Introduction

College

Derek Bradley<br>Headmaster

Derek Bradley
Headmaster

Woodridge College is a private, co-educational school situated between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay along the beautiful sunshine coast on the southeastern seaboard of South Africa. Woodridge offers a rigorous academic programme with a focus on innovative learning experiences and holistic education alongside an extensive sporting, cultural and outdoor education curriculum.  The awe-inspiring 365-acre estate has been utilised to accommodate a myriad of sporting activities which includes hockey, rugby, cricket, water polo, netball, tennis, squash as well as running and mountain biking trails and an equestrian centre.  The Woodridge Equestrian Centre is a top-class riding facility with excellent livery and arena areas.  The beautiful, unique location of the school allows for a diversity of educational activities that challenge children ranging from hiking, abseiling, scuba diving, canoeing to debating, Olympiads and the ‘Knock on Wood’ Arts festival.

Woodridge College offers co-ed boarding school facilities for both boys and girls in various residences on the estate. A number of our boarders are from neighbouring African countries and overseas so termly, as well as weekly, boarding is offered.  Day scholars from surrounding areas have the opportunity to make use of a daily bus service to and from the school.

Staff members guide our wilderness excursions, which include backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, cycling and exploring the unique geography, history and ecology of the gorges and mountains in this area.  Students take on leadership roles as their skills advance.  Relationships created during the trips are based on open communication and mutual respect, fostered within a nurturing community. These friendships are enduring, both between students and the staff.

Woodridge College is classified as an IEB school in that it offers exit examinations through the Independent Examinations Board (affiliated to ISASA).  The College offers a diversity of subjects including Advanced Programme Mathematics and Advanced Programme English as well as foreign languages, drama and music.  Our music department presents specialised instruction in a wide-range of instruments and we have an impressive array of ensembles available to students including the choir, a cappella, steelband, marimba, wind and rock band.  The school prides itself on providing a true holistic education with so many opportunities to excel in a wide variety of disciplines.  Children are at the centre of all school activities.  This is evident as pupils play music for assemblies, organise an annual Earth Hour concert and initiate community service programmes where teachers offer support and guidance.  Student initiatives are encouraged and supported by the Trust, management, parents and teachers.   

Academic excellence is of integral importance and we strive to provide the platform for students to exit Woodridge College as resilient and adaptable individuals who will be good citizens of our wonderful country.  We believe that our extensive outdoor education programmes, alongside the demands on the sports field and in the classroom, provide a platform for all our students to achieve such goals.  We are fortunate to have dedicated and passionate coaches on the sports field to assist our sportsmen and women to achieve their full potential.  What makes our school unique is the diversity of both provincial and national sporting representatives who fly the flag for Woodridge, both locally and abroad.  We encourage an active, healthy lifestyle and, as such, participation in sport is a prerequisite. 

Our extensive outdoor programme is designed not only to expose our students to our unique environment but also is intended to develop:

Our Inter-house outdoor education day and the annual Van Stadens River Race are highlights of our calendar that, once again, add to the unique educational experience on offer.

The school also has a Surf Lifesaving Club which currently serves the community of St Francis Bay and competes at the highest level at national championships.  Our Club has a longstanding reputation for voluntary service and rescues along our coastline. 

A sanatorium, with qualified nursing sisters, is situated on campus to facilitate the needs of our pupils and staff.

Woodridge College is truly a unique school and so many of our past pupils acknowledge the impact that such an educational experience has had on their successful lives.

At Woodridge, we value an open and cooperative relationship between parents and staff. It is therefore important to ensure that the school has your correct contact details. In an attempt to streamline our communication we will be moving over from the D6 School Communicator to the Engage Parent Portal. More information about the Engage Parent Portal can be accessed here 

The Engage Parent Portal will be rolled out grade by grade from the start of the first term in 2020. The school will communicate the process with parents, however, we kindly request your patience in this regard. In the interim, all communication will be emailed to parents, with important documents and policies placed on the website under Term Dates & Documents

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