Former VCS principal opens school

2015-10-22 06:00
Marenda Venter, Fanie Vermaak and Carla Smit will head up the new independent school, Pharos, in Jeffreys Bay.                                                                              

Marenda Venter, Fanie Vermaak and Carla Smit will head up the new independent school, Pharos, in Jeffreys Bay. Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

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AFTER his controversial and sudden resignation earlier this year, former Victory Christian School principal Fanie Vermaak is set to open his own school.

The independent school, to be named PHAROS which refers to a lighthouse, will open its doors at the start of the first school term of 2016 on January 13. The school will be situated in Woltemade Street in Jeffreys Bay.

The school will accommodate learners from Grade 00 to Grade 7 and will be bilingual, providing education in Afrikaans and English. “We will establish a curriculum that stimulates a learner to think and reason intelligently, rather than memorising facts,” says Vermaak.

The current premises is only the first stepping stone, as Pharos will have its own school building in the future. According to Vermaak, some key personnel are already in place, while other vacancies will be advertised as student numbers increase.

“This new venture we are embarking on, is both scary and very exciting at the same time,” says Vermaak.

“Since the early 1990s when I first star-ted as a teacher, it has been my passion to discover that one thing in every child that will make them passionate about education and excited to learn. Inside every child there is God-given passion, potential and purpose. Like Sokrates said: eduction is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

“After 25 years in education, during which time I was mentored by the best in the profession and learned a lot from my mistakes, this burning desire has led me to start Pharos with my wife, Hanlie.”

ACCORDING to Vermaak, PHAROS will be a place where they want to give guidance to learners by means of the light of Jesus Christ shining through all involved in the school. “We want to instil in our learners a Christ-centered value system making them followers of Christ and helping them to apply Godly wisdom in their daily decisions,” says Vermaak.

“The school will be a person and product-orientated place of learning, where each learner’s individuality will be embraced. Through this we will help to prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, the vision of PHAROS is Discovering Passion, Unlocking Potential, Fulfilling God-given Purpose and becoming Light-bearers of Christ.”

For more information, attend the school’s open day at the new school premises in Woltemade Street on Monday, November 2 at 18:30 or contact Vermaak at 082 608 0372. Alternatively send an email to

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