Cannons Creek Independent School is a safe, community school with a Christian ethos, staffed by passionate professionals who endeavour to produce confident, trustworthy young people. In 1997, a group of like-minded individuals got together with one common goal, to establish a school with small classes and to achieve the highest scholastic standards. Teachers were appointed who would rival their peers in the dynamic field of education. Through the staff’s determination and hard work, supported by the parents and School trustees, the School has provided a platform for learners to be prepared for a combination of an excellent all-round education and life skills. Celebrating Cannons Creek’s 20th Anniversary in February, the School is proud to have achieved these goals.
From the desk of the Founder
Principal Carol Booth (formerly Barhouch)
The concept of an intimate school with small classes where
children could experience the fun side of education whilst still doing the
syllabus with lateral teaching came into being with the founding of Cannons
Creek. The teachers were carefully selected to ensure that they would teach
using the ethos of the school –encouraging and fostering each child’s potential
and strength, and respecting each child’s individuality. As much as possible,
education had to be taught using hands-on experiences, which children remember
more readily. Formal teaching would then follow and pupils would learn various
studying methods ending in tests and examinations. The concept was to take the
‘fear’ out of being educated and to put “fun” back into the classroom.
I am proud to say that we have managed this with teachers
being given the freedom to teach, using all sorts of tools and methodologies
resulting in the children having fun. The emphasis is placed on praising
pupils’ work and effort, rather than concentrating on weaknesses. The concept of responsibility is encouraged.
Respect for each other has been a focal point and this has worked well with
each pupil learning how to fit in, not only with the classroom work ethic, but
also being taught to manage their time well in preparation for entering High
School and later, the business world.
The other value that Cannons Creek has embraced is that of
honesty, and we are proud to say that our history reflects that this can be
taught. We have also embraced all the aspects of what makes a rounded child and
so have included Academics, as well as Arts and Sports in the educational
Quite simply, our pupils are proof that we have all the
necessary ingredients; in that not only have they achieved here at Cannons
Creek, but once they have completed their school career with us they have been
very successful later in life.
From the desk of the High School Founder Principal Mike van Haght
The success of Cannons Creek is due to a healthy combination of
Christian-based values, our co-educational approach, excellent teaching and a
family-like spirit. Pupils look forward to coming to school in the mornings
because Cannons Creek is a place of belonging, of security, of happiness - and
a place where young people are challenged to attain their full potential. At
Cannons Creek we believe that every pupil is an individual with special talents
that need to be discovered, explored and developed. We achieve this via a number of
approaches. Firstly, we offer a wide
range of subjects, taught by experienced teachers in small class groups. Secondly, pupils are encouraged to
participate and compete in a diverse selection of sport played at a competitive
level. Thirdly we offer a broad mix of
cultural and service activities that should cater for the tastes of all. Numerous
opportunities exist for pupils to excel in all areas. That is the essence of Cannons Creek -
opportunities to excel - opportunities that would possibly not present
themselves as readily in a large school.
At Cannons Creek no one goes unnoticed.
Pupils who attend
Cannons Creek will be afforded every opportunity to make a success of their
lives through the absorption of sound values and outstanding skills. Our pupils understand that while it is not
possible for everyone to be the best, it is essential to do your best. We hope that you will consider Cannons Creek
as a serious option for your child’s education.
The Primary School
The High School and Cultural Centre
Independent School is a safe community school with a Christian ethos, staffed by
passionate professionals who endeavour to educate confident, trustworthy individuals who are encouraged to reach their full potential.