Meet Our Head of School
Garth Kitching was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He schooled at Harding Government School and Port Shepstone High School where he matriculated in 1982. He continued his education at Edgewood College of Education and completed a Higher Diploma in Education. After completing two years of military service in the South African Defense Force, he began his teaching career at Clarence Road Primary in Durban and after a year, moved to Drakensview Primary in Estcourt for six years where he was appointed at a Head of Department. During this time, he studied further and was awarded a Higher Diploma in Education from the Natal College of Education. Looking to gain international experience, Garth took up a position with DEBSWANA (De Beers-Botswana) in Botswana and lived on the Orapa diamond mine and taught and led as a Head of Department at Livingstone House School from 1996-1999. During his time at Orapa, he started reading for a Master’s Degree in Education through the University of Bath, in the United Kingdom.
He returned to South Africa in 1999 and worked in the primary and high schools at Harriston in Harrismith while completed his degree. He graduated in 2000. He returned to Botswana as the Deputy Headteacher of Northside School in Gaborone, an International Baccalaureate (IB)World School that is also accredited by the Council of International Schools in 2001. Garth was responsible for the quality of teaching and learning and all external authorisation processes to ensure excellence of curriculum design and implementation and consistency of quality in all areas of a school. He is an appointed International Baccalaureate consultant, curriculum workshop leader and accreditor for the International Baccalaureate Organisation and is used as an accreditation team member for the Council of International Schools. He is passionate about education, enjoys living a philosophy of global-citizenship through the implementation of an international curriculum and working in schools to prepare children for the diverse challenges of the 21st Century.
Garth has been married to his wife Debbie for 25 years and has two daughters, Lisa and Natalie. He leads a balanced life. He is a published author, a recognised artist who specialises in painting landscapes. He is also a keen fisherman and enjoys mountain biking and long cycles rides on his classic Spanish BH (Beistegui Hermanos), carbon road bike. Music, films, photography, literature and live theatre are all interests that he enjoys with family and friends.