Teacher Estelle has been teaching for 18 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 6 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
Teacher Kathy is creative and exceptionally fun-loving. She has over 15 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
Teacher Jayde is a young, passionate teacher. She started her teaching journey at Wits doing her Bachelor of Education Foundation Phase Degree, and furthered her studies with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Inclusive education.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and 3 dogs, going for a cycle and spending time outdoors.
Her favourite quote is “If you can dream it, you can do it ” – Walt Disney
Birthday: 4 February
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 21 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
Teacher Laura is artistic, talented and professional. She has over 25 years of teaching experience with a 4 year HDE 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
Dr Erika Helmbold
Dr Helmbold is passionate about education! She has 25 years of teaching experience and a PHD in Education, specialising in the professional development of teachers and early childhood mathematics. Dr 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
Miss Mc Donald is enthusiastic about early childhood curriculum development. She has a BED degree and enjoys making her teaching creative and innovative. She is especially passionate about children’s literature. She loves cooking, gardening, her pets and all types of wildlife.
Birthday: 16 October
Mrs Coetzee 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 4th year of teaching. Her hobbies include reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Birthday: 8 November
Charlaine van Staden
Charlaine van Staden is a caring and loving fresh face and heart. She has a BEd degree, 7 years of teaching experience and loves working with children. Teaching is her calling, rather than her career. Her hobbies include fishing, walking trails and being in nature. She also likes playing tennis and gardening.
Birthday: 15 January
Maru van der Merwe
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 16 years experience in education. Her professional qualification is a HDE.
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
Mrs Savig oozes serenity and is a soothing and talented asset to our school. She has been teaching for 24 years and has a HDE 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
Mrs Phillips is a diligent, loyal, committed and compassionate teacher who will always go the extra mile for her students, colleagues and school. She holds a BEd degree with Merit and graduated at the top of her class from the University of Pretoria. She has 6 years of teaching experience. Mrs Phillips enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Birthday: 22 November
Mrs Le Roux is extremely organised, impressively tech-savvy and exceptionally talented. She has been teaching for 25 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
Miss de Waal is a passionate and hard working teacher. She has 28 years of teaching experience and qualified with an HDE. 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
Grade 5 – 6 Natural Science and Technology
Miss Masemola is an exciting new addition to our senior primary staff. She graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2020 with her BEd degree and is raring to teach young minds the wonder of science. Born in the spring month of October, she loves freshness, colour, flowers and rain. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors with her family and friends.
Birthday: 21 October
Afrikaans Grade 5 – 7
Mrs Mc is a well-loved and bubbly staff member. She has 16 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
Grade 5 Mathematics and Grade 6 English
Mrs Diamond is a gentle gem. She has a very sweet and motherly approach to her pupils, is in her 8th 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
Coach Debbie is our fit and fine-formed member of staff. She has been running, jumping and swinging with children for over 29 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
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 9 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
Having grown up in a musical environment (her mother is a music teacher), with a BMus Ed behind her name, and over 15 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 – 21 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
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
Grade 7 English and Senior Primary History
Mr Swiegers is an organised and passionate teacher that is a firm favourite with the learners. He has an excellent work ethic and has been teaching for 5 years in our school. Mr Swiegers has a BEd degree and is completing his Honours degree in 2022. In addition to his teaching, Mr Swiegers is also the Administrative Head of the school.
His hobbies include reading and playing the piano.
Birthday: 7 June
Grade 1 – 7 isiZulu, Grade 5-7 History 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 PGCE., with 4 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
Grade 1-7 violin and cello
Mr Baloyi is a professional musician, specialising in violin, viola, cello and double bass. He is a friendly and lovable teacher with 8 years of experience in music instruction, including a three year period of conducting the Limpopo Youth Orchestra. He is also a luthier (violin maker) and made his first hand-crafted violin in 2011. His life motto is “take things at face value”. Mr Baloyi’s hobbies include reading, watching movies, travelling, crafting, soccer and computer and card games.
Birthday: 13 January