Why choose a small private Christian school with values and principles like MPS over any other private school or a larger institution?  Selecting the right school for your child is a decision that can significantly impact their future. While larger institutions may seem like the default choice for many, smaller private schools like Melkbosstrand Private School (MPS) offer a compelling alternative. When it comes down to it – it’s what we value at MPS that makes all the difference and makes us the right choice for your child.

Chapter 2 of the Constitution of South Africa, containing the Bill of Rights, states that everyone has the right to freedom of religion, belief and opinion.

The founding members of MPS chose Psalm 23 as our motto – “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

At MPS we have elected to opt for Christian values and biblical principles – this might not be everyone’s choice but in line with our rights in terms of the Constitution this is our choice at MPS.

At MPS we value, first and foremost, our Christian foundation as established by the founding members. This is our foundation – our bedrock – it’s what shapes us as a school. In fact, we’ve come to realise that now, more than ever before, we need to honour the reason why the founding members established MPS as it is what makes us stand out as head and shoulders above our counterparts.

“It is this verse and motto which should have been, is and will be at the core of what MPS, as a school,  is,” says Mr Oloff Dreyer, CEO of MPS.

“Having a strong Christian foundation, we believe brings with it many challenges but also advantages for our learners, parents, teachers and the greater school community,” adds Mr Dreyer “these include biblical principles resulting in improved discipline which is often sorely lacking in today’s education system and also a stable value-system and counteractive view and voice to that of the trends of the world today which is having a big impact – albeit which is not always a positive one – on the youth of today who are the leaders of tomorrow who need to have integrity and take responsibility.”

Having a Christian foundation means instilling Christian values of love, compassion, respect, forgiveness and good morals in a disciplined manner in our learners. Selecting the right school with the right foundation and values for your child is a decision that can significantly impact their future. 

While larger institutions may seem like the default choice for many, small private schools like Melkbosstrand Private School (MPS) offer a compelling alternative that can provide numerous benefits for your child’s holistic, academic, social, emotional and personal development. When it comes down to it – it’s what we value at MPS that makes all the difference and makes us the right choice for your child.

We’d like to share a few more reasons why a small private school with the right foundation is the way to go and more specifically what makes MPS the right choice for your child.

Biblical principles

As mentioned above, instilling biblical principles is an important part of what we do at MPS. This forms a large part of how we guide, shape and mould our learners as part of our process of raising and releasing them as #Changemakers into the world where they stand out, head-and-shoulders, above their peers, well equipped to face the challenges and make an impact on the world.

Biblical principles are taught through sharing devotions, upholding discipline throughout the grades, imparting Christian values and by nurturing an appreciation of blessings both in terms of receiving and giving blessings.

Consistency and stability

A smaller private school can offer your child stability and consistency throughout the grades making up their school journey. At MPS, it is our foundation of Christian values and principles which provides the firm foundation, stability and consistency, that underpins everything we do at the school and it is the common thread which is woven into each grade and faculty – right from the start at ECD level, through the primary school grades and right through the turbulent , adolescent and challenging high school years.

Personalised and Individual Attention

In the bustling environment of a small private school, personalised attention and recognition is mostly a key cornerstone of the educational experience. With smaller class sizes, teachers are better equipped to understand each student’s learning style, strengths, and areas needing improvement. This ensures that your child receives the support they need to excel academically and emotionally. In contrast, larger institutions may struggle to provide the same level of attention due to the sheer size of classrooms and volume of students.  Another advantage of smaller classes is reduced classroom distractions – with fewer learners, there tend to be fewer distractions in the classroom, allowing for a more focused and conducive learning environment and potentially emotional well-being.

Nurturing Community and Strong Relationships

A small private school like MPS is able to foster a close-knit and nurturing school community that is conducive to your child’s emotional and overall growth. This also encourages genuine relationships to flourish among students, teachers, and parents. In our experience this sense of belonging leads to increased self-esteem, confidence, and a positive attitude towards learning. In a larger institution, it can sometimes be challenging for your child to form meaningful connections, potentially leading to feelings of anonymity and isolation.

Academic Excellence

Small private schools are afforded the opportunity to be selective in the curriculum offered, the maximum size of classes and the establishment of a unique learning environment and methodology i.e. a strong focus on reading, to emphasise critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. 

At MPS we proudly offer the IEB curriculum which is aimed at not only preparing students for tertiary studies but also equipping them with skills necessary for future careers. By offering our learners a first world teaching methodology, well rounded education from start to finish, we ensure they are able to enter the world and make an impact and enjoy success well into the future.

At MPS we challenge learners to think beyond the conventional, fostering a mindset of innovation and intellectual curiosity. The ability to approach problems from different angles and think outside the box is a highly sought-after skill in today’s ever-evolving world. 

Thinking beyond the present

When considering a school for your child, it is important to decide what values and discipline you would like to be instilled in your child for their future needs. 

We’d like to emphasise once again that if you believe in the same values and principles as we at MPS do, we would love your child to join the ranks of MPS #Changemakers and for them to become the person they’re meant to be.  We invite you to come along and visit our school and see for yourself just what makes MPS unique, how we ‘raise and release #Changemakers’ and why we are proud of 18 years’ worth of taking remarkable learners through their schooling journey and beyond.

Contact MPS today!

Here’ another interesting article on the subject – read here: “Hongarye se president beskou Christelike onderwys as ’n seën en loof Gereformeerde kleuterskole se rol”