South Africa walked away with top honours at the World Choir Games, which have come to a close in Pretoria this past weekend. We are extremely proud to announce from the 167 choirs from 59 countries that took part, Crawford College Pretoria's Choir took second place in South Africa and achieved a third place in their category Worldwide. Congratulations Crawford Pretoria! #CrawfordPride #CrawfordEvolution
Visit Crawford Pretoria's Facebook page to see more pics and video's of the choir in action:
CrawfordSchools™ has been a part of South African education for over 20 years. The schools that make up the Crawford collection constitute the largest single private school organisation in South Africa.
CrawfordSchools™ boasts nineteen of the top schools in South Africa. Together they have challenged every traditional and conventional practice in education in our country. Their academic success is proven. They are trailblazers in innovative and forward-thinking education. Every student is acknowledged and offered the opportunity to excel. The child-centred approach inherent in every school ensures that students examine and realise their own potential. CrawfordSchools™ offers an academic foundation of the highest order and ensures that each student is a fully-rounded person. Cultural success is a cornerstone of every school, while sport is enjoyed by every sports-loving student and community involvement is celebrated by every civic-minded citizen.
Crawford College Sandton have been assisting their students with local and international University applications and have been very successful in placing students in Universities in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands & Europe. The College has always been proactive in giving students the opportunity to look abroad when wanting to further their studies and host many International University presentations including some of the prestigious IVY league universities.
Crawford College Sandton would like to congratulate the following students who matriculated last year (2017) and have been accepted into International Universities:
Erin Liebenberg – University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League)
Yarin Neuhaus - NYU
Nigel Sudarkasa - AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California
Arielle Traub - Northwestern University (to study Engineering)
Maya Bortz - NYU
Cassiel Eatock-Winnik – Carnegie Mellon
Malaika Chidzero - University of Utrecht
Crawford College Sandton wishes them everything of the very best for their new adventure.
The traditional approach to education must be revolutionised in order to ensure the best outcomes for the current generation of school children, who are increasingly being called Generation Alpha, and whose world differs materially from the world in which their Millennial parents grew up, an education expert says.
"Generation Alpha represents those children who were born after 2010, who are now at the beginning stages of their school careers," says Jenny Coetzee, career educator and founding member of the ADvTECH Group's prestigious Crawford School La Lucia.
Coetzee, currently MD of the soon to be opened Crawford International School in Kenya, has in the course of her decades-long career forged an exceptional reputation as a visionary pioneer and leader in the education space.
She says each generation – whether they be Generation X, Y or Z – grew up in a world different to that of their parents and the generations before them. Just as each of these generations were exposed to unique circumstances, challenges and opportunities, so are the newest generation, whose labelling as Generation Alpha is fast gaining traction.
"These children are the most connected, educated and sophisticated generation ever, so when educating, a school should provide an environment that enhances learning for these digital integrators," she says.
"These children live in an open-book environment – just a few clicks away from any information, they connect in a borderless world – across countries and cultures, and they communicate in a post-literate community where texts and tweets are brief, and where visuals and videos have the greatest impact."
She says schools should be putting special emphasis on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, so that students are equipped to see problems from different angles and formulate their own solutions.
"Regardless of the field they choose to enter for their careers, the ability to think, be creative and act quickly is an indispensable tool for the future, particularly in view of increasing automation and the expectation of the workplace of the future, as identified by the World Economic Forum.
"It goes without saying that technology must be embraced in today's schools, but what is of crucial importance, is that it is effectively used to enhance pedagogy and improve learning. In order to achieve this, schools must be equipped with high speed internet and embrace the value of social platforms."
Students must also be exposed to new technologies, such as 3D printing, drones and robotics, and schools should articulate the possibilities these new technologies create. They must also expose students to new fields such as user experience design, and the latest schools of thinking such as design thinking models as a scaffold for project work.
"Just like Generation Z before them, schools looking after Generation Alpha must cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial thinking and leadership are imperative and entrepreneurship courses must form part of the curriculum where collaboration between subject disciplines is encouraged."
Coetzee says it is imperative that schools nurture a global outlook, and that students are able to benefit from strong networks formed with international education bodies. And teachers must be trained in the latest strategies and teaching techniques.
"Children come to us naturally curious about their world and wanting to explore it. Their imaginations are vast and untamed, creating endless amounts of practical and impractical things. As teachers we need to continue to nurture them to develop their curiosity and imagination, as well as teach them how to apply them creatively and purposefully using technology as a tool.
"We may not know exactly what lies ahead for our students in the future, but we know what skills and tools they will need once they get there: to think critically, to work as a team, but most of all to be curious and excited about learning in this world that is so different from the world in which we were raised."
South African schools will be participating in the massively popular Tournament of the Minds contest this year, after private education group ADvTECH was offered the opportunity to host the TOM Challenges in South Africa for the second year in a row.
Tournament of Minds (TOM) is an international problem-solving competition designed to give students the opportunity to participate as teams of seven and provide innovative and various solutions for stimulating open-ended challenges.
Launched in Australia in 1987, the tournament has since become an international programme, with competitions conducted in 16 different regions, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Uganda and the UAE.
This year, the TOM competition has been restructured to reflect the current worldwide educational trend focused on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) with the four Long Term challenges now including the categories of Social Sciences, Language Literature, STEM and The Arts.
Traci Salter, Academic Strategic Development Advisor at ADvTECH and Tournament of Minds Regional Director for South Africa says that the tournament entails each team selecting one Long Term Challenge to solve, and as a team working collaboratively over a period of six weeks – without any outside or adult assistance - preparing their creative and unique solution to the problem posed. This solution is then presented to a panel of judges and an audience on Tournament Day.
"On Tournament Day, teams are also presented with a Spontaneous Challenge. Spontaneous Challenges are previously unseen 'on the spot' challenges. The judges only provide a limited time for teams to discuss and plan their response," she says.
"The purpose of the Spontaneous Challenge is to closely analyse the team's ability to work under restricted timeframes and collectively provide a creative and effective solution backed by great reasoning and application of knowledge, skills and ideas."
The winners of each section of the South African TOM tournament are awarded the South African floating trophy, and are then entitled to travel to Australia / Asia Pacific to participate in the International TOM finals. This is where all the winners from the different regions across the world compete for the international TOM title.
Salter says it is crucial for all schools serious about academic excellence to start enriching and evolving their approaches to teaching and learning within the 21st Century and to ensure they continually develop the skills students will require in workplaces of the future, as identified by the World Economic Forum.
"Tournament of Minds provides and embraces the necessity for international competitions to shift substantially from Olympiad-style 'individual participant' competitions, to opportunities that allow for collaborative team participation, which include the use of different global competencies required in today's world," she says.
"This is a unique opportunity for schools to expose students to a global competition, and to develop in learners the kind of competencies they will require to address the unique collaborative type challenges they will face when working with different people from different backgrounds and cultures," says Salter.
"Education has moved significantly in considering the needs of the students of today and how we engage them in learning, as well as providing them with authentic, real life scenarios. Having the opportunity to be part of an international competition means that we are connecting to and keeping up with international trends and practices, and providing our students with opportunities to participate in this too."
Schools that have already registered have started with TOM Clubs as part of the school offering, and are providing their students with a variety of challenges to unpack and solve, as they prepare for the official challenges to be released by TOM Australia in September 2018.
After the tournament was initially introduced to the ADvTECH schools in 2017, this year TOM is open to any schools that would like to participate in the South African competition to be held on Saturday October 27 at Southdowns College, Centurion, Gauteng.
There are limited spaces for teams interested in participating in the 2018 competition. Schools that may be interested are encouraged to contact Traci (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further details and information regarding the TOM South Africa 2018 / 2019 tournaments.
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1990/001119/06)
Share code: ADH ISIN: ZAE000031035
("the Company" or "ADvTECH")
NO CHANGE STATEMENT AND NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Shareholders are advised that the ADvTECH 2017 Annual Integrated Report ("Integrated Report") has been published today. The annual financial statements in respect of the year ended 31 December 2017 as contained in the Integrated Report are unchanged from the preliminary report for the same period, published on SENS on 19 March 2018.
The Integrated Report is available on the ADvTECH website: www.advtech.co.za
Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting ("AGM") of shareholders of the Company will be held at ADvTECH House, Inanda Greens Office Park, 54 Wierda Road West, Wierda Valley, Sandton, on Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 10h00 to consider and, if deemed fit, to pass with or without modification all of the ordinary and special resolutions set out in the notice of AGM to be distributed to shareholders no less than 15 (fifteen) business days before 31 May 2018.
The record date for the purposes of determining the shareholders of the Company entitled to receive the AGM notice is Thursday, 26 April 2018. The record date for purposes of determining which shareholders of the Company are entitled to attend, participate in, and to vote at the AGM is Friday, 25 May 2018. Accordingly, the last date to trade in the Company's shares on JSE Limited in order to be eligible to attend, participate in and vote at the AGM is Tuesday, 22 May 2018.
30 April 2018
Sponsor: Bridge Capital Advisors Proprietary Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1990/001119/06)
Share code: ADH
("ADvTECH" or "the Company")
APPOINTMENT OF MR JENS YAHYA ZIMMERMANN AS AN INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The board of directors of ADvTECH ("the Board") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Zimmermann as an independent non-executive director of the Company with effect from 24 April 2018.
Mr Zimmermann holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston. He has held numerous positions in businesses operating in various sectors including education, healthcare, energy and real estate in developed and emerging markets. His work experience includes consulting, private equity and investment partnerships. He is currently the Managing Partner and Co-founder of Halo Investments in Dubai.
Commenting on the appointment, ADvTECH Chairman Chris Boulle said:
"I am delighted that Mr Zimmermann has agreed to join the ADvTECH Board. He has exceptional investment and business insight which will be of significant benefit to our discussions and decision-making."
The ADvTECH Group welcomes Mr Zimmermann to the Board.
24 April 2018
Sponsor: Bridge Capital Advisors Proprietary Limited
One of South Africa's leading private schools, whose students are regularly snapped up by Ivy League Universities, will soon open its doors in burgeoning Tatu City.
Crawford Kenya International College is the brainchild of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed ADvTECH, Africa's largest private education provider which recently acquired the Makini group of schools, and will usher in a new era of excellence in education and choice for Kenyan parents seeking the best possible foundation for their children.
CrawfordSchools™ in South Africa already boasts a reputation of being arguably the best private school in the country, with unparrelled excellence, particularly on the academic and leadership front. Ivy League schools from the USA regularly uses Crawford as its base when scouting for the leaders of tomorrow, based not only on its academic excellence track record, but also for its ability to turn out well-rounded students who excel in the international arena.
Set to open in September 2018, and with a capacity for 1700 students, Crawford Kenya will teach the UK/Cambridge Curriculum in modern, trendy facilities. The school design – which has been nominated as an entrant to compete in the World Architectural Festival and LEAF awards to take place in Europe later this year – includes a multifunctional indoor sports centre, a swimming pool, outdoor sports fields and tennis and basketball courts. Additionally, it will also provide high school boarding facilities.
An Information Day will be held on 21 April at 10:00 and 14:00 Fairview Hotel Bishops Road Nairobi for interested parents and students.
Crawford International Schools Kenya Managing Director, Jenny Coetzee, says the school will follow the ethos of academic excellence for which ADvTECH schools and universities throughout the continent are renowned.
"Our curriculum is based on a progressive educational approach which prepares children for the 21 century and allows for development of the global competencies required of a 21st century students, such as global citizenship, communication skills, entrepreneurial thinking skills, collaboration, and environmental awareness," she says.
"We also incorporate a well-developed leadership programme which encourages leadership skills and opportunities for students across each year group."
Flexible, individualised timetabling allows students to choose a wide range of subjects, including unique offerings such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain education in technology. Science, technology, engineering and maths education is conducted through the renowned GO-Lab programme, with integrated interdisciplinary project-based leaning.
Coetzee says the school also allows for flexibility and support for children of national and provincial representatives who may need to be away from school at times. And, despite the school's unique high-end offering, its school fees will be kept affordable and at a lower rate than existing international schools, she says.