Tiger Kloof is a non-denominational Christian school. This faith is still very central to the ethos of the school, with regular services and smaller group meetings. Children are encouraged to deepen their faith, as well as expressing it practically in service work. In many of the local communities our children experience physical abuse, violence, drugs and poverty. Tiger Kloof can be a passport out of poverty, as well as instilling in them values of service and discipline, rooted in the same Christian faith brought by the missionaries more than a century ago.
The spiritual foundations of Tiger Kloof have always encouraged its students to go deeper in order to build taller. Any cynicism about South Africa’s future will be blown away by a visit to Tiger Kloof. Considering the challenges that many of our students have had to face, they are remarkable. Here they find a sense of purpose and direction and an extraordinary heart for serving the disadvantaged of their own communities, even among those who themselves have very little.
This school, which once produced national leaders, is hoping again to produce leaders of the future with a deep sense of integrity and a determination to make a difference .
Tiger Kloof takes service in the local community very seriously. We believe that those who have been given something have the responsibility to give back. In 2014 we opened a project in Huhudi, serving the residents of the informal settlement. This is called 'The Hem of His Garment' and groups of Tigers go there three times a week to serve food to the children. We are starting a recycling scheme and also using the project to provide some basic teaching to the children through a programme supported by a UK based charity.
While we want to develop young leaders, we want to see leaders who have a heart to serve in their communities, inspired by the example of the Old Tigers, who, while being great leaders, understood the importance of service in public life. In 2013 the school won the very prestigious Mail and Guardian 'Drivers of Change' award for education, in recognition of its commitment to the upliftment of children from our local community and beyond.
Tiger Kloof sits on 1200 hectares of farmland. We have developed a herd of cattle, a chicken farm and a vegetable garden, while a pig operation started in 2015. This farm gives our own students an understanding of the environment and teaches them the importance of farming sustainability. We are committed to a holistic approach, farming without chemicals and in such a way that the land is not over-grazed but preserved for future generation.
We are also offering junior land are camps during the year and learners from all areas attend to learn more about farming and the environment.
Adventure Plus (TKA+)
In 2015 we opened TIger Kloof Adventure Plus (TKA+), an adventure training centre, with a wide range of activities. These include a mountain biking course, raft building, an assault course and paint balling which ensure that we can deliver far more than just a classroom education for our students.
The purpose of this centre is twofold: to give our own students a chance to develop their leadership potential and teamwork skills in an outdoor environment; and to attract groups from other schools, churches, youth groups and businesses to come and use our facilities. This will also provide our young people with further opportunities to host groups and develop new skills.
Tiger Kloof is a member of the international Round Square organization (www.roundsqaure.org). This is a network of schools from around the world committed to values of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Through this network of very prestigious schools we have links all over the world, which provides exchange opportunities for our students, while we welcome a lot of schools from abroad to Tiger Kloof.
In the period 2012-4 we hosted visiting groups from the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Australia, India, Oman and Slovakia, while in hosting the African Regional Conference in 2013 we welcomed visiting schools from South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Kenya and Jordan.
Some of our students are fortunate enough to go on the annual international conference. This commitment to our international programme provides extraordinary opportunities for our young people to gain an experience of the wider world.
In 2015 we opened an adventure training centre (TKA+), with a wide range of activities. These include a mountain biking course, raft building, an assault course and paint balling which ensure that we can deliver far more than just a classroom education for our students. The purpose of this centre is twofold: to give our own students a chance to develop their leadership potential and teamwork skills in an outdoor environment; and to attract groups from other schools, churches, youth groups and businesses to come and use our facilities. This will also provide our young people with further opportunities to host groups and develop new skills.
The Hem of His Garment - Soup Kitchen
More than five years ago “The Hem” started its operations in Huhudi, Vryburg. About 150 children from the area are fed three times a week which roughly equates to about 18000 meals a year (taking holidays into account). We also serve a special e-pap, which is specially formulated to provide all the nutrition the children might lack.
At the end of the term we strive to hand out food parcels to families for the time that The Hem will be closed. Our own Tigers are taken to The Hem to help with whatever they can after school.
Wedding and Conference Venue (TKE+)
Tiger Kloof has a big rustic barn that could easily accommodate up to 500 guests as well as a smaller hall that caters for smaller groups of up to 150 guests with kitchen facilities. Tiger Kloof Events Plus (TKE+) can supply basic decor, tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery. Tiger Kloof provides the perfect backdrop for all your wedding photo opportunities between the old school buildings and the adjacent kloof area. Our unique location, abundance of open space and country farm setting makes us the perfect destination for your wedding. The nearby Arthington Memorial Church can also be used for nuptials. We also offer affordable accommodation for guests.