Our Finer Details

School Hours

Chameleons Toddlers
Mon - Thurs 8:00am till 12:30pm - Fri 8:00am till 12:00pm

Chameleons Pre-School
Mon - Thurs 8:00am till 12:30pm - Fri 8:00am till 12:00

Chameleons Junior Primary
Mon - Thurs 8:00am till 13:00pm - Fri 8:00am till 13:00pm

Chameleons Senior Primary
Mon - Thurs 8:00am till 14:00pm - Fri 8:00am till 13:00pm
  • Children can be dropped off at school from 7:45am.
  • Please note that the School day finishes promptly at the above times, thereafter aftercare rates will apply.
  • Final Closing Time for all: Mon to Fri 4:30pm
  • Please Note: We are closed on all Public Holidays

Afternoons At Chameleons (Optional)


The afternoon programme is designed to meet the needs of the children whose parents work a long day. The programme is open only to Chameleons Montessori children who are currently attending the School.

A friendly and spacious Montessori-based environment provides the setting for a stimulating afternoon programme. This includes: lunchtime, free play, quiet time (a restful period of story reading during which the younger children can sleep), an art activity or games and a general atmosphere of creative and happy activity, all well supervised.

The afternoons are minded by dedicated afternoon care givers.

Parents have the option of a monthly rate until 2.30pm or 4.30pm as well as a daily rate for those ad hoc afternoons that may arise.

The procedure for Ad Hoc afternoons:

  • Parents would make a note in the child's journal, sms, email or phone the class phone and leave a message of their intent for the child to stay for afternoon care (indicating what time more or less they plan on collecting the child).
  • The afternoon care-giver will keep a register of the day-care hours used and the parent will be billed on their monthly account accordingly.
To enroll for this
(printable form)


Meal Times
Chameleons considers good nutrition to be essential for a healthy body and mind and these principles are taught and practiced from an early age. Therefore meal times are a very important part of our day.

The following meal times are followed:

Lunch
Snack-Time
Snack-Time
Toddlers
11:45am
10:00am
3:00pm
Pre-Schoolers
12:30pm
10:00am
3:00pm
Primary Scholars
12:15pm
10:00am
3:00pm

Snack-Time

The children are involved in all aspects of the snack preparation process and are encouraged to enjoy the sense of community in sharing a meal together. Snack-time consists of seasonal fruits, savoury biscuits and fruit juice. It has always been our policy that this snack-time is something shared amongst all the children and they therefore look forward to the sociable "communal" meal.

With this in mind, we have prepared a list of snack supplies' for morning snack to be supplied per child, by every parent, at the beginning of every term as follows:

For morning snack:

  • 3 x 1l of Liqui Fruit
  • 1 x jar of healthy spread
  • 1 x pack of Provita biscuits
  • 3 x packs of Corn Thins
  • 1 x box of tissues
  • 1 x pack of wet wipes (toddlers only!)

Children who stay for Afternoon snack should bring a healthy snack from home packed in a lunch box.

  • Each day your child needs to bring a fruit or vegetable to school for their morning snack-time.
  • Juice will be provided to the children at school. It is therefore not necessary to send an individual drink for your child.

Lunch-Time

You have the option of either providing your child with a packed lunch from home or making use of our cooked school lunch option.

Should you wish to provide your child with a a home packed lunch, please ensure that you send food each day that your child will eat. We encourage parents to include your the child in the process of packing their own lunch.

Do's:

  • Pack wholesome, well balanced meals
  • Encourage children to eat whole-wheat or rye bread
  • Include fruit & vegetables
  • Pack healthy drinks e.g. fruit juice, water, smoothies
  • Include sugar-free foods
  • Pack easy to handle portions

Don'ts:

  • No crisps other than Lays plain salted since as others contain MSG and other harmful preservatives.
  • No sweets or refined sugary biscuits
  • No fizzy coldrinks, Oros ,"squash" or energy drinks
Each classroom has a fridge for those lunches needing refrigeration. Lunches needing refrigeration will be put in the fridge. Yogurts should be clearly marked with your child's name.

All foods which can be container-ised d and that that are not eaten, will be sent home. Monitor your child's lunch box daily to see what he likes or dislikes or to determine the correct amount.

In an effort to protect our environment and expose our children to ecology, we ask that you make an extra effort to use reusable containers as much as possible, i.e. plastic sandwich boxes instead of disposable plastic ba


School Cooked Lunch (Optional)


A home-cooked lunch service is available to all pupils from Toddlers to Primary School.

There is something special about eating meals with friends and children are often tempted to explore new foods when in the company of their classmates. It is doubly rewarding for parents who are assured that the nutritional needs of the child is being met and that the children are exploring new flavours and textures in a supportive group at school.

The menus consist of a well balanced, nutritious variety of child-orientated home-made meals with no added preservatives, flavourants or colourants. Seasoning is kept to a minimum as children need a gentle introduction to herbs and spices. Young palates are sensitive!

The anticipation of a hot meal brought by the "lunch-lady" is always a well anticipated sight the children really love her food and look forward to seeing what's on the menu each day. The children enjoy the feeling of community when sharing a hot meal together.

The menu changes weekly and according to the season.

On Mondays, parents are notified of the week's menu via sms to assist with planning their meals at home and to avoid menu repetition.

Here is an example of a typical week's menu:

Mon: Bacon Quiche & Salad
Tues: Cottage pie & Vegetables
Wed: Tomato & Macaroni bake
Thurs: Chicken & mushroom casserole with rice
Fri: Pizza & Coleslaw

To enroll for this
(printable form)


School Terms

Chameleons Montessori School follows the Cape Education Department terms:

Start
End
Term 1
16 Jan 2008
20 March 2008
Term 2
15April 2008
27 June 2008
Term 3
15 July 2008
26 Sept 2008
Term 4
07 Oct 2008
05 Dec 2008
Please Note: We return from holidays one day later than Cape Education Dept Schools.
We are closed on all Public Holidays


Holiday Camps (Optional)

Holiday Camps run full day during a portion of the long school holidays. A fun programme is put together by the staff for each group of children.

2008 Holiday Camp Dates:
  • Mon 24th Mar - Fri 28th Mar 2008 | Times: 8:00am 16:30pm
  • Mon 8th Dec - Fri 12th Dec 2008 | Times: 8:00am 16:30pm
Weekly and daily rates are available.

The procedure for Ad Hoc holiday camp enrolment:

Upon arrival, parents are asked to sign the attendance register provided by the holiday camp care-giver and the parent will be billed the daily rate accordingly. These costs will be appear on the parent's monthly account.

To enroll for this
(printable form)


Classroom Contact Details

The following numbers are available to parents wishing to get hold of a class Directress during the school day:

  • Toddlers: (021) 913-5213
  • Pre-School: 083 881 6864
  • Primary: 076 146 0994