Coming from a missionary background overseas, circumstances called for my brother and me to be home-schooled. Coming back to South Africa and reaching gr 10, my brother could live with family and attend a private school following the IEB-curriculum but years later I was not able to follow the same route. We had to fall under an official schooling system to write the national exams and although there are many home-schooling systems out there, few are of a high standard and follow the IEB curriculum which at the time was considered one of the best curricula in the country.
It was a prayer answered when I finally joined the Hatfield Christian online School in grade 11 in 2013. It helped me as someone already used to home-schooling and working on my own, to crossover to more of a school environment with multiple teachers who are prepared to help their students succeed, set criteria and deadlines and interactions with other students either at contact sessions or online. The friends and connections made are not forgotten and the environment as well as a high level of work (being IEB), helped prepare me for the university and academic environment in more than one way.
I matriculated in 2014 with 5 distinctions and have since gone on to study a national diploma and Btech in nature conservation at the Nelson Mandela University George Campus. I was involved in various societies, became class representative of our Btech class and have moved on to doing a Masters (MSc) in nature conservation focusing on Pollination Ecology.
I am thankful for the opportunity Hatfield Christian online School provided me and countless other students to matriculate under a good standard and for all the tools it equipped us with. The passion and dedication to and level of education, as well as care in the teachers, is what makes one educational entity stand above another and both my parents and I would still recommend HCoS to anyone who has to home-school their children.