Education is a window to the world and for this reason our approach (from Grade 8 to Grade 12) is a holistic one. Our academic programme is challenging and imaginative, designed to foster intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. It is essential that all in our charge are equipped to take on the challenges of change and progress.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Learners who gofurther, fasterand have the foundations for lifelong success.
Be expected to beat challenging national targets so that they can excel against any competition.
Experience a rich, exciting curriculum that leaves them able to make powerful choices about their future ambitions.
Learners who areimaginativerisk takers who are prepared for lifelong adaptability.
Students will :
Be expected to embrace a diverse and cutting edge range of creative opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.
Experience creative teaching that makes learning engaging and allows them to think independently and be confident citizens.
Learners who arerecognised and rewarded, their confidence comes from within.
Be recognised regularly for their achievements and for the progress they make and have these achievements celebrated and recorded.
Develop positive, secure relationships so that they flourish and have a powerful sense of their own potential.
New Forest High School welcomes it’s new learners, especially the grade 8 learners and staff, plus the returning learners and staff to 2017 academic year.
Congratulations to the class of 2016 for a 94,4% pass rate.
Saveshnee Govender was the Dux of 2016 with 7As and an average of 88,9%. Well done Saveshee.
Admissions 2017 will open on the 6th February 2017 to 26th April 2017.
We trust it will be a good year for all.
New Forest High School
Are children overexposed to social media?
Gone are the days when Television was the culprit that kids were overexposed to; these days it’s Social Media and the Internet. Also, the arrival of Mobile technology (Cellphones, Ipads, etc.) has meant that accessing the web through Mobile has overtaken fixed internet access, with many people using their phones to access the internet most of the time. What is even worse is that today’s teens practically grew up/grow up with a cellphone in their hands, with most owning a ‘Smartphone’ which they use for more than just phone calls.
The cellphones of today, more especially the Smartphones, are able to access email, browse the internet, play games and take photos in addition to regular features of a normal cellphone. The newer features on these phones allow users (many of whom are Teens and Tweens) to use popular chat sites such as WhatsApp, and social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s no wonder that parents feel that their children are overexposed to social media.
As Social media is in many ways the ‘heart of the internet’; it is the one platform where: everything online can be shared, topics can be discussed, and everyone young and old can both be found. The digital age has broken down many social boundaries and has resulted in teenagers being exposed to all types of information (adult themed in many instances) on the internet at any given time. As a consequence, they’ve matured at a more alarming rate than what it was previously. When Television stepped on to the scene, parents could still limit the amount of time kids spent on the TV even with the introduction of video games. Limiting the time that teens spend on Social media is, however, not as easy as simply unplugging a Television set!
Most teenagers, specifically teenage girls, live on peer approval, and if they see a celebrity they idolise or even a friend posting nude or scantily clad pictures to gain popularity, they may follow suit as it might be seen as the cool thing to do to fit in. Parents therefore need to be present and attentive with their teenagers, and address the dangers of social media with them. Another helpful piece of advice would be for parents to constantly monitor the social media platforms on which their children are registered and active on.
For more on this topic read Nikki Bush’s article “Your child’s digital potential, and learn how to educate your kids on the digital world” and visit the Safer Schools website.