Woodridge

WELCOME

We are proud to show you many of the excellent opportunities Woodridge College has to offer to pupils. For years, our school has provided a high-quality IEB education, as we have consistently produced remarkable pupils who have gone on to achieve success in their chosen fields.

Our history and our unique offering are two things of which we are proud. Together with our core values of honesty, respect, integrity and positivity, these aspects underpin all our work to achieve the Woodridge vision. At Woodridge College, we strive for academic excellence. Our facilities, teaching techniques and curriculum are designed to provide pupils with the skills, attitudes and knowledge they will need to be global citizens of the future. Simultaneously, our supportive and friendly environment will encourage them to be the best that they can be.

Complementing our academic programs is an exciting range of sporting, cultural and outdoor adventure pursuits. All these opportunities are supported by a motivated staff, infrastructure and the philosophy of teaching that increasingly allows pupils to learn anytime, anywhere. 

Our school motto in Latin is ‘Fideliter’- Faithfully. This maxim is certainly appropriate as we move into a time of uncertainty. Our pupils’ education at Woodridge provides a solid foundation for the next part of their journey after school.

Luke Hartley
COLLEGE HEADMASTER

FACILITIES

As a private, co-educational school situated between Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) and Jeffreys Bay along the beautiful sunshine coast on the southeastern seaboard of South Africa, Woodridge College offers a rigorous academic programme focusing on innovative learning experiences and holistic education alongside an extensive sporting, cultural and outdoor education curriculum.

An awe-inspiring 365-acre estate has been utilised to accommodate many sporting activities, including hockey, rugby, cricket, water polo, netball, tennis, squash, running and mountain biking trails, and an equestrian centre. 

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ACADEMICS

At Woodridge College, we strive to provide pupils with a stimulating academic environment that enables achievement to the best of their ability. Our underlying values are discipline, accountability, commitment, honesty and mutual respect. We prioritise and protect academic time and provide regular and meaningful communication regarding the capabilities and performance of each pupil to enhance the quality of their learning.

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THE ARTS

The arts are an essential element of education, as much as reading, writing and mathematics. Music, fine arts, drama and dance, are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment. The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.

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OUR SPORT

Sport is a vital part of the Woodridge College curriculum to promote physical development and coordination, build character and nurturing self-confidence. While we believe that competing against other schools encourages the development of self-control, cooperation, loyalty, unselfishness, determination, commitment, leadership, teamwork and initiative, we also feel that sport should be played for the right reasons, with enjoyment being a priority.

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outdoor education

Our outdoor education programme aims to expose pupils to various activities. Nurturing
and appreciating nature helps pupils overcome personal fears and develop self-discipline,
responsibility and leadership qualities in a healthy environment.

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WOODRIDGE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Our formal focus starts with a Grade 10 Leadership Day, where the focus is on the context of small groups. This builds from the experiences of pupils in the classroom, sports fields and camps. Chairing meetings, captaining teams or leading a hike are all opportunities to complete a task while influencing others positively. A combination of short talks and group activities allows us to build each pupil's skills practically.

Our Grade 11 year includes a Leadership Camp as well as increased opportunities with our Adventure Programme . Grade 11s are given a chance to submit a public manifesto when they put themselves forward for the role of Prefect during the 3rd Term. We emphasise  the concept of servant leadership, requiring our leaders to act in the school's best interests. The importance of shared values and the resultant culture of the school is discussed and affirmed.

Prefects meet regularly as a group and are tasked with several tasks to assist with the effective running of the school. A number of evening workshops and input from senior staff members complement increased opportunities to make significant contributions to school life, especially in public settings such as assemblies and events. Boarding Matrics can serve as Dorm Seniors and are thus expected to maintain order and a sense of belonging for boarders in the junior grades. Prefects are under the guidance of the Director of Student Affairs and the Deputy Headmaster while Hostel Leaders enjoy the input of their House Parents and
the Head of Boarding.

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