Robert Carruthers, Emalahleni

School Information: Robert Carruthers

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As the oldest school in Emalahleni (Witbank) Robert Carruthers has an interesting and varied history closely connected to the development and growth of this platteland city.

Our school caters for children ranging from 5 - 15 and demographically represents a microcosm of South African society in the 21st century. We are as proud of our diversity as we are of our academic and sporting achievements and believe that this wonderful institution instills a sense of civic and community pride for all things South African. Although our language of tuition is English, with Afrikaans offered as a first additional language; as many as twenty different languages are spoken at home by our 1158 children. We strongly urge all parents to ensure that their home language and culture is kept alive but ask that they assist us in our endeavours to teach English by supporting our insistence that only English (unless in the Afrikaans classes) is spoken at school. When making application for enrollment at our school parents of non-English speaking children should understand that in most cases it takes a child a full year to master the language of learning and teaching; usually resulting in the child having to repeat the academic year.

We are a Christian-based institution but cater for and respect all creeds. Religious studies are determined by the curriculum as laid down by the Education Department but Christian songs and readings are incorporated into weekly assemblies, formal and informal school ceremonies, events and activities. Non-Christian children will not be excused from any school activity but will not be required to participate in any Christian Robert Carruthers School observance; they may in such instances remain respectfully silent. However, we also celebrate religious days pertinent to the many other creeds represented at our school and from time to time incorporate readings from other religions.

 

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