LIFE SKILLS STUDY PROGRAMME

Our Life Skills Study Programme consists of a wide range of exciting short courses that are presented from February to November. Courses are usually one week long and each course is presented by a different lecturer. The Life Skills classes are scheduled from 9h00 to 13h00 each morning from Monday to Friday.

Our courses are carefully selected for its potential to be applied to real life circumstances. We pride ourselves on exceptionally high standards of education. Lecturers are handpicked from the best South Africa has to offer.

Classes are presented in an interactive workshop style with lots of hands-on practical work, excursions, breakaways and fun activities.

Each course has its own Study Guide and students are required to do assignments, as well as writing a test at the end of each course. All courses that are completed successfully are listed on the student’s Equilibria Life Skills Certificate.

Students who wish to upgrade their grade 12 Math and Science marks can register for our extramural Math and Science Tutoring Programme.

GAP YEAR PROGRAMME

Each course/activity lasts one week

TERM 1

Ice Break Camp

Orientation week

Fitness course

Positive Thinking course

Health and Nutrition course

Christian Apologetics Seminar

Safety and Self-defense course

Financial skills course

Career Planning Course

APRIL HOLIDAY

TERM 2

Study skills course

Career Research: Interviews

Christian Camp

Career Research: Job shadowing

Emotional Intelligence course

Career Research: Student Shadowing

Legal skills course

Culinary skills course

Communication course

First Aid Level 1 course

Etiquette course

JULY HOLIDAY

TERM 3

Wine Appreciation course

Time & Stress Management course

Interior Design course

Work Ethics Course

Style and Image course

Social Dancing Course

Critical Thinking Course

Relationship Skills course

Photography course

Film Festival

OCTOBER HOLIDAY

TERM 4

Adventure Camp

Character Building course

Community project Part 1

Community project Part 2

Theory examination

Farewell party & Certification

European Tour

DECEMBER HOLIDAY

COURSE LAY-OUT

ICEBREAKER CAMP & ORIENTATION WEEK

The camp will take place at Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat.

You will:

  • get to know your classmates
  • do team building activates
  • social and make new friends
  • relax and have fun
  • learn what to expect from Equilibria
  • find your feet in Potchefstroom

FITNESS COURSE

You will:

  • establish your own personal fitness programme
  • set your own health and fitness goals
  • receive an individual fitness assessment
  • discover various fun ways to exercise
  • get motivated for an exercise programme
  • learn how to maintain your ideal body weight

FINANCIAL SKILLS COURSE

You will learn:

  • how to stick to a budget
  • to budget for long-term financial commitments
  • how to choose the best banking options
  • the best ways to save money
  • how to make a lucrative investment
  • how to plan for the future and retirement

HEALTH AND NUTRITION COURSE

You will learn how:

  • to eat for abundant energy
  • to eat to prevent degenerative diseases
  • to make healthy snacks and smoothies
  • overcome bad eating habits and cravings
  • to maintain an ideal body weight
  • detoxify your body

POSITIVE THINKING COURSE

You will learn how to:

  • to cultivate positive self-talk
  • deal with failure in a constructive way
  • to overcome limiting thinking patterns
  • overcome fear, worry and doubt
  • develop a winning attitude in life
  • overcome frustrations and stumble blocks

COMMUNICATION COURSE

You will learn:

  • effective conversation and social skills
  • how to do effective conflict resolution
  • to enhance your active listening skills
  • how to do public speaking with confidence
  • how to write professional emails and letters
  • how to give and receive negative feedback

CAREER PLANNING COURSE

You will:

  • identify your unique strengths and weaknesses
  • determine your true passions and interests
  • understand your personality type
  • discover your work style preferences
  • find out about several study options
  • match your personality type with careers

SAFETY AND SELF-DEFENCE COURSE

You will learn how to:

  • do lifesaving self-defence techniques
  • prevent and deal with crime circumstances
  • protect yourself in dangerous situations
  • avoid being a drug victim at social events
  • change a flat tire
  • practice road safety principles

WORK ETHICS COURSE

You will learn how to:

  • how to write a winning CV
  • how to do a successful job interview
  • maintain professional relationships
  • be task-orientated and dependable
  • dress professionally for a work context
  • apply emotional intelligence in the workplace

RELATIONSHIPS COURSE

You will learn:

  • how to build healthy relationships in their life
  • how to forgive and heal from past relationships
  • to deal effectively with disagreements
  • important guidelines for choosing a life partner
  • guidelines for sexual relationships
  • do’s and don’ts for dating

CULINARY SKILLS COURSE

You will learn:

  • culinary traditions of cultures of the world
  • a range of quick and easy cooking techniques
  • effective knife skills and precision cutting
  • what herbs and spices to use for each food
  • meal planning techniques
  • how to cook and distinguish various meat-cuts

STUDY SKILLS COURSE

You will learn:

  • to identify your unique style of learning
  • effective study techniques for tertiary study
  • to improve your memory and concentration
  • how to handle test and examination anxiety
  • how to plan and organize studies effectively
  • how to improve your motivation for studying

STYLE AND IMAGE COURSE

You will learn:

  • to define your personal style
  • how to dress for success
  • how to dress for your unique body shape
  • which hairstyle suits your face shape
  • how to shop wisely and cost-effectively
  • how to do great make-up or grooming

FIRST AID LEVEL 1 COURSE

You will learn how to:

  • perform CPR and treat drowning or choking
  • check for vital signs during a fainting
  • take care of wounds, bleeding and burns
  • treat fractures, do bandaging and splinting
  • treat head injuries, bites and poisoning
  • handle emergency situations

LEGAL SKILLS COURSE

You will learn:

  • how to avoid common legal mistakes
  • the essentials of entering into contracts
  • how court procedures are conducted
  • how to act correct in crime situations
  • what your rights are when in a car accident
  • legal principles that apply to social media

ETIQUETTE COURSE

You will learn:

  • golden rules of social etiquette
  • polite e-mail and cell phone etiquette
  • graceful dating and dinner party etiquette
  • etiquette that applies to special occasions
  • about other culture’s etiquette
  • how to eat certain foods correctly

WINE APPRECIATION COURSE

You will learn:

  • how to appreciate quality wine
  • all about wine and food pairing
  • how different types of wine are made
  • how to perform wine tasting correctly
  • how to serve and store wine correctly
  • what stemware to use for each beverage

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE COURSE

You will learn:

  • how to control your emotions in crisis
  • how to express emotions effectively
  • how to handle emotions during conflict
  • how to use your values to control emotions
  • what are your unique emotional profile
  • to develop an emotional vocabulary

CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS SEMINAR

You will:

  • learn how to defend your faith
  • how to discern the truth about Christianity
  • debate if the Bible is reliable as Scripture
  • learn what other religions believe and why
  • debate tricky questions and receive answers
  • discuss the reality of evil, God and science

INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE

You will learn:

  • discover your unique decorating style
  • the aesthetic principles of interior design
  • about new trends in interior decorating
  • how to renovate old furniture
  • how to use colours for creative effects
  • how to create do-it-yourself items

CRITICAL THINKING COURSE

You will learn to:

  • ask challenging questions about life
  • increase your general knowledge
  • discover amazing new world trends
  • question assumptions and think critically
  • develop your worldview
  • investigate ethical issues and seek solutions

SOCIAL DANCING COURSE

You will learn:

  • the steps of popular social dances
  • to project self-confidence on a dance floor
  • how to dance with grace and elegance
  • how to have great dancing etiquette
  • how to lead a partner when dancing
  • how to follow the rhythm of the music

TIME & STRESS MANAGEMENT

You will learn how to:

  • live a balanced lifestyle
  • increase your focus and work efficiently
  • do stress relieve techniques
  • how to use a power nap
  • how to prevent a burnout
  • plan your time based on your values

CHRISTIAN CAMP

The camp will help you to:

  • discover your identity and purpose in Christ
  • discover what is God’s will for your career
  • learn how to hear God’s voice
  • grow in your faith and intimacy with God
  • strengthen your relationship with God
  • encounter God as a ‘real’ God

ADVENTURE CAMP

You will:

  • learn to overcome fears for challenges
  • enjoy ‘adventure therapy’ with your team
  • do several river-based challenges
  • do hiking and rock climbing
  • do various fun and adventure activities
  • learn about nature and star constellations

PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

You will learn:

  • the principles of great photography
  • the main technical aspects of a camera
  • how to take creative photos
  • how to do studio photography
  • how to achieve a great composition
  • to work with natural and artificial lighting

CHARACTER BUILDING COURSE

You will learn:

  • define your personal value system
  • how to develop good character habits
  • how great role models built character
  • what constitutes integrity in a person
  • do a random act of kindness
  • what your character strengths are

THE COMMUNITY PROJECT

You will:

  • do a makeover for a poor nursery school
  • learn more about the realities of poverty
  • paint, build and construct a playground
  • learn how to work effectively in a team
  • solve problems creatively
  • apply your character strengths