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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Did you know that as a Nova Pioneer parent, you also benefit from helping us growing the Nova Pioneer community?
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
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
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
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
A Grade 12 Student reflects on what it is like to be in Grade 12 during the time of a global pandemic
Creative, fun 'news' broadcasts from our pre-primary and primary school students
Nova Pioneer secondary students use their creativity through poetry and song to speak out on the global Black Lives Matter movement
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
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
How Nova Pioneer is virtually assisting students and families during this time
How learning to code can benefit your development as an educator
Grade 00 Teacher, Emma, shares with us why it is important for pre-primary students to nap
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
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
Nova Pioneer Paulshof School Leader, Claudia Pienaar, gives her team tips on how to rock the remote teaching space
Nova Pioneer is extending their commitment to continued learning to families affected by school closures.
How do you bridge the socio-economic gap during the COVID-19 digital age?
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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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