Holy Family College, Independent Co-Educational Catholic School in Glenmore, Durban, turns 146 this year.  This milestone will be celebrated by our school community throughout the year. Our theme for 2021 is:  “A treasure beyond compare” Matthew 13:44

At the beginning of 2021, we started our celebration year with our traditional bell ringing ceremony, to welcome all our new learners into the family. Over the years our school has become the hub of education as the means of developing our learners’ greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.

Motto “Quid Retribuam” meaning “what shall I render; whom may I serve”.  All of us as teachers and parents – want our children to be inspired, to be challenged, to be active participants in their own learning. And here’s why this matters so much: Every child – every learner — deserves an education that will prepare our children for the future. And more and more, success in the real world won’t be just about what you know, but what you can do with what you know.

At Holy Family College, we strive to develop our learners’ ability to make connections among ideas, to communicate them, and to be able to work in diverse groups to create, to analyse, and to find solutions to complex problems. We are excited to be in the lead with our newly established STEAM LAB enabling our learners’ ability to understand technology not as an end in itself, but as a tool for a task.

Yes, knowledge matters, but not in a vacuum. It has to be connected with inquiry and problem solving. Those skills we realise will be precious currency for young people who might change jobs a dozen or more times across their careers. And the best jobs for our children, will actually be the jobs they invent themselves.

Fluency with critical thinking, readiness for life-long learning – that’s what will matter. That is part of the vision we want for our children here at Holy Family College.

Making that happen is going to take great effort, with little steps leading to big ones. Therefore, to prepare our children for the real future that they’ll face, we are changing education. It has to evolve. We are working to usher in the changes in our school in our approach to teaching/ learning, as we take teaching and learning to greater heights … preparing our learners for the 21st Century not just with cognitive but also hand and heart aspects as well, integrating moral, ethical and social cohesion…. for a greater Africa and citizen.

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