Neighbouring the Southdowns estate in Centurion, Southdowns College - part of the Centurus Colleges group - is setting the highest standard for contemporary education. The campus is joined to a state of the art gym and theatre complex – the Sax Building – with the intention of the founders being that the Hennops River Valley adjoining Irene Village becomes a diverse hub in terms of architecture and the facilities available in the area. The College is very much a part of this, catering for discerning families seeking premier levels of education.Extending across pre-preparatory, preparatory and college levels, Southdowns College offers superior tuition in academics and after school activities at all degrees of development. Having their foundation in a Christian-based value system, the College strives to create a happy and productive working environment, where every pupil is given an equal opportunity to meet the pinnacle of their potential in the academic, sporting, cultural, social and life skills spheres. It is upon this basis that the College confidently sends its graduates into the tertiary and professional arenas. The focus upon younger learners entails a full developmental assessment across a range of pertinent elements, integrated learning therapy for all pre-preparatory pupils to develop learning abilities, on-site educational psychologists and occupational speech therapists for each child’s specific needs and brain profiling of all children in order to ascertain each child’s learning abilities. Southdowns College sets a higher standard of excellence in that they run an enrichment schools programme, whereby pupils are given specialist instruction across a broad spectrum of academic, sporting and cultural subjects. Offering music under the tutelage of top musical specialists in the industry; rugby enrichment with a Blue Bulls under 19 coach; hockey with the South African assistant Ladies’ coach; cricket with professional coaches from the Titans; swimming with Rocco Meyering – a high performance coach at Tuks University; Dance with Paula Olivier who is a national dance choreographer, as well as drama, tennis, photography, journalism and foundation studies or art with specialists who have expertise in the fields. The College’s dedication to excellence moves beyond the theoretical and the pupils are given untold advantages through premier guidance and instruction. In addition to this, Southdowns works in collaboration with Open Window University – a graphic design school situated on the same property– to offer its students computer art or animation studies. If the students opt for this, it is a fast track into the university system, having obtained their first year credits through their high school level study. The academic enrichment programmes give the pupils an upper hand in specialised areas, suited to the pupil’s strengths, and include add. maths, speech-writing and book club, and many more. The students are also instilled with a sense of social consciousness through the community service projects of the College. Centurus Colleges has established the Izzi Trust and the Southdowns Education Trust to help support underprivileged schools. The College is also prolific in Hospice and CANSA fundraising. With a past pupil studying at Berkley University on a scholarship and another releasing his first CD, current students are already exhibiting their proficiency in their respective fields too. With students becoming Blue Bulls under 19 players, two Commonwealth swimmers, representation of Gauteng provincial hockey and pending Universal Record deals among the commendations obtained, the enrichment programmes in place already stand the students in good stead for the future and bear testament to the fine education and skills imparted at Southdowns College.
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