The idea of a local, community school started in 1998 and a meeting was called for those who were interested in establishing an English-medium school in Hoedspruit. The meeting was attended by about 50 people who discussed ideas about education systems, funding, viability and a love for nature. This was the beginning of a unique school in the Lowveld.
Southern Cross Schools roots were grounded in its location, and so sprouted our nature-based education system, married with an academic syllabus.
Two local moms, Sue Godding and Heidi Smith, and other soon-to-be parents, drove the project. Funding was the biggest challenge, however, things quickly fell into place as the shareholders of a local lodge generously contributed to the physical establishment of the school. A huge thanks is owed to Allan Mansfield, Arnold Fair and Trevor Jordan for their contribution of the land and capital needed to get the school off the ground. Mr. Mansfield and Mr. Fair have served many years on the school’s Board of Governors as Trustees.
The dream became a reality in 2002, when Southern Cross Schools opened its doors – a small school providing for preschoolers through to Grade 7 learners. In 2008, the decision was made to extend the school and provide for Grade 8 and 9 learners and in 2011, we had our first class of Grade 12’s matriculate.
What started as an idea at a small community meeting has grown into the incredible school in a unique environment that is our Southern Cross Schools of today.