The School can be regarded as the "mother" of English
Primary Schools in Benoni, as all the others were established as a result of Tom Newby
being regularly over-crowded. The School is at present a state-aided, semi-private School
run by the Headmaster, and an elected Governing Body.
Our aim is to provide a caring and stimulating environment
in which the needs not only of the educationally-gifted, but also those of the less
advantaged, will be addressed.
Our aim is to give each child at Tom Newby School the best
possible start to School Life. The Pre Primary School provides a happy and secure
environment in which small children are taught to work and play constructively, and where
they begin to learn the value of co-operation and self-discipline. There is a wide
curriculum, and although there is a strong emphasis on numeracy and literacy, we try to
develop any special aptitude which a child may display. Lively enquiring minds are
encouraged, and effort and success are always praised.
This phase is specifically structured as a stepping-stone,
and ensures that confidence and security are built up by our children under the care and
guidance of highly-trained and dedicated teaching staff. This three-year formative period
is extremely important in the life of our children, and emphasis is placed on group
interaction, while individual strengths are recognised and nurtured. Basic elements of
discipline are imposed, but care is taken in every regard to ensure that individual
personality traits are not stifled.
In this phase, emphasis is placed on the individual,
rather than the group, in order that specific strengths be developed and weaknesses be
defined. Supportive action is given by expert Teaching Staff through a combination of
proven traditional methods of teaching and the best of modern ideas and investigative
techniques, ensuring that each child receives a balanced education.