Executive Head Welcome

Tim Irving Executive Head

I warmly welcome you to HeronBridge College’s website, more importantly to a school that educates young South Africans with heart.

At HeronBridge we believe education is all about relationship. A good school builds excellent relationships with all stakeholders, parents, pupils and staff in order to develop a united community, caring of one another. Our specific aim is to partner with parents in order to offer the very best education for the precious children with whom we are privileged to spend our days.

Our dedicated and thoroughly professional teaching staff will ensure that our academic offering is always current and rigorous. Staff and pupils will invest themselves fully and wholeheartedly on the sports field and within the cultural arena to ensure that our holistic education is always of a very high standard. Underpinning all of the above is a caring staff who aim to educate children in such a way so as to achieve their personal best, while allowing them to honourably face the challenges that life places in their path, thereby glorifying God. We believe that all children are uniquely gifted and talented by God in different areas and as staff we seek to expose these talents in order to develop confident children with healthy self-images. We know that they are precious to you. They are also precious to us and even more precious to our awesome creator.

Our ethos, ‘Ad Integritatem – Towards Integrity’ is founded on our sacred Christian faith and we endeavour to have that faith run deep within the fabric of our school. We strive to be able to walk the talk as we all aim towards integrity.

I look forward to welcoming you into our HeronBridge family in the future and we trust that we will soon be able to reveal our heart to you.

HeronBridge College is an independent or private school in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg. It is located in the heart of prime development 10km north of Fourways, where the two Jukskei rivers meet. This unique, co-educational College enjoys architecturally designed buildings, rolling lawns, gardens, leafy trees and fields flanked by a beautiful river. When the school was founded in 2001, doors were opened to a class of busy pre-primary children. It presently extends through a complete preparatory school and into a vibrant college. Here, young people prepare for their role in the twenty-first century and the responsibilities it will place before them.

The school is founded on Christian principles and aims to provide an education of the highest quality as affirmed by the fact that the Grade 12 final examinations are set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). While each child is developed academically, other aspects of their being such as the social, emotional and spiritual are nurtured with equal fervor to ensure a well rounded child. A favourable teacher-to-learner ratio ensures the fundamental ethos of care and concern for the individual. Solid foundations for life are laid through an active Life Orientation programme that seeks to be relevant to young people today.

Our motto, Ad Integritatem, means Towards Integrity and it is this value that underscores HeronBridge College’s efforts at every level. Our Heads of School represent us on various ISASA and SAHISA executives and actively guide a full complement of well-qualified academic staff.

Registered with the Independent Schools Association of South Africa, ISASA, HeronBridge presently subscribes to the Revised National Curriculum and its associated Outcomes Based Approach.

HeronBridge Pre-Preparatory’s passion for early childhood development places an emphasis on the importance of play and perceptual motor skills, setting the scene for active and effective learning in the formal schooling years.

The Independent Examination Board sets the benchmark for our school leavers’ certification. All key learning areas are extensively covered through a comprehensive and progressional curriculum, with a focus on higher order thinking skills and problem solving. The subjects on offer include English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Art, Drama, Music, Computer Studies, Design and Technology, Social Sciences (History and Geography), Natural Sciences (Biology and Physical Science), Bible Education, Physical Education and Life Orientation.

Two computer centres provide the pupils with modern technology and readily available research facilities.

Beyond their formal instruction in computer literacy, the children may use the spacious media centre to study and complete assignments.

Sporting activities involve the teams in inter-school leagues, whilst an energetic Arts and Culture Department brings HeronBridge College enviable repute across the region. The extramural programme balances a tension between competitive practice and participation by all pupils. In the Foundation Phase, Grade One and Two children enjoy the “Integrated Day” wherein all their extramurals are timetabled for them. Through the programme they are exposed to a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities. Competitive participation begins at the age of nine and continues through to the final year of school.

With variation allowed to accommodate different age groups, a typical week in the life of a pupil could include:

  • Boarding the school bus to get to or from school
  • periods of independent study and research assignments;
  • completing homework at the aftercare;
  • a practice session, match or league event related to any one or more of the main sporting codes (cricket, tennis, netball, hockey, soccer, swimming, water polo, rugby, athletics or cross country);
  • a spin on a mountain bike;
  • a climb up the rock climbing wall
  • picnics on the river bank;
  • rehearsals for a major production;
  • a session with the choir;
  • entry into the regional eisteddfod;
  • specialised tuition in drama, pottery, computers, chess, • modern dance, hip hop, ballet, photography, debating and public speaking;
  • a school social or excursion;
  • College Councillors meetings and outreach activities.

To be associated with HeronBridge College is to enjoy an ethos, and environment, conducive to the development of children in the present, and a culture that will impact their lives into the future.