Dainfern College is a forward thinking, "cutting edge" coeducational, independent school. Our ethos is Christian and we celebrate diversity. Dainfern College is a place of learning where acceptance and belonging prevail, and "character, competence and community" are the foundations upon which we continue to build.
2. Vision & Mission
At Dainfern College, we are committed to excellence, and our vision is:
"To become recognised as one of the leading educational institutions in the country".
We offer "a world of education ... an education for the world."
"Dainfern College develops the skills for life required to unlock unique personal potential and to nurture creative thinkers with the confidence to become leaders – through the provision of an innovative, relevant and quality education".
Our focus is on developing skills for life, creative thinking and leadership.
3. Key Values of Dainfern College
a. The Ethos of Our School: Core Values
The ethos of the school is underpinned by its core values: Respect, Accountability, Self Discipline, Integrity, Humanity and Fortitude.
b. Society & Nation Building
Our Outreach projects – African Eagles, Itirele-Zenzele and the Cricket Academy programme with schools in Diepsloot – raise awareness and involve our learners in community service that encourages them to show compassion for those in need and to be responsible citizens and effective decision makers.
c. A Multi-Cultural, Non-Racial & Non-Sexist Learning Environment
Dainfern College fosters a learning environment in which all members of our diverse community are encouraged to understand, accept and respect each other.
d. The School Community
Our school community is one in which there is commitment to a shared vision, effective communication, respect and courtesy – in order to form a basis for the partnership between parents, learners, educators, management and support staff.
e. Holistic Education
A holistic education is one that develops the social, emotional, intellectual and physical potential of the learner by developing life skills and fostering the growth of the individual and the community – through the academic, extramural and other elements of the school curriculum.
f. Personal Success & Educational Excellence
This refers to the "unlocking" of each learner's potential academically and extramurally. It also refers to the dedication of our educators and parents to providing educational resources and support so that our pupils develop a love for learning and a need for actualisation.
g. Learner-centred Education
A learner-centred approach focuses on an individual's needs, abilities and learning styles, and allows for the recognition of such diversity within a spirit of discipline and acceptance – without compromising the integrity of the school.
4. Partners in Education : A Commitment
To give effect to these values and objectives, all staff, learners and parents need to make a commitment to abide by and support the policies of the school.
(The School Charter does not replace but informs the school rules and policies of Dainfern College. All members of the Dainfern College community are entitled to due process as outlined in our policy documents. This commitment in no way negates the individual's rights as enshrined in our country's constitution).
a. Management & Staff of the School are committed to:
- Instilling into each individual learner a sound spiritual and moral attitude, based on the values of love, justice, compassion, respect, care, acceptance and tolerance.
- Developing a curriculum of excellence.
- Setting the highest standards of work and behaviour for all learners.
- Protecting the dignity of all who are a part of our school community.
- Creating a loving and caring environment for the learners.
- Fostering strong communication with parents as the basis for close cooperation.
- Conducting ourselves in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct of the South African Council for Educators.
- Being heard by parents and learners.
- Listening to parents and learners and understanding any concerns raised.
- Providing the appropriate time and place for full and confidential discussion.
- Establishing reasonable expectations for solving any issues or problems.
- Establishing a written action plan for any proposed or agreed solution.
- Reporting and reviewing the action plan.
- Providing an opportunity to a parent or learner to work towards a solution.
- Recognising that:
- Parents have a depth of experience with the learner.
- Parental and educator perspectives may justifiably differ.
- Parents have multiple commitments.
b. Parents/Guardians are committed to:
- Helping and encouraging children to develop strong spiritual and moral values.
- Taking an active and supportive interest in the school's aspirations.
- Taking an active interest in children's work and progress and in this regard attending parents' meetings.
- Supporting the values, authority and discipline of the school.
- Ensuring children abide by the school rules.
- Reading and committing themselves to the relevant policy documents that pertain to them at this school.
- Being heard by educators.
- Listening to educators.
- Holding discussions with educators at a time and place that permit full and confidential exploration of the issues:
- Concerns will be directed at the educator only.
- The issue/problem will be articulated clearly and fully.
- Educators will be afforded the opportunity to work towards a solution, which will require sufficient time.
- Recognising that :
- Educators are trained professionals.
- Educators' perspectives may differ from parents'.
- Educators have multiple time commitments.
c. Learners are committed to:
- Behaving and acting in a manner which reflects the values of the school.
- Respecting and being courteous and cooperative with educators, other College staff, other learners and visitors, at all times.
- Attending school regularly, and on time.
- Aiming to achieve their highest standard in all areas of College life.
- Completing all homework and assignments with pride and to their highest level of competence.
- Wearing the correct school uniform and appearing smart at all times.
- Respecting the feelings and property of other people, both in College and in the community.
- Caring for the buildings, furniture, equipment and grounds of the school.
- Supporting and abiding by the school rules that apply.
The absence of a specific guideline in this School Charter does not relieve an individual of his or her responsibility to behave in what would be considered a fair and reasonable manner in all situations related to the school.