Reception Unit / Grade R
The DPHS Reception Unit is situated on the border of the main school campus, providing a friendly and stimulating environment for three Grade R classes. In these groups, the fundamental concepts and positive attitudes for formal learning are pursued, catering for individual needs and interests. In so doing, the school morning becomes a dynamic balance between informal exploratory play opportunities and carefully planned teacher-directed lessons.
The close liaison between the Pre-school teachers, as well as the Junior Primary specialists and staff at the Main Campus, helps to ensure a sound foundation and easy transition into formal schooling the following year. Each class in the Reception Unit has a fully qualified Foundation Phase teacher assisted by a full time teacher assistant, thereby creating a most favourable teacher: pupil ratio. The entire Reception Unit is headed up by the Head Teacher, Les Phipson, assisted by a full time administrative member of staff.