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Written by John Xides

Christopher (Chris), my and Gina’s youngest child since an early age demonstrated a passion for sport. Initially everything and anything he could do. When he turned 9, he approached my wife and I and expressed with all seriousness that all sports would be stopped, other than soccer, as he intended to become a professional player and did not want to waste time on any other activity. Initially putting it down to spur of the moment, we conceded and now 5 years later, Chris has been invited to train at Benfica in Portugal for 2 months of the year and from 2018 has been invited to join the University of Pretoria High Performance Centre for talented sports stars.

Chartwell Country College has been a critical stepping stone in the making of his dream. Chris has 2 older siblings, who like him until the end of grade 7, are part of a typical private school. Chris seeing his brother and sister once they had joined the high school become somewhat overwhelmed by the inflexibility of the high school realised that if he followed the typical course and joined the same high school something was going to give, either forsake his dream of playing soccer or have his marks drop (throughout primary school, Chris has maintained an A average). By grade 7 Chis was playing Academy Soccer for Black Aces and training 4 times a week with matches every weekend.

Whilst researching various options, we were introduced to Chartwell Country College, who teach on the international Cambridge syllabus. To appreciate the level of this schooling syllabus, which was foreign to us, I called 4 of the major universities in South Africa. All concurred that Cambridge was well accepted, some indicating that Cambridge students on average excel at University due to the high level of the syllabus and the teaching method that encourages students to think for themselves and apply what they learn, not simply parrot fashion learn.

With small, highly individualised teaching Chartwell enabled Chris to move from grade 7 to grade 9. This tied in with Chris’ hope to complete school a year earlier and move to Europe by 17 years old. Initially we were concerned that Chris’ marks would plummet, but the converse proved true. Chris’ marks improved by nearly 10% by the end of grade 9.

During the year Chris spent 2 months of school in Europe. Chartwell’s teacher being aware of this, helped Chris during breaks and free time to get ahead of his work, assisted by preparing some tutorial for him to take with, and enabled Chris to miss no work and be prepared for exams, even though he was not physically at school. This would have been impossible at Chris’ previous school. In fact, his former principal being aware of Chris’ soccer aspirations concurred with this and encouraged the move to Chartwell.

If it had not been for the sporting opportunity TUKS is able to offer Chris, we would never have considered moving from Chartwell.

Given the high level of Cambridge’s syllabus, TUKS High School have admitted Chris into grade 10, without concern or question.

Chartwell offers the highest level of international schooling with small individualised schooling from teachers who love to teach and truly care about the students they care for.

As a family we are sincerely grateful to all at Chartwell. We thank you for being part of Chris’ journey and wish you all every success.

God bless

John Xides


Dear Marlien and Geoff

I am writing to thank you for the tremendous influence that Chartwell Country College has had on my children, Luke and Gina.

 As you know, they were previously at another private school where they seemed to be in a constant state of anxiety and as a result they never enjoyed school and in fact had little time to enjoy their childhood as they were always swamped with homework and assignments. In addition to this the school was trying to encourage us to send Gina to a specialized school as they felt that she had learning difficulties. For this and other reasons we brought them both to your school. Initially I was a little concerned (through lack of knowledge) about the standard of education but I was relieved that at least they were in a more relaxed environment for the time being. I very quickly noticed a complete change in both of them. They seemed to fit right in, easily made friends and soon began to relax and enjoy going to school. They also began to do very well at school and their overall level of confidence rose dramatically.

Upon attending the parents day and meeting and talking to all of their teachers, I, for the first time really grasped and understood the level of education and attention that each child receives. I also noticed the extremely high commitment shown by all of the teachers and staff. I  received valuable feedback about my children that really put me in the picture and made me even more proud of them and who they have become since they began attending Chartwell Country College. I am extremely grateful for the effort and dedication that you and your team have put in and all the more so in this day and age where the name of the game seems to be to mass produce little robots who are capable of endless productivity at the expense of the unique individuals that they are. In the early days I was planning to ultimately get them into a mainstream government school but that is certainly no longer the case. I feel that the kids are in a very supportive and balanced environment and I for one believe that the school years are about much more than just academic qualifications and sport.

Thank you once again for the all the support and positive input that my children have experienced at Chartwell.

Yours sincerely

Brandon Borgelt



Having had our children, Luke and Gina, in a renowned private school since Grade O, we had hoped we were providing them with the best opportunity and foundation for their formative years. They seemed happy enough, worked hard, and had many friends. However, over time I noticed that the school workload was increasing at quite a pace, the kids often seemed to be stressed and were definitely feeling the pressure of having to perform. Luke was putting in a lot of effort but only doing 'okay' in his school work and he seemed to lose a lot of his spark. At home, however, we knew him to be a happy, energetic and clever child, always creating or building something, asking questions and educating himself about wildlife. Gina was doing okay academically and then it was suggested that she had some learning problems. A doctor prescribed some medication and helped her concentration but led to severe depression over a couple of months, so we weaned her off that poison very quickly and she was back to her old self.

Eventually somebody referred us to Chartwell Country College and we decided to make application for Luke (12) and Gina (9). We didn't know any other children who had been at the school and essentially went with our gut instincts, trusting that a totally different environment and focus would be advantageous to the kids. We had some concerns, make no mistake, but there is no perfect place and the idea of another mainstream school just had no appeal. We needed a learning environment where our children would be nurtured and developed as individuals, not just as numbers building a business in the industry of education.

It's been 18 months since Luke and Gina started at their country college and the whole experience has been so refreshing and encouraging. To see my kids happy and smiling every day is the proof of the pudding. The kids are happy, stretching themselves, telling us how much they love their teachers and how 'cool' they are

My son Daniel, for as long as I can remember, has always questioned the logic of attending school on a daily basis.  I know that he fondly imagined a day when the institution would be scrapped entirely.  Chartwell Country College with its dedicated teachers and small classes has enabled Daniel to develop his creative talents, grow in self confidence and as a result he’s become self motivated and self disciplined.  The almost personal tuition he receives means that he does not get lost in the anonymity of big classes.  The teachers at Chartwell Country College are mentors for both academic and life skills..and I’m happy to know that my son is receiving an education within an environment that nurtures his full potential.