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Reflecting on 23 years of growth

‘Excited footsteps and expectant little faces’

During the Covid-19 pandemic Wembley College in Greytown has been involved in online learning with great success. Even when the future looks uncertain, we are confident of Wembley’s offering, as the children are keen to learn, are well-spoken and confident, caring individuals, writes JULIE GOBLE, who has been with the school since its opening in 1998.

Julie Goble.

“Having been part of the Wembley Foundation Phase since our opening in 1998, I have been enormously proud of the sustained growth in our area. Having started with just Grades 1, 2 and 3, we opened our first Grade R in 2001 and shortly after that the first Grade RRs began in 2004.

Stunning views

“Once Wembley College’s numbers grew even further, plans were afoot for a larger campus. It made perfect sense for the Junior Primary pupils to move further up the hill to make their own noise and have their own space. At the beginning of 2012, the Grade 1, 2 and 3s started the new year in beautiful, sunny classrooms with stunning views.

“We did not rest long on our laurels before ground was broken for a new pre-school area, even further up the hill. In April 2013, these beautiful classes opened with an even more spectacular view. This section is extremely independent, with its own jungle gym, parking, kitchen and it is safely fenced off. It now houses Grades RRRR (for 2-3-year-olds) right up to Grade RR. There is also a psychomotor room of which we are very proud. Mrs Joma van Rooyen has been heading up this section for the last two years.

“This part of the school is always characterised by peals of laughter, excited footsteps and expectant little faces just bursting to tell us something. It is an absolute joy to work with these little souls who wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Wembley’s juniors tap into online learning

“We have established ourselves as a school that delivers quality education to the local community. The Grades R, 1, 2 and 3 follow the Cambridge syllabus and the Grade 3s write Cambridge Progression Tests in maths, science and English at the end of the year.

“I would like to end with a quote from our beloved former president Nelson Mandela – ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.'”


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