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Letter from the Head – September 2019

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[ Download letter as a PDF ] 7 September 2019 Dear Oakhill parents and friends In the past week, as a school community, we joined hundreds of other educational institutions and millions of individuals in expressing our deep sadness and anger about the detestable endemic abuse of women and children, nearly exclusively by men. The reality of […]

Letter from the Head of School – August 2019

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[ Download letter as a PDF ] 19 August 2019 Dear Oakhill Parents and Friends Simon Sinek, who is an internationally recognised authority on building healthy organisational cultures, emphasises the importance of ‘knowing your why’. Over the past few weeks, a number of initiatives at Oakhill truly inspired me because I observed our students’ authentic participation, which […]

Letter from the Head of School – July 2019

[ Download letter as a PDF ] 18 July 2019 Dear Oakhill parents, staff and friends Welcome to our spring term – can you believe it? I do hope that you managed to wind down and reconnect with loved  ones during the winter vacation and that the time of rest rejuvenated you, and especially your children. If […]

Letter from the Head of School – April 2019

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[ Download letter as a PDF ] 12 April 2019 Dear Oakhill Parents and Friends The first term lies behind us and it is quite astonishing to note how much was learnt, experienced and achieved in the ten weeks it has spanned.  The next ten are excitedly anticipated, as the school calendar reveals that we […]

Letter from the Head of School – December 2018

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[Download letter as a PDF] 3 December 2018 Dear Oakhill Parents and Friends A good university friend of mine, who often did not make it to the first lecture of the day and never to the first one of the week, used to say, “It’s not how you start that matters; it’s how you finish!” […]

Letter from the Head of School – September 2018

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[Download letter as a PDF] 20 September 2018 Dear Oakhill Parents and Friends Spring has sprung, albeit mostly on the calendar here in Knysna! The change of season is an indicator that our planet has orbited into an exciting position in the solar system. Down South, there is an optimism around this time of the […]

Letter from the Head – May 2018

[Download letter as a PDF] 14 May 2018 Dear Oakhill parents and friends It is hard to believe that we are nearly a month into the second term. It has indeed been an eventful first term but the second is never a slow ride either. Apart from it being an exam term, there is also much […]

Letter from the Head – January 2018

[Download as a PDF] 22 January 2018 Dear Oakhill parents and friends Here’s to a prosperous and happy 2018!  In addition to the usual challenges, achievements and the pace at a busy school, the 2017 journey took us through twists and turns of a scale and nature that we could never have foreseen.  Yet, our […]

It Takes a Village …

Zolani Jenteza and his family with the incredible volunteers that refurbished his new home (Copy)

Head of School, Jannie de Villiers, recently wrote a wonderful article for the Summer 2017 edition of Independent Education Magazine. Read the pages below or view online on the ISASA website.

College Celebration of Excellence Address

October 2017 Chairman of the Board, Mr Foyn, and Mrs Foyn, other members of the Board, distinguished guests, parents, staff and College students, I thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you on this exquisite day. On Thursday 7th June, the school day started at 07:40, as per usual, with only a […]

Letter from the Head – August 2017

[Download as a PDF] August 2017 Dear Oakhill Parents and Friends Time In the first assembly of the term, I spoke to the school about time. Nothing new about this theme but it remains one of the most common ‘small talk’ topics of modern people, after the weather and traffic, of course. I am delighted that, since […]

Follow up Fire Letter: 23 June 2017

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[Download letter as a PDF] 23 June 2017 Dear Oakhill Parents and Friends I am writing to you with immense gratitude for things that we usually take for granted here at school but also for the kindness and generosity which were the first green sprouts to grow out of the ashes of devastation that was left by […]

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