INTRODUCING CRESTON COLLEGE
Creston College is a Co-educational Independent School situated on spacious grounds on the lower South Coast near Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal.
Creston attracts pupils from Port Edward to Scottburgh and offers an efficient transport system to these areas.
On this well-appointed campus, with stunning views of the ocean, we provide education for boys and girls in Pre-Primary (Grade 000 – Grade 0); Junior Primary (Grade 1 – Grade 3); Senior Primary (Grade 4 – Grade 7) and College (Grade 8 – Grade 12).
We place great emphasis on the “Creston” family, yet each phase has sufficient space to develop its own particular identity.
We are a proud member of the Independent Schools’ Association of South Africa (ISASA) family of schools.
As our mission statement indicates, we emphasize the development of leadership skills in Creston pupils and in so doing we believe Creston pupils will truly appreciate the value of knowledge, vision and harmony in their own lives and in their country.
Creston’s Christian ethos ensures that the values of integrity, self-discipline, independent thinking and respect are part of the fibre of the school and it is within this framework that the academic and co-curricular programme finds both its shape and form.
Sport is an integral part of the Creston College curriculum in the Pre Primary, Junior Primary, Senior Primary and College Phases.
In the Pre-Primary Phase, we focus on gross motor co-ordination by teaching ball and locomotive skills through a structured Developmental Play programme. A variety of extra-mural activities enhance this area of this development as well.
In the Junior Primary Phase, children participate in the “Learn to Swim” programme, under the guidance of qualified Swim SA coaches, and begin playing team sports such as soccer, hockey and Baker’s Mini Cricket.
In the Senior Primary Phase, Creston introduces children to competitive sport on a regular basis. Cricket, swimming, hockey, rugby, athletics, cross country and Mountain Biking are regular features in our programme.
In the College Phase, the emphasis shifts to “sport for a healthy life style”. Pupils are encouraged to represent their school, Ugu and Kwa-Zulu Natal teams in the different sports and leagues on the KZN coast, thus developing both their ability as sportsmen/women and their sense of cameradie and “esprit de corps”.
The South Coast offers Creston pupils the opportunity to participate, and excel, in a variety of activities outside the normal school programme like surfing, angling, body boarding, lifesaving and diving.
Creston College attained Green Flag status in 2006 as an Ecoschool. Soon after that we were awarded Gold Status and Creston has now achieved the highest rating – Platinum (International Flag) status– the highest award any school can achieve. We are proud of our environmental status at Creston and we work hard to ensure that all developments that we undertake are sustainable and kind to the environment.
Creston College has an active Enviro Club which participates in the annual WESSA quiz.
Creston is blessed to have a well-appointed school hall with excellent theatre facilities. Every year one of the 3 phases stages a production which teaches Creston pupils the value of sustained practice and the ability to project in a staged setting. Recent productions have been “Oklahoma”, “The Good the Bad and the Ogre” and “Gnomeo and Juliet”. Apart from the annual productions, Creston also hosts the annual Hibiscus Eisteddfod, cultural evenings, “Creston’s Got Talent” and interhouse plays.
Creston College bases its curriculum on the requirements of the Independent Examination Board (IEB). This exam body sets international examination standards, accredited by UMALUSI, which flow through the Creston academic curriculum from Grade 12 down to Grade 1.
Creston offers a traditional academic curriculum geared toward preparing children for tertiary studies and professional qualifications.
A strong emphasis is placed on securing the basic cognitive skills required for success in the Foundation Phase and then emphasizing the more advanced skills of understanding, reasoning and integration in the higher grades.
Annually Creston writes the Australian Council of Education & Research assessment (ACER) – also known as the International Benchmark Tests (IBT) in English and Maths in Grades 3, 6 and 9. Many of Creston’s pupils score distinctions and higher distinctions in the IBT’s. In addition to this, Creston writes the IEB benchmark tests in Grade 9. Ultimately these tests give us an excellent benchmark to make crucial judgments which ensure that our academic standards remain high.
Teachers in the College Phase are actively involved in a variety of IEB activities and it is expected that all teachers at Creston College qualify as accredited IEB assessment experts.