Welcome to Ambleside School of Hout Bay.
At Ambleside our mission is to educate children in a way that equips them to author their own lives.
True education lies in the ability to engage intentionally with what is being taught through careful observation and thoughtful assimilation.
This is why our teaching revolves around living ideas that are taught from classic texts alive in their content, deep in their richness and broad in their information. As our students engage in their work, they discover their unlimited capacity for knowledge.
This curiosity for knowledge and tools with which to embrace life, results in students of character and conviction who are guided, in partnership with parents and caregivers, to reach their highest potential.
Ambleside School of Hout Bay
Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
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Over 30 years ago there was a move among educators and parents to find a new way to truly prepare and equip children for life. They were seeking a holistic education that prioritised small student-teacher ratios, a safe and nurturing learning environment and a natural integration of the Christian faith into the classroom. It was from this dream that the Hout Bay Christian School was born.
Along the journey, having established a small but strong institute, the school discovered a kindred heart and like-minded partner in the Ambleside International family.
Based on Charlotte Mason’s extensive work and writings, Ambleside International was founded in 1999, with the mission to provide a “living education” for its students. One that equipped children academically but also developed them in character and spirit so that they could take their education and live out life to the fullness of their potential and fulfill the destiny laid out before them.
With this in mind, its founding staff (based in Texas) developed the Ambleside method of education, with author and school principal Maryellen St Cyr spearheading the movement. Ambleside International remains committed to educational renewal, and to building and supporting a worldwide community of schools.
Having realigned our school to create a truly life-giving education for all, Ambleside School of Hout Bay officially launched in 2007. Since then, the school has grown to become a recognised and reputable choice for discerning parents and a diverse range of students alike.
It is the mission of Ambleside School of Hout Bay to provide a “living education” where each child is guided and empowered to author a full and free life; a life rich in relationship to God, self, others, ideas and all of creation.
Therefore, our primary concern is the kind of student each child is becoming, not the mastery of particular data or technique, for we are confident that the student who masters the art of learning will attain his full potential for mastering data and technique. Students who master the art of relating well to God, self, others, ideas, and creation will attain the fullness of life for which they were created.
We believe there is no greater truth than the love of God revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is in the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit that we discover fullness of life. Thus, parent and teacher have no greater responsibility than cultivating a child’s joyful and obedient relationship with a loving God.
With this in mind, we acknowledge God throughout our school day. Students study the Bible daily, not merely as an academic discipline, but to experience how this holy mystery – God with man – is revealed in the Old and New Testaments.
As parents, teachers and students relate with one another and with their communities, we endeavour to move towards one another in genuine love. Although employees at Ambleside Schools hail from diverse backgrounds, they share a common commitment to Jesus Christ and the central teachings of the New Testament.
Students and families from all faith backgrounds are nonetheless welcome.
Ambleside is governed by a Board that is comprised of our Business Manager and Headmaster (non-voting members), as well as invested individuals who fill the other vital roles needed to grow and lead the school into an ever-brightening future.
Of great importance to us is our Management Team who is supported by the Board and Administrative Team. The Principal and School Business Manager provide the framework within which the school operates and is vital for its success and growth.
The value we place on our teachers at Ambleside is immeasurable. They are the individuals at the forefront, opening up the wide world of ideas and information to our students by applying the unique Ambleside philosophy of teaching that transforms the act of learning into something vital and alive; thereby fulfilling our mandate for the true education of the mind and the faith-formed character of each child.
Our Support Staff at Ambleside are dear to us and bring beauty, ease and order to life at Ambleside. They reflect the heart of our school on a daily basis and we honour them for it.