Fields College History

Fields Primary was originally named “Rustenburg English Primary School”. It opened in 1968 after construction of nearly two years. The department of education after pressure from the English speaking community determined the need for an English Primary School in Rustenburg. It started with 289 learners and ten teachers. The acting principal was Mr E J Meyer.

Prior to this the English speaking learners were taught at a school built by John Pilkington Richardson with help of parents and local businessmen. The original building is now a historic monument reminding people of the struggle for fair and equitable education – a struggle many South Africans still grapple with daily.

The School name was changed from Rustenburg English Primary School to Fields Primary School. The name change was officially inaugurated in 1970. The emblem chosen was the Aloe Peglerae which is indigeneous to the Magaliesburg Mountains.

The name “Fields” was chosen to inspire fields of achievement in many varied aspects of life. Achievement in adventure, academics, sport, culture and formed the thinking to the current school motto “Excellence in all Fields.

The first PTA chairman was Mr J Pennefather and the principal was Mr H S Schutte. The Parents Teachers Association mobilised with determination in raising funds for the additional building requirements.

The School continued to grow from strength to strength fuelled by the mining boom which also saw the construction of an English High School due to the demand for such as the learners exiting from Fields Primary School needed a local high school to attend.

The School played an important role in the local community providing quality education throughout the development of Rustenburg. Mr Schutte remained at the school for 21 years and was then replaced by Mr J Kapp in 1989. He was replaced after his stint as headmaster by Mr K Nicholls who remained until the appointment of the first and current headmistress Mrs A Holding in 2001.

Interesting to note that Mrs Holding is the daughter of the first PTA Chairman Mr J Pennefather and was also the very first head girl of Fields Primary School.

Rustenburg’s economy remained farming but various mining operations were becoming more prominent and continued on a slow trajectory growth until the platinum industry boom.

The little town which was initially the administrative centre for a fertile farming area producing many products became the fast growing city in the late eighties as the platinum industry boom driven my vehicle legislation saw the demand for platinum group metals soar. The growth and development of the Rustenburg put a strain on resources, which the municipality is still grappling with as the huge influx of people to the economic hub was unprecedented. It was this rapid growth that convinced the School Governing Body that the need for an additional high school in the region was required. Due to the platinum industry bubble demand for quality schooling was at a premium the SGB raised sufficient funds to be e the objective of extending the primary school to include as fully fledged high school. The dream envisioned by the then SGB Chairman Mr Agathagelou and Mrs Holding became a reality due to sponsorship my various mining companies Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum and the hotel Group Sun International.

The new school opened its doors to the first grade 8 group in 2003 and caters for learners from all walks of life from grade1 to grade 12. The name changed from Fields Primary School to Fields College.

The school also developed a grade R classes in 2007 to promote English language development in line with the transformation as the school became more inclusive.

The school has remained resilient even in the economic turbulent times created by the cyclical nature of mining, in its quest to continue providing quality education for the community ensuring that learners develop a platform on which to grow to in time contribute meaningfully to the economy of South Africa.

The first matriculation class graduated in 2007 consisted of 46 learners which achieved 100% pass rate with a78% university entrance. They achieved a total of 39 distinctions and two learners were in the top 20 in the Province.

It is now 10 straight years of 100% pass rate. The 2016 grade 12 achieved a 100% pass rate with 81% of learners achieving university entrance pass requirement.

The grade 12 matriculation results of the school are testament to the quality education the school strives to achieve.

The 2017 challenge is to continue the 100% pass rate and improve on the number  of distinctions and quality of passes.