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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 our previous principal, Mr Bartie.
Under the leadership of Mr J.L Maré and the deputy principal, Mrs M. Schaller, 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. 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.”
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