Laerskool Voorbrand Takes Care Of Its Community

Private Property South Africa
Anna-Marie Smith

Located in Forest Hill in the southern areas of Johannesburg, Laerskool Voorbrand ’s name brings back memories of a long gone era. Although this school is now a dual medium state school, its unique name ‘Voorbrand’ – meaning the burning of a firebreak, refers to the rich Afrikaner heritage of its community. History records reflects that farmers habitually had to take precautions against the dangers of runaway fires, which resulted in the conservation of valuable properties such as farms, houses, haystacks and corn barns becoming a priority.

By bearing in mind the precautions of the past, this 55-year-old primary school continues to reach out to younger members of the community, while preparing them for the future provides each learner with an enriching educational experience within a safe environment.The school's vision comprises a Christian education through the best facilities at hand, to create opportunities so that each child's maximum potential at various levels of academia, culture and sport, can be achieved. Laerskool Voorbrand’s mission is aimed at equipping learners through a high standard of education, to embark on their senior school careers as balanced and fully developed individuals.

Laerskool Voorbrand currently has approximately 900 learners, a staff of 26 members and approximately 40 learners per class. The school achieves several milestones by teaching learners in both English and Afrikaans from Grade R to Grade 7. At academic level, learners can participate in extra activities offered by the District such as spelling B, reading competitions, mathematics and science Olympiads. Prizes for achievements in all areas are awarded during the school's annual prize giving in academics, sports and culture, as well as students who have obtained exceptional achievements outside of school. At an early age each child enjoys the opportunity to interact with technology through the development of computer literacy and computer science during school hours.

Learners are encouraged to participate in the school's extracurricular activities including a variety of sport options such as cross country, athletics, football, cricket, netball and chess. The school's spacious sport fields offer great opportunities for physical development and participation in various activities. At cultural level learners are encouraged to participate in cultural projects offered by the local district, and can take part in the Alberton Eisteddfod where students can enter poetry, dramatized items, art and photography.

Laerskool Voorbrand learners hail from other adjacent neighbourhoods including Rosettenville, Kenilworth, Bellavista, Turffontein, Haddon, Chris Ville and Southdale. The school is centrally located in one of Johannesburg's older southern suburbs and within a radius of three to five kilometres from three shopping centers, the Glen in Oakdene Centro in Rosettenville and Southdale Center with restaurants, doctors surgeries in all three of the centers, A library at Southdale and cinema at the Glen.

The school’s location also offers at least five choices of both Afrikaans and English state high schools in the surrounding area of Forest Hill, namely Flare, Forest Hill High, The High Hill, Sir John Adamson High, Higher and President.

Laerskool Voorbrand’s philosophy of caring extends further into the local community through social outreach programs where regular assistance is offered to needy students within the school family. An organized feeding and clothing bank has been organised for the continuous provision of food, clothes and stationery, where needed.

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