During December 1993, a lonely Engineer that had been retrenched was sitting on a box in a De Villiers St, hopefully handing out pamphlets and dreaming about the school that he hoped to open the following year. There were no learners, no teachers and he wondered whether it would ever become a reality.
Using his pension money, he was able to put down a deposit on a building and as chairs and desks were not available when the school opened in January with 8 staff members and 100 learners, these items were hired from an events company. At the same time that the new Rainbow Nation was being formed in 1994, a new school needed a name. In Greek mythology, the Phoenix bird died in a fire but not before leaving behind 2 eggs that hatched, resulting in two baby birds. This has become a symbol of new life. With the new dispensation in mind, the school was aptly named Phoenix College.
SETA and other skills training courses in areas such as Entrepreneurship and Project Management are offered to learners to widen their horizons and to push them forward in the queue for university entrance or obtaining jobs.
Computer / Mathematics lessons are offered to learners from public schools on Saturday mornings for R16-00 per 1 hour lesson.
An independent school such as Phoenix College is paid a far lesser amount than a public school whilst the funding norms dictate that it must obtain results that are better than those obtained by public schools in order to obtain the government subsidy.
Please consider supporting the continued excellence of Phoenix.