Long ago in the education world far, far away, I joined a dynamic team of educators as the principal of Oakfields College situated in the realm of Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria. The instant I walked through the doors I knew that this was a great place for students to learn, with a wonderful group of professional lecturers and a dedicated team of full-time staff who work endlessly to create this lively environment of learning.
Everyday I am surrounded by students from different backgrounds in various fields of study; sharing their experiences, showcasing their talents, discussing topics and enjoying student life. Their energy and passion is contagious.
A great number of our students come from out of town and stay in accommodation in the surrounding areas. This is a huge stepping stone and can often be a frightening experience but our staff and fellow students are supportive and ensure this place becomes a home-away-from-home.
We are equipped with computers using the latest software for each course, colourful and creative lecture theatres, a library, student area, photo and film studio, sound recording studio, editing suite and dance studios. All amenities are available in the Lynnridge Mall in which we are located. These include an arts store, pharmacies, a doctor’s room, clothing stores, fast food outlets and coffee shops.
We want to prepare highly creative individuals with the skills necessary to prosper in their chosen industry and to guide them in creating a future for themselves and the next generation to come.
As many of you embark on your journey of choosing a career to study towards, it may seem at this point that your whole life hangs on this one choice. There is a famous quote by Confucius that says, ‘Do what you love and love what you do’ and I believe our students and staff are fulfilling their dreams of doing just that.