Teaching and Learning

Message from the Principal

Dr Darnelle Pretorius

is the Principal of Lighthouse Primary and Secondary School and acting Head of Lighthouse Secondary School.

Pre-primary programme

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.

Our goals in the Reception classes are:

  • to encourage good social skills amongst the children
  • to develop their language skills, particularly for non-native English speakers
  • to cultivate their character development and encourage awareness of a loving, creator God
  • to build strong foundations in skills which prepare them for the next stage of learning, such as gross and fine motor control, receptive and expressive language, phonological/grapheme awareness and letter/number recognition.
At Lighthouse, the Reception class does not simply mimic an academic-based school programme. We do not encourage children to simply copy writing and numeral-based maths problems for extended periods of time at tables. We believe in discovery-based imaginative play and teaching concepts from the concrete first before getting to the abstract. Children sing, move, dramatise, create, experiment and assess their own learning.
We do not require any formal schooling prior to the legal age of schooling in Mauritius, five years old. This means if parents for whatever reason decide to keep their child at home or in another pre-primary school prior to age five, they may still be considered for entry into our primary school in Grade 1. Nonetheless, they are strongly encouraged to make known their intentions when the child is three years old.

Primary school


Primary school is an important milestone. So many things happen here: teeth fall out, children go from letter recognition to reading weighty tomes, and mere obedience (“because I said so”) is enhanced by wisdom and making good choices. We are privileged to usher children down this path. Above all, we want to build curious people who have a positive association with learning, while continually applying it to real-life service for others.
Within our primary curriculum, we place emphasis on literacy (reading, writing and communicating well in English and French, as well as being a good listener) and maths, with a host of other subjects covered in an integrated way.

Lighthouse Primary School is a member school of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is an innovative international approach to primary education originally developed for schools set up by Royal Dutch Shell Corporation, and it is now used by schools in more than 90 countries worldwide. Some of the hallmarks of the IPC are:

  • Subjects are taught in an integrated manner through thematic units which tie them together and make the learning process stimulating and thorough. This means students may study a topic, such as ancient governments or plant-based nutrition, for four to six weeks at a time, in all of the disciplines.
  • Internationalism (a sense of one’s own culture and the development of an understanding of others) and personal development are embedded within each theme.
  • Teaching methods are varied and flexible, take different learning approaches into account, and aim to be “high challenge – low stress.”
  • Assessment measures not only knowledge but also skills and understanding, particular to each learner’s capacity.
For more information on the IPC, please click here.

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.

Another important part of our primary programme is in-curricular clubs and sports. We believe it is healthy to expose children to varied and changing learning opportunities. Each term, students may select from a number of different clubs and sports to attend twice a week. The offerings change, but clubs have included Forest School, Drama, Creative Writing, Woodworking, Glass Painting, Gardening and Cooking, among other subjects. Sport exposure has included swimming, athletics, netball, football, cricket and volleyball.
Our entire primary programme features certain things that make Lighthouse special, which continue into our secondary school. To get a glimpse of these distinctives of “the Lighthouse way,” please check out our Philosophy of Education.

For more information on the IPC, please click here.

Secondary school


The tendency is to presume preteens and teenagers difficult, but at Lighthouse we embrace the exciting opportunity to interact with learners of these ages. Through these years, we continue to cultivate curiosity and self-driven learning through a broad range of subject areas, while also encouraging personal responsibility and ownership in school practices, the campus itself and relationships with others.

Hallmarks of Lighthouse's secondary programme:

(Click on each age group to find details of our approach.)

  • Learner profileSubject areas of exposureSkills to master

    Age 11-15
    (Grades 7-9)


    First exposure to managing multi-disciplinary learning
    Discovering areas of talent
    Experiencing puberty
    Embracing the need for logic and reason
    English and French (grammar, writing and literature)
    Public speaking
    Maths
    History
    Geography
    Civics
    General Sciences
    Music
    Physical Education and Health
    Art
    Biblical Studies
    Team-building
    Time management
    Conflict management
    Project planning and execution
    Artistic appreciation
    Problem-solving
    Community awareness and empathy
    Persuasive writing and speaking
    Self-assessment and goal-setting

    * Programmes of study and subject offerings are subject to change
  • Learner profileSubject areas of exposureSkills to master

    Age 14-16
    (Grades 10-11)


    Able to take responsibility for own learning
    Developing a sense of identity and strengths
    Deeper relationships
    Learning to express views more clearly
    English
    Maths
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Physics
    Environmental Management
    French
    20th Century History
    Geography
    Religious Studies
    Accounting
    Business Studies
    Economics
    Art and Design
    Physical Education
    (From a core of some of the subjects above, students follow, on average, six to nine examinable subjects according to the IGCSE curriculum. There is also time in their day for optionally non-examinable subjects such as:)
    Agriculture, Team-building, Learning extension periods, Life Transition programme
    Teamwork
    Decision-making
    Emotional intelligence
    Rhetorical and debate skills
    Mind mapping
    Self-discipline and planning
    Health habits
    Survival skills for transition to adulthood
    * Programmes of study and subject offerings are subject to change
  • Learner profileSubject areas of exposureSkills to master

    Age 16-18
    (Grades 12-13 or Sixth Form)


    Transitioning over to considering vocational calling
    Independent learner yet needing mentorship
    More focused areas of study and interest
    Increasing responsibility in personal habits
    Curious and ready to apply skills to real-world situations
    During these years, learners follow fewer examinable subjects towards CIE A-levels, or may choose to follow a vocational path through independent study and apprenticeships.Listening
    Community Service
    Mentorship to younger children
    Vocational talent
    Writing in an array of genres
    * Programmes of study and subject offerings are subject to change
Lighthouse follows the standards of the Cambridge International Curriculum in Secondary I years (Grades 7-9) as well as Secondary 2 and Advanced years (Grades 10-13), and is a registered CIE school, the only school in Mauritius to be registered in Secondary 1. The CIE IGCSE and International A-levels are amongst the most globally-recognised qualifications for secondary students, allowing Lighthouse graduates to progress to the workforce or the tertiary institution of their choice.
Lighthouse Secondary School is also the first school in Mauritius to be registered as a Pearson centre to deliver Edexcel International GCSE and Advanced Level examinations. Pearson is the UK's largest awarding organisation, offering a wide range of international secondary qualifications. Lighthouse has chosen to partner with Pearson in order to offer various options to its learners and in its pursuit of a broad-based exposure to disparate disciplines at the secondary level, for all kinds of learning styles and interests.

Some other special features of our secondary programme are:

  • Individual care and counseling as children grow into young people, in partnership with parents
  • Providing opportunities for students of different ages to mix to help in learning, leadership development and building a team spirit and mentorship.
  • Allowing time in the regular school day for remediation (tackling areas where students are struggling) and enrichment (allowing students to go deeper in areas in which they excel)
  • Facilitating a student-led school, where maturing students can reflect on their learning and community as well as propose and implement solutions
  • As in the primary school, continuing to place an emphasis on experiential, hands-on learning
As Lighthouse students progress into secondary years, they continue to benefit from certain things that make Lighthouse special from its youngest grades. To get a glimpse of these distinctives of “the Lighthouse way,” please check out our Philosophy of Education.

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