My interest in children goes back as far as I can remember. I have a passion for education and preparing the youth for a future that is unknown and developing a thirst for knowledge within children that will enable them to become the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be.
I borrow from the British sociologist Basil Bernstein the idea that learning is the “condition of experiencing boundaries, be they social, intellectual or physical, not as prisons or stereotypes, but as tension points condensing the past and opening possible futures”.
As education practitioners we are in the business of unlocking potential and building within our learners the capacity to navigate boundaries for life. My own career journey is testimony that learning is not a linear process, but one of embracing the opportunities and life space you are in. I feel honoured that this journey now includes Greyton House.
LINDA DE JAGER
Teacher (Gr 6 & 7)
I teach because I have an intrinsic desire to serve, love and help people. I enjoy being a part of the development of children and helping them to develop into well balanced, capable and caring adults. This way we can all look forward to a better world.
Teacher (Gr 3 & 4 and Sport)
I have recently read a book by Alain de Botton called The Consolations of Philosophy. In it he explained beautifully how the work of some philosophers can be applied practically in our modern lives. And thus my quote from a philosopher I quite liked.
"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness." Michel de Montaigne
Teacher (GR 2 & 3)
I have always had a passion for teaching. This is a talent that has been passed on to me by a long line of teachers in my family. I believe that every child is unique and that's why I treat each child differently, always giving praise and making the class a secure and happy environment for all my pupils to learn.
I have an absolute passion for sports. I believe that every child in primary school should be exposed to and given the opportunity to participate in as many sports as possible. Team sports teach social and work skills. Practice and fitness ultimately lead to positive learning and development within all areas of learning.
JEANINE VAN DER MERWE
Teacher (Gr R & 1)
My moto that encourages me every day is to remember "It's a beautiful day to SHAPE lives"
Every day is a gift when you get to work with children!
And the possibilities of shaping them are endless.
I believe that teachers with the co-operation of parents can help shape a better future for our children.
I believe that "teaching children to count is fine, but teaching them what count's is best!"
Preschool (2 to 4 years)
A part of my teaching philosophy resonates in these sayings: "In a world where you could be anything, be kind" as well as "If you could choose any characteristic in life, choose a sense of humour". These and the emphasis on never paying back wrong with wrong, are some of the principles I'd like to think I instill in the lives of those I'm am surrounded with, especially the ones I am fortunate to educate and hope to inspire.
I believe that there are no better teachers to a child than their own parents, families and caregivers and as such, as a teacher , feel privileged to be a part of their learning journey.
KARA VD MERWE
I have always loved working with children. My goal as a intern teacher is to make a difference in the lives of as many students as I can. It’s wonderful to work with the future leaders of our country.
My reason for be coming a teacher is purely because I love working with children, especially the infants and toddlers, they give more meaning to my life, and awaken the child within me. I'm thrilled to be apart of this dynamic team .