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For more than 66 years we have been guiding children to be the best version of themselves. 

Why choose a Catholic School?

The Catholic school system is the world’s largest faith-based educational network, with 120 000 schools and over 1000 colleges and universities (Grace and O’Keefe, 2007).

There are currently about 350 Catholic schools in South Africa.

Catholic Schools have always been at the forefront of quality education for all and have impressive alums who have impacted the world positively. Many great leaders reference their Catholic School education as instrumental in developing them for the roles they now serve in the world.

Our Owners - The CPS sisters

Purpose of Our Life

… to give glory to God in total surrender through our profession. We are called to live the Paschal Mystery and to witness to the redeeming love of Christ.
(Const. 104, 102)

Goal of Our Missionary Service

… to bring the Good News that God became human in Jesus who redeemed the whole world with his Precious Blood. (Const. 502)

Wherever we are, we gladly spend ourselves so that Christ’s love can permeate all those areas in society and culture which hinder the growth of the Kingdom of God and disregard respect for human dignity. We strive to be a prophetic sign against the false values of society. (Const. 503)

We actively promote a culture that respects life. In all our ministries especially to the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized, we continue the compassionate love of the healing Christ. (Const. 506)

We offer our pastoral and social services to all people irrespective of religion, race, nationality or social standing. (Const. 504)

According to the wish of our founder, we focus on the family apostolate and the holistic education of children and youth. We support women in their needs and difficulties and act with them against all forms of oppression so as to promote their dignity. (Const. 505)

Who was St Benedict?

St. Benedict is believed to have been born around 480, as the son to a Roman noble of Norcia and the twin to his sister, Scholastica.

In the fifth century, the young Benedict was sent to Rome to finish his education with a nurse/housekeeper. The subject that dominated a young man’s study then was rhetoric — the art of persuasive speaking. A successful speaker was not one who had the best argument or conveyed the truth, but one who used rhythm, eloquence, and technique to convince. The power of the voice without foundation in the heart was the goal of the student’s education. And that philosophy was reflected in the lives of the students as well. They had everything — education, wealth, youth — and they spent all of it in the pursuit of pleasure, not truth. Benedict watched in horror as vice unraveled the lives and ethics of his companions.

Afraid for his soul, Benedict fled Rome, gave up his inheritance and lived in a small village with his nurse. When God called him beyond this quiet life to an even deeper solitude, he went to the mountains of Subiaco. Although becoming a hermit was not his purpose in leaving, there he lived as a hermit under the direction of another hermit, Romanus.

One day, during his time living in a cave above a lake as a hermit, the Devil presented Benedict’s imagination with a beautiful, tempting woman. Benedict resisted by rolling his body into a thorn bush until it was covered in scrapes. It is said through these body wounds, he cured the wounds of his soul.

After years of prayer, word of his holiness brought nearby monks to ask for his leadership. He warned them he would be too strict for them, but they insisted — then tried to poison him when his warning proved true. The story goes, the monks attempted to poison Benedict’s drink, but when he prayed a blessing over the cup – it shattered.

So Benedict was on his own again — but not for long. The next set of followers were more sincere and he set up twelve monasteries in Subiaco where monks lived in separate communities of twelve.

He left these monasteries abruptly when the envious attacks of another hermit made it impossible to continue the spiritual leadership he had taken.

But it was in Monte Cassino he founded the monastery that became the roots of the Church’s monastic system. Instead of founding small separate communities he gathered his disciples into one whole community. His own sister, Saint Scholastica, settled nearby to live a religious life.

After almost 1,500 years of monastic tradition his direction seems obvious to us. However, Benedict was an innovator. No one had ever set up communities like his before or directed them with a rule. What is part of history to us now was a bold, risky step into the future.

Benedict had the holiness and the ability to take this step. His beliefs and instructions on religious life were collected in what is now known as the Rule of Saint Benedict — still directing religious life after 15 centuries.

Benedict did not want to lose the power of voice to reach up to God simply because others had use it to sink down to the gutter. He reminded us “Let us consider our place in sight of God and of his angels. Let us rise in chanting that our hearts and voices harmonize.” There was always a voice reading aloud in his communities at meals, to receive guests, to educate novices. Hearing words one time was not enough — “We wish this Rule to be read frequently to the community.”

Benedict realized the strongest and truest foundation for the power of words was the Word of God itself: “For what page or word of the Bible is not a perfect rule for temporal life?” He had experienced the power of God’s word as expressed in Scripture: “For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

For prayer, Benedict turned to the psalms, the very songs and poems from the Jewish liturgy that Jesus himself had prayed. To join our voices with Jesus in praise of God during the day was so important that Benedict called it the “Work of God.” And nothing was to be put before the work of God. “Immediately upon hearing the signal for the Divine Office all work will cease.” Benedict believed with Jesus that “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God’ ” (Matthew 4:4).

But it wasn’t enough to just speak the words. Benedict instructed his followers to practice sacred reading — the study of the very Scriptures they would be praying in the Work of God. In this lectio divina, he and his monks memorized the Scripture, studied it, and contemplated it until it became part of their being. Four to six hours were set aside each day for this sacred reading. If monks had free time it “should be used by the brothers to practice psalms.” Lessons from Scripture were to be spoken from memory not read from a book. On Benedict’s list of “Instruments of Good Works” is “to enjoy holy readings.”

In one story of Benedict’s life, a poor man came to the monastery begging for a little oil. Although Benedict commanded that the oil be given, the cellarer refused — because there was only a tiny bit of oil left. If the cellarer gave any oil as alms there would be none for the monastery. Angry at this distrust of God’s providence, Benedict knelt down to pray. As he prayed a bubbling sound came from inside the oil jar. The monks watched in fascination as oil from God filled the vessel so completely that it overflowed, leaked out beneath the lid and finally pushed the cover off, cascading out on to the floor.

In Benedictine prayer, our hearts are the vessel empty of thoughts and intellectual striving. All that remains is the trust in God’s providence to fill us. Emptying ourselves this way brings God’s abundant goodness bubbling up in our hearts, first with an inspiration or two, and finally overflowing our heart with contemplative love.

Benedict died on 21 March 543, not long after his sister. It is said he died with high fever on the very day God told him he would. He is the patron saint of Europe and students.

St. Benedict is often pictured with a bell, a broken tray, a raven, or a crosier. His feast day is celebrated on July 11.

Why we are an IEB School

The IEB is an independent assessment agency.

It is a self-funding, non-governmental, non-profit and public benefit organisation who have a vision to advance quality teaching and learning in Southern Africa through an assessment process of integrity, innovation and international comparability.

Based on Intentional Educational Beliefs the IEB aims to develop learners who are:

• critical users of information

• ethical reasoners

• problem solvers

• creative and reflective thinkers

• lifelong learners

• society members respectful of diversity, particularly in the Southern African context

• active citizens who are committed to upholding the principles of the South African Constitution and the wellbeing of all people.

An IEB primary school committed to producing a learner who is a meaning maker equipped with knowledge and the skills of communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.

A psi (Primary School Initiative) school puts authenticity of assessment at the heart of its teaching and learning.

IEB high schools teach learners how to think, not what to think; how to frame the important questions, not only what the answers are; how to critically engage, not what to say.

The teaching and facilitation at IEB schools is geared to encouraging learners to consider issues for themselves; to be analytical, reflective and resourceful in order to provide unrehearsed, substantiated responses that they themselves have developed.

The teaching, learning and assessment in our schools addresses the ‘why’ and ‘how’ aspects of learning in addition to the ‘what’.

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