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The three pillars of our School are:

Sport

There is a host of good scientific evidence that being physically active can help us lead healthier lives, indicating that a fit and healthy body houses a fit and healthy mind. We believe that learning skills needed for playing sport at the right age is very important. If you don’t learn these during the time you are at school it may be too late to learn them after your school years.

Playing sport teaches learners about:

  • Respect for your opponent
  • Responsibility
  • Persistence
  • Self discipline
  • Perseverance
  • Leadership
  • Being part of a team

Sport teaches important life lessons. Amateur sport competition teaches learners about competition and clearly defined rules. It also teaches learners how to fit into and be part of the team. Learners experience the ups and downs of their own and fellow team mates’ performances.

All learners at Glenwood House have to participate in at least one sport each term. We have found that learners discover many hidden talents when they explore the choices of sport activities. Learners should also encourage and support other school sport events because supporters are very important to sport.

Our school is made up of three sports houses, Courtney (red), Montagu (green) and Wellington (blue). The participation and support of each learner is imperative as houses compete each year in:

  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Cross country
  • Water polo
  • Hockey

Academic

Glenwood House School is a private school offering intentional education to learners from Gr 000 to Gr 12. We offer our Gr 12 learners an IEB matric or exit exam which is accredited by UMALUSI. The IEB is a well-established and respected assessment body. Its vision is to allow and advance quality teaching and learning in South Africa by means of an assessment process based on integrity, innovation, international comparability and portability.

The IEB advocates instruments that require a critical response from learners and demands a critical engagement on the part of learners in interrogating learning material. The IEB encourages educators to teach learners how to think, not what to think, how to formulate or frame the important questions, not only what the answers are; how to critically engage, not what to say.

The IEB’s annual groups of candidates are known to be performing the best of the school-leavers from all examining authorities and the percentage of school-leavers with matriculation endorsement is also the highest. Research carried out by the University of Cape Town over a three year period (2005 – 2007) looked at the success rate of IEB students. In that study it was noted that 25% of first degree graduates at UCT in 2007 came from IEB schools. It should be noted that IEB students make up between 8 and 10% of UCT’s intake. Furthermore, in that same study it was determined that on average over a three year period, the throughput rate of learners from IEB schools ie learners who graduated after three years or was enrolled for further study was 98%.

In order to prepare our learners we nurture and encourage critical thinking from the start. Although the Preparatory School follows the national curriculum as set out by UMALUSI which is based on the CAPS system we have developed and expanded our syllabus to lead learners to develop critical thinking. We offer international benchmarking tests in maths and English as part of our continuous evaluation of learners in Grades 3, 6 and 9.

Our Pre-Preparatory school, Little Glens focuses on school readiness and development of cognitive (particularly reading and mathematics) and non-cognitive skills. Non-cognitive skills, such as attention, effort, initiative and behaviour are a very important part of our programme. At Little Glens we use sport, arts and culture to contribute to the development of learners.

Culture

At Glenwood House School we believe it is important to have balance in your life and we encourage our learners to become involved in arts and culture as receptive and creative participants.

We believe that:

  • The arts are an important way of helping people think and work creatively.  It assists in cognitive development and educational attainment
  • Art and cultural experiences are a valuable way of bringing together people from different languages and cultural traditions
  • Arts and cultural activities in a community make it a better place to live
  • Exposure to arts and culture is important to individual wellbeing
  • South African actors, musicians, writers and other artists are among the best in the world and can hold their own on the world stage
  • Art and culture help us express and define a sense of belonging and build positive self esteem

We offer a range of cultural activities for learners suitable at all age groups that include:

  • Visual art
  • Drama productions
  • Talent Showcase
  • Eisteddfods
  • Glenwood House Music Academy
  • Glenwood House Choir

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Social Responsibility

We believe that social responsibility is essential to make our world a better place for everyone. Our programmes focus on the environment, wild life and people and includes our wetland work, our recycling programme as well as the Leopard Project, Arbour Day tree planting, beach clean ups, penguin sanctuary support, rhino conservation and life science fieldwork excursions.

Christian Principles

Ethos is a Greek word and denotes the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterise a community, a nation or an ideology. A Christian ethos is the Christian’s relationship with the living God in Jesus.

We believe that a good learning environment includes:

  • a deliberate attempt to link the gospel of Christ with the daily life of the school;
  • an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance and respect;
  • a sensitivity to individual needs where children’s self-esteem and confidence grow and where they feel able to make mistakes without fear of criticism;
  • partnership between adults and children;
  • sensitivity towards the beliefs, hopes and fears of parents;
  • reaching out and engaging with the local community;
  • instilling a sense of belonging and pride in our school
  • a curriculum that combines academic rigour with fun, sensitivity and prayerfulness;
  • understanding that “In pursuit of excellence” means that all Glenwoodians will always make their best effort in everything they pursue

We also acknowledge that we are a multi-faith society and honour those of others faith traditions and welcome the contribution that they bring to our school, community and country.

Our ethos does not embrace extreme views and does not set out to evangelise: it is much more an expression of service to the local community.

We continuously strive to offer learners the opportunity to:

  • reflect on the importance of a system of personal belief
  • recognise the place a Christian faith has in the lives and choices of people
  • develop a sense of wonder, awe and curiosity
  • understand the difference between right and wrong and the consequences of their actions for themselves and others
  • be creative, questioning and imaginative within a broad Christian framework that recognizes the importance of experience, personal values and respect for the beliefs of others
  • recognise, respect and celebrate cultural diversity
  • accept and love yourself
  • continuously challenge yourself to grow and develop

Traditions

Glenwood House School is steeped in tradition that helps to shape and prepare learners to pursue their roles in society. Our values are Christian based and we believe in transparent commitment to our common goals. We nurture and grow a sense of belonging to our school through the opportunities we create for the learners. Learners are expected to participate and support the school and it’s pursuits.

 “Our blood is blue.” During our learner’s journey at Glenwood House School, we nurture a sense of belonging to Glenwood House School. When learners progress from Preparatory School to the College they spend about two weeks in orientation, a time that is set aside to help them find their way in the College and get to know their seniors. Orientation is packed with fun events like time on the beach, a potjiekos competition, a concert and writing a quiz to make sure they understand their new environment. Orientation is followed by the Inauguration of the Grade 8s at a formal ceremony. The Gr 8s are called into the assembly individually, by name. As they enter, they ring the brass bell to announce their arrival and they are then presented with their Glenwood House blazer. The ceremony includes a blessing and a message to take with them through their time at the College. The next time they ring the bell is at their Valedictory Service at the end of Grade 12 to mark the completion of their passage through Glenwood House School.

The Glenwood Karoo Challenge is a journey for Gr 10 learners that spearheads social responsibility at the school. In order to make the journey possible, every Gr 10 learners has to ensure that they are fit and equipped for the journey. Each Gr 10 learner is adopted by a class in the school from Gr 0 to Gr 9. The class forms part of the support group for the learner who shares with them the preparation for the journey as well as progress on the journey. Like all social responsibility, it binds learners closer together in sharing burdens and helping the environment, people and wildlife.

Our uniform. We take great pride in our uniform. The uniform was carefully designed to express a sense of belonging and identity by our learners taking pride in their appearance. All learners from Gr 4 are required to wear a blazer every day at school and out of school when in uniform. Only when Gr 8s are in Orientation do they not wear a blazer. They earn the right to wear their blazer which is presented to them at the Inauguration ceremony. Each sports category also has its prescribed Glenwood House School dress code for practices and matches.

Family units. In the College family units have been established to create additional platforms of communication for learners. It also helps younger learners connect with older learners who act as mentors in order to facilitate and solve any problems they encounter.

Alumni. The Glenwood House Alumni group is still very young. Their progress and inputs are very relevant and inspirational to all the learners.