By Maria Kandjungu
HIGHLANDS Christian School, which started as a ministry of Family Worship Centre and is today known as Highlands Assembly of God, is celebrating 19 years of excellence in education. The Christian school, that offers grade 0 to grade 10 classes, officially opened its door in 1999 with the vision of being the leading educational institution of choice in Namibia and has been succeeding in that regard ever since its inception. The school is now looking into expanding its territory to include grade 11 and grade 12 by 2019. According to the school’s Secretary, Virginia Basson, during the past years they have been receiving requests from parents to include the Senior Secondary Curriculum at the school. “After many deliberations and considerations, we submitted our application to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to expand our school by offering grades 11 and 12 as from January 2019. We are awaiting the response,” she said. The school is registered with the Education Ministry and in 2008 was registered with the Ministry of Trade and Industry Highlands Christian School continues to excel as an incorporated association not for gain (Section 21 Company), the members being the board of elders and deacons of the Highlands Assembly of God. Basson says an outstanding aspect of the school is the stern Christian foundation that it is based on, which gives all the children attending Highlands a secure foundation to stand on for the rest of their lives. “Especially as our teachers all strive to teach and model a Christian life and therefore set examples for the children.The academic process itself may produce an educated person, but not a complete person. Thus, our students at HCS go through a more holistic process that involves God and produces a mature person approved to handle all facets of life.” Highlighting some of the school’s achievements in the past 19 years, Basson said in 2013 Highlands was awarded with a cash prize, trophy and the shield for the Best Overall JSC results, where 100% of learners achieved an A or B in the external Junior Secondary Certificate, an award they shared with Windhoek Gymnasium in 2012. While they did not qualify for the award in 2014 and 2015 due to having less than 10 grade 10 learners, they qualified and won the Best Private School, JSC results in 2016. Five of their school teachers’ also received individual prizes for best results in different subjects on regional level. “This is the result of our teaching staff’s outstanding commitment, teamwork and dedicated focus. It is also evidence that the partnership between parents, staff and their children is strong. There is positive energy. This partnership allows for the development of the whole child. It allows for the development of qualities that make us complete human beings- through personal discipline, manners and respect, personal and public vision and reason- based thinking. All these are vital for our children’s future,” said Basson. Highlands is also among the few Namibian schools that offer a visual arts programme, which allows several learners to excel in arts and exhibit their art pieces at an art exhibition organised by Santam Namibia over the past years.
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