As the principal of St Francis College, I am delighted that my school has been selected to participate in the eLibrary Project.
St Francis College was established in 1989 in Benoni to provide quality education to township children on the East Rand. Things were very different in SA at that time and those in authority were certainly not interested in a low-fee, independent school for black children. However, the founders were more determined with every step they took to establish a school in which each child would be acknowledged as an individual with their own talents and aspirations.
Today, St Francis has an enrolment of over 600 learners from grades R-12, most of whom still hail from the surrounding township areas. Excellent matric results have been achieved – in 2011 a 100 % pass rate was attained with 83 % of those learners earning a university exemption.
The success of the school rests on two pillars: a strong code of ethics, and a core staff of committed teachers.
The 3 basic lessons at St Francis College are:
- Co-operation is the name of the game – at school, at home, in life.
- Never settle for the minimum – who wants to employ someone with the minimum?
- Be well prepared when opportunity knocks – for it often does.
At St Francis College, each learner is made to feel that they belong to a dynamic educational institution that will provide the means needed to achieve their goals in life. St Francis College is indeed a family that works together to achieve the best they possibly can to make SA a better place for all!
The promotion of literacy is an ongoing process. Please help us to realise our dream of improving access to literature through modern technology by visiting the eLibrary Project’s donate page. Our learners won’t let this opportunity go.