Houghton School

Private Property South Africa
Claire Fraser

Situated in Lower Houghton in Johannesburg, next to the Golf Course and with easy access to the M1 North and South, Houghton School offers top class facilities to all learners from Grade R to Grade 7. The fine amenities on offer assist in the school’s endeavour to channel its learners to excellent high school and secondary schools with the greatest success in their future pursuits; in the context of providing a caring and stable environment conducive to the highest standards of learning. Working within the ethos that each child needs to nurture their strengths and develop skills to confront their weaknesses, Houghton School prides itself on the all-round development of its students, giving them a thorough foundation upon which they can become integrated members of society. This encompasses a strong element of tolerance towards others, and the values associated with this are propounded in a number of ways within the school. The most important instance of this is evident in the school’s active approach to community service: collecting funds and making donations to organisations such as Hospice, Johannesburg Mini Citi Council, the South African Guide Dog Association, the SPCA and Avril Elizabeth Home, to name a few. The broad range of charities assisted by the school means that the children can find a cause that strikes them most, and develops a keen sense of empathy within them. With a dedicated staff body, many of whom have been in service at the school for more than twenty years, the academic enrichment and guidance received by the learners at Houghton is of the highest standard. The learners are encouraged to evolve into having the ability to study independently – attaining all of the necessary skills to excel. The achievement of this is evident through the top achievers the school has produced, many going on to become successful in their careers as professionals and entrepreneurs. This outcome is espoused through a focus on leadership development.The academic focus is balanced with a rich sporting and cultural extra-mural calendar, including football, netball, athletics, chess, computer club, ballet, choir and orchestra, karate, tennis, belly dancing and a number of remedial classes. The sporting facilities at Houghton are fully-equipped and well-maintained. Among the sporting alumni, the school boasts a South African cricketer as well as football players representing a number of professional clubs, including Kaizer Chiefs and Silver Stars.

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