Acacia Education Colleges, trading as Acacia Schools, was founded in 2017 and opens doors to its first school in January 2018, in Northriding Johannesburg North.
The school is independently owned and was founded by a team of entrepreneurs from varied professional backgrounds, among them a Chartered Accountant and Wits MBA, Engineers (Mechanical and Electrical), Human Resources and IT. Bound by their Christian faith and values despite membership to different denominations, the founders purposefully ventured into the education sector with the objective of making a significant contribution in improving livelihoods through the power of quality education and the foundation of a Christian faith and values.
Acacia Northriding is a co-education (boys and girls) day school offering Cambridge curriculum to both Primary and High school learners (Grade R - A Level form).
We chose to name our school after the most common tree in Southern Africa, the Acacia.
RADICATI QUIA VICTORIA, Latin for ROOTED FOR SUCCESS, is our motto which is aptly portrayed by our emblem which visually demonstrates that a good, strong and deep set of roots anchors the Savanna Acacia to flourish in the desert droughts, to remain standing in the driving winds, to resurrect/renew itself from the chars of veld fires, to protect itself from the herbivores of the plains and to provide shelter/habitation to the savanna animals.
Our motto focuses on rooting each learner with the set of “roots” that will equip them to flourish in the unfriendly jungle of life and to serve the needs of humanity and the environment with excellency. We are equipped to root our learners in the following;
Christian Ethos/values – placing God at the center of one’s life
Inspiration – create and sustain a desire for nobility, success and service
Hard work – inculcating the discipline of hard work
Excellency – cultivate excellency in all that one finds their hands to do
World’s best Curriculum – giving our learners the “unfair” advantage with the use of the World’s best curriculum
OUR FACILITIES - Present
OUR FACILITIES - Future
The Acacia Model classroom blocks above will be developed during 2018 for use in 2019.
OUR PRESENT FACILITIES
The former “Abbey Road Guest House” on stand no. 200 Blandford Road, Northriding, is our home for 2018. The site/plot measures over 30,000 square meters (3 hectares) although the developed area comprises a modern double storey structure with 10 family size en suite guest rooms which have been converted to classrooms. Each classroom will hold between 15 and 25 learners. Large reception, dining and bar areas have all been converted to offices, staffrooms, school hall and classrooms.
Our state of the art sports facilities will be completed during March 2018.
Julikias Gandure - CEO
Julikias Gandure, has more than 25 years in senior management positions in large Corporates as a Finance or Operations Executive, and in SMEs and his owned businesses as CEO. A CA(SA), Deloitte alumni, Wits MBA alumni, and a member of the Institute of Directors, Julikias has worked for Lonrho Zimbabwe, Chloride/Exide Zambia, BP & Shell Marketing Services, among others. A devoted Christian, Julikias is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs and about education as a tool of transforming lives. Julikias shares the vision for Acacia Schools to be a place where Learners are INSPIRED to desire nobility in life, are taught to FOCUS on things that matter in life, cultivate the discipline of HARDWORK and practice RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR as a lifestyle.