Inanda Online Pilot School

We aim to pilot an online Inanda Seminary school next year, following the CAPS curriculum.

We will provide a unique experience which is not merely about "covering the work" and getting good marks. We aim to build an online school which is true to the mission and vision of Inanda Seminary. Our approach will offer academic excellence together with the heart and spirit of 151 years of innovative Christian education which has allowed young black women to develop the skills and confidence to take their rightful place as leaders in society. 

If you are interested, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

In Summary

Who is it for?

  • Grade 8 & 9.
  • Students need to be motivated and coping well with their studies.

What is needed?

  • A good internet connection and a device with a keyboard (preferably a laptop).
  • A place to study undisturbed for at least 6 hours per day.

Why study online?

  • Stay safe at home
  • Move at your own pace
  • Exciting, challenging approach to subjects:
    • We will not simply be lecturing and handing out notes;
    • It will involve engaging meaningfully with tasks, building academic skills and critical thinking, developing a problem-solving approach and taking responsibility for one’s learning.
  • Future-oriented:
    • This is increasingly how we will learn and communicate going forward;
    • Coding and a 4IR-aware approach are key aspects.
  • Individualised mentoring through regular online contact sessions.

Overall Approach

The online school will operate in keeping with the overall Inanda approach:

  • Christian ethos
  • Respect for African culture and heritage
  • Developing social and emotional intelligence
  • Providing a space for young black women to develop their confidence and skills as leaders
  • Academic excellence – striving to provide the best learning experience enabling each student to reach her potential.
  • Affordability

What are we basing this on?

Over the past few months, like schools all over the world, Inanda Seminary has had to deal with a lot of change and uncertainty. The shift during the initial lock down from being a boarding to an online school required a large change in perspective for teachers and students alike. Throughout lockdown, and now that we are back at school again, we have done a lot of reflection, learning from the experience what worked and what did not. We continue to learn and grow as we support our group of students who are still at home for medical reasons.

However, unlike many South African schools, the transition to online learning was not that difficult for us. For several years we have been working with Google Classroom and other online technologies. We have spent time in our regular professional development sessions exploring different ways of teaching that make use of technology. Lockdown forced us to use many of the things we had been developing. We have learned a great deal, and we are ready to move to the next level, working online not because we have to but because we are choosing to.

Why choose Online learning?

There are many factors that would lead parents to choose online learning for their daughters. There are ongoing worries about the safety of children who are in high-risk health categories. No one knows how long this pandemic will last, whether there might be subsequent waves of infection, and when there will be a vaccine. There are also many other complex reasons why a family might need to keep children at home. Boarding might not be possible, but at the same time, parents might be reluctant to make use of public transport as a way of getting their daughters to school.

A more positive side to this is that Online learning is a taste of the future, in schools and particularly tertiary studies. It is a new and vibrant space which can make use of the latest and best teaching methods such as project-based learning. Students are freed from having to move at the same pace as the rest of the class. With the right guidance, they can branch out, explore and deepen their understanding. Teachers do not have to spend valuable time dealing with the challenges of being in a shared, physical space.

Who is it for?

Online learning is not for everyone. It is obviously not as much of a social experience as traditional school is, particularly boarding. So it is suitable for students who work well independently and who prefer not having lots of people around them.

Online students need to be highly motivated and able to focus on the task at hand. It is not at all suitable for those who are struggling with their academic work and who need constant support and feedback. It is ideal for those who enjoy a challenge and the freedom to move quickly through what is required so they can then develop a deeper understanding of their subjects.

What is needed?

Inanda online will be open for admissions from Grade 8 and 9.

To join the online school, a good internet connection is essential. It should be reliable and fairly fast. A device with a keyboard is necessary, preferably a laptop or Chromebook. If you are using a desktop computer, it will need to have a webcam attached.

The fees are still to be announced, but it is expected that they will be about two-thirds of the normal school fee.

Next Steps

If you are interested in the pilot Inanda Online school, please fill in this form:

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