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.
Lunch at Mike’s Kitchen:
On Monday 7 July, 2014, the matric girls from Masibambane College and Barnato Park High School were treated to lunch at Mike’s kitchen. They arrived at Roedean, all dressed up and very excited. They were each told that they had an allocated amount that they were allowed to spend and they had to budget their meal accordingly. What followed was a lunch to remember – filled with much chatting, fun and laughter with all the girls thoroughly enjoying their meal.
Goody bags for the Matric Girls:
With final exam preparations underway, all the Matric Girls were given a stationery study goody bag to assist them with studying and writing their final exams. They were thrilled that they could enter exams with brand new stationery.
James Ralph (Pty) Ltd kindly donated 40 new Scientific Casio calculators for the Grade 10 and 11 Academy pupils. In addition to the calculator, Astrid Scheiber from James Ralph (Pty) Ltd came and gave the girls a training session on how to use their new calculators. The girls came away from the training session excited and inspired.
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”