FAMILIES searching for relevant academic education in a private, co-educational, day pupil environment that is supported by a strong Christian ethos, will find all of these at Grace College in Hilton.The school has produced consistently good academic results. Our Class of 2016 maintained our 100% matric pass record, 90% of them with a Bachelor degree pass. Grace College has also become a serious contender on the sports field in recent years and values the lessons learnt by pupils competing both as individuals and as members of a team. A development programme is currently in place to expand the sports facilities.This excerpt from our 2016 head girl’s (Celani Mchunu) report conveys the essence of a Grace College experience:“A wise man once said: ‘The greatest journeys in life begin with the smallest steps.’ My journey of a lifetime began with a small step through the gates of Grace College. “Today, that very step has proved to be my greatest and wisest one. It led me through the doors of an extra-ordinary school in which my great journey of self-discovery and self-development began.“All my life it has been my dream to leave something of myself behind. I wanted my footprints to remain as a blessing in the lives of those whose path I crossed. I wanted my life to say, ‘I was here and in this time, I lived, loved and left a legacy.’ “This desire has driven me to do more for others than they can do for me. It was with this purpose that my years at Grace College began. Throughout my five years here, I have come across many people who have, in their turn, left their mark in my life and whose kind words, encouraging pat on the back and friendship are forever imprinted in the chambers of my heart. “People often say that, when God wishes to bless us, He does not send us unlimited riches, He sends people into our lives. It is, therefore, my honour to thank all those whose footprints have shaped my life and my character.“Robert Louis Stevenson once said: ‘Your success is determined, not in the harvest you reap, but in the seeds you plant.’ To the staff of Grace College - you have planted seeds in us with great care. You have cultivated us with love and knowledge over the years and have watched us grow. The season has now come and we are ready to leave this familiar ground and be taken from your care. “Thank you for helping us grow into strongly rooted trees that can withstand the parasites of misunderstanding, the winds of ignorance and the waters of miscommunication. “We appreciate you and will miss you dearly as we set off to find new environments in which to root ourselves and continue to grow.”Celani Mchunu’s words above affirm that Grace College is more than a school with spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountain range. This is a school that strives to follow through on its purpose - “Transforming Young Adults Through Innovative Educational Excellence”. We welcome the opportunity to show you our school, introduce you to some of the teaching staff and discuss how we could partner with you. Join the growing number of Midlands families who enjoy the advantages of a Grace College education. - Supplied.