Plettenberg Bay Christian School - Building Character through Bible-Based Education

Private Property South Africa
Claire Fraser

Located off the N2 towards Knysna on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay Christian School follows the highly successful, internationally acclaimed, ACE School of Tomorrow Curriculum.

ACE recognises the different learning abilities and styles of the individual student, allowing them to progress at their own performance level. This minimises the impact other students may have on overall learning. Results are measurable through the means of constant checks and balances. These ensure the student masters their work before progressing – learning being the constant and time the variable. Central to the ACE methodology is the development of important goal setting techniques and critical thinking skills enabling learners attain their best. All these skills, begun as early as Level 1, will prove invaluable during the course of their tertiary and professional lives.

At Plettenberg Bay Christian School, learners are given the opportunity to flourish in a structured environment founded upon care. The focus is on the development of character. The intent is the spiritual and educational enrichment of all learners. The result is the holistic development of learners into able, principled individuals with high moral values and Godly character. Thus they are able to make a meaningful contribution to society throughout their lives. The school body is a responsible, moral group of Christian youth with a Biblical World View.

The ACE School of Tomorrow Curriculum meets the National Curriculum Statement requirements. Plettenberg Bay Christian School writes a Christian based, Umalusi accredited, National Senior Certificate, enabling students to enter the University of their choosing. Plettenberg Bay Christian School is producing a growing number of graduates who go on to pursue degrees in a diversity of fields including, medical, finance, business and community services at prestigious institutions such as Stellenbosch, Bloemfontein and Cape Town Universities, to name a few. Students have also excelled at writing the SAT papers and as a result, some have been approached by top overseas Universities. A past student is studying Political Science, in Austria, at the University of Vienna.

Plettenberg Bay Christian School has an up to date Computer Lab, applying the “Computers 4 Kids” and “IT School innovation” programs, teaching basic computer skills and preparing Level 12 learners for their NSC Computer Application Technology exams. This enhances the classroom experience of all learners, and provides them with the grounding they need to become familiar with this important element of schooling and life.

The highlight for all ACE high school students is the annual “All Africa Student Convention”, which takes place at Bloemfontein University every October. This gives learners a chance to compete in a variety of sports, academics and cultural events, including music, dance, drama and the arts). Plettenberg Bay Christian School students have received hundreds of medals over the years at the “AASC”, including the much-coveted and highly prestigious CAP award for the best overall student (2009). Based upon these successes, many Plettenberg Bay Christian School students have been awarded the right to represent South Africa at the ACE International Students’ Convention in America, where they compete with students from around the world.

Plettenberg Bay Christian School also provides swimming, athletics, soccer, netball, hockey, volleyball, table tennis and squash as sporting activities. Students are also encouraged to participate in other individual sports such as gymnastics, tennis and equestrian. The cultural calendar includes worship, dance, drama, media and photography. Learners are encouraged to participate in as many different disciplines for their overall creativity.

Learners are further involved in socially responsible projects such as food drives, local feeding schemes, Sterreweg School for the Handicapped and fundraising for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, NSRI, Genesis Farm Foster Home and PAWS as well as helping start a mission school in Knysna. As a school of Christian character, this is a pivotal element in keeping with the school’s ethos.

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