Veritas College is excited to celebrate its 25th Jubilee this year. This co-educational private Catholic School caters for learners from 2 years old to Matric and which has boasted a I 00% Matric pass rate for over 20 years. It offers an Independent Examination Board Matric which is benchmarked internationally, is UMALUSI compliant and globally relevant. The excellent academic record has seen most learners achieve a Degree Pass in Matric . This success is compounded by the fact that many learners have begun their school careers in Grade 000 and have progressed through the Veritas system to Matric.
Contrary to popular belief, learners need not be top students to ‘survive ‘ the rigours of the College; instead, learners are prepared from our Preparatory to utilize critical thinking skills and divergent thinking to cope with the demands of Senior School and finally with tertiary study institutions. Many Veritas College Matriculants have pursued careers as doctors and medical specialists , lawyers, financial gurus, accountants, actuarial scientists, engineers, teachers and businessmen, having passed through the hands of the SACE registered academic staff. Past students have Veritas College to thank for their public speaking skills, their skills in drama, music, sports and leadership, and for the secure, happy, ‘ family’ environment in which they feel comfortable enough to grow and develop their potential from tiny tots to mature and accomplished young adults. The motto, ” Learn, Live and Lead with Love”, encapsulates the Catholic values and ethos that is instilled in everyone, where inclusivity is paramount , where the beautiful surrounds instil pride and self-respect , where school feels like home and where there is a practice of zero-tolerance towards bullying, discrimination, drugs, alcohol and theft.
Self-esteem, fostered in a caring and safe environment , is the powerful base-line for success. Professor Nel, Educational Psychologist, Career Counsellor and Board member of various universities , has praised staff at the College for their superior skill at preparing even relatively weak students for University and tertiary studies and for enabling excellent students to achieve their full potential. Students who write the National Benchmark Tests (a mandatory entrance requirement of all top universities), fare exceptionally well because IEB constraints rigorously groom learners to embrace the real world with confidence and a solid grounding. Small classes and individual attention affords every child an opportunity not to be lost in the crowd. Learners appreciate the fact that teachers constantly upgrade qualifications , attend courses that keep the College abreast of the latest progress in education, and utilize technology like Promethean Boards, Smart Boards, Mimio Boards and Data Projectors in almost every lesson to maximise understanding of study material.
The academic programme includes English (HL), Afrikaans (FAL), isiZulu (FAL), Mathematics , Advanced Programme Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Business Studies, Accounting, Histo ry, Geography, Consumer Studies, Computer Applications Technology, LT. and Life Orientation. Sports include Cricket (boys and girls), Rugby 7s, Hockey, Tennis, Squash, Soccer (girls and boys), Netball, Athletics and Swimming. The Performing Arts programme includes Public Speaking, One-Act Plays, Musical Productions, Music Recitals, Soirees, United Nations Debating, Poetry Slams, Art and Music Festivals, Art Classes and Chess. Other activities that are recognized by the school include Equestrian, Dancing, Music, Art, Life Saving and Martial Arts. Facilities include soccer fields , rugby fields , cricket greens, tennis courts, netball courts, a swimming pool, a pavilion, an enormous hall with a wonderful stage, a chapel, a media centre, a fully equipped Computer Lab and Science Laboratories. This independent school offers a holistic education that offers the basic grounding that a child receives in every facet of his or her development.