Head’s Philosophy

Whole child education happens in the broadest sense of the word at Oakhill and this involves much more than the excellent academic standards we maintain. From Grade 000 to Grade 12 we strive to ignite the imaginations of our pupils by encouraging them to explore and discover, question and create – to experience the joy of learning. It is a unique journey for each child towards developing identity and reaching their potential. We believe that every child has the ability to learn but not necessarily in the same way as the next one.

This is why educators at Oakhill are encouraged to teach the way their pupils learn, rather than expecting them to learn the way we teach. This does not mean that the process is unstructured – on the contrary. It means the we as educators are constantly reflecting on our pedagogy and questioning the content of the curriculum we offer. We are privileged to enjoy a technology rich school environment which offers the opportunity for innovative teaching and learning.

Outside the classroom, we have an educational agenda that reaches far beyond the obsession with winning that is too often prevalent in schools nowadays. We play to win, but not at all cost, and strive for excellence but not perfection. We encourage our pupils to have a balanced extra mural involvement which includes sport and the arts and we pride ourselves in the fact that the fields and the stages at Oakhill are equally vibrant spaces. Here our pupils learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, perseverance, resilience and how to handle victory, defeat, applause and disappointment in an appropriate way.

We want to inspire each child to take a keen interest in the complex world they inhabit and the people with whom they share it. To modern children this is the world of social media, technology and rapid change where anything is possible. We are telling our pupils that they do not have to wait to grow up before they can make a difference in the world. They could well come up with solutions to the big social and environmental challenges threatening our population and planet today. They could be the creators of the next fantastic concept that could take the world by storm. We want our pupils to grow in the values they choose as guiding posts in their lives so that they can fulfil their role in society and make a difference in the wider community.

Oakhill follows the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) syllabus which maintains international university entrance standards. We take very seriously our responsibility to provide excellence in preparing our senior pupils for their NSC examinations. Internationally, a school leaver’s certificate is regarded as very important for accessing tertiary education and even the world of work. The South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) is accepted as a credible qualification by South African and international universities, provided that the results achieved by candidates are good enough. It is therefore imperative to us that Oakhill pupils leave school with the best possible matric results. We are proud of the excellent results our students have achieved, year after year, since the inception of the school, thanks to exceptional teachers who will leave no stone unturned in the guidance and support of their students.

We are celebrating Oakhill’s 25th anniversary this year and will be doing so with gratitude and pride as we reflect on the journey since the inception of the school. Still true to the vision of the founding members we send out young people from Oakhill who are well rounded citizens with the ability to think for themselves and the heart to care for others and the environment. We send them out to be difference makers in a future world holding exponential change, massive challenges and unlimited opportunity.

Jannie de Villiers
Head of School



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