Strengthening existing Anglican schools and building new ones


Existing and New Schools

The Anglican Church has an immense heritage of wonderful schools. We need to build on this heritage and provide quality Christian education for children in Southern Africa

— Roger Cameron, CEO ABESA

Current projects include schools which are still young and have not reached maturity, and that often face some significant challenges.

Kwasa College

Daggafontein, Springs

(“Kwasa” means the new dawn light)

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Boys’ School

Sophiatown, Johannesburg

Masibambane College, Orange Farm

Orange Farm,

South of Johannesburg

More about Kwasa College
Diocese: Diocese of the Highveld
Present position: New school from reception to Grade 2 with vision to grow to Grade 12. 20.5 hectares of land owned by the Church.  A crèche and foundation phase school with 150 children.  Sponsors 84 senior primary children in local government schools.   Runs two homes for boys and girls for 24 vulnerable and orphaned children.  Two new classrooms and ablutions are presently being built.
Financial model: Funds raised in the UK and USA churches.  The school is applying for a government subsidy.
Champion: Revd Sharron Dennie
Partner: St Dunstan’s College Benoni
Vision: Complete the primary School and build the High School
More about Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Boys’ School
Diocese: Diocese of Johannesburg
Present position:  8 classrooms and ablutions available and renovated, in the grounds of St Joseph Diocesan Centre.   Starting in January 2016 with Grade 0 and Grade 1 (80 children)
Financial Model: The financial model will be based on the Vuleka schools with a government subsidy and parents paying fees.  Additional funds raised through donations.
Champion: Mrs. Melanie Sharland
Partner: Vuleka Schools
Vision: A complete boys’ primary school.
More about Masibambane College
Diocese: Diocese of Christ the King
Present position:  Grade 0 – 12 (1 100 children) 100% matric pass and 80% Bachelors pass for the first two years since school has written Matric.  This superb schools is seen by the community as the school of choice in Orange Farm.
Financial model: Government subsidy and parental fees.  Land rented from the Department of Agriculture.
Champion:  Mr. Pieter Steyn, Headmaster
Partner: St John’s College
Vision:  Complete the high school buildings and build a chapel and boarding houses.  Purchase the land.

Bensonvale College

Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape

St Paul’s College

Independent boarding school for boys on the Suikerbosrand South East of Johannesburg

Zonnebloem College

An historical Anglican School now a government school
More about Bensonvale College
Diocese: Diocese of Ukhahlamba
Present position:  Historic mission school lying derelict.  Land available.  A growing town with strong government, nursing and police training facilities.
Financial model: An independent school funded through government subsidy and school fees.  Capital development funded through donations.
Champion: Mr. Khotso Mothobi and the Josana Foundation.
Partner:  St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown.
Vision:  Start with Grade 0 and Grade 1 and grow to complete high school.
More about St Paul’s College
Diocese: Diocese of Christ the King.
Present position:  A draft plan has been drawn up, driven by a need for quality boys’ education that can match the top schools of South Africa.  This is in the early stages of planning with many challenges ahead.
Financial model:  Funded by school fees and bank loans.
Champion: Dr Johan Strydom, Rev Roger Cameron
Partner: ABESA
Vision: It will have a distinct Anglican character and offer a rich and full curriculum focused on the individual needs of boys.  It will offer weekly boarding.
More about Zonnebloem College
Diocese: Diocese of Cape Town
Present position:  Under threat of closure by the Cape Education Department.  ABE is working with the school management and the Department to restore quality and its Anglican heritage.
Partner: ABESA Western Cape
Financial Model: Government Funded
Vision: To be an outstanding Anglican Church School.

Pre-School Delft, Cape


School in Durban or Melmoth

In honour of Bishop Alphaeus Zulu, the first black bishop of Zululand

St Michael’s Primary school

Khayelitsha, Cape Town
More about Pre-School Delft
Diocese: Diocese of False Bay
Present position: Land has been purchased by the Diocese of False Bay.  Steering committee being formed in association with the Parish of St Matthew’s
Champion: Mr. Phillip Saunders
More about the school in Durban or Melmoth
Diocese: Zululand
Present position: ABESA CEO working with Bishop’s daughter, Mrs. Lulu Letlape on the project
Champion:   Family of Bishop Alphaeus Zulu
More about St Michael’s Primary school
Diocese: Diocese of False Bay
Present position: An independent Anglican primary School, Grade 1 – 7 (300 children) on Church land.  The school is facing some major challenges regarding governance, financial controls and staff morale.   ABESA is engaged with the school and the church wardens are engaged with the Bishop of False Bay to address these issues.
Financial model:  a government subsidy and school fees.
Governed through the Rector of the Church and Church Council.   Needs a proper constitution and a proper school governance structure with Church representation on the School Council.  A permanent Principal needs to be appointed and the quality of the education and the facilities needs improvement.
Champion:  Mr. Phillip Saunders and Mr. Robert Ferrandi, ABESA
Partner: St Michael’s Church
Vision: Return the school to previous levels of excellence. To be the school of choice in that area.
Progress: Good progress has been made this year 2015

St Mark’s College

Jane Furse, Limpopo

The Good Shepherd


Holy Cross School

More about St Mark’s College
Diocese: Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist
Present position:  A government school on Church land.  Originally an independent school.  There is a strong desire to reclaim its Anglican heritage and its independence.
Financial Model: Anglican Church School funded by Government
Champion: Bishop Martin Breitenbach
Partner: The Alumni of St Marks
Vision: To restore quality, heritage and independence.
More about The Good Shepherd
Diocese: Grahamstown
Present position: Anglican Church School supported by the Good Shepherd Trust working with the headmaster and staff.
Financial Model: Government Funded Anglican School with additional support from Donations.
Champion: Mr. Geoff Antrobus
Vision: To be an outstanding Anglican Primary School offering quality education.
More about Holy Cross School
Diocese: Grahamstown
Present position: Independent School  Grade 0 to Grade 3
Financial Model: Financially supported by the Brothers of the Community of Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery
Champion: Kurota  McConnachie
Partner: Order of the Holy Cross, USA