English philosopher Dean William Inge described the aim of education as: "the knowledge, not of facts, but of values". It has been the fundamental aim of Treverton, from its inception, to provide what it does with values that are centrally focused around a strong Christian Ethos.
Treverton therefore aims to encourage pupils to reach their fullest potential academically, to develop to their highest level of sporting excellence and also to nurture a third important area - the spiritual aspect.
Treverton School was re-established by a Baptist Trust, which safeguards the aspirations of our Founders in providing a school offering the highest academic qualifications and education in keeping with the Independent Private Schools of South Africa. While respecting the fact that not all pupils enrolled at Treverton will necessarily be of the Christian faith, it is with the understanding that they are willing to fully respect the exclusively Christian ethos and values of the School.
All pupils attend a chapel service as part of a bi-weekly school assembly as well as a Sunday evening service. Our school Chaplain is the Rev. AndrÃ© de Beer, an ordained Baptist minister, who joined the staff in 1991.
The Chaplain teaches Bible Education to all classes at the College and oversees the SCA (Student Christian Association) meetings on Tuesday evenings and Bible Study on Thursday evenings. He is available to all pupils for one-on-one counselling, guidance, and pastoral support.
The Treverton Mission statement (which entails a Christian Ethos)
When referring to the "Christian Ethos" of Treverton, it is helpful to keep firmly in mind the definition of "ethos", as being "distinctive [in] character, spirit and attitude". Each one of these elements is important:
The attitude of Treverton's Christian ethos: As people who have opted for the Evangelical Christian Faith and worldview, the founders and governors of Treverton have (by implication) evaluated conflicting worldviews and opted against them.
Therefore, operating from and within its Christian ethos, Treverton will, in true Christian Spirit, behave towards people of conflicting religious views and worldviews with mercy and grace, acknowledging and respecting their freedom to create for themselves forums in, and campuses on which, to freely express their own chosen ethos, whatever and wherever that may be.
At the same time, the forums and campuses of Treverton are there for the free and exclusive expression of its Christian ethos, to the measure that Treverton should ever abandon this attitude with regard to other faiths and worldviews, it will abandon its own Christian ethos.