Why choose Capella House

Children, teachers and parents living their collective and individual possibilities, through education that emerges from every day life
  • How are we different?

    What differentiates Capella House is the focus on cultivating potential and empowering groups and individuals to think and create for themselves.

  • What we value
    • Relationships: Engaging in meaningful, nurturing, communicative relationships which bring a greater sense of community – because life is about how we interact with others.
    • Individuality: Respecting and affirming each individual and building their self-esteem.
    • Curiosity: Encouraging creative, hands-on, imaginative learning that inspires growth.
    • Accountability: Empowering children, teachers and parents to be responsible for their actions.
  • How we make this possible
    • Parents, teachers and children who engage and learn together, forging meaningful relationships.
    • Multi-age classes, mirroring everyday life.
    • Continuous professional and personal development of teachers.
    • Descriptive praise, focus on individual achievements, emphasising the desired outcome rather than what you don’t want.
    • Experiential, interest-led and relevant education (Emergent Curriculum).
    • Hands on learning, where children learn through movement, exploration, outside activity and games, catering to the multiple intelligences.
    • An innovative co-operative approach to ‘discipline’ which maintains the dignity of the child.
  • The Emergent Curriculum

    Capella House works with an Emergent Curriculum; a form of curriculum that bridges the gap of a traditional, instructional programme with a more meaningful learner-centered curriculum.

    The children are allowed to play an active role in their own learning, leaving them inspired and self motivated. As a result the learning happens at a far deeper and more integrated level. The children learn with a deeper understanding and with greater enthusiasm.

    — Capella House Educator
    How does it work?

    The children in each group choose a theme for a certain time period. The teacher then bases her curriculum around that theme, pinning the National Curriculum to it. In this way you start with what is meaningful and interesting to the children and then fit the curriculum to that, rather than the other way around.

    Teachers are skilled at knowing which parts of the curriculum connect well to which themes, they ensure that the National Curriculum outcomes are met in a meaningful, cross-curricular way. The learning is relevant and contextual, as it is what the children have chosen.

    At the same time the National Curriculum is thoroughly covered and explored in depth. Children and teachers explore a theme from many different angles, a thorough investigation with all the Learning Areas being included and covered.

    Children learn skills and content at a far deeper level because they own the learning. Therefore they understand and integrate what they have learnt with greater ease and depth.

  • An Emergent Curriculum Approach to learning

    linked to the National Outcomes-Based Curriculum

  • Personal Development

    If I wish to teach a child how to read and write, I study the methodology that will support me in that teaching. If I wish to teach a child about computers, I need to learn about computers myself.

    But if a teacher models and supports children in learning about life and what it means to be human, where do they learn this?

    Our teachers are trained communication and relationship specialists

    By doing Professional and Personal Development work on an ongoing basis, the teachers themselves constantly learn and grow, enabling them to pass this on to the children they teach.

    Our teachers are trained communication and relationship specialists, building each child’s self-esteem by affirming their strengths, allowing each to glow through individual attention. Through these interactions children become clearer on what it is that is important to them, and become empowered to create the changes necessary to achieve their goals.

    There is no doubt in our minds that this is what a really good teacher does with children; supporting them in understanding who they are as individuals in relation to others, fostering a lifelong love for learning and empowering them as confident, articulate and passionate people.

  • We could not have imagined such a school existed when we were in France. We have found a paradise school for our girls in Capella House. It was a great experience for us at Capella House, thank you again!

    — Emmanuelle, mother of Cupucine and Lena who joined Capella while enjoying a family sabbatical in Cape Town