Profile

The School opened in January 1998, with 75 learners (Grade R-3) with a staff complement of 4 in premises rented from St. Oswalds Secondary School. In 1999, the School moved into the newly built campus, the first phase of the new building with 6 classrooms. The School was officially opened by Mr Indulal Shah, the former International Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation in April 1999, with Dr. Art Ong Jumsai, Director of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education of Thailand, and Mr Victor Kanu, Director of The African Institute of Sathya Sai Education in attendance. The administration block and additional classrooms were thereafter completed in 2000. The School is currently functioning as a specialized Foundation Phase School.

Many of the learners come from the informal settlement that lies on the periphery of the school. Many are child headed, single parent and no income or SASSA households. There are many testimonies from parents and teachers about how the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba has touched and influenced their lives in positive ways.  Educators have also witnessed this transformation in learners who have attended the School since its inception.

We endeavour to be inclusive – we embrace all religions and cultures – our activities at school reflect the cross cultural and multi-religious diversity of South Africa. We have made great strides in ensuring its sustainability. With donor funding, we have many projects in the pipeline, including the School to grow as a fully fledged primary School. Also to improve the general ambience of our School.

We have initiated community driven projects that will enhance our learners understanding of humanity and in so doing we hope to produce men/women who will lead exemplary lives and become pillars in society. We trust in Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s guiding principles that are the cornerstones on which daily tasks and lessons are based. The School is funded by nominal parent contributions, donations from well-wishers, parent contributions, donations by devotees and a small subsidy from the Department of Education. 


Features

We function as a NPO (Registration Number 135-682) and we follow the South African National Curriculum Statement (NCS), and we are CAPS compliant. 

The School offers the Foundation Phase and grade R. The class size limit is 25 learners.

A distinguishing feature of the School is that it integrates the five universal human values of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-Violence into the school curriculum to create adults of high moral and academic character.

No child is turned away on the ground of indigency. Indigent learners are provided with meals, clothing, stationary and textbooks. The learners are predominately of African origin and a number come from the adjacent Siyahlala Informal Settlement, and adjacent townships.

The learners join the School with  only IsiZulu  as a language and within a short period desired levels in English language.    


Achieving Excellence and Achievements

 The Sathya Sai School of Newcastle embraces Educare fully. Underpinning the CAPS curriculum and extra-curricular activities are the five human values of Truth, Peace, Love, Right Action and Non-Violence, and their many sub-values, its philosophy encapsulated as: simple living, high thinking, indefatigable striving. The Educare process does not stop at raising the divine consciousness of the learners and School alone, but all who interact with the School in any capacity.


Developmental Plans

We are currently developing a strong Foundation Phase for the learners empowering them with excellent basic skills in the languages and maths. We provide the learners with Sathya Sai Integral Education to empower them for life. Our aim is to strive for academic excellence and character development.


School Hours

Grade 0 – 2

Mon – Wed

7:30 –13:30 

Thursday

7:30 - 13:00

Friday

7:30 – 12:00

Grade 3

Mon – Wed

7:30 – 14:00

Thursday

7:30 - 13:30 

Friday

7:30 – 12:00

Grade, 4-9

Mon – Wed

7:30 – 14:30

Thursday

7:30 -  14:30

Friday

7:30 – 12:45

Parents are requested to have their children at school at least 5 minutes before school starts. (7:25am). Late coming is a serious default.


Transport

The majority of our learners come from Siyahlala, Madadeni and Osizweni. Those living in these areas use buses and taxis. Parents are also requested to ensure that their children travel to school in transport services that are reliable and responsible to ensure their safety.


School Uniform

Girls

Summer

  • Grades 1 – 3 - green pinafore, green pants and white shirts

  • Grade 4 – 9 - green skirt, green pants and white blouses

Winter

  • Green Jersey, scarves, beanies and anorak

Hair

  • Long hair should be plaited (two plaits) and worn with ribbons.

  • Growing hair may be worn as two ponytails with ribbons.  No fancy hair accessories.

  • No extensions or artificial braids.

Earrings

  • Earrings to be simple studs or sleepers.

  • No fancy jewellery. No ‘mendhi’ or dots.

Sports Attire

  • White Shorts

  • White Tee Shirt

Boys

Summer

  • School grey long or short pants, White shirt with collar (no golf shirts)

Winter

  • Green Jersey, scarves, beanies and anorak

Hair

  • To be short and neat.

  • No fancy hairstyles or tinted hair .

  • No mohawks, spikes or gelled hair.

Earrings

  • No earrings

Sports Attire

  • White Shorts

  • White Tee Shirt