Southern Cross Schools operates under the mantle of a registered Trust, registration number 12053/00 and is also registered as a non-profit organisation, registration number 013-896 NPO.
- We know how important it is to lay the right foundation; our pre-schoolers enjoy structured play in and out of the classroom to make sure they are developing all the skills that they will need to be school-ready. They also get to spend time in the natural bush that surrounds the school, learning to admire and appreciate the wonders of our natural environment and the creatures that live in it. Read more about the Southern Cross pre-school here.
Our child-centred education philosophy is informed by an understanding of how the brain develops and works. Our curriculum recognises every child needs stimulation for effective learning to take place. The fact that Southern Cross is situated in a wildlife estate makes it possible to create and implement teaching and learning strategies that are effective, innovative and fun, encouraging active learning in a safe, stimulating environment. Read more about the Southern Cross preparatory school here.
We believe that the only real way to influence the future is through education. We aim to produce confident, innovative, highly-skilled individuals who, in addition to completing the National Senior Certificate (NSC), develop an environmental conscience that will stay with them, regardless of their chosen career path. Not only will they leave school equipped to engage with the fundamental issues of our time, they will go on to live successful, sustainable lives based on environmentally ethical principles. Read more about the Southern Cross college here.
The boarding complex at Southern Cross consists of: the 36 bed Jackalberry Lodge for College boys; the 30 bed Tamboti Lodge which currently caters for; the 5 bed Annex for Preparatory School boys; the Leadwood Lapa which includes a large dining room, kitchen and laundry and a developing recreational lapa. The boarding house has two resident teachers who serve as senior house parents of the lodges and they are assisted by six resident duty staff who are either teachers, teacher interns or gap students Read more about the boarding facilities at Southern Cross here.
The framework of the school consists of three year groups which are divided into the following sections.
- Pre- Primary School : Grade 000 – Grade R
- Preparatory School: Grade 1 – Grade 7
- College: Grade 8 – Grade 12
The school has a resource centre which includes a well-stocked preparatory school library as well as a well-equipped computer centre. We have a trained nurse affiliated to the boarding house.
How we are run
The Trust exists to raise funds for the capital development of the school. The Trust members are responsible for seeing to it that the school’s resources are managed effectively and efficiently.
The School is administered by a board of governors. The headmaster is directly responsible for the overall administration and day-to-day operations of the school. The school also has a very active parents association that gets involved in various facets of the school.
The school follows the Revised national curriculum Statement (RNCS) as laid down by the government of South Africa. At present this means the RNCS in some grades and CAPS in others.
In Grade 12 learners sit the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams administered by the Independent Examination Board (IEB). Successful learners come away with an internationally recognised Grade 12 certificate.
The school is a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA).
We have provisional accreditation with Umalusi, the General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Authority and are awaiting full accreditation. The school’s provisional accreditation reference number is SCH001695PA
The school is registered with the Provincial Education Department to operate as a school in South Africa. Our Education Department registration number is 4010019.