How is the Programme Managed?
The aim of the programme is to encourage and equip individuals to think seriously about life after school. An integral part of this process is the spiritual aspect and so in addition to the ALPHA course which explores the basics of Christianity, Posties are required to attend school assemblies and Sunday evening Chapel.
Personal supervision in the form of a half-termly, one-on-one interaction with the Post Matric Director is scheduled for each Postie. This allows for open discussion at which concerns, affirmation and personal issues can be raised.
Part of the maturing process of becoming an adult is to accept responsibility and accountability for oneâ€™s actions. Posties are therefore expected to enter freely into an agreed code of conduct for their personal and group behavior and are expected to uphold the spirit of the school rules as fully as do the staff. Discipline issues are dealt with according to the business principles of verbal, written and final warnings.
The resident Post Matric Director has overall responsibility for the course and its content, the selection of students each year and assessment.
Mr Athol Davies has a BSc (Hons) and an HDE from KZN Pietermaritzburg and an Environmental Certificate from Rhodes. He spent his first four and a half years after University working at Lâ€™Abri Wilderness Training School â€“ a centre for corporate and school teambuilding and leadership courses. He held the positions of Programme Coordinator and Environmental Officer.
In 1999, Athol and his wife Gayle took an overseas â€œgap-yearâ€ spending four months in the USA working at a summer camp and eighteen months working in London. Athol returned to South Africa at the end of 2000 to take up the position at Treverton.
In addition, Atholâ€™s qualifications include a certificate in Environmental Education from Rhodes, National Qualification Framework Assessor, Basic Ambulance Assistant (level 5 first aid), Mountain Walking Guide and Abseil Guide.
Costs and Equipment?
The course fee (shown on the Fees page) is inclusive of board and lodging, travel and outings and all tuition components (except the Advanced SCUBA Diving course which is a voluntary additional option).
Posties have a uniform for everyday wear that is practical and designed to be casual and hardwearing. It consists of khaki trousers and shorts with a Treverton Post Matric shirt which is issued once the course begins and is charged to the parents' account. A Polar Fleece jacket for Berg wear is an important piece of personal equipment for mountain hikes, other outdoor activities and the Mooi River winters. We suggest that this is only purchased once the course has begun so that we can ensure that the colour range is uniform and the quality is adequate. This too will be charged to the parents' account.
Each Postie is also required to bring formal dress to wear at occasions such as school functions, outings to the Theatre and so on. For gents this includes a jacket and tie and for ladies an appropriate equivalent.
There is no need to purchase specific outdoor equipment (e.g. backpack, sleeping bag, hiking boots) prior to the beginning of the course. Requirements will be covered in one of the initial sessions to ensure that appropriate equipment is purchased. Treverton is able to get discounted outdoor equipment and accessories through a local retail outlet.
Personal diving gear is the only exception and we recommend that a mask, snorkel, fins and a wetsuit are brought with you. A notebook computer andÂ a digital camera (to record those Kodak moments) will be useful.