you tell us what makes your Novaneer child stand out.  We may be biased but we believe that Novaneers (Nova Pioneer students) stand out amongst their peers.  They’re the kind of students who aim high. They’re

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Love my Mother Tongue – Love Me

Simikazi Deyi expresses the importance of mother tongue languages in an article in 2018 that states, “Language is not just a series of words, but includes certain nuances that emerge in the form of idioms, metaphors and euphemisms, as well as praises. Language is therefore tied intrinsically to a sense

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5 Things to Consider When Looking for a High School

High school is the final phase of basic education, and the seeds planted in high school will be the fruits that will grow in tertiary. Looking for a high school for your child is no small feat. Parents want to know that their children are well prepared in high school

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The Importance of Building a Teacher-Parent Relationship

Each year, parents enter into a co-guardianship with their child’s teacher. Each of us in this partnership plays our different roles, but we all strive to surround the child and put their needs at the centre. Our common goal is to have the child succeed throughout the year and to

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Why Parents Should Consider a Cambridge Curriculum for their Children

We live in an ever-changing and demanding world and children will be presented with opportunities and challenges, many of which will be new to their parents. The Cambridge curriculum was adopted by Nova Pioneer with the aim to equip students with the skills required to not only cope in the 21st

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Five Skills Your Child Will Develop in Pre-Primary School

As children grow in their early childhood years and enter pre-primary school, their world begins to open up. They want to explore and frequently ask about the things around them. Eventually, their interactions with others help to shape their ways of thinking and moving. Early childhood development progresses gradually and

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Start With Us Mid-year and Save on 2022 Tuition

Are you considering moving your child to Nova Pioneer in 2022? Why wait for the new year? We would like to encourage you make the move now. Parents who start with Nova Pioneer before 31 October 2021, will enjoy a tuition free month in January 2022.   You may have

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Being a mom, a wife and a diligent leader

Reflections from Nova Pioneer’s Chief Commercial Officer

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Developmental Milestones in a Child’s First Year

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping). In a

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Reggio Emilia and Infant Care

Quality infant care is one of the best ways to promote your child’s development. At Nova Pioneer, we have a curriculum that provides a framework of our infant care and tots classroom. The curriculum is founded upon the world-renowned Reggio Emilia approach to early education. At the heart of the

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Reflections on being a woman and a leader

I identify first and foremost as a woman. This means that in every aspect of my life, it is important to me that my womanliness is ever-present and authentic. On its own, this principle should not be a challenge to uphold. However, in a world in which the acceptable view

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Independent Candidates Looking for a Cambridge Examination Venue

Are you a student studying the Cambridge curriculum through a home-based learning platform and looking for a Cambridge examinations venue in the Johannesburg area? We at Nova Pioneer recognise that there may be a shortage of examination venues and would like to help. We provide, when space allows and on

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How to Manage Your Child’s Anxiety When Entering Grade 8

There is so much pressure on students to succeed when they first enter Grade 8, so much so that they can miss the opportunity to actually enjoy the journey and the experience of being in high school. At Nova Pioneer we want our students to have a well-rounded high school

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Investing in the Mindset of a Nova Pioneer Teacher

The way we teach at Nova Pioneer is very different from how other schools teach. Our mission is to develop generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the African Century. Therefore, we recruit teachers who not only have a passion for teaching but are lifelong students who are willing

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How Are We Living Out The Culture Principle of Servant Leadership?

Traditionally, educational institutions such as schools are expected to provide learning and teaching platforms where students can receive their education. While this is a core business of every school, it is fundamentally significant for schools, both public and private, to be active citizens of their communities and role players in

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A Parent Guide on Understanding Bullying

The seriousness of bullying has recently been highlighted in the media and it is important for parents to understand what bullying looks like so that they can educate their child/ren, identify it early if it is happening to them and work with the school to stop it. Nova Pioneer Paulshof

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for School

Parents need to consider things that they can do at home to start preparing their child for school. It is also important to note that there is no absolute factor that can regulate whether a child is ready for school or not. However, school readiness hangs on various components as

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5 Indicators that Your Child is Ready for School

The first five years of your child’s life is critical, as this is the period in which early childhood development takes off. Parents can find it difficult to decide on when the best time is to send their child to school. No one wants to send their child to school

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Nova Pioneer launches a Financial Literacy Club for Students

Nova Pioneer launched a Financial Literacy Club at our North Riding campus recently and it was met with excitement from students. The enthusiasm for the club was evident from students who could not stop talking and asking questions about money.    Understanding Business Finances The first lesson started off with

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Ways to Help Children Deal with Anxiety During Lockdown

Feelings of discomfort in the lives of children today may be due to the stressful changes that have occurred since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a parent you may be wondering how to help your children deal with anxiety during lockdown. The weight of the COVID-19 pandemic has

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Enforce Discipline in a Way That Shows Care

Over the years, we have seen discipline evolve as the needs and development of children have changed generationally. At Nova Pioneer, we believe there is a connection between discipline and character. However, as a parent you may be asking yourself how you can enforce discipline in a way that shows

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Youth Hold the Promise and Power to Shape the African Century

Today (June 16) South Africa pauses to recognise Youth Day.  Across Africa, it is the International Day of the African Child.  Both of these acknowledge the initiative, sacrifice and leadership of South Africa’s youth of 1976, who rose with courage to the foremost challenge of their time in resisting apartheid;

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The Importance of Exposing Children to Animals

Our Nova Pioneer had an opportunity to expose our students to animals when they hosted MobileZoo at the North Riding campus. As part of the Nova Pioneer learning approach we believe that learning doesn’t only occur in the classroom. Through this experience, our students were able to enjoy an interactive

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5 Ways Nova Pioneer is reducing its carbon footprint

The global call to save our environment is critical! Nova Pioneer has made it a point to do its bit for the environment and to teach our Novaneers that the future of our planet is in their hands. Although nations are facing a pandemic with Covid-19, taking care of our

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5 Ways to celebrate World Milk Day

World Milk Day was established on the 1 st of June in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. This day aims to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. Given that milk is rich with calcium, a

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How Can Schools Help End the Stigma Around Menstrual Hygiene?

“Imagine a world where no girl or woman is held back because she menstruates.” This is the 2030 vision set by WASH United, a German non-profit organisation and the global coordinator of Menstrual Hygiene Day. Every year on May 28, nonprofits, government agencies, the private sector, the media, and individuals

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Reimagine Education for the African Child – Africa Day

May 25 in 1963 was the day envisioned to annually celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, now the AU) in the fight against colonialism and apartheid. Today, the 25 th of May has evolved into a day of pride and a strong sense of

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Keep Going, Don’t Stop Running

“So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy… just keep going. Don’t stop running. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop” – Phil Knight, Shoe Dog. Over

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Healthy Lunchbox ideas for school

A healthy, balanced lunch box gives children ‘bounce’ for the playground and brainpower for the classroom. Healthy lunches and snacks are important for children, so it’s worth putting in a little thought about what you send them off to school with. A healthy lunchbox will: Give them sustained energy to

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What to consider when looking for your child’s school 

Looking for a school for your child is never easy and can easily be one of the most stressful things that a parent can go through. There is always so much to consider in the process. In his novel, The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell points out that parents should focus on

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How Nova Pioneer integrates Robotics in the classroom

Considering the rapid rise and developments in technology and the introduction of the 4th industrial revolution, it is safe to say, the world will surely be a different place in the future. We will see a lot more automation of some systems, advancements in machine learning and integration of robotics

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Nova Pioneer Midrand Launches World-Class Secondary School

Nova Pioneer is excited to announce we will welcome the first Grade 8 students at our new Midrand campus, with enrollment open now for the 2022 school year. Guided by our mission to develop young innovators and leaders who will shape the world, we are excited to extend our offering

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Helping students through the subject selection process

As an educator, I know that there are a few pivotal moments that students have to face as they navigate their way through High School. I believe that the IGCSE subject selection for Cambridge students may actually be the most defining moment. The subject choice usually takes place in the

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New Grades for Nova Pioneer Campuses

Nova Pioneer continues to live up to its promise by introducing additional grades throughout our campuses. As a group, we made a promise to our parents and students that each year, we will grow our schools with an additional grade, to grow with our Novaneers as they progress to their

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Our 3Cs Prepared Students to Thrive Through COVID

Challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the closures of schools in most countries, pushed the education sector to start thinking differently about how to deliver education. There was a fear that not many were not prepared to survive and thrive through COVID.   A real opportunity for change

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Celebrating Nova Pioneer’s Matriculating Class of 2020

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating our Nova Pioneer Ormonde Secondary students and teammates following the release of the Cambridge results for our students. Our Grade 11, 12 and 13 students (at our Nova Pioneer Ormonde Campus) recently received their Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A-Level exam results respectively, concluding

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Hope For the Future and Evolution of Education

The year 2020 came with many unprecedented challenges. At Nova Pioneer, we like to see challenges as opportunities. I believe that to truly learn, one must be taken out of their comfort zone. The pandemic certainly catapulted us all into that space, and beyond. I sincerely believe that there are

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What Makes School Psychologist Services Essential?

Did you know that all children have psychosocial support needs. These needs can vary depending on a child’s age, their life experiences, their family situation, gender, and even their individual personalities. According to Unicef, disruptions caused by COVID-19 have also had a profound impact on the mental wellbeing of children

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COVID-19 Safety Measures

We have had a wonderful first week of school and have loved reconnecting with our returning learners as well as meeting our newest ones. Thank you to our parents for your continued flexibility and support during the start of the new year as we navigated an online reopening after the

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A Novaneer Perspective on School, Teachers, and Students

I’ve been mentally journalling these thoughts for months since I started at Nova Pioneer on the 5th of September 2019. Coming here with a vast IT background, I have to admit that having worked as an IT Technician at a prestigious school in Parktown, I strongly believed I had an

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Nova Pioneer Teachers Welcome Students Online

Nova Pioneer welcomed students to the first day of school today, 20 January. However, orientation week is a bit different this year. Instead of struggles with the morning rush and first day of school traffic delays, parents instead had to navigate logging onto Google Classrooms so they, together with their

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Nova Pioneer Midrand making a Difference

In celebration of ‘Make A Difference Day’ earlier this year, Nova Pioneer Midrand students successfully embarked on a book collection drive with the hope of donating their books to a school based in the Alexandra township, North of Johannesburg this December.   The learning model of the Nova Pioneer schools fosters

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Nova Pioneer Ruimsig embarks on Charity Drive

At Nova Pioneer, we focus on providing a holistic education for our students that extends beyond the classroom. We strive to teach our students the values that will make them more socially responsible and to live out our Culture Principle of Servant Leadership. “This term, Nova Pioneer Ruimsig embarked on

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Nova Pioneer celebrates its 2020 Graduates

Nova Pioneer recently celebrated its valedictory ceremony for its Grade 12 students at Ormonde Secondary. The ceremony, which took place at the campus, saw students and staff maintaining all social distance protocols as well as live streaming for those students, speakers and family members who were unable to attend in

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Nova Pioneer Midrand looks ahead to 2021

As the 2020 academic year draws to a close, there is much anticipation at the Nova Pioneer Midrand school as they prepare for the new year and the opening of their new campus, located on Third Road, less than 250m from the current school campus, during the course of 2021. 

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Nova Pioneer turns the #JerusalemaChallenge on its head

Spark Schools recently challenged Nova Pioneer to the #JerusalemaChallenge and we’d like to think we turned it on its head. The team (teachers and students) had an amazing time getting in on the action.  Be sure to like, subscribe and comment on our Youtube page!  

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The Gift of a Good Future

We are fast approaching the season of giving. Our children are precious to us and we often give them gifts that delight them in the moment but have little positive impact on their future. Upon reflection, I considered the fact that at least 16 years of my children’s lives will

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Even On A Hard Day, I Feel This Is The Place For Me

If you had asked any of our teammates in the beginning of the year how we saw 2020 turning out, the answer definitely wouldn’t have been “surviving a Pandemic”.  I mean, if our One Team Day “Uptown Funk” dance off was anything to go by, no one could’ve predicted that

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Social and Emotional Learning at Nova Pioneer

Traditionally, there is a common saying that says children must be seen not heard. In this era, in order to effectively groom the holistic child to their full potential, we need to listen to them and understand their state of mind. We also need to be able to view their

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Using MAP testing to assess skill gaps caused by school closures

School closures in 2020 caused some disruptions for all schools and particularly for the students. In a normal school year, we are able to observe the growth of a students on a day-to-day basis and not only based on the work produced but also by observing how they engage with

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Student Spotlight: Jiya Soudamma kicking her way to the top

Nova Pioneer Paulshof student, Jiya Soudamma (aged 10) began her karate journey at the age of 4 ½. “It started off with her being diagnosed with ADHD and karate was a way of getting her to release some of this energy. Little did we know at the time, that it

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Keep your Workspace Clean and Bacteria Free

We are past the 200-day mark since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus in South Africa. We are now on Level-1 of lockdown which allows business activity to continue but under strict health and safety conditions. South Africa now finds itself

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Our Boksburg Campus celebrates Grandparents Day

Our Boksburg campus’ staff and students recently celebrated Grandparents Day at retirement village SAVF Huis Dien Bothma, where they donated toiletries and pleasantries to the elderly. On the day, Charlene Thomson and Mandy William, both teachers at Nova Pioneer Boksburg campus, were accompanied by students (observing all Covid-19 health and

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Where There’s a Book, There’s a Way

Our Novaneers have once more shown us what it means to take charge of their own learning. The closing of schools did not mean books had to be shut for our students at Nova Pioneer, Ormonde. They carried our reading culture home as they continued to prepare for the South

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What you can expect in Intermediate Phase at Nova Pioneer

At Nova Pioneer, we use the enquiry-based model, along with Reggio Emilia philosophies, to ensure our learning spaces are beautiful and interactive. While the Cambridge Curriculum is academically rigorous with 90 minutes of numeracy and literacy per day, the Nova Pioneer environment is highly stimulating. This is because we generally

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Reggio Emilia Inspired Toddler Classroom

Nova Pioneer Schools for Innovators and Leaders are inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach. The principles of relationships, spaces and environment are reflected in Tammy Gertzen’s classroom at our Boksburg campus. At the heart of the Reggio Emilia approach is relationships. The school environment and spaces have

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Our Learnings through COVID-19

Michaela Kruger, our Grade 00 teacher at our North Riding campus, speaks to her continued learning through COVID-19.     How do you get 4-5 year olds to practice social distancing?   In our class this term we first began by explaining social distancing to our students. Distance is a challenging

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Our Midrand Campus is taking Shape

We are excited to announce that our new Midrand campus is taking shape. The new site is located on Third Road and is less than 250m from the current school campus. The new property will allow us more space for the grades that we will introduce each year. “Due to

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Life after Nova Pioneer 

A personal symbol of “Life After Nova Pioneer” for myself and those close to me was the day I finally cut my peculiar, nappy dreads off. It was on that normal day in the first month of a surreal year that I matched the next chapter of my life with

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Innovating and Adapting Education to COVID-19 at Nova Pioneer

We are well over the 100-day mark since our schools have closed and gradually re-opened, as a result of the COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown measures across both South Africa and Kenya. A lot of us can agree that there’s something about the past 100 days that seemed to make time

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The resilience and hope of a Novaneer 

Emotions run high when families, schools and those involved in National decision making discuss matters around schools opening and closing. The passionate arguments from all sides speak directly to everyone’s intent: keeping our precious, little ones safe.    Triangle of support    Everyday this is front of mind for our

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Core Beliefs that Guide Nova Pioneer’s Learning Experience

Nova Pioneer exists to thoroughly reimagine school and deliver a world-class learning experience to tens of thousands of students across the continent. Our learning experience is based on three core beliefs that guide our learning experience.   Traditional learning methods don’t inspire Too often, in too many places around the

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Nova Pioneer School Buildings Help Facilitate the Learning Process

A distinguishing feature of Nova Pioneer can be seen in how we make the learning student-centred, to encourage student voice and critical thinking, and to encourage collaboration amongst students. This is evident in our enquiry-based method of teaching, as well as in the physical spaces in which this learning occurs.   The

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Keep Fees Accessible, a Key Priority at Nova Pioneer

Did you know that Nova Pioneer is a Cambridge accredited institution? Did you know that Nova Pioneer parents pay a fraction of the cost of most private schools offering the Cambridge Curriculum in South Africa?  This is because one of the school’s imperatives is to keep fees accessible to the

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Be A Part of Shaping the African Century

You are invited to be part of shaping the African Century. By joining Nova Pioneer, you can become a part of a growing Pan-African school network with an internationally accredited curriculum.    Africa is rising The coming era should be the African Century, the time when the continent realizes its

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Embracing Virtual Reality during and post COVID-19

The advent of Covid-19 in 2020 and the introduction of lockdowns has certainly changed the way we think and do things. From social gatherings, meetings and the way we deliver on education, we were forced to rethink life as we knew it. Now in the world of social distancing, working

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How Does the Nova Pioneer Referral Discount for 2021 Work?

Did you know that as a Nova Pioneer parent, you also benefit from helping us growing the Nova Pioneer community?

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We are Africa’s Leading Network of Accessible 21st Century Schools

We started Nova Pioneer to provide schools that were different: schools to develop young people with the wherewithal to shape their world.  That’s why we call ourselves Schools for Innovators and Leaders.    The Vision of a Novaneer That intention is all centered on our vision of a Novaneer as

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Happy birthday Nova Pioneer – today we are six!

Six years ago   On July 7th 2014, 20 teammates and 30 students gathered for the Pioneer Winter Programme.  There were two programmes: we welcomed 15 Grade 00-1 “Young Pioneers”, and 15 Grade 6-8 “Pioneer Innovators”.  It was the first time teammates and students would come together to do what

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The new normal, learning through COVID-19

The excitement has been mounting as we finally welcomed back our learners onto campus. It is important to note however that even though teaching and learning have resumed on campus, we are continuing to teach on our online platform in order to cater to our parents and students who have

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Inside a Nova Pioneer Classroom

As a parent you may be wondering what differentiates us from other schools? Perhaps you’re wondering what the inside of a Nova Pioneer classroom really looks like? Well, certainly learning looks a little bit different at Nova Pioneer. From how the classrooms are designed, to the language our students and

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Being a Grade 12 Learner in the time of COVID-19

A Grade 12 Student reflects on what it is like to be in Grade 12 during the time of a global pandemic

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Welcome to Channel NN – Nova News

Creative, fun 'news' broadcasts from our pre-primary and primary school students

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Black Lives Matter – Our Students’ Perspective

Nova Pioneer secondary students use their creativity through poetry and song to speak out on the global Black Lives Matter movement

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Nova Pioneer Welcomes Students Back on Campus

Nova Pioneer is excited to welcome students back across all of its seven campuses. On the morning of June 8, all campuses were abuzz with students ready to get back to learning.  Staggered start to Term 2 A couple of weeks ago, the Minister of Basic Education announced the planned

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How to Help Your Child Adjust to Wearing a Face Mask

Wearing a face mask in public spaces may be something that we, as adults, have fast become accustomed to, however we need to acknowledge that it will feel strange and new to children.   Wearing a mask can save a life To avoid the spread of COVID- 19, the Centre

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Getting Classy with Google Classrooms

How Nova Pioneer is virtually assisting students and families during this time

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Should Primary School Educators Learn to Code?

How learning to code can benefit your development as an educator

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The Importance of Napping

Grade 00 Teacher, Emma, shares with us why it is important for pre-primary students to nap

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The New Kid on the Block: Nova Pioneer Ruimsig

Meet the new kid on the Nova Pioneer Block: Our Ruimsig campus. Nova Pioneer Ruimsig is located on the beautiful and quiet neighborhood of Amorosa Ext 27 in Ruimsig, Roodepoort.  The school opened its door to the Roodepoort communities in January this year.  It covers both pre-primary and primary education

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The Nova Pioneer Virtual Admissions Experience

As a growing network of schools, we needed to find innovative ways of engaging with families during a time of social and physical distance. As a result Nova Pioneer has adjusted their application process and created The Virtual Admissions Experience to answer all your enrolment needs from the safety and

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Guidelines to your online teaching journey

Nova Pioneer Paulshof School Leader, Claudia Pienaar, gives her team tips on how to rock the remote teaching space

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Providing learning material to children in vulnerable communities

Nova Pioneer is extending their commitment to continued learning to families affected by school closures.

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The Quality Education Divide in the COVID-19 Digital Age

How do you bridge the socio-economic gap during the COVID-19 digital age?

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5 reasons why you should attend a Nova Pioneer Virtual Open Day

Nova Pioneer is hosting virtual open days to support families during lockdown, so that they can make the best decision about their child's future.

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Nova Pioneer Paulshof is Growing Its Class Offering for 2021

Nova Pioneer Paulshof is adding a tots class for 2021, With the addition of this new grade, Nova Pioneer Paulshof will provide a full pre-primary and primary offering accepting children from age 3 through to Grade 6.

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Working Remotely as an Apprentice Teacher at Nova Pioneer

Do you remember your first job and working for a new company? The anxiety of information overload, the excitement of meeting and collaborating with new teammates? As a fairly new member of the Paulshof campus, I imagined working remotely would be difficult, scary and a little lonely. Have you felt

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Tackling Admissions during the National Lockdown

The Nova Pioneer Admissions team has developed a creative way to make it easier for you to progress with your Nova Pioneer applications during this period of self isolation

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Nova Pioneer Online Learning Resources

The Nova Pioneer team is excited to make some of our custom-designed and comprehensive learning resources available on our website. Parents and families who are not part of Nova Pioneer’s community can now access online learning resources for their children through the website. This initiative has been launched with the

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National Lockdown: How to stay focused as a student

At first, when we were told about the online learning program, I was worried. I didn’t want to spend all of my study time on a computer. I know that I’m more likely to retain knowledge if I can apply it in the real world. So I thought to myself,

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Jumping Jacks at the Tea Kettle – Wellness Tips for When Working from Home

If the body and mind are a castle, remote work can be a siege, an army advancing on us from all angles. Confined indoors and tethered to an isolated workspace, we face a full-on assault on our wellbeing. Without adequate defenses in place, the city will be sacked. We must

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Confessions of a Self Isolated Working Mom

It’s Day 7 of self isolation in the wake of COVID-19 and it started out like any other with a few exceptions. Instead of spending ninety minutes weaving the highways of Johannesburg in the nightmare of rush hour traffic – I started the morning explaining to my three year old

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Am I doing this right? Nova Pioneer teachers become work-from-home parents

Over the past few weeks, parents have had to wear multiple hats. However, not sure if anyone has mastered wearing the "work-from-home" parent hat.

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Five Tips for Successful Virtual Meetings

We are all dealing with new ways of working these days and as we embark on engaging more frequently in the digital arena, virtual meetings have now become a norm — even for sectors and teams where that is not ordinarily the case. As such, we want to ensure that

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Joy of Learning Spirit continues, even at home

It has been almost two weeks since we (Nova Pioneer teachers) parted ways with students. I am glad to report that school closures didn’t dampen our commitment to teaching and neither did they put a halt in our students’ learning. Joy of Learning remains a priority.   The work behind

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It’s 2pm and I’m still in my pyjamas — How (and How Not) to Work Remotely

In normal times, the option of working remotely may seem like a luxury. COVID-19 has unfortunately necessitated remote work for people across the world — including just about all of us here at Nova Pioneer — taking us out of our usual work environment. Because the workplace, for many, provides

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Classroom Spotlight: Ms Neveling’s Play on Leaves

At Nova Pioneer, we are intentional about the spaces that we create for learning. Children learn to love learning, and come to school to experience the joy and wonder of learning in a safe and loving environment.  Our students, parents and teachers experience Nova Pioneer Paulshof as a place of

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Response to COVID-19: Continued Facilitated Learning for our Students

Following the recent announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in response to COVID-19, all of our Nova Pioneer schools will be temporarily closed from Wednesday, 18 March. We acknowledge the additional pressure this school closure may have on many of our Nova Pioneer families. Even though schools are closed, learning can

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Joy of Learning comes alive at all campuses

Joy of Learning is a culture principle that Nova Pioneer takes quite seriously. Our schools are intentional about creating a joyful atmosphere where children can feel safe to explore beyond the classroom walls. All work and not play doesn’t make school a happy place to be honest. Thus, more recently,

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Parents become students at Instructional Evening

Nova Pioneer North Riding recently hosted a Parent Instructional Evening where parents got a glimpse of how learning occurs in the classroom. Our parents embraced the school’s learning experience and got a taste of what it feels like to be back in the classroom.       An Engaged Parent

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UPDATE: Student Social (GLXTCH) Postponed

Well known hip hop artist, A-Reece will headline Nova Pioneer Ormonde Secondary School's first ever student-run social event, GLXTCH20 on 14 March.

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The road to becoming a Culture Captain

My name is Inge Wulff and I work in the Brand and Admissions team at Nova Pioneer. I was also recently chosen to be a Culture Captain for the organisation. This isn’t the role that I first applied for when I joined the Nova Pioneer team but it is the

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Students under the butterfly effect

Every year, swarms of white butterflies descend on Johannesburg during their annual migration from South Africa’s west coast towards Mozambique. Our Nova Pioneer students were recently treated to the wonderful sight of white butterflies flying across the sky and the teachers decided to use it as a learning opportunity.  

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Nova Pioneer abuzz with excitement and promise

The beginning of the year always holds such excitement and promise. It’s been a delight to see our schools abuzz once again with new and returning students.  We strive to create in our school an inviting environment, in which values are balanced against academic rigour, and where learners are encouraged

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Health and Safety at Nova Pioneer

Students, teachers staff, 3rd parties and even parents, you have access to our beautiful schools daily but ever wondered how we go about ensuring that your time on our campuses is a happy and safe one?   Well, that responsibility falls on the big shoulders of Nova Pioneer’s Health and

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A First for Nova Pioneer – InterNOVA School Sports Day

Novaneers made history when they came together to compete in the first InterNOVA Sports Day! We recently saw our Nova Pioneer Paulshof campus host the inaugural InterNOVA Sports day that brought Nova Pioneer Students from our Grade 1 and 2 classes from across our network of schools in Gauteng to

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Nova Pioneer Protection of Personal Information Policy

Introduction   1.1  regulations set out by the Protection of Personal Information Act of 2013  in South Africa and the Data Protection Act of 2019 in Kenya which  r unlawful collection, retention, dissemination and use of personal  information. The purpose of this policy is to assist Nova Pioneer to meet  its

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Academic Goal Setting With Your Child

As we look forward to a new year, a lot of us may already have set our new year’s resolutions. For parents however, the question is, “have you taken time to set academic goals with your child?” If your answer is no, or not yet, then now may be the

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Cupcakes and Coding at Nova Pioneer

On 19 October, Nova Pioneer North Riding hosted its first Cupcakes and Coding event at their Jackal Creek based campus. The three-hour-long workshop taught teachers from all over Johannesburg the basics of Swift coding, which is a language used by some of the top application developers worldwide.   Coding 101

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Nova Pioneer Midrand breaks ground

Nova Pioneer School broke ground on a new piece of land which will house an extension of the current premises on 2 October.   Press Release: Head of school Jeanine Kerr said a new campus would be built and will accommodate Grade 4 to 7 learners. She added, “It will be

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Ormonde Secondary Students lead in Entrepreneurship Challenge

Nova Pioneer Secondary students competed in the 2019 AGEC19 challenge. Our students got the opportunity to immerse themselves in the gamified learning platform that was open to all high school students from Grade 8 to Grade 12.   Tough Competition Our students competed against 300 other schools from around South

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Our International Benchmark Assessment Tool

Nova Pioneer has introduced International Benchmark Assessment tool called MAP (Measuring Academic Progress) at all campuses. The tool helps us identify student strengths and areas of need. It also allows teachers to better prepare students for their exams.   Creating cross-geo consistencies Our shared mission as Nova Pioneer is to

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Learning through play at Nova Pioneer

Our Nova Pioneer Boksburg students took learning through play to the next level by participating in World Play Day to acknowledge the child’s right to play as outlined in article 31 of the United Nations Conventions on the rights of the child. Play is also a big part of Nova

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Harvard and Lego Foundation partners with Nova Pioneer

Nova Pioneer Schools have been directly involved in research on the pedagogy of play project with Project Zero of Harvard Graduate School of Education. They work with teachers from around the world to determine best practice for learning through play. Mardell and his research team visited Nova Pioneer to observe lessons. Nova Pioneer

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Robotics and Coding at Nova Pioneer – a crucial skill for a 4IR

Nova Pioneer uses innovative subjects such as robotics and coding in an effort to prepare its students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our mission is to develop the next generation of innovators and leaders for the African continent.   Preparing students for the future In order to equip our students

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Nova Pioneer hosts “Love Your Mother Tongue” Week

Our Nova Pioneer campuses recently hosted a ‘Love your Mother Tongue’ event, aimed at observing and celebrating cultural diversity through various languages. Students were encouraged to speak their mother tongue and encourage their peers to do the same.    Learning about our roots Both schools recognise the importance for their

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Nova Pioneer participates in School Strike for Climate

Our Nova Pioneer students made their voices heard when they joined their peers from around the globe in a protest for climate change as part of The School Strike for Climate Change. This is in response to scientists around the world warning that we only have 25 years left to

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The inspiring new School Leader for Nova Pioneer Ruimsig

Carla Hercules was recently appointed as the new Head of School at our newest Campus, Rumisig. This comes after the news that we would be opening a new campus in Ruimsig that will cater to parents with children in pre-primary and primary school, in January 2020.  We are confident that

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Students launch drive to collect 2000 sanitary pads

Nova Pioneer students launch drive to collect 2000 sanitary pads drive under the tag #TowelsForGirls.The drive is aimed at supplying sanitary pads to girls from Thabo-Ntsako Secondary School in Thokoza. The drive began on 8 March 2019 and will end on 5 April*.    It’s all for a good cause

Academics

Nova Pioneer invests in teaching entrepreneurial skills

Entrepreneurial skills can be taught but they can only be strengthened when you practice in real life, what you learn in the classroom. In an effort to further invest in teaching and honing our students’ entrepreneurial skills, Nova Pioneer introduced Entrepreneurs Day at all campuses. Entrepreneurship Day was specifically designed

Academics

Strengthen your Admission into Tertiary Institutions

Did you know that our Nova Pioneer Ormonde Secondary has introduced a Year 13 programme that will allow students to sit the full Cambridge A-level exams. Our current Grade 12 students are preparing to write the Cambridge AS exams which is the normal exit point after 12 years of schooling. It

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Educate children for the future

What kind of schooling will your little one need for the world of tomorrow? Lisa Witepski investigates how parents and schools can help educate children for the future. (This article was first published in Living and Loving)   Hands up if you remember memorising key dates in history, or making sure

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Living our vision of Innovation and Leadership on a Global scale

Living our vision of Innovation and Leadership on a Global scale   The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have announced the winners of the 2019 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards. At a gala dinner hosted in London, the awards gathered senior

Admissions

What to expect at our Open Day

Going to big school can be a huge adjustment for you and your little one. So you’re probably wondering, “What happens at a Nova Pioneer Open Day and what makes it unique?” Open days are essentially just as the name suggests – days when we, at Nova Pioneer, open our

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Allan Gray Entrepreneurial Challenge Top 20 Finalist

Grade 11 Nova Pioneer Ormonde student, Lesedi Mnguni (16), was chosen as Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge Top 20 Finalist (AGEC2018).   PRESS RELEASE: The Allan Gray Entrepreneurial Challenge (AGEC), organised and facilitated by Mr Anthony Selley, is a competition that encourages learning about entrepreneurship for high school learners in Grades

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A Throw Back At School Sports Day

Nova Pioneer Paulshof learners and parents recently enjoyed a fun-filled sports day with a touch of throwback activities as teams were divided into four while parents and teachers cheered on the sidelines.

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Nova Pioneer Paulshof is breaking new ground

We are delighted to announce that Nova Pioneer Paulshof recently broke ground to build our Senior Primary School phase. With the existing building and the new block, our Paulshof campus will be able to cater to around 900 students ranging from Grade 000 to Grade 7. Construction commenced today with

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Ormonde first-ever Nova Pioneer spelling bee competition

Our Nova Pioneer Ormonde campus was abuzz with excitement during our first ever hosted Spelling Bee Competition. The competition involved Grade Four up to Grade Six students and saw 15 students participate in the nail-biting finale. The participating students qualified after outclassing their classmates to book their spot in the

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