Changing Lives through Education
The Roedean Academy is an initiative spearheaded by Roedean School (SA) that aims to provide additional tuition for Scholars from under-resourced schools.
We have established a world class training environment which is sustainable and which is having a significant influence on South Africa’s English, Mathematics and Physical Science education for girls from under resourced communities. We have partnered with the neighbouring Barnato Park High School and Masibambane College in Orange Farm to provide tuition in Mathematics, English and Physical Science to 92 girls from Grade 8 – 12.
During the School year, girls attend the program on various afternoons per week. Keeping the class size to a maximum of 20, the girls are tutored in Mathematics, Physical Science and English by dedicated Roedean staff, using Roedean’s facilities. Time is also set aside to use the computer room for research and to complete school assignments.
Launched in 2009, this is a life changing programme and the success of the academy has been encouraging. Two of our past students have been awarded full bursaries for tertiary education. Other girls have gone on to study Education with the view to becoming teachers. These girls have been able to use the platform of the Academy to launch the start of successful careers.
We also reflect with pride the measured improvement that we see in English, Mathematics, and Physical Science marks, as we track our girls’ progress over the years. The Academy changes lives; each pupil receives individual care and attention, and the resulting development is difficult to measure adequately, but very inspiring to witness.
The Roedean Academy is sponsored by donations from companies wishing to invest in the future of education. We extend particular thanks to Bidvest Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, The Fraay Institute and Anglo American Chairman’s Fund. for their very generous sponsorship and to Netsurit, McCormick Marketing and James Ralph (Pty) Ltd for their generous donations. Without our sponsors support, this would not be possible.
What we provide at the Academy
- • We provide additional tuition in English, Mathematics and Physical Science.
- • Enrichment afternoons are arranged once per term
- • Our Grade 11 pupils participate in psychometric testing to assist with career choices
- • Our Grade 11 pupils attend a careers evening
- • Our Grade 12 pupils attend a 5 day study camp
- • Use of computer tablets are provided for the girls
- • Use of the Roedean School (SA) library
- • Assistance with University and Bursary applications
- • Transport is provided for the girls
- • All girls are given a hot lunch
- • An all weather jacket is provided for all pupils from Grade 10 upwards
- • Stationery is provided
- • Study Guides are provided
- • Access to IT including internet and library
- • Access to resources used in teaching English, Mathematics and Physical Science
- • Prize giving and a certificate of participation at the end of the year
In 2013, we extended the programme in Mathematics to Grade 8 and Grade 9 Barnato Park High School girls. They have now been attending Mathematics lessons twice each week. These girls are making progress using the MyMaths online programme as well as with extra lessons given by Roedean teachers.
A Teachers Perspective:
Rose Karam (Roedean School SA Mathematics Teacher and Roedean Academy Teacher)
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ― Socrates
I am in my 5th year of teaching the girls from the Academy, and would like to share my personal experience. The famous quote, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin) comes to mind when I reflect on the students I have encountered.
Needless to say, I am so impressed with the Academy pupil’s commitment and dedication. They come to Roedean after a full day at their school and they sit eagerly, waiting to absorb as much as they can.
It has been a very exciting passage, to watch the girls grow in confidence and achieve improved results. However, the real value is not only reflected in their marks, but in their mannerisms and optimism. Suddenly a new world opens up to them and their ambitions are fired to achieve the best they can; and yet they remain humble.
From a personal perspective, it has been a pleasure to grow with these young woman. I look forward to their continued progress. How inspiring the words of Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. I truly hope that I can continue to make a difference to the young girls I encounter and thereby make a small impact on the future of Mathematics in our beloved South Africa
Comments from the Academy pupils
“Thank you for believing in us and in our dreams. This is a life time opportunity and I am so happy to be part of this.”
“I feel privileged to be part of a programme that has enhanced and shaped my life in all sorts of ways”
“Thank you for the opportunity to experience a high class education. It has given me the chance to improve in most of my subjects and especially in Science”
“I sincerely thank you for the love and care in building a firm foundation for my future. The Academy has opened my eyes to view the world positively”