About Us - Gateway Christian School
A Unque Educational Approach
The ACE comprehensive educational system is driven by dedicated individuals who motivate and support parents in their quest to help their children reach their maximum potential in school and in life.
For more than three decades, ACE has delivered a successful Christian-based international schooling system that provides a rewarding education alternative, relative to learners’ needs. This programme utilises results-driven processes rather than conventionally applied time-focused education curricula.
ACE recognises that each child has a unique learning style with God-given abilities and talents and has developed a learning approach that accommodates learners’ individual capabilities.
The curriculum makes it possible for the learner to achieve their full academic potential. This is the foundation upon which future learning is built
ACE provides curriculum materials in bite-sized, achievable work texts.
These work texts, called PACEs, include self-instructional lessons and activities. Each level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. Learners begin a PACE by noting the goals, the concepts they will leam, a Bible verse and a corresponding character trait.
From the beginning of each PACE, the learners know what is expected and assumes the responsibility for their own learning. Explanations and full colour illustrations add excitement to each lesson, and innovative learning activities reinforce the text material.
Bible Based Material
The ACE programme instills moral values and Biblical principles in the life of each learner. Character traits such as honesty, kindness and loyalty are taught within the learner and teacher support materials. The learner observes Godly living in the Christian character illustrations and applies these lessons to their own lives. This character-training prepares the learner to deal with the joys and challenges of everyday life.
Teach them how to live, not just how to make a living! ‘Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
From preschool to grade 12, each learner discovers how to:
- set goals and meet deadlines
- develop critical-thinking skills
- think creatively and independently
The ACE programme covers the critical outcomes and minimum standards of the National Curriculum Statements (NCS) as prescribed by the Department of Education in South Africa. This includes Learner and Teacher Support Materials (LTSM’s)
Our Vision and Values
Vision : The objective in building an independent Christian School is to obey the scriptural imperatives of:
- Deuteronomy 6: 5 – 7….love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thine soul, and with all thine might and these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thine children…… and of:
- Proverbs 22:6 …….To train up a child in the way he should go. Teaching is training. Training for life must include training for eternity.
A Christian school is an extension of the Christian home in training young people in a Christian environment for time and eternity.
The school staff work closely with parents to train the whole child.
Attendance at Gateway Christian School is a privilege and not a right. The goal of the school is not to reform, but to train Christian youth in Barberton in the highest principles of Christian leadership, self discipline, individual responsibility, personal integrity and good citizenship.
The school stands without apology for the orthodox Gospel of Jesus Christ and the highest standards of morality and Christian behavior.
Statement of Faith
We believe in :
- The inspiration of the Bible, equally in all parts and without error in its origin;
- The one God, eternally existent Father, Son and Holy Spirit Who created man by a direct immediate act.
- The pre-existence, incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension to Heaven and the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The fall of man, the regeneration by the operation of the Holy Spirit on the basis of grace alone, and the resurrection of all to life or damnation and;
- The spiritual relationship of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, living a life of righteous works, separated from the world and witnessing of His saving grace through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The Five (5) Laws of Learning
Biblical principle is measurable results and rewards relate to accountability: “…reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God…”
The prime method of learning is achieved by children working through booklets (PACEs) in various subjects, reading supplied texts, filling in blanks in questions, linking words with definitions, writing sentences and short essays, doing simple science experiments, searching dictionaries and atlases, solving mathematical problems, using computers, watching videos and in many other ways.
Learning, in the ACE system, depends upon a number of interdependent factors. In order to explain these factors, the illustration of a donkey pulling a man on a cart is used and a series of ‘laws’ formulated.
The following Five Laws of Learning sum up the ACE academic philosophy as illustrated by the donkey and cart:
Law 1. How heavy is the load?
The pupil must be on a level of curriculum where he can perform.
Biblical principle: all children are different:”…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required…”
Law 2. How long is the stick?
The pupil must set achievable goals he can complete in a prescribed period of time.
Biblical principle: reflects good judgment: “For which of you … sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost…?”
Law 3. How effective are the controls?
The pupil must be controlled and motivated to assimilate, use, or experience the material.
Biblical principle: necessity for discipline, guidance, and responsible leadership: “Train up a child in the way he should go…”
Law 4. How hungry is the donkey?
The pupil’s learning must be measurable.
Biblical principle: motivation is that inner desire prompted by the concerned parent teacher: “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord…”
Law 5. How big is the carrot?
The pupil’s learning must be rewarded.