Rest In Peace Mr Cornelius Barnard.

It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that we deliver the following message. Mr Cornelius Barnard sadly passed away, on the 9th of August 2019. He came to Brettonwood High School as a student teacher and proved himself as an asset that when he qualified he returned in 2009 as a full-time English educator. His enthusiasm and passion for the profession knew no bounds.

He was an example to every learner he came in contact with and made an impact on everyone’s lives, staff and learners alike. He was the champion of the ‘underdog’ and would always try and find ways to assist, help and encourage learners to do their best, strive for excellence and make the best of the opportunities given to them.

Throughout the years Mr Barnard played a vital role in shaping learners not just inside the classroom, but outside, on the Rugby field as well as coaching Debating. His love for Martial Arts was inspiring, and everyone knew it, so much so that he began teaching it as an extra-mural activity in 2017. He took over the Drama department at the end of the same year and brought out the best in those learners.

Sun Tzu, Chinese philosopher and author of one of his favourite novels ‘The Art of War’ states ” a good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame”. And this is true of Mr Barnard, he sought to empower the youth and all he came in contact with and did so with a generous heart and overwhelming respect.

In 2018 his passion for teaching took him to Taiwan, where he was able to fully live out his dream of honing in his martial art skills as well as teach English to young children.

Mr Barnard’s zest for life, boisterous mannerisms, inspirational speeches, infectious laugh and smile will always remain a part of our school. He will be missed. The management, staff and learners wish to convey our sincere, deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family. Rest in peace dear colleague, friend and teacher.

Nelson Mandela International Day Celebrations.

Brettonwood High School learners recently celebrated the Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) which is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each 18 July. It  is an international day adopted by the United Nations. It is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, it is a global movement to take his life’s work into a new era and change our world for the better.  Lest we forget Mandela Day asked us all to “Take Action and Inspire Change”. Students took part by drawing posters, cleaning the school and making sandwiches to give to the less fortunate in society.



Kindly be advised that our school will be closed on Thursday the 30th May 2019 for Ascension Day. Friday the 31st of May 2019 is a normal school day and your child / ward’s attendance is compulsory. We wish all our Christian families a blessed Ascension Day.

Brettonwood mourns the loss of Thabiso Dladla.

The principal, management, and staff of Brettonwood High School would like to extend their condolences to the family of Thabiso Dladla, who passed away on 27 May 2019.  Thabiso entered Brettonwood in 2017 as a shy, polite Grade 8 learner and throughout the years here, grew into the embodiment of what it means to be a learner at this school.  He was a respectful, intelligent, loving and strong individual.  He shared many of the core values that we stand for at Brettonwood High and quickly became friends with a small group, who stuck together. Despite having a core group of friends, he was always friendly to everyone he met and always had a smile ready for those he came in contact with.  Our school creed reads, ‘I refuse to be ordinary, I will respect my educators, and serve my community with pride and honour.’ That is surely what he did.  He wore his uniform with pride and honour and gave the utmost respect not just to the teachers, but to his classmates and schoolmates as well. Thabiso, your smile, humour, sunny disposition and willingness to help everyone will be missed. May his soul rest in peace.

Rest in Peace Thabiso (5 December 2003- 27 May 2019)

Grade 9 Leadership Excursion

The grade 9 Leadership Outdoor Excursion took place on the 30 of April 2019 at Giba Gorge. Throughout the day our learners enjoyed an educational and fun-filled adventure participating in activities such as: low rise obstacle course, go karting, relay and paintball target shooting. They also played several traditional/indigenous games.

The learners had lots of fun while learning about the importance of team work as well as working individually to reach goals. Thanks to our learners’ parents for continuing to support such projects. #BHS #YearOfExcellence

Grade 9 Leadership Excursion

Welcome to Term Two

Dear Parents/ Guardians

We would like to welcome you to our second term, one that promises academic excellence as well as a high level of competitive sports.

As we begin a new term we would like to announce the following changes in our staffing. It is bitter sweet that we bid farewell to our principal, Mr NP Dlamini, who has accepted the post of Circuit Manager (Durban West). We are thankful for all he has done for our school and will forever be indebted to him for his contribution to all learners, teachers and parents who have worked with him throughout the years. We wish him well in his future endeavours and know that Brettonwood has left an imprint in his life as he has done in ours. It gives us great pleasure to announce that in light of Mr Dlamini’s departure, Mrs E Zizhou, will serve as Acting Principal and Mrs P Naidoo, as Deputy Principal. We know that our school is in capable hands and will continue to strive for excellence in all spheres.

Thank you for your continued support.