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Education - so much more than books

General Smuts High School has throughout its 61 years of existence striven to cultivate well-rounded learners who are willing and able to contribute to the world in a positive and constructive way. In the past General Smuts has produced many leaders in all fields of national and international society, and this tradition of excellence remains an integral part of the Smutsie life today.

Despite the rock solid foundation that General Smuts has to build on the school is not immune to the challenges education faces in our country and indeed the world of today. The world has become intensely competitive and dynamic and this constant change touches the lives of learners and educators alike. “It has become imperative that the Education system in South Africa equips learners with the skills necessary to survive in this ever-changing environment where many uncertainties and challenges sometimes overwhelm our young people”, said Mr Bartie, Principal of General Smuts.

Front: Mr R.B. Bartie (Principal), Mrs M. Schaller (Deputy Principal), Mr K. Mare (Deputy Principal) Back: Mr A. Minnie (Grounds Manager)

 Under the leadership of Mr Bartie and the deputy principals, Mrs M. Schaller and Mr K. Mare, the educators of General Smuts have committed themselves to not only academic and sporting excellence but also other activities that serve to develop skills and most importantly, nurture a sense of self-worth in learners. Mr Bartie further explained that building up learner self-worth is what motivates the educators to encourage as many learners as possible to participate in a variety of extra-mural and extra-curricular activities. “Learners with a strong sense of self and a positive self-image, do not seek validation in negative activities and behaviour. They are able to contribute to the building and maintaining of a successful society.”

Some of the many activities that the school undertook in recent years afforded learners the opportunity to meet some of South Africa’s most positive role models and leaders.

Every year the Peermont Schools’ Support Programme (PSSP), hosts the Human Rights Public Speaking Competition at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. This prestigious event is judged by retired Constitutional Court Judges and various South African public figures and celebrities. General Smuts High School has consistently done well in this inspiring initiative.

 

Clifford Elk (PSSP), Judge Yusuf Yacoob (former constitutional court judge) Lindiwe Khumalo (senior champion 2014), Heather Venables (public speaking judge), Natasha Bihlmaier (junior champion 2014),