“Quam Optime” - meaning “Better than the Best”
Founded in 1922 and situated on the East Rand of Gauteng, the school maintains and cherishes a rich history and strong sense of tradition. The school pursues excellence in academic, sport and cultural activities and our motto - ‘Quam Optime’ - ‘better than the best’ - is an important part of the life-blood of our school. Learners and staff are encouraged to strive to achieve in everything they do.
Rated as one of the top ten schools in Gauteng and the top English-medium government school in the province, Benoni High continues to offer an excellent standard of education to its 1 550 multi-culturally diverse learners. The school sees its role as assisting to form well-rounded and holistic individuals. As a testament to this ethos, the school has maintained an exemplary academic record (100% Matric pass rate, yet again, in 2011). Benoni High has an extensive and varied extra mural programme. We pride ourselves in the achievement of our cultural and sporting activities.
The Benoni High Pipe Band participated in the World Pipe Band Championships in 2009 in Glasgow and came home as World Champions, the first and only South African band to do so, also winning the Champion of Champions title for the 17th consecutive year. In 2010 we could unfortunately not go to the World Championships to defend the title as it is a very expensive exercise and we could not raise the funds needed in such a short period of time. We did, however, compete in South Africa where we, once again, won the South African Championships. Winning 18 years in a row will be a hard record to equal or beat.
Rugby at Benoni High is of the highest standard with all teams doing well in both the Kudu Super Leagues played on Wednesdays and Beeld Trophies played on Saturdays.
Soccer at Benoni High School rates amongst the strongest in the country.
Our cricket teams compete in the Platinum league and do exceptionally well in the league and in the Pro-Twenty series.
Boys and girls hockey have done exceptionally well, winning the league and tournaments.
Benoni High is the strongest English Medium High school winning the A Section Inter High Athletics for the past 10 years.
Swimming at Benoni High is also of the highest standard winning the A section Inter High 9 out of 10 times in the past 10 years.
Creating a sense of community is important at the school, as well as encouraging learners to develop a sense of responsibility towards the community. The school's debutantes raised in excess of R130 000 for charity. In keeping with this, the school tries to inculcate in its pupils the importance of self-awareness, self-discipline, good manners, respect and pride in the school. The “Madd” Society (Music, Arts, Drama, Debating) is very active and pupils write, produce and direct their own plays every year. The School has an exceptional Choir and our Debaters & Public Speakers regularly win bursaries to study overseas.
One thing remains certain among the many uncertainties of life: at Benoni High School we continue to challenge the mundane and seek to be more educationally innovative in order to bring all our pupils to excellence according to each individual's potential.