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Southdowns College (Grade 8-12)

Our vision is to develop the full potential of each learner and to create lifelong learners who are confident, compassionate and multi skilled. We want learners to fulfil their potential and reach their dreams. At Southdowns College we recognize that all children have unique talents and that what is required of us is to capture, encourage, hone and promote those talents as far as possible, whether they are academic, on the sports field or in the cultural sphere.

Our vision is to develop the full potential of each learner and to create lifelong learners who are confident, compassionate and multi-skilled. We want learners to fulfill their potential and reach their dreams.

Individual attention is given to learners and this is made possible by having smaller classes. All teachers are available daily after school for any learner who may be struggling in a subject. A homework venue is provided from Monday to Thursday after school. In addition, the school has a resident Educational Psychologist who deals with learners who are experiencing learning difficulties and who require continual support. Parents are notified and communicated with through emails and panel discussions.

A peer tutor programme, where learners assist other learners who are experiencing difficulties, provides learners with additional academic support. These peer tutors attend workshops to provide them with the necessary skills and all tutors are selected based on their academic performance.

“To discover your passion and talent, to nurture and develop it, so that you may live your dreams and begin your legacy in this world, where anything and everything you dream is possible!”

At Southdowns College we recognize that all children have unique talents and that what is required of us is to capture, encourage, hone and promote those talents as far as possible, whether they are academic, on the sports field or in the cultural sphere.

In the Creative Arts Department, we target pupils whose talents include being artistic, outspoken, and expressive, as well as those who ooze confidence. The Cultural department is an ever-changing and dynamic department catering to the needs of the students.

Southdowns College offers many different sporting activities and the college boasts a number of exceptional sporting facilities.

Southdowns College has two cricket ovals and the nets have been equipped with the latest astro technology for even bounce. Four quality tennis and netball courts; two rugby fields and 2 hockey fields are also at the disposal of our learners. As a pupil at Southdowns College, your child will have access to the SAX building which has a fully equipped gym and a 25m heated, indoor swimming pool for all year training.

In addition the sportspersons of Southdowns College are trained by top coaches who are passionate about their sporting disciplines and this is reflected in their dedication to getting the best out of the learners. We have a professional tennis coaching group, Pro-Active tennis, looking after our future tennis stars. They have coached top-ranked junior players in South Africa. The cricket teams are coached by former provincial cricketer Mr David Wagner. The hockey players are coached by the current and former provincial players and coaches, with Michelle Joubert, Hockey Stars’ Women Umpire of the Year 2015, heading up the team as the hockey director. The rugby programme is overseen by the current Bulls u18 coach, Mr Pieter van Wyk and is assisted by Mr Ofentse Moeng, who is the current Bulls u18 team manager. Our swimmers, who have achieved great success in the pool and have recently moved up into the A-League, are coached by the TUKS high performance coach, Mr Keenen Riffel. Thus far we have achieved great success in various sporting codes.

Some pupils choose a sport of a different kind, namely Robotics, in which our learners get the opportunity to build robots and program them. They also learn how to work as a team to achieve various goals and soon become great friends. Each year we participate in the regional First Lego League competition. We have had the privilege of qualifying for the National competition for two years in a row. During the league events, learners have to program their robots to successfully complete a range of tasks, such as moving along specific routes and picking up objects. Pupils are also required to present their research on a variety of technological topics. Last year we won the national trophy for best Research Innovation. SDC Robotics club has five robots and learners participate free of charge. One of our teams recently quite aptly summed our activities up by saying: “It’s Technofunkalicious!”

We play sports according to seasons, thus terms one and three are summer sports terms while term two is dedicated to winter sports.

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Southdowns College is very proud of the academic achievements within the school. In recognition of our great achievers and to highlight our strong academic base.

Academic Enrichment Centre

A centre responsible for facilitating the implementation of programmes that will serve to encourage learners to utilise their talents, enhance their skills and experience self-confidence.

Academic Achievements

Southdowns College is very proud of the academic achievements within the school. In recognition of our great achievers and to highlight our strong academic base.

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