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This year for the first time, Ottery based Christel House is expanding its reach to communities bordering their current catchment area and more disadvantaged families have an opportunity to benefit from a private school education. Christel House CEO, Nicky Sheridan, said, “Christel House is a school for very poor children in Cape Town, who come from the twenty worst townships known for all the wrong reasons. However, through our holistic education model we enjoy fantastic results, including a 94% retention rate from Grade R through 12. We’ve never failed a Matric student, 65% of our students got a Bachelor pass last year (85% the year before) and, most importantly, 98% of our graduates are gainfully employed once they’ve completed university.

“Poverty touches every aspect of a child’s life. The child born into poverty almost always remains trapped there unless significant interventions occur. Left unaided, impoverished children face a lifetime of physical and psychological trauma, illiteracy, malnutrition, disease, low self-esteem and lack of opportunity. These are among the root causes of poverty that Christel House overcomes.

“Christel House is a holistic model designed to transform the lives of impoverished children. We do this by focusing on the “whole child.” We don’t just educate, or feed, or provide health care—we do all of these things—from early childhood through early adulthood. We develop the total child.”

The school’s intake is from families that permanently reside in the following areas only
a) Hanover Park
b) Manenberg / Tambo Square
c) Phillipi Browns Farm: As far as stock road (no further)
d) Phillipi Farms / Jim se Bos / Smallville / Springfield / Phumlani / Lotus River
e) Strandfontein / Pelican Park
f) Lansdowne / Parkwood
g) Langa
h) Athlone: Kewtown / Bridgetown / Silvertown / Belgravia / Parktown / Pook Se Bos / Statishights / Parktown / Pook Se Bos / Statishights
i) Bokmakierie
j) Ottery / Freedom Park
k) Mitchell’s Plain: As far as Spine Road

Further requirements specify that household income per person must not exceed R1 500, for example: for a family of 3 living in the same house the total income cannot exceed R4 500. Proof of income and/or grant will be required. For Grade R, the child must turn six in 2018, ie be born in 2012. For Grades 3 – 10, the applicant must achieve a 70% or above (code 6 & 7) for Mathematics, English and Afrikaans/IsiXhosa. The home Language must be English only. Forms will only be accepted if all documents accompany the application form.

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The Dean of Students of Christel House, Eugenia Dlodlo-Sibanda, says, “Kindly be advised that when making an application to Christel House, it does not in any way guarantee a space for your child. Families of applicants are advised to make applications to other schools as well and to accept such places on offer until they are informed telephonically/in writing by Christel House South Africa that the child has been accepted.”

The closing date for grade R applications is 29 September 2017 and 6 October for grades 3 – 10.

Readers who require further information can contact Roeshana Kenny on (021)704 9400 or (021)704 9429 or RKenny@sa.christelhouse.org or visit www.sa.christelhouse.org

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