For the past 26 years, Penryn, through Penryn College, Penryn Preparatory and Penreach, has been a beacon of educational excellence in the Lowveld. Penryn, meaning “light on the hill” held special significance for the founders, referring to Penryn as a “beacon” or “lighthouse” school.
Now, 26 years later, Penryn’s work, through the Prep School, College and Penreach, is benefiting 500 000 children, covering Early Childhood Development, Numeracy & Literacy; Teacher Development, Maths & Science, School Leadership & Curriculum Management, and Bursaries and Scholarships for deserving students from partner schools to study at Penryn Prep and Penryn College.
In his address at this year’s Founders Day on 19 August, Penreach CEO and Head, Mr Andile Ncontsa applauded the efforts of all those that have made this possible. But he reminded the audience that education is still not fixed today, saying “Our founders’ clarion call resonates today, as it did 26 years ago – that education is the only solution out of poverty.
Alumni guest speaker, Louise de Jager, an accomplished sportswoman holding a masters degree in Sports Science attested in her address that “the Penryn ethos of honouring God and others has provided the strong foundation that has kept me on course over the past 10 years.”
Also referring to the importance of ensuring that Penryn keeps its sense of being a family, was Jacques Celliers, chair of the Penryn Trust. As the CEO of one of the largest banks on the continent, he understands that it is the people and their connection to one another that makes an organisation special.
Penryn is establishing centres of excellence for the benefit of Penryn Prep, Penryn College and Penreach.