Rundle College is launched in association with KeNako Academy

The KeNako Academy is starting an associated private school and it will open its doors for outside students as from January 2013. Although the new school will initially function at KeNako Academy, it will soon be an entirely separate entity with its own facilities. The school is to be called Rundle College.

The initial intake is limited to Grades 10 and 11 only. Students will follow the IGCSE level of the Cambridge education system after which they will progress to the AS levels – and A levels if they wish. Passing the AS level will enable students to enroll at any university worldwide.

Further plans are afoot to launch a mid-school option equivalent to Grades 7, 8 and 9 in 2014 to align itself with international schooling trends. That means students will in future be able to complete their schooling from Grade 7 through to matric at KeNako’s new associated school in a focussed and consolidated format. The intention is to ultimately limit the school to 150 learners, 25 per grade.

This new school option represents the future of education, says Ron Boon, chairman of the Kenako Academy. Students will study online in a controlled environment together with their fellow learners and with a teacher always in attendance to assist if and when necessary. Specialised subject tutors will work online together with the students. The official school day will be from 08:00 to 11:30 on weekdays and whilst international trends show that three hours of schooling per day is sufficient, KeNako recommends that its students spend an additional two hours on school work after school. Full time students at the academy will be allocated additional school time from 19:00 – 21:00 each evening and all outside students will be encouraged to spend an additional 2 hours per day studying.

Students will be required to wear a school uniform and to adhere to a disciplined process whilst attending school.

Ron says research conducted overseas shows that students studying through this format have a greater chance of passing their first year at university. “Effectively they will already be learning how to do things for themselves and how to make it happen. While at school there will also be peer interaction which is beneficial to overall life skills. Students will also be able to interact and to assist each other in their online studying and assignments.”

In the IGCSE levels there are five different categories: languages, maths, sciences, humanities and vocational. Students are advised to study for seven subjects although they only need to write five exams to pass their IGCSE levels. This allows for a student to drop either one or two non-compulsory subjects in which they are under-performing, although students will be encouraged to write all seven subjects because this is ultimately to their benefit. Writing seven subjects will ensure that the student receives his or her International School Leaving Diploma should they ever need it. There are three compulsory subjects for the IGCSE exams: two languages and maths. For the AS levels just four subjects are required and only one language (English) is compulsory.

The subjects being offered in the IGCSE programme for 2013 include English and Afrikaans (both compulsory), maths (three options levels), biology, physics and environmental management within the sciences category, economics, geography and environmental management within the humanities category, accounting, business, computing and art in the vocational category.

Ron says KeNako’s academy programme focuses on a variety of benefits outside of golf, with the physical and mental aspects being the key other focuses. The school system will not offer a fixed sporting programme in 2013, but students will be encouraged to play sport. Effective 2014 the hope is to offer a limited after school sporting curriculum outside of golf. A student interested in learning to play golf or simply to improve their golf for social reasons can attend an after school golf programme a couple of times per week depending on their preferences, but it does not come as part and parcel of the school programme. Students can also be included in the physical training programmes run by KeNako’s biokineticist.

Anybody interested in sending their child to KeNako’s new associated school, Rundle College, is welcome to apply at +27 44 874 0370.