Past, Present & Future
Nihil Humani Alienum
Glenwood was founded in 1910, with 26 Foundation Scholars, as a progressive institution whose aim was to meet the demands of a rapidly changing society in which individuals would be imbued with life-long knowledge and skills. Today, Glenwood has grown to rank among the premier boys’ schools in the country. The School caters for approximately 1200 pupils from Form 2 to Matric. The Boarding Establishment, Gibson House, was established in 1935 and provides 270 boys with a safe, homely environment, as well as several leisure facilities such as a computer room, games room and common room.
Glenwood is committed to educating for life in a changing society where nothing is beyond human endeavour. We strive for a quality education provided by highly professional and dedicated staff that pursues innovative techniques to encourage learning and to realise the potential of every boy. Innovation, Holism and Excellence are words which spring to mind when we think about our future.
Glenwood encourages tolerance, respect, compassion and integrity. We offer a weekly programme of exploring and discovering a lifestyle that leads to healthy living; both mind and body.
Glenwood’s mission is dedicated to offering the best possible education to prepare the individual for the new Millennium.
To this end, we offer a diverse range of subjects: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences, Accounting, Business Economics, History, Geography, Art, Drama, Engineering Graphics and Design. Moreover, the pupils are able to take advantage of two well equipped, up to date IT Centres, as well as a recently refurbished Media Centre. This ensures for each Glenwood boy an academic edge – borne out by our Matric results. Many pupils also undertake the Accounting, Mathematics, Science and Computer Olympiads.
The school provides many sporting opportunities in which learners can take part: from rugby, cricket, hockey, racquet sports and aquatics to target shooting, softball, volleyball and table tennis, amongst others.
The many Honours Boards around the school are a testimony to the School’s sporting prowess. To complete the holistic circle, other extra-curricular activities include chess, debating, public speaking, business game, drama, band, first aid and a military history society.
With our holistic approach, coupled to comprehensive guidance and leadership courses, we hope to nurture responsible and self-disciplined citizens of tomorrow -who are mindful of their heritage and will meet the challenges of the future with enthusiasm and confidence.
Glenwood is today acknowledged as one of the leading Boys’ Schools in the country and enjoys a reputation built on the achievements of the past. Its boys have over the years distinguished themselves in all fields of endeavour.
The School began life in 1910 to meet the challenge of the new era of technology. Today Glenwood stands unquestionably high in the ranks of the country’s prestigious schools. It is a rewarding example of educational individuality in a changing world.
Academically, Glenwood boys have regularly featured among the top learners in KwaZulu-Natal. They have gone on to excel at University and have achieved the highest academic honours as winners of Rhodes scholarships (3 in 2003), Smuts Scholarships and Elsie Ballot Scholarships.
Glenwood is a school that is old enough to have carved a niche in South African Schools History and young enough to embrace the changes and challenges of the future.
Glenwood’s Educational Philosophy
Glenwood is concerned with the education of all its boys. It stresses the striving after excellence and takes pride in the achievements of the talented and exceptional individuals. This education taken in the broader sense includes an increased responsibility for the boys’ social, moral, spiritual and emotional development, in addition to our traditional interest in academic proficiency.
Glenwood High School puts greater emphasis on the need for a balance between excellence in Sport, Cultural and Academic achievement and we are committed to educating for life in a changing society where nothing is beyond human endeavour. We strive for a quality education provided by highly professional and dedicated staff that pursues innovative techniques to encourage learning and to realize the potential of every boy.