The obvious choice in distance education

Since 1996

The obvious choice in distance education

Since 1996

About Us

Clonard Education is less about a large number of students and more about providing personal service and a high quality curriculum for the next generation of South Africans. The aim at Clonard Education is to provide the utmost in quality education in order to shape our children’s futures.

In 1996 home education was made legal in South Africa.  Since then Clonard have helped thousands of parents to give their children a head start in life.  Clonard Distance Education offers home schooling curricula throughout South Africa and abroad.

There are many reasons to choose homeschooling - perhaps a poor level of education in your local schools, lack of discipline, bullying, exposure to things that are not part of your family's moral code, financial reasons or perhaps simply proximity to a suitable school.  Another reason that parents may choose to homeschool their children is due to religion.  We believe that religion is a personal matter, so there is no religious content in the Clonard curriculum.

Whatever the reason, Clonard provides everything that you will need in order to homeschool your children.  We provide the full curriculum for Grade R to IGCSE (grade 11 equivalent) (incl. exams) as well as all the support that you will need throughout the year.  We are currently working on As and A levels (Cambridge grade 12 and post-matric equivalent).  You do not need to be a qualified teacher to homeschool your child with Clonard.  The curriculum is developed by qualified and experienced teachers, the best in the field.  Your children can go back to school at any time using our formal report, although they might be well ahead of their class mates.

The books are interesting and the work is challenging.  You will be delighted to see how quickly your child learns.  The one-on-one teaching method lets your child move at their own pace - the best way to learn. 

Watch your child's confidence blossom as they thrive on the attention.

Our children come from many different backgrounds and we aim to work together to give your child the solid foundation that they deserve.

Your children are our future.

Meet the Team

Management

Virginia and Mike Tyrrell founded Clonard Education in 1996.  What began as a publisher of high quality phonetic readers for the Foundation Phase soon blossomed into a leading homeschooling curriculum provider.

Heather Tyrrell Makepeace has a BComm in accounting & marketing and spent 10 years working in London before joining Clonard in 2010.  Heather is Mike and Virginia’s youngest daughter and in 2014 she married Reg Makepeace.  Heather has taken over the business since her parents' retirement in 2016.  Heather has an alternative streak and runs a side line yoga and healing practice.  She and Reg welcomed their first child, Guy, in July 2015 and they are expecting their second bundle of joy soon.

Academics

Sandy Wortmann has has a teaching degree in English and Geography and comes with plenty of hands-on experience.  She has taught high school Geography, Afrikaans and Computer Studies, lectured at Embury Institute for Teacher Training and tutored at Unisa.  She is Clonard's Head of Academics and our Afrikaans and Geography teacher.  After school hours Sandy runs a wonderful South African aloe nursery and is a very young grandmother of little Harriet in Australia.

Alison Russell joined Clonard in 2012 having been involved with Kip McGrath and various schools in the Durban area.  A woman of many talents and interests, Alison plays the piano and is currently working towards a degree in music, in addition to growing the most beautiful orchids.  Our young children are guaranteed a good grounding in the basics of Maths with Alison in charge of grades R – 7.

Bronwyn Parker has been a qualified high school maths teacher since 1996 and does a superb job with our grade 8 & 9 Maths curriculum.  Bronwyn’s real passion is dance.  She is very involved with highland and Irish dancing and owns her own dance studio.  In addition to all this she holds a full time teaching post at a local primary school and is mother to three children.  Bronwyn leads a varied and extremely busy life.

Bev Radford received her BComm (Education) cum laude.  When she joined us in 2010 we were confident that Accounting and EMS would be in good hands.  Bev has since written all the study material for both subjects and authored numerous text books, which are now used by both Clonard and mainstream schools.  She also holds a high school teaching post in Johannesburg and still finds time to feed her creative side by putting together beautiful photobooks.

Gwynne Gosher is a qualified and highly experienced teacher who has joined our staff in 2015.  Gwynne is responsible for Natural Science and Technology Gr. 4-6, Natural Science Gr. 7-9, Technology Gr. 7-9 and Physical Science Gr. 8 & 9.  We are confident that she will maintain our high standards and bring a fresh new dimesion to these subjects.  Her hobbies include gardening, walking, birding and Pilates, but her primary passion is photography.  She has two happily married children and two young grandchildren.

Gaye Ballard joined us in December 2014.  Gaye has  20 years experience teaching high school English and History and she is now responsible for English Gr. 7-9 and History Gr. 8 & 9.  She has two children and three grandchildren.  She enjoys going to the gym and her real passion is making quilts.

Helen Rosling has 37 years of teaching experience and we are pleased to welcome her to our staff of top-notch teachers.  She is responsible for History Gr. 4-7.  Helen is an incurable bookworm and she has recently welcomed her grandson Riley.

Administration

Amy Nortje joined us in 2014 to take over in student affairs and as office manager and she has since assisted with sales and marketing.  Amy has her honours degree in English and is a wiz at languages.  She enjoys running, pilates, crochet, learning how to code and she loves to bake.  Her favourite way to start the day is to watch the sun rise over the sea from her balcony.

Bibi van Tienhoven joined us in 2012 to assist with a month long project and quickly made herself indispensable to the team.  Among many other tasks she is in charge of everything to do with orders and stock.  Bibi has a preteen son, Micky, who keeps her very busy and very young.  She likes to hear laughter and see happy people and she loves to read and listen to classical music.  She will always long for the bush and nights spent surrounded by the sounds of crickets and roaring lions.

Bernice Moore joins us in 2016 to handle the exams department.  She will take over from Sandy in August and be in charge of the processing of exams and reports.  She is passionate about crystals and alternative healing methods and spends much of her free time renovating her home with her budding DIY skills.  She enjoys photography and spending her holidays in the bush.

Shereen Ebrahim joins us in 2016 in our accounts department.  She is in charge of the books as well as debtors.  She enjoys reading and relaxation as well as spending time with her family including her three "incredibly naughty" nieces.  Her philosophy in life is that everything happens for a reason - even if we can't figure out what that reason may be.

Production

Nicholas Mohlaoli joined us in 2005.  He is in charge of all our printing and monitors our paper stock levels.  He has many years of experience and keeps a keen eye on the quality of our printing.  He enjoys attending church every weekend where he is a senior member of the choir.  He has two children with his wife Anna.

Anna Mohlaoli has been at Clonard since 2012 when she joined to assist the growing company.  She handles the packing of the curriculum boxes and keeps an eye on our textbook stock levels.  She enjoys cleaning to help her relax and going to church each weekend with her family.  Anna is a member of the choir and performs often.  She has a son, Shimmy, and daughter, Palesa, who spend much of their free time singing with their parents.

Sindi Mjoli joined the team in 2007 to take over with the packing of the curriculum boxes.  She also monitors stock levels and ensures that our books are put together correctly.  She enjoys cleaning her home and going to the movies.  Sindi loves company and often visits or entertains her friends.

Mthembe Mhlongo joined Clonard in 2008.  He assists with the printing of all our books and wraps our packs for postage.  He is a helpful person and assists with anything when needed.  He thoroughly enjoys listening to music, relaxing at home and spending time with his many friends.  He has a daughter, Andiswa, who he enjoys going to the movies with.

Testimonials

  • “Everyone at Clonard has been exceptionally helpful, professional, good hearted, kind and patient with both my son and I when I needed it the most.  It has been a pleasure dealing with Clonard and an experience that I will never forget.” ~ Shaamila Safedien

  • “I have really enjoyed the time we have spent working through your wonderful materials. Thank you for all your support and help in the homeschooling process.”
    ~ Tamryn Paterson

  • "The kids are so looking forward to finishing school with Clonard. Your system works! The kids have learned so much because the work is set out well and it is easy to understand."
    ~ Nicola Shore

  • “We have had the most amazing year home schooling with Clonard! I am deeply grateful to Clonard for providing us with such a comprehensive syllabus so that Aidan was able to keep up with his education despite his health issues.”
    ~ Debra & Russell Orffer-Brown

  • "I believe that homeschooling - when done in the disciplined and methodical manner which Clonard's system makes so easy - should be considered by all parents fortunate enough to have the opportunity.  It is a very easy programme to follow and very well planned.  The staff are always friendly and very accomodating."
    ~ Lorraine Windsor

  • “An educational psychologist advised us that our grade 7 son would not be able to go on to obtain a matric. We refused to accept that and thanks to three years of one-on-one tuition using the Clonard curriculum he returned to a mainstream school and achieved his matric. He then went on to attend a computer college where he was top of his class! We know that Clonard works and is easy to follow and teach if you are not a qualified teacher.”
    ~ Sheelagh and John Tingle

  • “The Clonard ladies are just the most professional people I have had the pleasure of dealing with!”
    ~ Vanessa Jorge

  • “My daughter went off to high school at the beginning of this year after six years of home education with Clonard from the time she was just 8 years old.  She has done so well, academically and socially, achieving a good solid B aggregate for the first term and doing particularly well in Maths.  She is at one of the best-rated schools in our province which makes her achievement (and Clonard’s) particularly striking.  I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at Clonard for the years of guidance and help.  During our six years of home education, it was wonderful to know that help and advice was always just a phone call away. Thank you so much!”
    ~ Louise

  • “I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to you and Clonard for the exceptional service and support that you have rendered to us.  Thanks again and I will most certainly recommend Clonard to anyone who is considering distance learning for their children.”
    ~ Yusuf Gani

  • “This is Sara's last year at Clonard, she will be starting at our local high school next year.  Our headmaster is very impressed with her marks and says her marks are even better than some of the children that come from the private schools.  So thank you for such a wonderful syllabus and all Clonard's help and support.”  
    ~ Diane Weitsz

  • “We want to compliment your team and the excellent syllabus that you provided for our daughter over the years which enabled her to score an A in her entrance test for Grade 8.  Please express our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all.  We will readily recommend the school to anyone for the excellent support and commitment.”
    ~Ismail & Roogsana Jhazbhai

  • “I am extremely happy about having chosen to educate my son through Clonard.  Clonard staff have always been ready to help me, whether it was with applications for the Department of Education or to repeatedly remind me of my son's student number.  I would gladly recommend Clonard to anyone looking to home school their children.”
    Zaheera Jooma

  • "Tom is a potent reader, at the age of 9 he reads all newspapers and National Geographics. He reads quickly with a sharp understanding of what he is reading. I thank Clonard for leading him to this point, those early reading books were fantastic."
    ~ Osnat de Villiers

  • "I have tried other curriculums and found that they did not provide the same excellent service that I have experienced through Clonard.  The staff are efficient, friendly and helpful and the teachers are always available if you have any concerns or if you just need some advice.  The curriculum takes care of every aspect of your child's education, the books are easy to follow for the parent and the child, which makes it so much more fun and in turn achieves better results.  I would recommend Clonard Education to anyone who is looking at home schooling their children, it is a reputable provider that obtains amazing results, and leaves the parent at peace knowing that every avenue of their child’s education is in good hands."
    ~ Tamara Seagreen

  • "Setting a high standard and laying a sound foundation for your children's future." 
    ~ Ackermann family

  • "Clonard provided me with everything I needed to Homeschool my son and my daughter.  Neither one ever went to public school.  I am not a formally trained teacher, but Clonard provided me with the learning material and teacher support that I needeed.  My children have never lacked in any area and my 18yr old son has grown in responsibility and maturity far beyond his years as a result of homeschooling.  He now leads and guides 3 full installation crews, is well adjusted and outgoing with others.  Thank you Mike, Virginia and your team for your unfailing support throughout my years as a homeschooling mother." 
    ~ Fiona

  • "We are finding the course material easy to use and our little one is enjoying the work. I have actually been wanting to let you know, that we had our little one assessed recently, by a Grade 1 teacher at a local school.  Firstly she far prefers your work books to the work books that they are provided with.  She also felt that the standard of your work is far higher than in the average classroom, and after having looked through my sons books she feels that he is for more advanced than the children in her Grade 1 classroom.  I owe that all to Clonard.  Your books give just enough to keep the children stimulated and enough repetition to ensure that they fully understand the concept, without me having to spend hours finding additional worksheets etc.  Well done on a great curriculum." 
    ~ Jacqui Botes

Contact Details

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Tel:  (+27) 031 764 6480
Fax: 086 693 8593

Physical address:
1A Shalee Park 
53 Ebonyfield Avenue
Springfield Park, 4051

Postal address:
P. O. Box 74009
Rochdale Park
4034

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