Darren de Gouviea-Smith – Principal
It is a privilege to serve as Principal of Trinityhouse Palm Lakes Preparatory and High Schools and on behalf of all the staff members I would like to welcome everyone to our wonderful school. Trinityhouse has an outstanding reputation as a leading Independent Christian School Brand, and I am proud to be part of this growing young school,...
a school that holds much excitement for the future. Our school is filled with enthusiastic children willing to learn, supportive parents interested in their children’s education, and dedicated professional staff committed to providing the learners with a quality education. Our ever-expanding superb modern facilities enable us to deliver our curriculum in a welcoming environment that is intimate, friendly and attuned to an individual’s needs. Our classes are comparatively small which creates an atmosphere where our children can feel relaxed and comfortable.
Our school is nestled in the rolling cane fields of the quiet area of Tinley Manor as part of the Palm Lakes Family Estate, which is not far from the towns of Umhlali and Salt Rock and only a few minutes from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the rapidly expanding town of Ballito. Our High School Boarding facilities are modern houses in the secure gated environment of the estate where we provide a safe and comfortable living setting that has a supportive extended family feel with a “home from home” atmosphere.
Our teachers and students are at the heart of our school community, a community that prides itself on being a ‘family school’. Similarly, we ensure that our children appreciate the opportunities which are given to meet their social-emotional needs and are therefore involved in their wider community through a focused Outreach Programme to create a sense of connection and opportunity to serve others.
At Trinityhouse we are passionate about teaching and learning and its ability to transform lives, giving our children the necessary skills to write the IEB examinations in Grade 12, so that they are well equipped to take on the challenges of tertiary education. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure they are met.
Trinityhouse learners are well-rounded, balanced individuals who are self-disciplined, confident, and who are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity on offer at our school.
We hope your visit to our website will give you a quick snapshot of life at our school. Please explore links to find out more about our curriculum and events at Trinityhouse Palm Lakes.
Each child’s stay at our wonderful school is one that is filled with love, fun, learning, success and fulfillment.
The general aim of assessment at Trinityhouse Palm Lakes should provide evidence of pupil performance relative to learning outcomes and assessment standards as described in the National Curriculum Statement. The overall purpose of assessment is...
to monitor a pupil’s progress by collecting, analyzing and interpreting information to assist teachers in making decisions about the progress of their pupils. Reporting gives positive and supportive feedback to both pupils and parents.
At Trinityhouse Palm Lakes, we recognise the importance of an extensive Extramural programme in the holistic development of each child. On the sporting front we offer Cricket, Hockey, Soccer, Rugby, Netball, Tennis, Swimming and Cross...
Country. Our pupils also have access to our mini astro court to develop skills. On the Arts and Cultural front our pupils are given the platform to participate in public speaking and various stage performances.
Trinityhouse School uniform is a traditional style, incorporating a blazer and school tie. In summer, the wearing of a blazer is optional. Our pupils wear their uniform with wonderful pride.
The school’s Code of Conduct provides a framework which defines acceptable behaviour of pupils and thus provides a zone of safety within which pupils can function. Discipline takes the form of consequences to promote corrective...
behaviour rather than punitive consequences.
Boarding for learners at Trinityhouse Palm Lakes is in the secure gated environment of the Palm Lakes Family Estate. We...
provide a safe and comfortable living facility that has a supportive extended family feel with a “home from home” atmosphere. Boarders are supervised by teaching staff and a full-time Matron will be on duty at all times. Teachers oversee the evening homework sessions and the Matron is responsible for meals, laundry and the general well-being of each learner. All boarders participate in our Extramural programme and weekend excursions are provided.
Access to our Mini-Astro court helps to develop hockey and soccer skills.
Regular swimming lessons is beneficial for water confidence and for developing swimming skills.
Cricket fixtures are played on our top class Turf Pitch
Netball fixtures are played on our top class netball courts
Tennis is coached by our resident professional coach
The Marimba is one of those truly African instruments that can be played easily by anyone and everyone. The marimba...
provides the perfect accompaniment to dancing and singing as well as being a marvellous solo and ensemble instrument. Together with a variety of percussion instruments, the marimba band can play anything from traditional African, jazz, pop and classical music. The beauty of this instrument is that NO previous music knowledge is necessary and within a short space of time groups of learners are playing together like seasoned musicians. At Trinityhouse Palm Lakes we use our marimbas in the music classroom as part of CAPS, making the music lessons come alive and excites every learner who enters the music classroom!
Darren de Gouviea-Smith
January 10-March 28
April 17-June 22
July 17-September 21
October 8-December 6