SONY DSCChris Storey was born in Cape Town and later moved to Johannesburg to complete his schooling at Greenside High School. National service was spent in the South African Navy after which Chris enrolled at The Johannesburg College of Education where he completed a Higher Diploma in Education specializing in Educational Guidance and Counselling while majoring in English and History.

 

On qualifying as a teacher Chris moved to Mafikeng and the highly innovative Mmabatho High School where he taught English as a second language as most of the children were Tswana speaking. He also taught in what was then an innovative integrated studies programme for Grade 7 children. It was probably this experience more than any other that allowed him to see what was possible in a school setting in South Africa where the right attitude existed and where teachers worked with passion and commitment. Travel overseas and work as a sailing instructor in England followed before teaching both primary and secondary school children in Knysna. It was also here that he began coaching canoeing with immediate success and two springbok paddlers being selected to go to the world championships in Japan. It was also here that Chris realised that his passion lay in primary school teaching in particular.

An enormous challenge followed with the starting of Cape St Blaize Independent School in Mossel Bay in 1997 with Chris as the founding head. The school was the first of its kind in the area and has grown to a substantial size since.

Chris was appointed as the first Head of Bridge House Prep in Franschhoek in 1999 where he worked with a strong team of educators to establish an innovative and exciting approach to primary school education which was developed over an 8 year period.

Chris has always been passionate about his involvement in schools and working with children. He strongly believes that the quality of relationships within a school shape the worth of the school itself. A positive environment based on mutual respect, where children are not fearful of teachers is the setting within which real learning takes place. He feels it is important to always question what is being taught to ensure a challenging curriculum where children are exposed to relevant skills based learning and stretched to reach their potential.

Most of all, he believes that schools need to be places that children enjoy going to. Where learning has a balance of rigour and fun and where people build the society of the future.