Wembley College 20-Year Anniversary

2017-08-30 06:02

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Louise Yeadon

IN 1997 many significant things happened in the world. Princess Diana unexpectedly dies in a car crash, Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule, and the Mars pathfinder lands on Mars. Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone is published by JK Rowling. Tony Blair becomes the prime minister of Britain, 70 people, including 60 foreign tourists, are gunned down by Islamic extremists in Egypt. Titanic, the film is launched on the big screen. Steve Jobs is named co-founder of Apple. Mother Teresa dies. The base version of the WiFi standard is first released.

In a small town in South Africa, a Cambridge school called Wembley College is founded by Dot and Brian Corbishley. The school is the brainchild of Brian Corbishley, who believes education is going to transform South Africa. There is going to be a need for education excellence. This prophecy has borne fruit 20 years later.

What is going on in the world today? Donald Trump is inaugurated as the president of America. We lose our founder Brian Corbishley. The Arctic records its lowest winter ice cover according to US National Snow and Ice data, terrorist attack on London's Westminster bridge, Bob Dylan receives the Nobel prize for literature, Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election, Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 billion, the Western Cape is declared a drought disaster, suicide bombings in Manchester. Elon Musk launches the third Tesla electronic car. Michael Yeadon becomes the chairman of Wembley College.

Things are changing all the time. The world is unpredictable and no one knows what the world will look like in five years' time, never mind another 20 years. We need a stable education system that will prepare our pupil for change and adaptation. Our Cambridge system has brought this ethos to the forefront of learning.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Wembley College. At its inception in 1997, Wembley was one of a few Cambridge schools in South Africa. The Cambridge system in 1997 was ranked fifth in the world and in 2017 it is still ranked fifth in the world, 20 years later. Some things stay the same.

Hundreds of pupils have been transformed and grown through being in the Cambridge system. Many of our pupils are now professionals in various positions all over the world. We pride ourselves on a system that teaches pupil to be independent thinkers coping in many different environments.

What has changed at our school in 20 years? Our facilities have been upgraded year on year. We are constantly striving to become better. Our school is an asset to our community. It attracts pupils to Greytown. Local families have an opportunity to send their children to a school which upholds international standards.

Brian and Dot Corbishley, our founders, wanted to keep families together and the school allows pupils to stay close to home.

We have so much to celebrate at Wembley College. We look forward to our journey ahead, venturing to new heights of success.

Happy 20th birthday Wembley College - hip hip hooray.

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