The task of selecting a High School for your child is both a challenging and emotional one.
I am of the firm belief that most schools can fulfil your expectations, but that choosing the right school for your child will ensure a happy, positive, and inspiring High School experience. A happy child, comfortable with, yet challenged by, his surroundings is best positioned to not only succeed, but excel.
Each and every one of our students forms an integral part of our Woodlands family, along with our innovative, dedicated and experienced teaching staff and supportive parent body.
In the Senior College – which since 2015 has included Grade 7 students – we are guided by five key tenets:
Realising academic excellence
We are extremely proud of our year-upon-year 100% IEB Matric pass rate, with the prestigious accolade of achieving a 100% Bachelor Degree pass in 2016. And rightfully so – the calibre of students who graduate from Woodlands can hold their heads up high in both their tertiary education and their workplace.
To ensure that academic excellence is realised, participation in English, Mathematics and Science Olympiads is encouraged. We offer AP English and Mathematics, SAGE Pastel and Colour Accounting. Our Senior College staff work consistently and systematically to ensure that they raise the academic bar to the highest level possible for each student and encourage a culture of diligence and self-discipline .
Through technology in the classroom students are introduced to tools and techniques that will make them question and challenge, inspire creativity and sustain enthusiasm throughout their school career.
Fulfilling cultural dreams
You only have to be fortunate enough to have witnessed a production, house play, debate, public speaking competition or Eisteddfod, listened to our marimbas and song group, or marveled at artworks by our students to appreciate the abundant and prolific cultural talent that inheres at Woodlands.
Achieving sporting prowess
All students are encouraged to participate in a sport of their choice. Becoming an accomplished team – or individual – player is instilled by promoting a winning sporting attitude, engendering a respect for traditions and rules, and the honing of game skills and proficiencies through Inter House, School, Provincial and National sport.
Going Beyond Academics
There is so much more on offer at Woodlands than academic pursuit. Through encouraging each student to explore the diverse activities afforded by the Senior College, we seek to turn out well-rounded and engaging individuals. Our weekly Enrichment Programme is a highlight on the calendar of our students: fishing, dance, yoga, reading class, box fit, photography, origami and self-defense are just a few of the stimulating activities to choose from.
Engaging the community
At Woodlands interaction with the surrounding community is a priority. In the Senior College we have both a Student Representative Council (SRC) and Rotary Interact. Our students believe strongly in community involvement. Their generosity is outstanding in showing love, care and integrity while doing good for others – this all falls under the umbrella of our Humanitarian Charter.
Our students are exposed to the exciting world of work through our Work Shadow Experience, given meaningful career guidance and assisted with the difficult task of choosing subjects – in short, they are skilled not only for school, but for life itself.
The Matric Farewell is high on the list in the students’ Matric year, as is the Matric Valedictory. It is at the Valedictory that our students are honoured for a myriad of achievements – academics, cultural, sport, leadership and service. This is a celebration of their years spent in High School – an emotional tradition where they leave behind their school shoes and exit through a Guard of Honour (made up of staff and students) which signifies moving on to the next phase in their lives.
Our Alumni matriculants have made their mark – they are confident, have been given the best possible preparation for life and happily return to visit and update us on their wonderful achievements.
I feel very privileged to be the Principal of Woodlands Senior College, and invite you to catch a glimpse of our school through the pages of this website; better still, why not make an appointment for a private viewing by contacting the Admissions Secretary.
Principal of the Senior College