- Achievements to Date
Established in 1981, by a group of expat and local personalities including the founding Headmistress, Mrs Mary Fraser, MBE
Major projects completed include:
- The construction and opening of the High School in 1996
- Information and Communication Technology Centre
- Refurbishment and modernisation of the Media Centre
- Tennis and Cricket courts
- A 25m swimming pool, which has been used to host …..and Zone 6 games in 2010
- Future Outlook
As we look to the future, there is much that we would like to achieve to ensure that Sifundzani continues to make its distinctive and special educational provision. This involves new ideas and new initiatives, all designed to provide a strong academic and Christian environment where young people can continue to receive first-class, all-round education; where closer relationships can be built and fostered with Old Sifundzanians, parents and friends; and where the profile and visibility of the School can be raised even further both nationally and internationally.
Sifundzani is fortunate to have in its leadership a dedicated team of Educators. The current head of school is Mrs Ella Magongo and her deputy Mrs Sibongile Dlamini.
The present chairman of the School Board is Mr Joseph Botti and Mr Benedict Bennett as his deputy. Every 3 years a new team of Governors is elected by parents of the school. This committee consists of 6 elected committee members and 3 co-opted ones. The school Board is tasked to support the academic administration and to help oversee policies, fees and the general running of the school.
In addition, Sifundzani parents elect a team of parents who form our PTA. This committee is an integral part of the school, it is hands on, fundraise and support the administration. Over the years, PTA has helped to raise funds for the construction and improvement of our sporting facilities, running into thousands of Emalangeni.
- Descriptive Background
Sifundzani Primary was founded in 1981 by Mrs Mary Fraser, a Scottish educationalist, as a unique public/private partnership. It is situated in Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland. The name Sifundzani means, “What are we learning?” It was officially opened by His Excellency, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Prince Mabandla on the 25 February 1983.
Sifundzani Primary is a co-educational school with a Christian ethos, but welcoming and including pupils from all backgrounds. It is a school of high expectations and is recognised by the US State Department.
Sifundzani Primary aims to ‘make every child a happy child’, a philosophy begun by its founder, Mrs Fraser.
Sifundzani Primary, an English medium school, follows in broad outline the government curriculum, which is then implemented in a dynamic, manner. The reading programme at the school is noteworthy and, for Swaziland, distinctive. The Grade 7 pupils write the external Swaziland Primary Certificate (SPC) school leavers’ exam and typically perform outstandingly. Year by year, Sifundzani Primary is ranked as the top school or amongst the top schools in these examinations.
With their robust academic background and rounded approach, Sifundzani Primary graduates are sought after by Sifundzani High School, Waterford KaMhlaba UWC as well as leading independent schools in Swaziland and beyond.
Sifundzani Primary has an enrolment of approximately 410 learners. Each class has about 30 learners. The current principal is Mrs Ella Magongo and her deputy, Mrs Sibongile Dlamini, also serves as a Grade Seven teacher. The school has two classes per grade, named Arabic and Roman. There are 14 class teachers; Grades 1 and 2 have class assistants while the Grade 3 classes share an assistant.
Pupils are allowed to choose between French and SiSwati as their second language. There are two French teachers and one SiSwati teacher.
In addition to these teachers the school employs a full time IT teacher, a part time librarian, a Music teacher, Music and movement teacher for grades 1 and 2, two part time PE teachers and an Art teacher.
The academic programme of the school is supported by an administrative team comprising of a bursar, the principal’s personal secretary and a receptionist.