When was the school founded?

The school was established in 2006.

What developments have been taking place in this time?

Two computer centres have been established at the school. A state-of-the-art pre-preparatory school opened its doors in January 2006. The second phase of our construction plan was completed for occupancy in January 2008. Phase 3 was completed in May 2011 and provides additional classrooms, a 100-seater auditorium and an administrative centre. In 2012 we completed Phase 4 of the school which comprises the first wing of the new College. 2013 Witnessed the establishment of the comprehensive Glenwood House Music Academy in the old College building. We have also completed our school’s new swimming and water polo pool and change rooms.

Glenwood’s Boarding House is now ready for occupancy.

All indications are that the school will be completed in its totality by 2015.

The new sports fields have two rugby fields, a hockey field, two cricket ovals, two tennis courts, two netball courts and an indoor cricket practice facility.

What further developments are going to take place within the next two years?

We still need to complete the school hall and the final wing of the College.

What long-term developments are planned?

  • An astro-turf hockey pitch.
  • Floodlights at sports grounds.

Improved infrastructure including the construction of roads.

What does Glenwood House offer its learners?

Glenwood House offers a holistic education based on academic excellence, a strong focus on sport as well as arts and culture guided by meaningful traditions.  Spiritual growth and development is encouraged and emotional well-being is promoted. We strongly believe in social responsibility and have programmes focusing on wildlife, the environment and people.  Our school has a strong Christian ethos.  We also acknowledge that we are a multi-faith society and honour those of other faith traditions and welcome the contribution that they bring to our school, community and country.

What grades does Glenwood House cater for?

Grades 000 to 12.

What is the age requirement for the lower grades?

A child must turn 7 in the year he/she is in Grade 1. This means that a child must turn 4 in the Grade 000 year to be admitted to the school.

What is the language medium of the school?

The language of instruction is English. The Board of Directors has made a policy decision that all languages will as far as possible only be taught by mother-tongue speakers to ensure high standards in languages at the school.

What is the IEB – Independent Examinations Board?

We offer our Gr 12 learners an IEB matric or exit exam—a qualification which is held in high esteem by universities both in South Africa and abroad.  The IEB is one of only two accredited examination boards in SA and is regulated by UMALUSI.

The IEB advocates critical and creative thinking: “HOW to THINK and not WHAT to THINK”.  It encourages pupils to be analytical, reflective and pro-active – how to critically engage; not what to say.  Our syllabus has been expanded to lead learners to develop critical thinking.  We offer International Benchmarking Tests in Maths and English as part of our continuous evaluation of learners.  The IEB forms the foundation on which our learners graduate with a qualification which truly equips them for life and the rigours of tertiary education.

What will the maximum number of learners in a class be?

Classes will never exceed 26 learners per class. A third class per grade will only be opened if there are 12 applicants for the class. This means that the first 52 learners will be admitted with immediate effect, but that additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list and then called when another position and / or class becomes a viable option.

What is the policy on admitting learners to the school?

Acceptance of a learner to the school is not automatic. Learners must apply for admission and are subject to a selection process involving interviews and background checks.  Terms and conditions must be signed by parents/guardians before a learner is admitted to the school.  Glenwood House offers mainstream education.

What is the school’s policy on inclusive education?

Inclusive education voices the inclusion of learners with learning barriers or disabilities in the mainstream education in South African schools. Glenwood House is in favour of inclusive education and has 3 spaces per a class of 26 available for learners with fringe learning barriers.

In addition, we offer a bridging class (Gr 1 – 3) to assist learners with learning barriers with a view to integrate them into mainstream classes.

Should a child therefore still not function effectively, parents will be consulted on the issue and the needs of the child will be addressed accordingly.

What will the ethos of the school be?

Glenwood House is based on a Christian ethos with a strong focus on social responsibility and meaningful school tradition.

What is the discipline policy of the school?

Glenwood House disciplinary policy is based on rewarding learners’ achievements, enthusiasm and participation.  This system has been well received by learners.

The school has clear structure and boundaries in its functions and learners are expected to conform to the norms of decency at all times.       The disciplinary policy is characterised by fairness and justice in the handling of learners. Learners, who by their behaviour spoil the educa­tional experience of others, will be dealt with accordingly.

What is the school policy on religion?

The school has an overt Christian ethos. Learners from all religions are welcome and will not be expected to pray or sing along at assemblies, however, they will not be excluded from such activities – polarization in a school is not healthy and is harmful to learners. Learners who do not participate must at all times remain respectful of the Christian ethos of the school. Bible Education is part of the curriculum at the school.

Does the school have a policy on community service?

Community service (as part of social responsibility) forms an integral part of the curriculum – there are some lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom but can only be experienced outside the four walls of the building.  During the years of secondary education (high school) learners have to complete a pre-requisite amount of community service hours as part of the subject, Life Orientation.

Does the school have an environmental programme?

We are very proud that Glenwood House School was one of the first schools in the Southern Cape to achieve Diamond Decade Eco-School status.  In recognition of our dedicated Environmental Society and our decade-long pursuit of quality environmental education we have been awarded Diamond Decade Status.  We are one of only two schools in the Southern Cape and one of only five schools in South Africa to be given this prestigious award.

In 2013 the Glenwood House Environmental Society scooped the ‘National Award for a Group’ from the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.

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 include 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.

Does the school have outings?

This is a very important aspect of our education and opportunities are arranged regularly for learners in the form of academic outings, leadership and teambuilding camps, hiking trips, mathematics and science camps, photo shoots, etc.  Most of these outings are compulsory.

The Glenwood Karoo Challenge (GKC) is a journey of self-discovery which is undertaken by all Grade 10 pupils.  It begins at Die Hel near Prince Albert and ends 3 weeks later in George.  This journey covers ± 500 km on foot, in canoes and on bicycles. It is an outstanding educational opportunity in which young people learn to co-operate in groups as well as be introspective about their own roles as individuals. Students are given the opportunity to lead, make decisions affecting the group, prepare meals, write letters to family and friends and learn outdoor skills. The nature of the GKC means that pupils are tested physically, mentally and emotionally, but all reach their destination safely, having undergone a unique life experience. They experience different group dynamics and learn tolerance towards other people. They are also expected to give something back to the communities along the way, as part of a broader outreach programme. They get involved in a variety of outdoor activities and field studies which complement their academic curriculum. The group is led each day by a pupil who makes decisions about the route, allocation and consumption of food and water, the structure of the day, and so on.

Does the school have a cultural programme?

Our commitment to our cultural programme is reflected by the fact that all cultural events are conducted in time slots that are not infringed upon by sport or any other extra-mural.

Activities include:

  • Public Speaking (College)
  • Drama
  • Band (College)
  • Choir (Preparatory)

In addition, the following opportunities for participation are available throughout the year:

  • Afrikaanse Kultuuraand (College)
  • Poetry Evening (College)
  • SHOWCASE and School Yard
  • Productions
  • Eisteddfods
  • School Choir (Preparatory)
  • Overseas Tours (College)
  • National Tours for Grade 12 learners

The Glenwood House Music Academy

The Music Academy headed by Mr Jan-Erik Swart focuses on the development of the skills and abilities of learners on the cultural arena by providing them with expertise and training in a vast variety of musical instruments and vocals. The Academy boasts its own stage and hall, and supports students in their endeavours on the stage and in competitions.  Mr Jan-Erik Swart is also the conductor of the Southern Cape Symphony Orchestra and trainer of the highly successful and internationally acclaimed South Cape Children’s Choir.

Is there a day-care at the school?

There is an aftercare facility available for Grade 000 to Grade 5 learners.  This facility is on the school premises and managed by the school.

What is the school’s motto?

“In pursuit of excellence”.

Every child is encouraged to achieve personal milestones of excellence.  It is about setting your own personal goals and striving to achieve and improve your goals.

This is applicable to all areas within the school – in the classroom, on the sport field and the stage.

Does the school have a uniform?

Yes – it is a smart uniform with a unique design. Blazers form part of the uniform. All the sports codes also have appropriate sports clothes.  All uniforms and sports clothes are available from the uniform shop on the campus.

How important is sport at Glenwood House?

Glenwood House does not just offer an academic service; however, academics still is the core business of the school.   In the words of our Headmaster, Mr Symes: “there are some lessons that one only learns on a sports field and there are some learners who can only be reached on a sports field.”

Part of the code of conduct is to lose with dignity and to be humble in victory.

Sport, like the arts and culture, forms an integral part of our school and we compete against other like-minded schools.

What sports are offered at Glenwood?

Rugby, cricket, hockey, athletics, netball, swimming, water polo, cross country, chess, tennis, biathlon, golf, cycling, horse riding and sailing.

Golf, horse riding, cycling and sailing are not coached at the school.  Golfers, sailors and riders receive private coaching which is for the parent’s account.  They do however participate in inter-school events.

Will there be any structures for parents and what authority will they have in the running of the school?

The running of the school will be a joint effort by the Board of Directors and the Headmaster of the school on sound advice from the educational specialist of the school.  Glenwood House does not have a Governing Body.

The Parents’ Association concentrates mainly on fund-raising, marketing and social events and is not a complaints forum. The school does, however, foster an “open-door policy” in order to deal with any issues which may affect the learning experience of the pupil.

What are the contact details of the school?

Contact name: Debbie Symes / Wilma Venter

Telephone:  044 871 4643 / 044 871 4048 option 3

Fax: 044 871 4641 / 044 871 4977

E-mail:  info