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Greensprings’ history dates back to January 1985 when it started off as a Montessori school offering nursery education to children aged 2-5 years. Since then, the school has grown remarkably, and is today a leading institution offering a first class education from the foundation stage to post secondary levels. We believe that offering a progressive education gives parents and pupils stability and continuity, removing the anguish of having to change schools periodically.
From our first campus, situated in the heart of the Lagos mainland, with an initial student body of 3 pupils, Greensprings has now established a state of the art campus on the Lekki Peninsula and has a combined student strength of over 2,500.
Greensprings has been entirely self-supporting since inception. There is a Board of Governors, which, as well as guiding the overall direction and strategic running of the school, oversees the work of the Director of Education and the School Director.
We look at our history with pride and affection but we also look forward with eager anticipation to the challenge of meeting the educational needs of children growing up in the global village of the 21st century.
Our Aim OUR MISSION
Our aim is to lay the foundation of a life-long educational experience, which will give the individual confidence and respect that will overcome all distinctions of race, class, colour and creed.
We also wish to develop in our students a consciousness of the needs of society and the desire to contribute positively through selfless service, putting the totality of God-given talents and acquired knowledge to the service of humanity.
Our mission is to promote lifelong learning in an open and caring atmosphere that motivates students to be confident and responsible global citizens.
By 2015, Greensprings will be one of the top five providers of international education in West Africa.
Our Core Values:
The school is non-partisan, non-denominational and non-discriminatory. The only criteria for admission are academic merit and the willingness to do one's best to achieve excellence.
We believe that all African children in schools are members of a privileged minority, regardless of social and economic standing, and we owe them a duty to provide the highest possible standard of education.
The school's philosophy embraces internationalism in its widest sense. Education is a global phenomenon; as such, we seek excellence wherever it is to be found and use it to raise our standards.
At Greensprings we endeavour to instill qualities of judgement, self-reliance, integrity and self discipline in our students. While we do not have a system of rigid rules, our overall Code of Conduct is based on the need to ensure the security of the students as well as consideration for others and high standards of behaviour.
Our school has no formal links to any religious denomination, though the school has always acknowledged its Christian tradition. Children from all faiths are welcomed and supported. We believe that true faith is measured in the quality of our everyday lives, in our relationship with others, in our willingness to serve and in the power of what we practise rather than preach. Our values celebrate the diversity of beliefs which are represented in the school.
We believe in educating the whole person, so that every student leaves the school well-equipped to achieve individual goals and with a sense of commitment, social responsibility and enthusiasm.
Our students are encouraged to think creatively and independently. The spirit of healthy competition and cooperation is encouraged through sports and other activities. In this way, they learn about leadership and teamwork - the glory of winning and the importance of losing gracefully, yet with a determination to strive to do better next time.
Code of Conduct
A specific Code of Conduct is issued to all Secondary School students and to students in Years 4 to 6 of theElementary School. The Code of Conduct is an agreement between the student, the student's family and the school, which must be signed and returned.
In general we expect our students to be responsible members of the community and ambassadors for Greensprings.
Students are expected to:
Wear the full uniform and to be smartly dressed at all times.
Refrain from physical or verbal aggression and disputes.
In Pre-School the Montessori Method ensures that pupils become confident, independent learners who are adequately prepared for our Elementary School.ADMISSION
In Elementary School we encourage our pupils to develop an enquiring mind, to be self-managers, employing cross-curricular methods of learning through the IPC.
In Secondary School our students strive for excellence, acquire ethical values and develop skills to help them achieve their future goals at home and abroad.
- International Baccalaureate level students learn to harness their interests, hone their talents to become agents of change on the national and international stage. (Lekki campus)05In the Pastoral Centre (Lekki campus) students of all ages learn to work co-operatively and independently as part of a family community as they enjoy a wide range of excellent facilities.
All students will be empowered to discover and develop their skills and talents, positioning them to function as well-rounded citizens.
Procedures for Prospective Students
The list is a summary of the procedures for our prospective students at Greensprings and should help guide you through this process
- Purchase an application form for N15, 000.
- Submit application form with the following documents:
- 2 recent Passport Photographs (not more than 6 months old)
- Photocopy of Candidate’s Birth Certificate or Passport Data Page
- The last/most recent Academic Report Card from your child’s current school
- Applicant’s Character Testimonial from current school
- Parents living outside Lagos must provide the name and contact details of a Guardian living in Lagos
- Informal Assessment for Preschoolers and Entrance Examination for Years 1 – 10.
- Successful candidates will be informed via sms, email or phone call.
- A provisional letter of admission is issued for collection.
- Acceptance letter signed and returned with all required payment.
- Payments are made to designated banks.
- Accounts department receives the bank slip/draft and issues a receipt.
- The receipt is very important so please keep it safe.
- Student meet with senior teacher and is allocated to a class.
School fees are usually stated at the beginning of the admission process for a specific year. For new students the fees include the cost of the prospectus, a registration fee (a once only payment), tuition, textbooks, school uniforms, PTA levy and the School Fees Guarantee Scheme (a Community Fund run by the PTA).
Boarding Fees include a boarding deposit (a caution fee, refundable on application at the end of the child’s schooling career with us), house wear, Sunday wear, medical deposit, student imprest account, and School Fees Guarantee Scheme for Boarders.
School fees may be paid annually or termly but are due on or before the first day of school. Only certified bank drafts made payable to Greensprings School will be accepted.
The School reserves the right to change the fees listed here prior to the opening of any school year. However, every effort will be made to give ample advance notice of such change.
Please note that withdrawal from school and/or the pastoral centre requires a term's notice in writing to the Head of School. If this procedure is not followed then one full term's fee will be forfeited and the boarding deposit will not be refunded.
Learning is our core purpose at Greensprings School where we adopt a child-centredness approach. Our Learning and Teaching policy emphasises the importance of exciting, relevant and challenging lessons to prepare our learners for life. Excellent teaching is the basis for personalised support so that each student can achieve their best.
How Learning is Organised:
18months to 5years (Pre- School)
In our Pre -School our Montessori methodology is committed to serving children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds between the ages of 2-5 years. We follow the basic Montessori philosophy incorporating Art, Music and Movement, Dance, Gymnastics, Computer and Outdoor Play activities.
In our classrooms we use age appropriate activities and learning tools, to create a flexible environment to meet the needs and interests of every child in our care. While we strongly feel that Pre-School years need to be full of nurturing and praise, we take pride in teaching independence and preparing our children for the years ahead of them.
5 to 11 years (Elementary School)
Teaching from the age of 5 is by subject and is conducted by highly qualified specialist staff. This is a special feature of Greensprings School and gives children from an early age contact with subject specialists, not available to many children in other settings until secondary school. Our classes average around 20 pupils.
Our curriculum and assessment procedures take into account the British National Primary Framework. The Elementary School curriculum, in addition to the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, includes history, geography, information technology, music, art, physical education, French and Nigerian cultural studies (NCS).
Our focus over the next academic year is to have standard assessment tests at Keystages 1, 2 and 3. This gives us an objective assessment of each learners progress and allows us to monitor their academics;
Secondary School (11 to 16 years)
- In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught in mixed ability groups for most subjects. We use the information from the Year 7 Entrance Exam and our own internal assessments to make sure students are rightly placed.
- In Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8 and 9) all students learn through a common course of study that is differentiated to meet their needs and interests.
- English, Mathematics and Science are given high priority. Humanities, Creative Arts, Modern Foreign Languages subjects as well as PE and Games provide a well rounded and active learning.
- In Years 10 and 11, students are taught in different groups for all subjects, depending on their choice of subjects for Key Stage 4.
- We provide different routes for learning that builds on the students successes at Key Stage 3.
- Students can achieve between 10 to 12 IGCSE, depending on their chosen subjects and extra opportunities presented to them.
- English Language and Literature , Mathematics and Science, French provide the core curriculum for all. Single Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are proving popular.
In the Post 16 School we offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
At this stage of our Learning Programme, Greensprings School has adopted a world-wide recognised experience that enables our graduands to excel in any part of the world with their leaving qualifications. It is accepted in all the good Universities and Colleges: The IBDP
Over the course of the two-year programme, students:
- study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups
- complete an extended essay
- follow a theory of knowledge course (TOK)
- participate in creativity, action, service (CAS).
- three of the six subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours)
- the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
Homework is set regularly and in all subjects, with the amount of dedicated time increasing as students get older. We monitor the amount and type of homework being set to maintain high standards. We also insist on students recording their homework in their personal planners and ask parents to check these every day. We encourage parents to support their child by providing a quiet space and time for homework, taking an interest in the set tasks and providing praise and encouragement.
Enrichment and extra curricular activities
The quality of our enrichment and extra-curricular activities is very intense with a cross-curricula nature. There is a lively programme of sporting and creative activities as well as adventurous activities such as Duke of Edinburgh Award, Keele Football Academy, Kenyan Drama Road Show, Leadership Training Programme, Wizkid Sience Trip (USA),Summer Olympic Trip (UK) amongst others.
Practical Life ExercisesThe teaching approach is child-centred. It neither imposes on the child nor does it abandon him/her in total free play. Each class is equipped with Montessori didactic materials in the five Montessori curriculum areas:
- Sensorial education
- Cultural Subjects
These provide formative activities for the pupils within a carefully planned and structured environment in which the child can learn and grow at his/her own pace, along the lines of natural development, with the teacher acting as a guide, facilitator and an encourager.
The basic components of our structured environment are:
- Freedom. The child is allowed to move freely around the classroom, talking to other children, working with any equipment he/she chooses.
- Reality and Nature. An experience of the natural environment is given to help the child achieve harmony with nature.
- Social Awareness. Through exercises on the care of the environment, care of self and development of social skills, the child gains social awareness.
- Order. The carefully planned and structured environment develops in the child a sense of orderliness and an awareness of order in the external world.
- Beauty. The environment is aesthetically pleasing and simple, developing a sense of beauty in the child.
- Sense Training. This develops the child’s awareness, helps build the required concepts for learning and sounds necessary for appropriate language development.
Each day starts with a circle time of about 30 minutes. The child is given the opportunity and freedom to choose materials spontaneously from the Montessori shelves. The teachers move round the class to supervise the children’s work and assist them when necessary.
The five Montessori curriculum areas are:
- Practical Life Exercises. These include elementary movements and preliminary activities such as classroom conduct, development of fine motor skills - pouring, transferring, sweeping, opening and closing; care of self, care of the environment and exercises for the development of social skills, grace and courtesy.
- Sensorial Education. These develop the following senses of the child: chromatic (sense of colours), hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste and the muscular dimension (fine and gross control). Sensorial materials with control of errors help to refine the child’s senses.
- Mathematics. Here, the child works with mathematics materials such as number rods, sand paper numerals, spindle boxes, golden beads, materials and sequence operations. The child uses the apparatus to compute simple addition, subtraction, division and multiplication of numbers.
- Language. This includes oral language development, written expression, reading, writing and grammar. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper and large movable alphabet. The child works with pink, blue and green series to develop writing, reading, listening and speaking skills.
- Cultural Subjects, Here, the child is introduced to geography, biology, life sciences, music, art and movement through the use of didactic apparatus. The Montessori materials help the child to develop personality, adapt to his/her culture and become an independent, useful member of the society.
Pre-School elective options include ballet, swimming, French, arts and crafts, cultural activities, gymnastics, indoor games and story time. There is an assembly at 8 am every Monday where pupils participate in songs, poems, recitations and short plays.
Pre-School pupils participate in outdoor activities, P.E., music and ICT (in Pink Class). The Montessori Method helps the child to be disciplined, independent, cultured, responsible, creative, imaginative and self confident.
During the early years of elementary education, we seek to:
1. ensure that pupils receive optimum tuition in order to maximize attainment and enhance their general development.
2. emphasize the importance of developing the core skills in Literacy and Numeracy.
3. offer further specialist tuition, if needed, to pupils experiencing difficulties in achieving satisfactory performance levels.
4. provide a stimulating and enjoyable learning environment in which happiness and application flourish side by side.
5. advise, guide and train the child to develop appropriate behavioural skills at individual and group levels.
6. introduce another modern language, offering the challenge of learning a different form of communication.
7. offer the right challenges within a well-supervised and caring environment to enhance self-esteem and self confidence.
Senior Elementary (Y4-Y6)
Without losing sight of the initial objectives, the senior elementary stage extends the challenges offered. The curriculum becomes more specialized, with the addition of new knowledge and skill training as detailed below:
1. The emphasis on the core skills continues, but increasingly, these skills are used to seek out information and solve problems.
2. Specialist help also continues for those who have not yet achieved acceptable levels of skill.
3. The use of new technologies in science and Information and Communication Technology and development of practical skills through Arts and Craft, initiate the child into the modern world.
4. The levels of demand in terms of self-discipline and personal organization are raised and responsibilities are increased at both individual and group level.
5. Cultural and environmental studies advance knowledge of the world with various projects reinforcing the set learning goals.
6. A solid foundation is created at this level to ensure a smooth transition into the secondary school.
Knowledge: The Programme of inquiry is based around six organising themes: Who we are, Where we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organise ourselves, Sharing the planets.
Concepts: Eight trans-disciplinary concepts are integrated into the curriculum. Form: What is it like? Function: How does it work? Causation: Why is it like it is? Change: How is it changing? Connection: How is it connected to other things? Perspective: What are our points of view? Responsibility: What is our responsibility? Reflection: How do we know?
Skills: Five trans-discipliary skills are taught throughout the curriculum. Social Skills, Communication Skills, Research Skills, Self-Management Skills, Thinking Skills.
Attitudes: Twelve attitudes are embedded throughout the curriculum: Appreciation, Commitment, Confidence, Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Integrity, Respect, Service, Tolerance.
Action: Learners are given the opportunity to choose their actions, to act and to reflect on actions. All students will choose to serve.
In the first year of the secondary school (our Y7) the scope of the curriculum widens to include a broader subject base.
The five years of secondary education culminate in the IGCSE examination. Pupils who have fulfilled the necessary requirements are presented by the school to sit for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), run by the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES).
The first three years of secondary serve to introduce the pupils to more advanced study skills in preparation for the Checkpoint Examination which takes place in Y9. The Checkpoint Examination, taken in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, serves to give a better understanding of the pupils' strengths and weaknesses in preparation for subject choices in Y10, when the IGCSE programme begins in earnest.
The final 2 years are the examination years. The students are encouraged to use the study skills learnt through elementary school and Years 7 to 9 and take charge of their own learning to prepare them for the greater challenges they will face after they pass their IGCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.
We offer the following subjects at IGCSE and all our students are expected to do all the subjects in the first three years of secondary and study a minimum of eight subjects in the last two years.
- Additional Mathematics
- Art & Design
- Business Studies
- English Language
- Environmental Management
- Information & Communication Technology
- Literature in English
- Physical Education
- Science Coordinated
The IGCSE is a globally recognised qualification taken in Year 11. Like other modern curricular programmes, IGCSE offers a wide range of subjects and encourages high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching and learning. Assessment is not limited to conventional written papers and they consist of a variety of tests e.g. oral and listening tests. The assessment is aimed at ability range of students, with an eight-point grading scale, from A+ to G, with A+ being the highest.
IGCSE is a balanced curriculum and a flexible course of study. Most subjects offer a choice between core curriculum and extended curriculum. This gives students of all ability levels the freedom to choose subjects that are right for them and, thereby the opportunity to score good grades. The core curriculum is an overview of the subject and is suitable for students who are expected to achieve grades C to G. The extended curriculum is, sort of, a specialisation in that subject. It is more challenging and designed for students who are expected to achieve grades A+ to C.
Having an international outlook, IGCSE is better in that it is tailored for a multi-cultural and more multi-lingual audience.
Greensprings School Pastoral Centre is at the forefront of the best boarding provision any student could wish for. It is ‘home-from-home’! We have chosen the namePastoral Centre for our boarding school because we believe that it is a place where students from diverse family and cultural backgrounds are nurtured and guided morally, academically and socially in order for them to fit into any civilised society and also be of immense help to needy communities in the world.
Presently there are over 350 students’ in 18 apartments comprising of 14 flats and 4 dormitories in 4 purpose-built blocks. The boys’ hostels are separated from the girls’. In each of the flats is a resident houseparent while the dormitories have 2 houseparents. The house parents are seasoned teachers in different subject areas.
Our goals amongst others in the Pastoral Centre are:
- To help our children allocate their time, set goals for themselves and be disciplined in every aspect of life, exhibiting values such as integrity, honesty, respect for people, things and the environment.
- To maintain good and cordial relationships with each other and adult members of the community, discover academic success, and prepare for the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood.
- To gear them towards good academic performance combined with personal development to produce a well-rounded individual with the qualifications and skills sought by universities and employers alike.
- To motivate them to study and live in an inclusive academic community where they will continue to learn about independence and responsibility.
- To participate in co-curricular activities like music, drama and sports that will enhance their mental and physical development; making them to be the best they can be with the gifts they have.
Our Pastoral Centre is indeed a place where students love to be!
Principal, Pastoral Centre
Tel: +(234) - 1 - 2793728
Greensprings School, 32, Olatunde Ayoola Avenue, Anthony, Lagos, Nigeria P O Box 4801K Ikeja Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos
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