Our student culture plays a key role in the experience at Combretum Trust School. We’ve created a safe and accessible environment where students are encouraged to discuss ideas, collaborate on projects, share their work and receive feedback with pride. We give students the foundation to reach their potential and gain confidence both academically and socially.
Debating and public speaking are extra-curricular activities offered at Combretum Trust School, under the Debate and Public Speaking Society. The goal of the society is to foster a culture of independent research, critical thinking and a cohesive way of presenting ideas, both argumentatively and to the general public through strong oratory skills. In 2021 the Combretum team won the national debating championships!
Science Central is a project under the community outreach umbrella of the Combretum Education Trust. It is an after school program that offers practical demonstrations in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry to learners in primary and secondary school. It caters specifically to learners from schools in underprivileged areas.
The sessions are one hour long and run in the afternoon between Monday and Wednesday at the Combretum Trust School campus in Church Street. Science central is spearheaded by trained staff from Combretum Trust School, who have a wealth of experience between them: Mr. Bruce Buchanan offers physics; Mrs. Funmilayo Ajayi offers Biology, and Mr. Filemon Iiyambo offers Chemistry.
The sessions are conducted in a brand new laboratory that was previously an old shipping container, it was converted into a lab with funding from the Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS) and has been supported with funds for Educate For Africa (EforA). It is the brainchild of the late former director of the trust Mrs. Susan Brown. The overarching aim of Science central is to help the learners by strengthening the foundation of the primary school learners to allow them to unlock their potential once in secondary school, and helping the secondary school learners fully grasp the theoretical concepts learned in class by doing practical work.
The program will be expanded to include more schools in 2022 and will run over a longer period of time. The aim is to eventually include schools on the outskirts of Windhoek. There is great room to grow the project even further by adding a second lab. The long term goal of Science Central is to foster a genuine interest in science amongst learners in Windhoek.
If you would be interested in getting involved please contact us.