Calling Education develops the most relevant model of providing high quality education to learners from low income communities for South Africa.
- Open a low fee independent English medium high school for boys outside Stellenbosch.
- Provide thought leadership in the field of low fee education.
- Grow the Calling Education school chain.
- Provide teacher development to help raise the bar in South African education and to help Christian teachers live their callings.
Calling Education is a non-profit company with a Christian foundation and ethos. The very name of the school reflects that the school’s origin is in the calling of the Lord. The Christian ethos of the school ties in strongly with the drive for relevance as we strive to help boys see their lives in the context of this calling.
All boys are expected to buy into an ethos of hard work and dedication in the light of a personal vision of life. Furthermore, respect for and kindness towards adults and each other is a crucial part of the school’s ethos. Gratefulness is strongly encouraged in learners.
For the sake of clarity, it is important to unpack the implications of the school’s Christian ethos (the full Religious Policy is available on request):
- The school has no formal denominational links or church affiliations.
- Regular chapel or church services are not held as part of the school programme. However, services might be held at special occasions where attendance could be compulsory.
- While all learners are exposed to Christian teaching, no-one is forced to adopt Christian beliefs. Presenters and leaders are encouraged to be true to the Christian message, but they are simultaneously sensitised to the diverse belief systems of the learners.
- Academic excellence is not sacrificed to pursue a religious agenda.
- Critical thinking and open-mindedness are encouraged and specifically developed at the school. Engagement with the issues of broader society and an awareness of what takes place in the world are important to the school’s learning outcomes.
- There is no discrimination in the admissions process on the basis of religion.
Furthermore, the Christian ethos of the school includes, but is not limited to:
- Sincere Christian beliefs held by the majority of the staff
- A Christian foundation to the weekly Connect Groups
- A biblical framework for some enrichment modules such as Future Fathers
- Presence of visual Christian material in the school facilities
- Teachers are granted liberty to share their faith in accordance with the guidelines provided by the school’s Religious Policy
- Bible readings, Christian messages and prayers will be encouraged in assembly meetings and register teachers will be afforded the liberty to do the same at the start of school days in keeping with the school’s Religious Policy