Striving for Excellence
At Thembelihle, we strive to be excellent in all areas of education by:
Providing for the development of each child’s spiritual, academic, cultural, sporting and social skills.
Motivating each child to reach their full potential.
Achieving an academic standard of value.
Ensuring teaching principles are based on respect for human dignity, the achievement of equality, the advancement of human rights and unconditional acceptance.
Radiating a caring attitude toward all learners and focusing on the needs of the individual learner.
Striving toward the participation, support and full involvement of each family.
We are busy with the development of an overall learning assessment tool which will assist our educators with results of our children, not only while they are at Thembelihle but in high school too. For now, the progress of our children, past and present, speaks volumes.
We are extremely proud of the fact that 98% of our past pupils have not dropped out of high-school, compared to only 65% of pupils at government schools.
At the age of 8, amidst hundreds of children waiting for a weekly food parcel Noluthando was noticed as she was shunned by the other children as she was severely cross eyed. Our staff immediately assisted her by taking her to see an ophthalmic surgeon who performed life-changing surgery to her eyes. She is now in grade 6 despite only having been in school for 3 years and is excelling not only academically but in all spheres of her life. In the last 2 years she has increased both her Maths and English marks by over 30% and is achieving above the grade average.
Jojo came to South Africa from the DRC with his parents as refugees seeking a better life. Jojo is shy and reserved but extremely ambitious and conscientious in his studies where his academic achievements are highly commendable. When provided with the opportunity to run at the Thembelihle sports day he showed great promise that was noticed and encouraged by his teacher and sports coach. Despite running bare foot, he broke the provincial records for the 100 and 200 meters earning his provincial colours in athletics and was awarded the Best Sportsman Accolade in Kwa-Zulu Natal. He has subsequently participated in a National athletics event.He will be moving onto a prestigious high school with a full scholarship in 2019.
Our academic results indicate that our pupils have the motivation and character to succeed. Measurement of the achievement of our Grade 4 and 7 learners, showed that they performed 15-20% better in English, Mathematics and Science, than learners at comparable state schools. English literacy showed the greatest success with our learners on par or better than, South African learners who speak English as their first language.
Four of our 2019 Grade 7 learners received substantial bursaries to Independent High Schools for the entirety of their high school career. Celenhle Makhayathini and Sisanda Snezelo Madlala (Durban Girls College), Alwande Aneliswa Ndlovu (Treverton College) and Thulasande Mnikathi (Grace College). Our past learners already at high school perform best in English, followed by Mathematics, Physical Science, Engineering and Graphic Design, with their results at least 10% higher than their classmates.
During 2019 we were grateful to receive corporate sponsorship to employ a head of Science and Technology and Head of Art and Drama. Both teachers have been instrumental in helping with the school expansion and ensured that all equipment needed in their departments was acquired and introduced innovative teaching strategies.
Thembelihle boasts the most resourced Primary School Science laboratory in our area. Our modern design layout ensures that all children can actively participate in classroom discussions and group scientific experiments.
Custom-made science stools permit children freedom to move around to do experiments and to gather at the front workstation to view investigations and connect with the subject material. All models and biology replicas are constantly on display and can be viewed and investigated when needed. In 2019, our Grade 4 class average in science was 68% compared to 35% in other state schools and that of Grade 7 was 65% compared to 48% in other state schools.
2019's goal was to 'develop learners who are curious, disciplined, focused, creative, collaborative, able to perform under pressure, to improvise and apply their critical thinking skills'. A classroom routine was developed that used mindfulness practices and drama games to develop focus, coordination, memory and collaboration. Projects were often started with a story, which helps to develop the imagination and the concept of a narrative.
Sport is an essential part of the holistic educational programme offered at the School. In 2019 all our teams excelled. Our boys’ teams excelled in field hockey and cricket and our girls’ teams in soccer and netball games. The girls won 60% of their soccer matches and 63% of their netball matches, while the boys won 37% of their soccer matches, 69% of their hockey matches and 83% of their cricket matches.
Five of our athletes won district school races (80, 100 and 150 meters). Another five athletes came in 2nd or 3rd place. This is the highest number of athletes we have had compete at this level (against local schools in the KZN Midlands).
I also received many opportunities to play sport
and to sing in the choir. My time there inspired
me to work hard and so that I can achieve my
dream of becoming a chartered accountant.