Integral to the vision of Southern Cross, was the establishment of the Reach-a-Cross Community Partnership Programme, an affiliated education and training focused project which is located within the school community and operates under the umbrella of the SCS Trust
The South African situation is that we live in a country of great disparities between those who have and those who do not. This harsh reality is as apparent in Hoedspruit Limpopo, as it is elsewhere in the country. As such, the school’s leadership were are committed to ensuring that its unique education philosophy could be is formally shared beyond its boundaries. Today, the Reach-a-Cross Foundation Community Partnership Programme, which ensures a formalised avenue of sustainability through which to channel and grow their engagement with the greater Kruger and Hoedspruit areas and its neighbouring rural communities.
The Schools’ Community Engagement through Reach-a-Cross is just one of the many ways that Southern Cross as an institution are is breaking the mould of conventional thinking. The vision of Reach-a-Cross is in completely aligned with the school’s mission of producing environmentally aware socially conscious future leaders.
Reach-a-Cross facilitates opportunities and serves as an avenue for learners at Southern Cross to contribute to their community and leave the school as engaged, community conscious citizens who respect and appreciate for their fellow citizens, their community and the natural environment.
As such, the two institutions share a unique symbiotic relationship. Through the Reach-a-Cross the school shares their incredible facilities and resources with local and neighbouring communities and the through the Reach-a-Cross Programme Southern Cross is provided a venue and entry into the community for its teacher education and environmental education programme,
They are aligned to a common purpose and both serve to champion the importance of educating the youth of today and the minds that teach them, of the critical importance of community conscious conservation, people focused sustainable development and protection of biodiversity in the world today.
Reach-a-Cross presently has two active programmes – the first is the provision of teacher training support that balances academic proficiency with a deep environmental appreciation. The second is the Reach Across learner support programme in Maths, Science and English. The School also has a Bursary Fund through which a number of learners are afforded a Southern Cross Education.
Since its formalised establishment, Reach-a-Cross has focused its energies on the successful implementation of these two initiatives, however, there are plans for growth and development in 2015.