skills development - in preperation to ged

What is Amiato Skills Development

Over the last few years we have seen the Amiato Centre grow in strength, numbers and excellence. We are proud to be part of the big picture and also see our phase (the Skills Development Class) grow to new heights as students discover a passion for learning and doing what they love. This page will discuss a few key points that will ensure the success of this phase. This form will also hold any and all information required for you as a parent to know what your student are learning.

Our Environment

The main focus of what we do in the Skills Development phase is not to make sure that every student has the knowledge to write tests and to make sure they measure up to other students their age. We focus on the individual person as a whole with attention to emotional, physical and mental health. We make sure that students are healthy in these areas before we put our focus on intellectual health. The Reason for this is that a student will not, or is going to take much longer to function or perform in their work without emotional and physical health.

The system that we use for work on the other hand consist more of the understanding of concepts and subject understanding than the work itself. The reason for this is that if a student understand a specific concept and are interested in further learning, they will outperform any student that was taught the exact same thing through pressure and untimely teaching. Finally, this does not mean that we do not teach work, since I (Nelis Pieters) am studying to become a qualified teacher within the teaching practice, the importance of education and learning is of great importance.

Learn By Doing

 (Our main focus in this phase is to ensure that students leave this facility, equipped with necessary skills to perform in real world situations. Since we live in a world where there is an App for almost everything and technology is taking over professions, it is of most importance that students have a high EQ (Emotional quotient) or EI (Emotional Intelligence) with combined knowledge, our practical teaching methods will help build on this.

The subjects that we teach will from this term be as follow: 

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Language (English)
  • WORLD – Common knowledge (exposing student to a variety of industries)
  • SS – Social Skills
  • FL – Financial Literacy
  • Practical (Student Passion)
  • SSR – Sustained Silent Reading

the subjects


As you can see from above subjects, we do not follow a public or private school curriculum or program for example CAPS. Most of these subjects are taught in a practical manner with different teaching means (such as videos, presentations, lectures, papers, practical doings and teamwork) since we work with learners with different learning requirements. Please note that practical assessments will be done to ensure student growth, it is of great importance that students complete these tasks since we can monitor real growth in this manner without the external factors that tests have on students. Students will have to write pop quizzes or tests throughout this term, it is also of great importance that students study hard for these tests since they still need to be exposed to this kind of pressure or so called “good stress”.

We provide students with “practical time” so they can work on skills that they will use in the near future within jobs and personal life, this “free time” described as practical time is supervised and supported by a facilitator. These skills can differ and is not limited to a student’s passion in the following areas:


  • Music – Guitar, piano, violin, music theory and song writing
  • Photography
  • Design, art, drawing and painting
  • Videography
  • Web-design
  • Mechanics
  • Coding
  • Woodwork
  • Steelwork
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business & accounting
  • Drama, acting and film making
  • Animal training & security
  • Overall learning (online or from books)

class rules

  1. Show Respect

“Knowledge will give you power, but character is built through respect.”

Respect Definition: Noun: A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Verb: admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Show respect to:
Surroundings: Handle Amiato’s property with respect, no vandalism in any way will be tolerated.
Each Other: Treat and love one another like you would like to be treated.
Facilitator: When a facilitator speaks, it is in the best interest of the student to listen and follow instructions accordingly with respected behaviour and actions in return. No arguing or disrespectful behaviour against a facilitator will be tolerated.

  1. Dress Appropriately

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”
If clothing accessories (sunglasses or beanies) covers a student’s eyes or looks unneat, it will be removed.

  1. Greet Politely

“Integrity, a handshake, a promise. It’s choosing to do what’s right.”

Students must enter classroom respectfully and greet facilitators.

  1. Take Responsibility

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

You are responsible for:
Your own property.
Having working equipment available.
Handing projects in before deadlines.
Asking questions when you don’t understand something.
Raising awareness to a facilitator about a situation or scene of events immediately.

  1. Do Everything in Excellence

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”


the subjects

SSR – Sustained Silent Reading

Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) is a period of uninterrupted silent reading. It is based upon a single simple principal: Reading is a skill. Like all skills, the more you use it, the better you get at it. Conversely, the less you use it, the more difficult it is. Like swimming, once you learn it, you never forget it. However, in order to get better at either reading or swimming, you must jump into the book or the water and do it over and over.

Student Guidelines to SSR

  1. Students may read a book, textbook, newspaper, or magazine where text is the primary component and does not compete with pictures. Magazines should have prior approval by your facilitator. Magazines should be informative and educational. Novels being read for classes and textbooks will be permitted. Newspapers may be used, but students should not pass sections around the room. Children’s books, comic books, and picture books are not permitted.
    2. Students should select reading material outside of SSR time. The best books to read are novels, histories, and biographies rather than books of lists or facts.
    3. Students are encouraged to read for their own pleasure and utilize Amiato resources.
    4. Students are expected to bring SSR material.
    5. If a student is unprepared for SSR, the student will obtain an extra book or newspaper the teacher has available.
    6. Students will read silently during the allotted SSR period.
    7. Students will not sleep during SSR.
    8. Students may read a textbook or novel during SSR but not complete written classroom work.
    9. SSR is not a study hall.
    10. Students will remain seated and are not allowed to leave the room before, during, or after SSR. A break period will be provided every 15 to 25 minutes.


Every individual student has a passion for a specific subject that may or may not be taught in this phase. Students will use this period to work through their own research to build, discover and learn about practical work that they are passionate about. Physical work with supervised tool-working are permitted and all work will be implemented in a practical method.

Students can make use of external learning resources such as Udemy or Shaw academy and other online learning sources. This is excellent sources to have access to since courses are not expensive and includes a few free courses indifferent learning areas with no monthly payments.

 WORLD – History & Geography

Basic map work with concepts such as area, contours, symbols, map reading, direction, scale, types and creation will be handled.


Various Art Concepts such as art periods (Renaissance for example), elements, mediums and styles will be covered.


We will be teaching the math-you-see program and use math concepts in problem solving techniques. The main purpose of math, even in public schools following a curriculum, is to solve problems in a structured manner, thus we will teach math in a problem solving and practical way.


The basic concepts of science will be covered to ensure students are familiar with the GED system when they turn 17.

SS – Social Skills

Active listening skills: The ability to listen to and incorporate other views in your communication. Listening shows you value opinions outside of your own and are open to new concepts. As a result, your audience views you as an equal partner and you can come to a solution that benefits the greater good. An active listener will allow pauses for interjections, repeat other people’s words and ask questions to affirm his or her engagement in a conversation.

Writing skills: Using specific data and examples in written communication to make a solid case, and communicating proposed action items. Written communication for business should be brief but informative, and helps an audience focus on only the most important points. Good written communication also includes adequate follow-up, which closes the communication loop and shows proactive activity towards goals.

Verbal & communication skills: The ability to communicate information (ideas, thoughts, opinions and updates) in a clear manner verbally. Like good written communication, good verbal communication in the workplace is also concise and specific (researchers have found that today’s attention span amounts to only 8.25 seconds). Verbal communication allows employees to engage with one another in-person and come to a mutually agreeable consensus.

Interpersonal communication skills: Building trust and strong relationships with key stakeholders in a business. Another “soft skill,” successful interpersonal communication allows employees to find common ground, display empathy and build bonds with one another. Interpersonal communication means connecting on more than business level, but a personal level as well.

Teamwork skills: Effectively communicating with others who may have different opinions and skill sets. In a business setting, this means putting aside personal differences and working toward a common goal. For teamwork to be successful, all parties must recognize that combined efforts are worth more than individual contributions.

Presentation skills: Presenting information and ideas to an audience in a way that is engaging, motivating, and effective. This method of business communication allows one individual, or a group of individuals, to share evidence to support an idea or argument. A good presenter is also a good storyteller, using data, stories and examples to influence an audience to act toward a desired outcome.

Selling skills: Persuading stakeholders to pursue an idea, decision, action, product or service. Selling skills extends beyond just those whose jobs fall under the sales department. Employees with selling skills can use these skills to influence other employees to buy into a project, team members to choose a side, or executives to offer new products or services.

Negotiation skills: Reaching a mutually beneficial solution by understanding and leveraging the other side’s motivations. A mutually beneficial or “win-win” solution is one that both sides finds favorable, and maintains positive relationships for future interactions. In order to achieve this outcome, you’ll need to discover what factors would be most influential and agreeable for the other side.

Networking skills: Displaying business value and encouraging others to enter into your business network. In order to network successfully, you’ll need to be interesting enough that others desire to partner with you in some way. A large business network can also be a safety net, and means you have more people to rely on when you require help, information or services.

Time Management: The process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. Good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that you get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high. It refers to the way that you organize and plan how long you spend on specific activities.

 FL – Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is the education and understanding of various financial areas including topics related to managing personal finance, money and investing. This topic focuses on the ability to manage personal finance matters in an efficient manner, and it includes the knowledge of making appropriate decisions about personal finance such as investing, insurance, real estate, paying for college, budgeting, retirement and tax planning.


Financial literacy also involves the proficiency of financial principles and concepts such as financial planning, compound interest, managing debt, profitable savings techniques and the time value of money. The lack of financial literacy may lead to making poor financial choices that can have negative consequences on the financial well-being of an individual. Consequently, the federal government created the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which provides resources for people who want to learn more about financial literacy.

The Importance of Financial Education:
Financial literacy helps individuals become self-sufficient so that they can achieve financial stability. Those who understand the subject should be able to answer several questions about purchases, such as whether an item is required, whether it is affordable, and whether it an asset or a liability. This field demonstrates the behaviours and attitudes a person possesses about money that is applied to his daily life. Financial literacy shows how an individual makes financial decisions. This skill can help a person develop a financial road map to identify what he earns, what he spends and what he owes. This topic also affects small business owners, who greatly contribute to economic growth and stability.

The four main pillars that are covered are:

  • Debt
  • Saving
  • Budgeting
  • Investing

ENG – English

The English Language Class covers beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of speaking, reading and writing in English, including grammar and literature skills. Common concepts taught in English language courses:

  • Researching Tools
  • Organizing and Stylizing
  • Writing Practice and Improvement
  • Grammar and Vocabulary Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Analytical Interpretation