Gauteng Catholic Schools’ Trust, South Africa.
As Sisters of St. Paul, education has always ben an important ministry for us. This is clearly stated in the words of our foundress, Genevieve Dupuis – “Do your best for the children” and we have aimed to do this for the past 175 years, and almost 70 years in South Africa.
This call is what inspired us to assist in establishing a collaborative Trust for Catholic schools in South Africa, where we have both a Primary School and a Secondary School in Rustenburg, North West Province.
After a period of time when research, discussions with the schools themselves and prayer took place, the Catholic Schools’ Trust became a reality. Four Religious Congregations, including the Sisters of St. Paul, committed to setting up the Trust to oversee the governance and business of their schools in the Pretoria, Johannesburg and Rustenburg region of the country. The name Gauteng (which means place of gold – i.e. Johannesburg) was added to distinguish from another Trust with a similar name in Cape Town. Our Trust was registered with the Master of the High Court in Pretoria in January 2014. Trustees were appointed, including representatives from each of the founding Religious Congregations. The Trustees are responsible to the Owners for ensuring the Schools continue to carry out the original mission of their founders, with their own charism, traditions and heritage.
There are eleven schools owned by the four Congregations in the Trust, Primary, Secondary and one Special school for the Deaf. Links with the Sisters are maintained and remain very important. The Trust links are by means of representation on the Governing bodies, regular visits by the Trust Administrative Officer and biennial gatherings of schools, to enable them to identify as Trust Schools, share ideas and build collaboration amongst themselves.
May God continue to guide and bless those to whom we entrust our children and school communities as we move into an unknown future. St. Paul and Genevieve pray for us.