When is our Open-Day?
Our Open Day falls in early March each year (date TBC annually) and guided tours are given from 2PM to 4PM.
What is Experience Day all about?
Experience St Alban’s Day” is when the Grade 7’s boys are given the opportunity to come to St Alban’s College for a night (boarders only) and day (boarders and day scholars), write our benchmark tests, play sport and enjoy most of the activities we offer at the College. A one page CV of your son’s accomplishments will be required for this day and you can indicate your interest in a Scholarship. Scholarships, however, are not applied for, but are dependent on the boy’s academic, sporting and music ability at Experience Day. Some boys are then invited back to participate in our Scholarship Programme and from here are offered a Scholarship in the preferred field
When should you apply?
The sooner the better, as it helps with the College’s administration and once your details are captured it is easier to keep in contact regarding your son’s entrance.
How many terms?
St Alban’s College is a 3 term school.
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These are awarded annually to incoming grade 8 pupils on the basis of performance in the Scholarship Examination. The Headmaster will invite selected boys to write the Scholarship Examination based on the outcome of the Entrance Examination or on the recommendation of a boy’s Prep School Head.
These are awarded annually on the basis of a demonstrated talent in scholarship, sport or music. These awards are usually granted on entry to St Alban’s College. Sports for which we award Exhibitions include cricket, rugby, hockey and water sports/aquatics.
How big are our classes?
This most frequently asked question expresses parents’ concern about the amount of attention their child is likely to receive and the quality of the education provided by the school. We regard ±26 as the optimum class size. This allows for the identification of individual needs and such needs are addressed. The provision of quality education is the basis of our existence and we are committed to a partnership of teachers, boys and parents to bring out the best in every single pupil. The interest in places at St Alban’s for next year has been overwhelming.
Do you offer extra lessons?
All of our teachers are obliged to assist boys in their classes who may be struggling. Most of our major academic departments offer lessons in the afternoons throughout the week. The boys are selected for such assistance based on their attitude to work and their level of achievement. Boys who have specific learning or concentration difficulties will be referred to our Educational Psychologist.
What about bullying?
We are a small school which is characterised by good relationships between staff and boys, seniors and juniors, employers and employees. We put a premium on the fact that the school provides a cheerful, friendly environment for growth and development, and this is something that is frequently remarked on by visitors. If we tolerated bullying, we would destroy what we hold most dear. Therefore rare occurrences of abuse are treated in a very serious light. When allegations of bullying are brought to our attention, we seek to establish the facts, to interview all involved and to understand the relationship dynamics that are causing the problem. If necessary, we will involve a professional psychologist to help us understand the emotions that are causing the dysfunctional behaviour. When disciplinary action is appropriate, it will be undertaken. The best advice that I can offer any new parent on this important issue is to speak to other parents, contact your son’s Housemaster and let the school know of your concerns. Your son’s happiness is as important to us as it is to you and when a boy makes allegations of bullying, it is important that we listen. Communication is the key!
Are there drugs in the school?
For the majority of time the school is entirely free of drugs. However, young people in our society are under threat and we don’t try to dodge the reality of the threat posed by all forms of substance abuse. We adopt a proactive approach, seeking a commitment from the boys, counselling them, carrying out regular random and whole-school testing and dealing vigorously with any irregularity that comes to light. Side by side with disciplinary procedures, however, there is also provision for boys who find themselves in trouble to receive expert help. We have found that the use of drugs is often a symptom of deeper emotional and relationship issues. One of our achievements in recent years has been the drawing up a Parents’ Charter that helps our families to support the school in its approach by bringing home values in line with school values and by establishing a set of norms for supervision, curfews and freedoms for the boys at the College.
Is sport compulsory?
Yes, we see our task as the mental, physical and spiritual development of the boys entrusted to our care. However academically gifted a boy may be, we don’t favour a one-sided development. However weak a boy may be physically, it would be irresponsible not to strengthen and encourage him. On the one hand, excellent facilities and coaching are available to enable the gifted to excel; on the other, sport is played in such diversity and at so many levels that there is something for everyone. It follows from the above that participation in cultural activities is also compulsory.
Is religion forced on the boys?
We make no secret of the fact that we are an Anglican Church School. The Bishop of Pretoria heads our governing body; an ordained chaplain serves on our full-time staff; the chapel plays an important role in the life of the school. Yet an aspect of the Anglican ethos of the school is sensitivity to people of other faiths and no attempt is made to proselytise. Boys are required to attend chapel on certain specified occasions but we are not so foolish as to imagine that anyone’s conscience can or should be forced.
Which is the best House?
In allocating boys to Houses we make a conscious effort to distribute talents so that there can be a healthy balanced competition between the Houses. The more equal the Houses are, the more we raise the quality of this competition. At different times the Houses have varying strengths and weaknesses, which tend to cancel each other out. The history of the House and the personalities of the Housemaster and Assistant Housemaster will also impact on the House culture, but this produces diversity rather than superiority. Within a very short time boys make friends within the House context and develop a fierce loyalty to the house to which they are allocated, and it is extremely rare for a boy to seek transfer to another House.
Can my son come home on Friday night?
We consider the standard boarder week to begin at 19:00 on Sunday and end after sport on Saturday. Thus, while Friday night is a ‘school night’, boys may go home for Saturday night. However, boys can gain the privilege of occasionally going home on a Friday night by ensuring that they maintain a full diligence balance. Diligence points are awarded to each boy by his teachers on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 indicating that he is particularly dedicated and committed in a particular subject.
The Life Orientation Department has linked up with Global Education to ensure the students at St Alban’s College who would like to continue their studies overseas will receive the most current information. Global Education’s primary focus is to assist students wishing to study abroad in countries like; Australia, Switzerland, US, UK, Canada and Cyprus. They facilitate the student’s application process into a university, school or institution. Once this has been achieved, they assist the student with the visa procedure, accommodation and anything else pertaining to a smooth transition. Students can contact Mr Campbell-Atkins or Miss Momberg for further advice.