Meet the Teachers

WhatsApp Image 2017-01-24 at 19.14.39Estelle Meintjes

Grade RRR

Teacher Estelle has been teaching for 17 years and grew up in the Mother City, where she qualified with her ECD diploma through the College of Cape Town. She has been in Johannesburg for the past 5 years where she met her husband and decided to make Gauteng her home. Her interests and hobbies include reading, travel, swimming, gardening, outdoor activities and history. She is also a bit of a petrol head and likes fast cars!

Birthday: 24 September


Kathy Salgado

Grade RR

Teacher Kathy is creative and exceptionally fun-loving. She has over 14 years of pre-school teaching experience and is Montessori trained. Teacher Kathy enjoys charity work, gardening, biking and any sort of sports. She is an active member of an action indoor netball team and holds the title of “Sports Coordinator” for Solid Foundations.

Birthday: 25 March


Michelle Blignaut

Grade RR

Teacher Michelle is a young, fun, athletic and passionate staff member who has been with us since 2016, assisting Teacher Kathy as a fitness and netball coach. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Life Science degree, which will be followed by her P.G.C.E. She thrives on teaching young people, participating in and watching sports, camping, reading, spending time with family, arts and crafts and caring for animals. Besides work, netball and studying, Teacher Michelle is also a CrossFit coach and enjoys teaching young and old how to better their lives.

“Never stop learning” is her motto.

Birthday: 6 May


Candice Muller

Grade R

Teacher Candice’s class is a bucket of laughter. Her vivacious personality spreads cheer throughout the school and is coupled with a deeply caring heart towards the pupils. Teacher Candice has 20 years of teaching experience and qualified with a BA (Ed).  She enjoys reading, scrap-booking and cooking. She is also trying out her hand at knitting and is at the helm of many crocheting charity drives.

Birthday: 30 March



Laura Brand

Grade R

Teacher Laura is artistic, talented and professional. She has over 24 years of teaching experience with a 4 year H.D.E. qualification. She relaxes with hobbies like drawing, writing poetry, participating in praise and worship and flag dancing. She also loves singing , reading, doing crosswords and watching movies!

Birthday: 14 July


_AS_0672 (2)Erika Helmbold


Mrs Helmbold is passionate about education! She has 24 years of teaching experience and is completing her PHD in Education this year. Mrs Helmbold is keenly interested in all things educational, but early Mathematics and Science particularly tweaks her fancy. Her hobbies include reading, going on family day-trips and indulging in decadent bubble-baths.

Birthday: 29 March


IMG_0265Beulah Tudhope

Grade 1

Mrs Tudhope is loyal and dependable and with over 47 years of teaching behind her, is one of our most experienced staff members! She has a H.D.E and a F.D.E. (MBD). She relaxes with scrapbooking, card-making and paper craft, but also enjoys travelling and reading.

Birthday: 16 March


Michelle Ison

Grade 1

Miss Ison is a young and bubbly staff member, with an iron-clad reputation of reliability and trustworthiness as a teacher. She also has a humble teachable spirit and strong moral values.  She has a BEd degree and is in her 3rd year of teaching. Her hobbies include reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Birthday: 8 November


IMG_0266Chantal Strickler

Grade 2

Mrs Strickler is talented and hard-working. She has 15 years of teaching experience and is highly qualified with a BA degree, PGCE, BA Hons (clinical psychology) and a B-Psych Hons (child psychology). Her favourite activities include spending time with her children, Luke and Sarah, and when she has an extra moment, reading and brain-building with Sudoku puzzles. 

Birthday: 4 January



Maru van der Merwe

Grade 2

Mrs Van has a sparkle in her eyes and keeps us giggling with her terrific sense of humor. She has 17 years experience in corporate training and 15 years experience in education. Her professional qualification is a H.D.E.

Mrs Van enjoys gardening and reading. She is also a talented crocheter and can feast your ears with sprouts of Latin – a talented lady indeed.

Birthday: 7 February



Grenva Savig

Grade 3

Mrs Savig oozes serenity and is a soothing and talented asset to our school. She has been teaching for 23 years and has a H.D.E qualification. We simply love her gentle sing-a-long sessions with a guitar in her classroom. Mrs Savig is an avid camper and hiker, and enjoys a good book to read.

Birthday: 18 March


Bronwyn Diamond

Grade 3

Mrs Diamond is a gentle gem. She has a very sweet and motherly approach to her pupils, is in her 7th year of teaching and is qualified with a BEd Degree. Mrs Diamond sees her classroom as her mission-field for spreading God’s love. She relaxes by engaging in artistic fun and jogging (a particular “Park Run” enthusiast!). 

Birthday: 19 March



IMG_0283Caron Le Roux

Grade 4

Mrs Le Roux is extremely organised, impressively tech-savvy and exceptionally talented. She has been teaching for 24 years and has a BPrimEd degree. Mrs Le Roux leaves a wonderful scent of Christianity in the halls of our school. Her hobbies are reading, camping and crocheting, but she would just as soon spend time with family and friends to unwind.

Birthday: 6 April


Natalie de Waal

Grade 4

Miss de Waal is a passionate and hard working teacher. She has 27 years of teaching experience and qualified with an H.D.E.  Miss de Waal is a nature lover and enjoys travelling to new places. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, gardening and walking her dog Walter. 


Birthday: 7 August


IMG_0398Pingla Maharaj

Grade 5 – 6 mathematics

Mrs Maharaj is a skilled mathematics teacher and produces wonderful results in her field of expertise. She has over 41 years of teaching experience and has a H.D.E. Mrs Maharaj brings in a fun cultural blend to the teaching team, and in addition to occasionally treating us with delicious Indian dishes, enjoys Indian classical dance as a hobby. She also loves reading and gardening in her spare time.

Birthday: 1 August


Belinda McIntosh

English Grade 6 and Afrikaans Grade 5 and 7

Mrs Mc is a well-loved and bubbly staff member. She has 15 years of teaching experience with a BEd degree. Her delicious treats boast of her baking abilities, and she also relaxes with a good book, crocheting and dabbling in pottery. Naturally, one of her primary interests is finding out more about education and her favourite colour by far is orange!

Birthday: 13 June



Isabel Schreiber

Grade 7 Natural Science and Technology, EMS and Maths.

Mrs Schreiber has a wealth of general knowledge! She has 17 years of teaching experience and qualified with a BA Hons and PGCE. Her interests lie in reading and gardening when she is not power-pointing her next interesting lesson. She has a particular soft-spot for Grade 7 pupils and has asked to be a part of the exciting process of building their Maths and Science skills before heading off to high school.

Birthday: 26 June


IMG_0402Hannelie Rees

Grade 6 Afrikaans

Mrs Rees is a quiet, dependable and highly competent teacher with 27 years of teaching behind her. With her H.D.E qualification she has been assisting students after hours for many years as an extra-Afrikaans teacher. In her spare time, Mrs Rees enjoys any craft activities, but especially scrapbooking.

Birthday: 11 March


IMG_0390Coach Debbie

Physical Education

Coach Debbie is our fit and fine-formed member of staff. She has been running, jumping and swinging with children for over 28 years. She is the mother of a gorgeous and energetic young lad – Jesse. Her interests lie (excluding motherhood of course) in sports (a huge Sharks fan!), playing netball and working out at the gym. She also loves photography and spending quality time with her family.

Birthday: 2 August 


IMG_0401Cyndy Obbes

Senior primary Life Orientation and Grade 1 – 7 Computers

Mrs Obbes is the big shoulder to cry on for pupils at our school! She has 8 years experience in adult education and 8 years experience in primary school education. Mrs Obbes has a corporate diploma, but is always studying further education and counselling courses. She enjoys a myriad of craft activities like painting, sewing and crocheting, but is open to any new and interesting craft activities. We are often blessed with the fruits of her labours from her vegetable garden, and when she gets an extra moment, Mrs Obbes loves to read.

Birthday: 21 July


Kathryn de Beer

Music Appreciation

Having grown up in a musical environment (her mother is a music teacher), with a BMus Ed behind her name, and over 14 years of music teaching experience, Teacher Kathryn is extremely excited to be running the music education department of our school, and leaves a “Julie Andrews” feel lingering in her wake.

She is originally a Cape Town girl, so enjoys trips to the beach and nature walks. What brings her most joy is spending quality time with her husband and little girl, serving on her church praise and worship team, and reading a good book (when she gets a chance!).

Birthday: 11 April


Isabel van Dijk

Grade 5 – 7 Geography and Grade 5 English

Mrs van Dijk holds a BEd degree and is an absolute treasure trove of teaching experience – 20 years internationally and locally. Her mannerisms are serene and stable – yet she is an enthusiastic and dynamic participant in all school activities! In her spare time she dabbles in a vast array of hobbies and interests including dancing, art, sewing, crocheting, gardening, Pergamano, reading, Geology, Egyptology, computer games and Sudoku!

Birthday: 22 July


Michelle Babcock

Grade 5 and 6  – Natural Science and Technology

Mrs Babcock is our American asset, teaching Science to the senior grades since 2017. Mrs Babcock holds an Associates of Science in Mathematics degree from Count Community College in Elyria, Ohio. She has also completed chemistry and engineering coursework including Chemistry (3 years general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry), Biology, Physics , Biochemistry, Technical Drawing plus engineering courses Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics,etc. She is currently studying towards a South African BEd degree to keep abreast of the local teaching climate.

Her hobbies are knitting and crocheting. She is an energetic sports lady, actively participating in adult cricket and netball teams. Her down time involves playing video games with the men in her life – her husband and two young sons.

Birthday: 10 August


Jay SwiegersIMG_2898

Grade 7 English and Senior Primary History 

Mr Swiegers is our proverbial thorn amongst the roses, but we are thrilled to have young masculine input in our staff pool. He has proven his capability in the class as well as with his excellent work ethic for 4 years in our school. Mr Swiegers has a BEd degree and is pursuing further studies this year.

Mr Swiegers is most content when reading or playing the piano.

Birthday: 7 June


Melissa Mamapa

Grade 1 – 7 isiZulu and Grade 7 EMS

Miss Mamapa is a caring and warm individual who brings laughter and compassion to the staff team. She has an Honours Degree in Political Science and a P.G.C.E., with 3 years teaching experience under the belt. Miss Mamapa enjoys reading, cooking and photography. She brings a relaxed and people-loving breeze with her wherever she goes. 

Birthday: 9 May 


Peter Godwin

Grade 5 – 7 Art

Mr Godwin runs his own Graphics Design company and is a highly talented asset to our teaching team. With a Diploma in his field, Mr Godwin not only teaches art, but lives it. He enjoys time out with his friends and family, but loves meeting interesting new people and is obviously passionate about all things concerning Design and Art. He unwinds by listening to Christian and classical music, as well as enjoying photography, hiking, gardening and travelling. When he’s not teaching, Mr Godwin does Graphic Design work for companies and private individuals and is also commissioned to paint murals, landscapes and portraits. 

Birthday: 14 March


Christine Braun

Ms Braun is introducing cello and violin to our Grade 1-7 pupils during school hours and is also our private cello and violin teacher after hours – for those wanting to really develop mastery. We are so excited about her invaluable contribution to our music department. Ms Braun is a talented cellist and the coordinator of the East Rand Youth Orchestra. When not delving into her love of music, she also enjoys reading and travelling.

Birthday: 16 July