Dominated by a much loved tipuana tree and an adventure jungle gym, the Roosevelt Pre Primary School playground is always busy with lively activities, song, dance and play. Established in 1953, the RPPS playground echoes with generations of laughter, with many children playing games in the same place their parents once did. RPPS welcomes children from the greater Melville, Linden, Roosevelt Park, Northcliff, Emmarentia, Greenside and Blairgowrie districts and prepares them for formal schooling, both public and private, in these areas.
Well established with professionally qualified teachers and dedicated staff, RPPS offers an enriched, dynamic, holistic programme that meets the needs of the child. Play comes first and through years of experience Roosevelt Pre Primary has perfected the balance between creative free play and stimulating directed growth. The teachers’ dedication and commitment is evident in the number of confident, creative, caring children RPPS ushers into the formal education system.
At the heart of the school’s ethos is the unwavering belief that to grow into confident, self-empowered, responsible people, children need to be loved for whom they are and experience kindness, integrity, honesty, openness, respect and affirmation. In line with their motto ‘learning through play’ RPPS aims to nurture confidence, self-discovery, independence, and creativity in each of their children, in an environment that engenders tolerance, respect and happiness, and ensures the wellbeing and safety of the children.
Roosevelt Pre Primary view learning as a partnership between parents, teachers and school as a whole and encourage and value parent participation. Every year parents are actively involved in school events like the Eco Walk, Heritage Day celebrations, Family Picnic, Grandparent’s Day and Domestic Worker’s Day.
Roosevelt Pre Primary has been an integral part of the community and has always played a role in taking part and supporting the community, teaching the children to do so as well. Teachers participate in community work including training new teachers, accommodating students in internships and sponsoring scholarships for children without means to attend the school.