Introducing South Africa’s first blended learning space for online high school students

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Valenture Institute’s Boutique Campus in Newlands. (Image: Supplied)
Valenture Institute’s Boutique Campus in Newlands. (Image: Supplied)

St Stithians Online School’s Boutique Campuses combine online learning and in-person connection in a modern, collaborative space.


Online doesn’t have to mean out of touch - St Stithians Online School offers their students the opportunity to learn successfully from anywhere, anytime, and their physical space at Valenture Institute’s Boutique Campuses is making waves online and in-person.

St Stithians Online School’s academic service provider, Valenture Institute, created the blended learning environment for students needing a safe and supervised physical space while safely engaging in their online academics.

As a separate offering from the students’ online learning, the Boutique Campuses boast a campus manager, learning coach and learning facilitator who assist with daily needs and promote self-directed learning that helps students along their online high school career. Beyond academics, students can enjoy a multipurpose space to collaborate or enjoy lunch, a recreation space (to catch up with classmates while playing table tennis/relaxing on a bean bag) as well as a host of extracurricular activities that are based on student interest.

A very exciting part of the Boutique Campus experience is the gamification of students’ behaviour management using Classcraft, and it’s perfect for the new-age kid. Classcraft is a whole new way of looking at behaviour that encourages students to engage in their learning, wrapped in a fun interactive tool that lets them design characters and gain points.

"The campus provides students with a safe place of belonging, a place to do meaningful projects together with their peers and a place to share their unique talents and gifts."
Kobus Du Toit - Newlands Campus Manager

The blended learning offering has two modern campuses, one in Dunkeld, Johannesburg, and the other in Newlands, Cape Town. Each campus brings a unique flair of funky and from the minute the kids walk through the doors, wearing their complimentary branded SSOS hoodies, they can enjoy a spacious, collaborative learning environment.

Sharing his campus experience, SSOS Junior High Student Stephen-Luke Chellan explains, ‘’The main reason for me moving from a brick & mortar school to an online school such as St Stithians Online School is because I prefer the environment and this way of learning. Something that highly attracted me to this school is the fact that it's an online school with a campus. So I still have a strong social life. This is one of the highest benefits of SSOS.’’

For parents and students that are looking for a safe, supervised physical space with a flexible schedule, the Boutique Campus is just the thing. Each campus offers:

  •  A combination of virtual learning and in-person support and experiences.
  • COVID monitoring: Access control with temperature checks.
  • Academic studies completed online with multiple live classes daily from the country’s best teachers, supported by weekly mentor catch-ups.
  • On-demand transport service provider enabling students to travel to and from campuses when needed.
  • Student support from on-site Campus Manager, Learning Coach and Learning Facilitator.
  • Access to dedicated spaces including the learning spaces, recreational spaces, and multipurpose spaces.
  • Additional on-site extracurricular programme.
Boutique Campus recreational time.

The Boutique Campuses provide the best of a unique blended learning environment, while providing parents with the flexibility and security to know that their children are being taken care of.

Each Boutique Campus can accommodate a maximum of 60 students, ensuring a small and intimate learning environment where students can have fun, collaborate, and receive the attention they need. More campus locations will be announced as interest increases around South Africa.

The new learning normal that works for the student rather than the school. An online offering built on a rock-solid foundation spanning sixty-eight years of tradition, values, and principles.

Is this the right fit for your child?

The Boutique Campus monthly fee is only R2 500 additional to the standard academic fee.

St Stithians Online High School will welcome its second cohort in January 2022. The online school offers an international curriculum with International GCSEs, AS and A level qualifications accredited by Pearson Edexcel to students from grade 8 - 13. Fees per month start at R7 150.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/SSOS3News24_Apply or quote “Media24” when enquiring for your child on admissions@ssos.valentureonline.com.

Co-learning Boutique Space.

Join our hosts, Ian Bredenkamp and Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, for a 4-part series of Zoom webinars on aspects of online education at St Stithians Online High School. Next webinar on 7 October 2021. Sign up to join the live session here: https://www.ststithiansonlineschool.com/webinars

Watch the third episode about, ‘St Stithians Online High Schools’ Boutique Campuses in JHB & CT - Their flexible co-learning spaces for students’ here:

This post and content is sponsored, written and provided by Valenture Institute.

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