P.S.S Online Primary School expands subjects

P.S.S. Online Primary School expands their subject offerings for 2022.

After a successful year opening an online leg for internet-based schooling, Private School Swakopmund Online Primary has decided to expand their curriculum for 2022 by including two languages, Afrikaans and German.
Hein Daiber, Director of the school, said, “We introduced online schooling during the COVID crisis, and some parents decided to keep their students online even after we went back to face to face. For that we added an online section to our school at the beginning of this year.”
There are diverse reasons why parents go the online route. Some kids do not function well in a classroom situation, some students live on farms. You also get professional athletes, doing their schooling online as it gives them the freedom to travel and train in a flexible manner and without being bound to a classroom.
PSS Online Primary’s Head, Vaida van der Merwe, says, “Our students get the advantage of being part of a group yet can study from anywhere. A big attraction is that the teacher communicates with the students during live class sessions. It means that students have a virtual classroom which is live and in real time. These live classroom sessions set PSS Online apart from other home school systems. Another great success this year was the virtual social hang outs. For example, we did a ‘bake off’ with the Grade 4-6s. It’s not a matter of students vegetating in front of a computer. We keep them engaged and involved, whilst being part of a group!
“Integrating the Cambridge system with the vast number of internet resources is a phenomenal advantage. During class you can show a video of a concept you are teaching. You also get to see in real time what the students are writing. Face to face teaching usually involves the student handing in his work, the teacher marks it and then the student gets feedback.
“During our live classroom tutoring sessions, the teacher can ask a student to, for example, do a Math problem on the white board and as he is doing it, you can advise him. It’s like asking the student to come to the white board and do a sum in a traditional classroom. This is online, but the concept is the same.” Says Mrs van der Merwe,
“Providing the Cambridge International curriculum for the primary student, our focus is on active learning and making sure the student can constructively build on that knowledge and can experience it firsthand, and applying it in their local area. We are also focusing on Namibia and comparing it with other countries. If we talk about building the foundation, we are trying to build effective communication around mathematical and science skills, including practical skills which students then use to understand the concepts.”
For a school to become a registered Cambridge International School, it must go through a vetting process and adhere to strict prerequisites.
Mr Daiber saids, “PSS Online Primary and High School offer the Cam-bridge International Curriculum online. Given that we are a registered Cambridge Examination Centre, we are able to administer Cambridge International (British) examinations, which results are recognised by the international community as results of a premier education system.”
Interesting facts about the Cambridge International Curriculum and Exams:
Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5- to 19-year-olds and is the only international exam board owned by one of the world’s top 10 universities.
Over 10,000 schools in more than 160 countries offer Cambridge programmes and qualifications.
Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners prepare for their future with an education from Cambridge International.
Cambridge Primary is taught in more than 2,000 schools in over 120 countries. There are over 96,000 entries for Cambridge Primary Checkpoint examinations each year.
Cambridge Lower Secondary is taught in more than 3,500 schools in nearly 140 countries. Every year over 120,000 entries are received for Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint, tests for 11-to 14-year-olds.
Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-to 16-year-olds. It is taken in over 140 countries and in more than 4,500 schools around the world.
Cambridge International AS and A Levels are taken in over 130 countries with more than 530,000 subject entries each year. The Private School Swakopmund is one of these schools, who administer IGCSE, AS and A-Level examinations in May and in October each year, which qualification is accepted by over 1,900 institutions across 81 countries.

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