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It is not always easy to answer the question: Who am I? I am a multitude of things to many people, I am a Daughter of The King, a mother and a wife. I am also a passionate teacher, avid sports lover, outdoor enthusiast and liberal thinker. I somehow do not always fit the mold of my profession and the perspectives others may have of my various labels…and I love it this way.

My “abnormalness” (for lack of a better word) began at school, when I beat the boys in most short distance running events and participated in 9 different sports over my high school years. Unusual for “a girl” certainly. But, therein lies my urge to fight the labels… who decided that “a girl” could not do all of these things. I am inspired by History as a subject, because it is by knowing where we have come from that we can best create a path for the future. History teaches us to analyse and understand the perspective of others, surely the world could do with more of this? History has the potential to create global citizens of substance and positive contributors to the currently broken and hurting world.
My other major is Physical Education, yes unusual again, I know. The quote by Kurt Vonnegut rings true here: “Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.” Imagine if everyone treated their bodies this way, how different would our world and the confidence of people everywhere be?

My main aim in education is to change the life of ONE pupil, just ONE. One pupil that can openly say and confess “because of you I didn’t give up. Because of you I am a better person.” Coaching a team or a pupil is one of my greatest privileges. Coaching teenagers can be a complex, frustrating, yet highly rewarding experience. By being a coach a person is likely to impact more people in one year than the average person will in a lifetime. As an avid lover of the outdoors, it saddens me that some people have never, not for a day, slept in the bush and woken up to a sunrise. There is no place in the world that you can learn more about yourself and your relationships with others than in God’s splendour. In Job 12: 7- 10 we read, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Education is a challenging and ever-changing space. As a teacher you can be a hero one minute, and a villain the next. It is a calling and gift from God to shape young lives and young hearts to create a world that is better than the one we inherited and to help create the change we wish to see in the world.

Should you wish to chat to Jen directly, please feel free to contact her via

jtownsend@treverton.co.za


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For most matriculants, it was a once in a lifetime experience; As we often say Treverton gives all round quality education. It is not different when it comes to languages. The itinerary included a trip to the Pavillion – watched a movie in line with their CAT work and film studies. We drove off to The Valley of a Thousand Hills to experience their rich culture. On arrival pupils were offered cold beverages to hydrate themselves before embarking on a 3-hour cultural tour. First stop was a trip to the river where boys were reminded how girls were asked out in the Zulu culture, when they came to fetch water. Next stop was to visit a Sangoma hut to hear all about how the ubizo, the calling, works and who gets affected by such. The last stop was at the Nduna’s house where our pupils were reminded how it works from when a young man from the village reaches manhood/adulthood to finding a fiancé with intentions to marry, being given (land) plot to build a family home.

There was a lot that correlated with our prescribed textbook. We were treated to a scrumptious dinner, slept in tents and enjoyed breakfast in the morning before heading back to Mooi River.

Xoli Mzinyane


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My name is Xoli Mzinyane, I have been with Treverton for a number of years. I am a passionate language teacher who introduced IsiZulu at the College in 2011, after there had been a student in 2010 who struggled to find a teacher. I had one boy in Matric year 2011. It has been pleasing to witness growth in numbers of pupil taking IsiZulu as well as the whole department growth. With the help of former Prep Headmaster Mark Chaperone and Dave Cato (former College Master) who were both eager to venture with me into the unknown allowed me to introduce IsiZulu in 2016 for Grade 6s and Grade 7s at the Prep and those who were in Grade 7 in 2016 are in Matric this year. That is History in the making.
I would describe myself as someone who is charismatic in my teaching approach. The children in my class come alive when they get to class, those who know me knows how deep my voice is but I have no fear of throwing in a chorus in sync with the subject matter as I teach. Pupils are challenged and expected to keep up with the evolving times of technology. My classes has experience broadcasting “live” on their radio station and TV and interviewing prominent members of the society for orals, short stories and novels has been created to mini series and our pupils enjoy editing these and before submission.  For those I have coached and cheered for on the sidelines when playing games, know how loud I can be on the side of the field. If you think Pep Guardiola is dramatic on the side of the field, then you definitely have not met Mrs Emzee as popularly known by the students.
My Hotel experience filters through to the way I teach some content in class. Please see an example of Recipes of African Cuisine done by Okuhle Ntuli (Grade 10).
Though I am not a keen outdoor pursuit person, I have tested my boundaries – going on hikes, excursions and even abseiling. I guess sky is the limit….

Should you wish to chat to Xoli directly, please feel free to contact her via

xmzinyane@treverton.co.za


#thetrevertonexperience www.treverton.co.za

Many of you know me for teaching Geography, sports coordinating and coaching. This is a bit more about me…

I enjoy running, cycling, hiking and any other adventure orientated activity. I love being out in nature and enjoying the diverse landscape that our country has to offer. I have had the privilege of racing in two Duathlon World Championship events in Europe and finishing on the podium in my age group in multiple South African Multisport Championships.

Sunrise trails run at first light, that sip of coffee in the morning, the sun dipping over a mountain and the sound of country music on a road trip with my girlfriend or family are some of the little things that I enjoy in life.

I am passionate about educating students to embrace their uniqueness and individuality as we each have our own strengths to enrich those that cross our paths. I encourage each person to grasp the opportunities that Treverton has to offer you, in order to broaden your repertoire to become well rounded ladies and gentlemen as you lead into your future.

Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. Hebrews 12.1

Should you wish to chat to Travers directly, please feel free to contact him via

sport@treverton.co.za


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