About Capella House

Our values, philosophy & history
  • At Capella House we value

    • Relationships: Engaging in meaningful, nurturing, communicative, and respectful relationships which bring a greater sense of community - because life is about how we communicate with each other.
    • Individuality: Nurturing the spark of individuality by respecting and affirming each individual and building a knowledge of self and self-esteem.
    • Curiosity: Encouraging creative, relevant, hands-on, imaginative learning that inspires growth.
    • Accountability: Empowering children, staff and parents to be responsible for their actions.
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  • Our philosophy

    Capella House believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially into a high functioning adult. We teach our children to question, to think, to imagine, to see, to solve problems, to understand subtleties, to recognize ambiguity, fostering a lifelong love of learning.

    We differentiate ourselves from other “traditional” schools by:

    Experiential, relevant and interest-led education that emerges from everyday life

    Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one’s life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. Given the opportunity for input, children generate ideas and set goals that make for much richer activities. When children have some ownership in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals. Capella House achieves this via our emergent curriculum and entrepreneurial approach. What makes our education approach entrepreneurial is its distinctive focus on the realisation of possibilities. Click here for more information about our emergent curriculum approach.

    Affirming individuality within a community

    Capella House supports children to develop a deep knowledge, love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment. This occurs through personal development (meaning a better understanding of oneself), an open sharing of ideas and a wise approach to discipline. When there is an opportunity for the voice of each child to be heard, an environment evolves where children feel free to express themselves. Class agreements and conflict management skills are some of the ways in which we encourage such dialogue. We believe children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. In setting fair and consistent agreements initially and stating the importance of every activity, children are shown respect for their presence and their time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.

    Continuous professional and personal development of teachers

    When the teacher’s role is to guide the child through the learning process, help foster a lifelong love for learning and help each child respect him or herself and others, the teachers need a specific set of skills, knowledge and personal insights to empower them to be more effective educators. Our teachers are provided with professional and personal development courses covering topics like communication skills, conflict resolution and relationship skills on an ongoing basis, helping them to grow personally and professionally and facilitate a unique learning experience.

    Teachers, children and parents engage and learn together, forging meaningful relationships

    We recognize that parents are the child’s first teachers. Children learn best when parents are involved in their educational program. The primary bridge between home and school is the involvement of family and community. We encourage parents to take accountability and responsibility with us for their child’s education. Our parenting education programs, including skills on ‘Nurturing Self Esteem’, ‘Emotionally Intelligent Parenting’, and ‘How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen and Listen so Your Kids Will Talk’, support our parents in gaining the skills they need to deal with every-day parenting challenges. Our 30 minutes social integration each morning, where parents are encouraged to spend time with their children at school, is just one of the many ways in which we encourage parent participation in their child’s education.

    Multi-age classes, mirroring everyday life

    With Capella House’s multi-age approach, younger children benefit from collaboration with older children and older children benefit from their modeling role. Children participating in multi-age classes are supported by their peers in an atmosphere that accommodates different developmental stages.

  • Capella House is a small school in numbers and great in all possible ways. The teachers are very professional, caring beyond school hours and their individual approach makes contact very pleasant. Parents are very involved and the school is at the heart of a close but permeable community. A nice mix of local and international people. A harmonious group of children that are very open, curious, active and free.

    Our three children felt at home instantly. The youngest of eight years, was quite shy at his previous school due to language barriers. At Capella House he started talking a lot and ever so freely as of day one. Children know intuitively when they are safe and sheltered…

    Our time at Capella House has been wonderful. We are sad to have to say goodbye to the most amazing school and people! All the best to Capella.

    — The Alberts family from Holland, whose three children spent a term at Capella