How do we ensure a high standard of English is taught and maintained?
Teachers are fluent in spoken and written English. As far as possible they only speak English to the children so no other language is associated with that teacher. Similarly, French subject teachers will only converse in French.
Which secondary schools are available after Westcoast?
A list of available private secondary schools:
- Westcoast International Secondary School (Westcoast International Secondary School is our sister school and WIPS students have priority. From January 2017 the school will move to new premises next to WIPS)
Do we offer a Reception class?
No. We feel that children of that age (four to five years) should still be in a playschool atmosphere. Other schools in the area already make sufficient provision for the Reception year group.
Does my child need to have special or prerequisite skills in order to integrate at Westcoast?
Yes, we have a list of skills and concepts that children should have acquired or mastered by pre-school (kindergarten) level. A copy may be requested from school.
How does the IPC differ from the British National Curriculum?
This downloadable document thoroughly cross-references the two academic systems Please get in touch with the school if you have any further questions or concerns.”
How is assessment performed at Westcoast?
At Westcoast we believe that assessment is:
- vital in facilitating effective teaching;
- about making informed judgements about pupils’ progress and achievements, measured against the school’s curriculum; and
- an ongoing process not to be regarded as separate from teaching.
Therefore assessment is based upon:
- evidence of what pupils know, understand and can do;
- ensuring pupils receive feedback to support their learning; and
- an agreed written recording system, alongside the retention of evidence.
Different assessment strategies and tools (such as observations, anecdotal records, rubrics, exemplars, formal testing, descriptive reviews, conferencing and self/peer assessment) are used to cater for different learning styles.
What if my child comes from a French background?
This is not a problem. Alongside formal classwork, English as a Second Language is offered through play giving students gradual exposure. A time of adaptation is afforded as we do not expect children to be immediately speaking English.
English will in no way hinder their learning since concepts are initially taught in the language understood by the child.
What if we want our child to sit for CPE ?
Westcoast does not endorse rote learning and memory tests for exams. As such we do not believe in the CPE (Certificate of Primary Education) philosophy and thus do not prepare our students to sit for these exams. Parents who el e ct for their child to s it the CPE must register the m independent l y with the MES (Mauritius Examination Syndicate).
Where do we recruit teachers?
The short answer is - everywhere! We have had applications from all over the world. Besides the Internet we have in the past advertised through the IPC and other teacher-based websites.
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