The staff at a school are also people :-). Here is an easy personality test to determine the different personalities. After that is determined people will understand why some people act the way they do.


If you need more information about the personality traits described please let me know.





This is Part 1 in a series on staff training for your school.

Training is very important for every school. It introduces employees to the ins and outs of the school. Team building also builds relationships in the team.

Training includes the following elements:

  • General training relating to the organisation, including values and philosophy as well as structure and history, etc.
  • Mandatory training relating to health and safety and other essential or legal areas.
  • Job training relating to the role that the new starter will be performing.
  • Training evaluation, entailing confirmation of understanding, and feedback about the quality and response to the training.


  • Essential ‘visitor level’ safety and emergency procedures
  • Washrooms
  • Food and drink
  • Smoking areas and policy
  • Timings and induction training overview
  • Organisational history and background overview
  • Ethics and philosophy
  • Mission statement(s)
  • Organisation overview and structure
  • Local structure if applicable
  • Departmental structure and interfaces
  • Who’s who (names, roles, responsibilities)
  • Site layout
  • Other sites and locations
  • Dress codes
  • Basic communications overview
  • Facilities and amenities
  • Pay
  • Absenteeism and lateness
  • Holidays
  • Sickness
  • Health insurance
  • Pension
  • Trades Unions
  • Rights and legal issues
  • Personnel systems and records overview
  • Access to personal data
  • Time and attendance system
  • Security
  • Transport and parking
  • Grievance procedure
  • Discipline procedures
  • Career paths
  • Training and development
  • Learning Styles Self-Assessment
  • Multiple Intelligences Self-Assessment
  • Appraisals
  • Mentoring
  • Awards and Incentives
  • Health and Safety, and hazard reporting
  • Physical examinations, eye test etc.
  • Emergency procedures, fire drill, first aid
  • Accident reporting
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Use, care, and issue of tools and equipment
  • Other housekeeping issues
  • General administration
  • Restricted areas, access, passes

Some of the information is from www.businessballs.com


Lesson plans

Here is a tool for the weekly overview of lesson plans. This way at the beginning of each week you can see what you’ll need for the rest of that week.

Weekly planning

Term __ Week:___________________                              Theme: _________________ Teacher: ________



Focus of the day












This table can also be downloaded from: http://filegooi.co.za/get2/a8800cd0b0eb8c26de7106374c798853/Weekly+planning1.docx


Personal and Social Well-being in the Grade R curriculum


Personal and Social Well-being

Personal and Social Well-being is part of the Grade R (life skills learning area) curriculum. The department of Education explains it as follows:

‘”Personal and Social Well-being is the study of the self in relation to the environment and society. The study area provides opportunities for learners to practise life skills required to make informed choices regarding personal lifestyle, health and social well-being. It provides learners with skills to relate positively with and contribute to family, community and society. Learners are equipped with skills that will assist them to deal with challenging situations positively and recognise, develop and communicate their abilities, interests and skills with confidence. They learn values such as respect for the rights of others and tolerance for cultural and religious diversity in order to build a democratic society.

In the Life Skills curriculum, Personal and Social Well-being is expressed as a study area containing three topics. The three topics are:

1) Development of the self

2) Health and environmental responsibility

3) Social responsibility”
Here is a great website for physical education and development of self in Lifeskills:


Getting your child ready for school

Some ideas to help you get your child ready for school:

Getting your child ready for school starts very early. You can help your child by paying special attention to certain areas.

General Knowledge: Teach your child his or her home address, telephone number and full name and birth date. When your child asks questions about the world, try to answer them as well as you can, or take your child to the library to look up the answer.

Self-help: Your child should know how to dress and undress, and how to use zips, buttons, press-studs, velcro and so on. They should also have made a start on learning to tie their own shoelaces. Children in Grade One also need to know how to blow their own noses, and to go to the toilet independently.

Label their Belongings: All your child’s clothes, stationery and so on should be marked clearly. Show your child where the label is and teach them to recognise it – this will make it easier for them to find and put away their things at school. Teach your child to be responsible about their belongings and you will be saving money on replacements as well as teaching them an important life skill.

Feed Your Child Well: Children perform better at school if they have a healthy breakfast and a healthy packed lunch. A wholewheat sandwich and a piece of fruit are enough for a school snack if the child is coming home at lunchtime. If they will be in aftercare or somewhere that doesn’t provide lunch after school, add an extra sandwich and some nuts, raisins, carrot sticks or other vegetables. It seems much easier to pop in a packet of chips and a cooldrink, but a quick sandwich and filling a juice bottle with water or fruit juice is cheaper and much better for your child.