“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. This quote by South Africa’s late president and world renowned humanitarian, Nelson Mandela, challenges educational institutions, not only in South Africa, but worldwide. In the South African context the government is faced with a monumental challenge to improve basic education in South Africa and prove to the world that our education system can hold its own in terms of quality. One thing is for sure, that this will not be achieved by providing sub-standard education, continuously changing the curriculum or by lowering standards as seems to be the norm over the past decade. Evidence of this can be found in most Universities and Higher Education Institutions’s requirement for all prospective students to write a National Benchmark Test (NBT) which is a compulsory pre-requisite for acceptance for higher education. A further substantiation of the current status quo in Government education and an interesting development has been the inception and growth of the number of Private schools registered with ISASA which in 2014 stands at 700 member schools, employing 12 500 teachers with over 154 000 learners enrolled.
It is against this backdrop that we at Melkbosstrand Private School (MPS) believe that we are able to offer not only our students but you as a paying parent, a unique and affordable education. MPS started as a farm school with 83 students in 2006 and has since grown to a fully fledged school with 454 students, still situated on a farm, but with 4 different faculties – Pre-Primary School with a farmyard (18 months to Gr R), Primary School (Gr 1 to 7), High School (Gr 8 to 12) and a Creative and Performing Arts faculty where music as a subject or an individual music instrument can be taken.
We believe that our location, just 3 km’s outside the quaint town of Melkbosstrand, remains one of the unique attributes of MPS as a school and sets it apart from any other school in the area as it offers our students the benefits of being educated in a rural, tranquil and safe environment, out of the hustle and bustle of city life, which they can and will experience later in life.
Being a Christian based school, we at MPS believe in a few basic principles – “The LORD is our Shepherd… as in Psalm 23 which is the MPS motto and that “Education and discipline starts at home “ is not a cliché but a biblical principle and responsibility. Therefore the MPS admittance process will consider a student`s history of behaviour, quality of academic and extracurricular contributions as well as a student`s first general appearance and impression. All students wanting to enrol at MPS will be assessed by the Faculty Head of the respective faculty they apply for.
At MPS you will also not be “merely a number” as our fixed and small class sizes and low teacher to student ratio will be able to ensure a quality education through individual attention and by promoting basic orderliness and discipline in the class room, on which we place a very high premium.
MPS is also a mainstream school with parallel-medium classes ( English and Afrikaans) from Gr 000 to Gr 8 and dual medium classes from Gr 10 to 12 and is able to offer our students a holistic and quality based education.
At MPS we strongly recommend participation in extramural activities and other than the standard sporting activities offered, we also support numerous outside and individual activities of our students which has produced both National and Provincial colours.
We have a team of passionate and dedicated teachers and staff who all had part in establishing our new Vision, Mission and Value statements and strongly believe in the 3 key elements of the Vision statement namely our students leaving with a Christian legacy, striving towards Excellence and experiencing something Unique at MPS.
MPS, after 7 years, is still very much in a growth phase as the life expectancy of a school is estimated to be 100+ years. Our new Site Development Plan is aimed at establishing the necessary infrastructure and facilities for up to 1200 students in the future.
In conclusion, the Christian ethos that exists at MPS, remains our most valued asset and I would like to invite you to come and visit our “school on a farm”.
O J Dreyer
Chief Operations Officer.