Who Are We – Where Are We From?

Dalpark Private School is located in Umkomaas Road , Dalpark ext 6, Brakpan and was founded in 1988 by Mrs D. Broderick as Magic Moments Nursery School to cater for Pre-Primary School Learners.

The schools founding vision was to assist children, irrespective of ethnicity, to realise their dreams through quality education in a safe and structured environment. That vision remains the core of our approach today.

The first group of children of African ethnicity were enrolled in 1992. Department of Education permission was granted in 1997 for the development of the school into a fully-fledged Primary school (Dalpark Private School), which was positioned to meet Primary School placement demands in our catchment area.
As the school grew and organically expanded its offerings at two classes per grade per year the founding ethos and culture prevailed.

The school was re-registered under the banner of Dalpark Independent Education Centre in 2001, when our first governing Board of Directors was formed.

Dalpark Independent Education Centre or DIEC, now comprises of two distinct faculties.

First; Dalpark Private School (DPS), being the primary school from Grade R to Grade 7 and the logical embodiment of the originally founded school.

Second, and more recently, Dalpark Independent College (DIC), which has been established since January 2019 to address the needs and demands for school places in the Grade 8 to Matric age group.

The need for DIC was partly parental driven. Given a choice many parents chose to encourage continued education for their older children at DIEC because of; the success of our academic programme; the ethos and culture at the school; and for the familiarity of the safe and secure environment at DIEC.

How Have We Changed?

DIEC has since January 2019 embarked on a growth plan for DIEC which includes physical spatial expansion and re-organisation, and an approach to education methods (pedagogy) that talks strictly to the future of schooling and education, using developments in technology and the resultant need to review and amend the approach to face to face teaching methods.

Expansion plans were to some extent stunted by COVID 19 from March 2020, but at DIEC we reorganised our approach to minimise the impact on the academic process, whilst at the same time observing social responsibility and risk management protocols

Our Learners are adjusting well to new learning platforms, despite the pandemic.

It is imperative for the future of our children, and South Africa, that Education moves on such that it provides maximum value to both.

Children must be taught not only the basics of language, maths, classics and science, but how to develop and maximise their potential as individuals, that they might realise full benefit to themselves and their community.

DIEC recognises this, and our approach is ever evolving to meet this challenge.

In keeping with a sense of continuity of the vision we are proud to say that Mrs D Broderick remains Executive Head of DIEC to this date.

What Of The Future ?

The future offers us the prospect of changing the way we educate our children, and we recognise that parents ‘want what’s best’ for their off-springs.

We need to keep in mind what education will look like in (say) 2030 and grow DIEC accordingly.

There is much expert opinion on record that now accepts that the current system is unfit to develop young minds such that they are prepared for a rapidly changing new world and the role that technology will play in it.

A country’s economic success will always be linked to the quality of the output from its education system.

At DIEC we believe there will always be a place for ‘teachers’ – human led facilitation cannot be replaced by robotics or artificial intelligence. This concept panders to the fact that we as humans have an innate ability to teach each other. But we also recognise that the teacher’s role has to change, as time and technology, advances.

We at DIEC are striving towards a new and blended approach of face-to-face engagement incorporating the best that technology in education can offer and developing our educators to cater for future educational methodology.