Lighthouse Primary School offers one grade of pre-primary school. The Reception class, for learners who are four years of age by 1 January in their year of entry, is designed to be a stimulating experience of exploration.
Michelle Loubser is the Head of Primary. She is now in her 26th year of working with children ranging from 3 to 13 years old in schools in South Africa, England, Israel and Swaziland. Mrs Loubser’s experience includes writing curriculum and starting creches on farms, teaching in rural and affluent communities, being a classroom teacher across primary school ages, heading up international primary schools with implementing new curriculum and programmes, designing programmes for homeschooled children and training teachers in the use of the International Primary Curriculum. If you had to ask her what brings her the greatest fulfillment in her career, she would smile, crouch down and look into the faces of the children that surround her each day and say, “THEM!” Mrs Loubser’s greatest motivation each day is to see young people discover their unique gifts and talents and become everything they were designed to be. Her second greatest motivation are the learners’ parents. Being a parent herself of two boys, David and James, she will tell you that parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about but the hardest thing in the world to do. Her passion is to support parents through partnership with the school in this very challenging task each day. Mrs Loubser maintains her energy for it “through my faith, my wonderful relationship with my husband, James and time spent with my five dogs.” She also loves the Lighthouse community and is looking forward to a great future in serving the families, the staff and the board of this special school.
Within this framework, Lighthouse’s leadership team selects the specific learning resources which are in line with the school’s objectives, philosophy and context of Mauritius. Generally speaking, a typical day would include languages and maths taught in the morning, while geography, history, sciences, the arts, physical education, and civics (including community awareness and service) can be taught in an integrated and experiential way.