Students Choice: Celebrating Teneo’s Top Teachers!

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.– Bill Gates


One of the biggest assets of any online classroom, and any online school, is its teachers. A good teacher will offer guidance and support, but more than that they’ll provide a safe, engaging and productive space where each student can thrive. And at Teneo online school we could not be prouder of our team of amazing teachers. 


Each member of our team of teachers understands the nuances of teaching in an online school, and of managing virtual classrooms. They’re experienced and adept at bridging any digital distance, to create lively and interactive learning spaces that ensure every student can thrive and succeed. 


In December, we asked our students and parents to nominate a teacher they wanted to express their gratitude to, for making their Teneo online schooldays a pleasure, and helping them to achieve their best. Let’s see how some of our wonderful teachers help to shape our students’ experience here at Teneo…


Noelle Hackney (English)

“She is very kind, loving, patient and humble. The knowledge and life lessons she taught me is something I will forever remember and cherish. She made learning so much easier.” 


Mari-Lize de Villiers (Maths)

“Not only did she have the kids actively engaged and learning with her passion for her subject, but as a parent I loved listening to her lessons just as much. My son looked forward to maths every day” 


Matthew Visser (Coding) 

“He truly enjoys teaching, and loves his students. I always looked forward to attending his classes, and a teacher like him makes you want to turn your camera on! (which is a good thing!!) He’s an awesome person and I hope he is my teacher again next year.”


Student Chef, Uvile Mvaphantsi, Featured in SA Chef Magazine

We want to celebrate an amazing achievement by one of our talented Grade 10 students, the Chief Chef himself, Uvile Mvaphantsi. Uvile is a passionate and innovative chef, centring his culinary creations around quality local flavours and produce.


Recently he has been featured – along with two of his recipes – in a double page spread in the prestigious SA Chef magazine! Pick up a copy today, or see below, to try his recipe for Spicy Samp and Beans, or Amarenth and Honeysuckle cake. 


Congratulations Chef Uvile, it looks like you have found your recipe for success!

Sydney Lombard Wins Gold in KZN Athletics Championships

Once again congratulations are due to our Grade 11 student, Sydney Lombard! Sydney continues to excel in Athletics – this time at the KZN Athlietics Championships. held in Pietermaritzburg on the 1 – 3 March. Sydney won Gold in the U17 Javelin event, Silver in the U17 Discus, and Bronze in the U17 hammer event. 

Sydney has been making headlines in athletics events for years now, and it’s just fantastic to see just how well all her training, dedication and hard work is paying off. Her commitment is a real testament to her, and we look forward to seeing where her skills and talent will take her next!

The Teneo family is always so thrilled to see our students achieve great things. As an online school, we understand the importance of fostering a strong community spirit among our students – and so much of that is down to students like Sydney.  It is inspiring to witness so many of our students using the extra time and flexibility you have with online school to train hard and excel at your hobbies and pursuits, win competitions, and be recognised for your incredible talent and skill. We really couldn’t be more proud.

Shining a Spotlight on Women Making History

Did you know that Mozart had a sister, who was considered to have been as talented – if not more talented than him? That some people think it’s possible she was even the composer of some of his pieces?  And did you know that Einstein didn’t actually come up with the theory of relativity on his own, but rather in full collaboration with his scientist wife, Mileva? 


Throughout history, women have played roles in some of our greatest feats of culture, art, science, architecture and more, but have not made it into the history books. But that’s changing, and as more and more women become historians and begin to look at the untold stories of women, and to tell them, that’s changing. 


To mark Women’s History Month, we asked our wonderful history teacher Hester Harmse what drew her to history, and why she thinks it’s important…


Hester, why do you think it is important to teach History at school?


History shows students models of good and responsible citizenship. It also teaches us to learn from our mistakes committed in the past . Through this we learn to examine ourselves and improve the world we live in. History equips us with the qualities we require to understand: compassion and tolerance. Through history, students students make sense of the past whilst coming into contact with other cultures and societies and in this way they gain knowledge and life skills,.   


Where did your love of History come from?


My passion for History started at a very young age. My Grandfather participated in the Boer War from the beginning of the 1900s. As grandchildren, we often visited them. He always used to entertain us with his stories and events that happened during the Anglo Boer War. I used to sit at his feet and listen to these stories and voila! my journey of love for history started then. During my primary school years, I couldn’t get enough reading materials about what happened in the past. During my high school years, I had the most boring History teacher. It was during those years that I decided I want to became a history teacher, but never a boring one. I was always a very inquisitive person. Always wanted to know more about the past. I studied history and it opened new and exciting worlds to me. The need for knowledge was and still is the reason why I became an educator. I want to open new worlds and knowledge to my students, demonstrating the importance of knowing the past to make the present and the future a better place. I visited a lot of different historical sites, which made history real. Now I can share these stories and experiences with my students. Some of my students have  even followed in my footsteps and we continue to share our knowledge with each other.

Teneo Students Represent South Africa in Ice Hockey

We are proud of our Teneo students, Matthew (Grade 11) and Franco (Grade 12), who recently represented South Africa at the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship in Sarajevo in January and will soon be playing in Cape Town for the National U18 Team in March.


The World Championship was a wonderful experience, with lessons in team support, time management and taking on a massive challenge, all while meeting schoolwork deadlines.


Well done, Matthew and Franco!!


Teneo gives talented kids like Matthew and Franco the time to pursue other talents and shine, through our flexible learning formats.

Celebrating 2023 Top Teneo IEB Student Jorja Annison

Jorja achieved 7 distinctions and 87.63% average and was placed in the top 5% of all IEB students nationally, and in the top 1% in 2 subjects. She also earned her spot as the top student on the IEB’s ‘Merit’ list. What an incredible achievement!

Jorja joined Teneo in 2021 and loved the flexibility. As an auditory learner and a student who enjoys studying at night, Jorja found the lesson recordings very helpful for revision, where she could watch teachers explain the important concepts to prepare for the final exams.  

Online school helped to foster her independence and time management, with the support and expertise of Teneo teachers.

Teneo Student Crowned Miss Teenager South Africa

Congratulations to Teneo student, Iminathi Dondola, who was crowned Miss Teenager South Africa in December 2023.

It’s such a huge achievement in a prestigious event that showcases and celebrates the intelligence, the talent, the potential and power of young women all over South Africa.

Iminathi has done herself and us proud, and we can’t wait to see what she does next!


We’ll leave you with some of Iminathi’s wise words that we think might be useful to all of our students, whenever you’re facing a challenge whether it’s examinations, learning something new, or pursuing a goal like Iminathi did when she entered Miss Teenager SA:

“Take every little step, because small steps matter the most.”

Chelsea Wedderburn’s Triumph at the Dance Star World Masters

Let’s journey into the realm of accomplishment as we applaud Chelsea Wedderburn, an extraordinary Grade 11 student, for leaving an indelible mark on the global stage!

We’re elated to share the news that Chelsea dazzled the international dance community with her exceptional performance at the Dance Star World Masters in Croatia, held from May 12th to 23rd, 2023.

Amidst the bustling arena of the B league, where dancers from 17 countries and a staggering 5000 participants converged in Croatia’s enchanting city of Porec, Chelsea’s performances evoked awe and admiration.

Her dedication and innate talent took center stage as she clinched a remarkable 5th place in the fiercely competitive Senior Lyrical Solo category, surpassing 35 talented competitors. Furthermore, Chelsea ascended to the pinnacle, securing 1st place in the Senior Acrobatic Solo category, triumphing over 13 formidable contestants.

Exploring New Horizons with Clubs and Adventures

The pursuit of knowledge need not be confined to the four walls of a classroom. Engaging in extracurricular activities, such as joining a club like Girl Guides, offers a wonderful opportunity to expand one’s horizons. It’s a chance to forge new friendships, acquire useful skills, and partake in thrilling escapades like camping and river rafting – experiences that go beyond textbooks and enrich life’s tapestry.

Lisa Bottcher, a Year 8 British International Teneo student, serves as an inspiration. She has firsthand knowledge of the profound enrichment that lies beyond the confines of traditional education. The virtual classroom may conclude for the day, but the opportunity for growth and exploration with the Girl Guides is just beginning for her.

Why not step out of your comfort zone after the lessons conclude? Embrace new challenges, cultivate friendships, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Your post-class hours can become a canvas for creativity and growth.

Share your post-class endeavours with us! We eagerly anticipate witnessing the remarkable journeys our students embark upon.

The Motsie Family’s Journey with Teneo’s Live school format

In the realm of modern education, the Motsie family has discovered a transformational shift through Teneo’s Live classroom format. The narrative of Xaedon and Xara, their twins, unfolds as a testament to the effectiveness of this innovative schooling approach.

With Teneo’s new offering, their educational journey has taken an exciting turn. Through a blend of real-time classes and cutting-edge technology, the twins have found a platform that nurtures their growth and development. The convergence of traditional learning and digital integration has propelled their academic progress.

In the words of Bianca Motsie, the impact of live classes is profound: “I truly appreciate the live classes. You get to interact with other students and teachers, LIVE. You also get lesson recordings in case you missed out on anything for any particular reason.” This seamless fusion of connectivity and flexibility ensures that no learning opportunity is missed, empowering students to take ownership of their education.

As Teneo stands as a supportive partner in their educational journey, the Motsie family’s twins flourish. The growth and success witnessed in Xaedon and Xara are a testament to live online classes.

For parents seeking a holistic and tailored approach to their child’s education, Teneo’s Live lessons emerge as an ideal solution. With its focus on interaction, personalisation, and real-time engagement, it paves the way for comprehensive growth. Consider this transformative educational experience for your child’s future success!