The first phase in the construction of a new private school in Hilton, Etham College, is expected to be ready for occupation in July next year.
The campus will be 4 000 square metres, said Sthabile Shezi, chief operations officer of Edinvest Schools, which owns the school. She said the school, which will start by accommodating Grade R to Grade 9s, will feature an innovation hall, 38 learning venues as well as dedicated robotics, technology and science labs. Sports will include soccer, netball, basketball and athletics.
In the short term, (the beginning of next year) the school will operate from the King’s School premises in Nottingham Road, and use a local four-star guest house as the boarding accommodation, with plans to complete the moving of all operations to the Hilton campus by July, she said.
Etham College, added Shezi, will be led by executive head Karen Ehlers, who has devoted her life to education for the last 33 years.
Ehlers said, “With the grace of God, I am honoured to be a part of the dynamic Etham College team to aspire, innovate and lead our youth.”
The college is a co-educational private school with a comprehensive curriculum focused on academic, technological, interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills development, said Shezi.
The school’s offering will include a blended learning approach, which involves combining online education material with traditional place-based classroom methods; an emotional intelligence development programme; an entrepreneurship and CAPS curriculum; technology and innovation as well as robotics for the first group matriculating in 2024.
Shezi said: “The addition of Etham College to our portfolio is a welcome and encouraging indication that our strategic goal of establishing 10 schools by 2024 within the coastal provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape is well on course. The launch of our second school only two years after the opening of our first uMlazi township-based Canaan College is a profound milestone for our company, as it not only affirms our bold strategic vision but is also a further entrenchment of the accessible education footprint which Edinvest Schools champions.”
She added that the college aligns itself with the Edinvest Schools mission and value offering which is to develop future leaders, who can be inspired to innovate and act in the local and global markets.
“This is reflected in our schools’ curriculum as well as in the tech savvy educators at our schools and in our ways of working. We are committed to a holistic approach that focuses on developing well-rounded human beings,” said Shezi.