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 pupils to be prepared for a combination of an excellent all-round education and life skills. Celebrating Cannons Creek’s 24th Anniversary in February, the School is proud to have achieved these goals.
Mrs Tracy Wahl
Primary School Principal
Mr Mike van Haght
High School Principal
From the desk of the Primary School Principal
Mrs Tracy Wahl
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 process.
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 Principal
Mr 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.
This plays an important role in our curriculum. All children from Grade R have access to the school's computer facilities. In the Primary School, there is a bank of laptops and iPads for use in the classroom or in the Computer Room. The High School requires all pupils to have their own Chrome Books.
The technology does not drive the curriculum, but rather it is there to enhance the learning/teaching process. We strive to facilitate the development of confident, trustworthy individuals who endeavour to reach their full potential. The school aspires to create students who are:
self-sufficient, responsible users of technology,
flexible in their use of operating systems,
able to maintain a healthy balance between the digital and real-world.
An integral part of the realisation of this vision is the successful embedding of technology as a teaching and learning tool.
The school is divided into three houses - Riverside (Red), Lonsdale (blue), and Peak (yellow). The Houses are named after properties that the founders were looking at when Cannons Creek was started. Students are awarded House points throughout the year for a variety of reasons. These go towards the House Trophy which is awarded at the end of the year.