I will be writing this blog for the foreseeable, probably every 6 weeks or so. The temptation to write a long blog needs therefore to be resisted. We (my wife started the school in 1990, with myself joining her in 2004) developed a school that is very effective in obtaining good academic results and more importantly, obtained good developmental results in turning out good citizens.
Originally we filled a niche market for students who, for some reason or other, could not or wished not to be accommodated at large mainstream schools. This is however slowly changing as we are increasingly getting learners who are simply coming to us for excellent academic results.
Our school can be described as both an ‘experimental’ school in the sense that we are constantly trying out new ideas, and as a ‘therapeutic’ school as we try to assist students, who often have a variety of problems, by referring them to specialists who can hopefully help them.
I would like to end this blog post with a quick look at possible future developments at our school. We are constantly taking in new students and as such growing quite rapidly. We do not however want to grow so big as to lose our personal touch and individual attention to our students.
Firstly, we hope to open a dedicated Design Centre by January 2015. This would be open to all students from surrounding schools to allow them to take Design as an additional subject. Note that our Design study material on our website has been recommended to all schools in the country by the Education Department. Note further that during 2013 we had our first Animation students do their matric exams as part of Design.
Secondly, our intensive in-house training of teachers will be further developed in 2015. We would really like to open up our training sessions to interested teachers from surrounding schools. Note that we will again get specialized trainers from Europe in 2015. More on this in later blogs.
Thirdly, as a business we need to grow in future. Instead of opening more schools we would prefer to help interested people who want:
a. open independent schools
b. open home schools or
c. do home schooling.
Fourthly, we would like to get more involved in outreach projects to areas/schools that can benefit from our expertise. We have done a small project at Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape. We are currently involved in an Education Department project where we do enrichment projects with previously disadvantaged children from the Grabouw area.
I would like to end this blog post with a few interesting facts about our school:
Our students are a diverse group consisting of different religions, languages, cultures and races.
We operate from 08:30 to 17:00 with an hour break from 13:00.
We do constant random drug testing at Pathcare to ensure a drug free school.
A group of our teachers made a study tour to Europe in June 2014, with two teachers doing workshops at an international conference in Amsterdam.
Each class has an hour session each week where relevant local and international news are discussed with students.
We have agreements with trainers from Europe to come out to Cape Town every year to give our teachers specialized training.