Past, Present and Future
Where we came from
The Norwegian Zulufadder Children’s Trust (hyperlink to www.zulufadder.org) has served our communities since 2004 and regards education as its primary focus.
In 2010 Zulufadder had a vision to develop an education facility to prepare children for future technical and academic studies.
Today Gratton School offers more than 400 sponsored and fee-paying children excellent facilities from grade R through to matriculation.
The school is situated adjacent to the town of Eshowe, KwaZulu Natal, on an old agricultural showground. The school’s future is assured as the property is leased from the local Municipality on a ninety-nine year lease.
The existing school buildings and hostels consist, largely, of original showground structures that have been modified to create suitable spaces for administration, learning, sports and accommodation.
Our school is open to all, regardless of ethnicity and beliefs, and provides a uniquely South African environment for personal growth. As witness to our success, we have young adults currently attending universities and colleges and some have already graduated.
Where we are going
The ultimate goal of any school is to grow and prosper without sacrificing its standards. While the future of Gratton is bright, there is always a need for better facilities for teaching, sport, accommodation and administration.
New teaching aids, equipment, software and textbooks will ensure that every learner can aspire to and achieve excellence.
With the help of our sponsors and the entire school community we envisage a medium to long-term plan to provide all our needs including additional classrooms, boarding facilities and playing fields.
Our aims underpin everything that we do at Gratton and we take seriously the needs:
- To empower learners to grow and realise their full and unique potential.
- To develop individuals socially, emotionally, physically and creatively.
- To welcome learners of all faiths and backgrounds.
- To foster independence, responsible citizenship and lifelong learning.
- To provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment.
- To facilitate the continuous professional development of staff.
- To nurture strong and positive relationships with parents, guardians, and the broader community.
- To recognise and celebrate success in all aspects of school life.
- To provide cost effective education and boarding for those who need it most.
The culture of our school is designed to instill in our learners these values:
- Working together
- Respect for themselves, others and the environment
- Love of learning
- Finding solutions to every challenge
The school ethos captures the spirit of Gratton and permeates every aspect of school life. Encapsulated by Nelson Mandela’s famous statement, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” we believe that our learners have the best opportunity to succeed when equipped with a good education, a sound set of values and a balanced attitude to life.
Our vision accurately summarises the outcomes that we wish to achieve for every member of the Gratton school community, namely, to send our learners out into the world confident, knowledgeable, self-reliant, ethical and motivated to strive for excellence in all their endeavours.
Our simple motto, worn with pride on our school uniforms, reminds us that we believe education prepares learners for leadership – “Learn today. Lead tomorrow.”