Principals’ mid-year messages

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As learners and teachers are close to approaching the middle of the year, we seize some motivation and inspiration from our local school principals’. Read on to see what they have to say.

Mrs Shayleen Shum – Forest View Primary School

Forest View Primary School celebrates 50 years of excellence in education this year.  As one reflects on this milestone, it raises the important question of what quality education actually comprises of.  Whilst the foundations of learning and the delivering of a meaningful curriculum are the core business of each academic day, these are only possible with all the relevant roleplayers being actively engaged in the pursuit thereof.

A strong symbiotic partnership between the school, the parents and the community is essential. Our school motto STAND FIRM encompasses the adaptability to change in challenging times, and embraces our values of honesty, integrity, courage, compassion and service. I wish the staff, learners and parents an equally successful second half of the 2023 academic year as we continue to celebrate our achievements with pride.

For more information phone 031-762-1342 or visit

Mr Roland Lacock – Highbury Preparatory School

Highbury is a school with a distinguished history. Our founder, Mrs Sibella McMillan, had a passion for education which is deeply etched into the identity of who we are today. Amidst a fast-paced and evolving world, we believe that there is a place for old traditions. Whilst our boys develop skills such as coding and robotics, we believe it is equally important for our boys to display good manners and courtesy.

A modern, vibrant educational approach empowers our boys to engage meaningfully and confidently in our world while at the same time developing the compassion to show empathy for others. Highbury is a Christian school and our boys attend regular chapel services in our beautiful stone chapel.

For more information phone 031 7659800 or visit [email protected]

Mr Pierre Jacobs – Glenwood High School

Glenwood High School has a proud tradition of raising men of strong character and high moral standard, a tradition which is not only continued but is increasingly necessary in today’s society. Faced with a barrage of social dilemmas when leaving school, we believe in a shared responsibility to equip our boys to face these challenges in a way that enriches society. Glenwood will remain the standard around which authentic men are forged and proud Old Boys can gather, ever cognisant of their responsibility as the hope of our great nation.

For more information phone 031 2055241 or visit

Mr Daryl Franks -Oakridge College

Oakridge College is known by some parents as the “Hidden Gem” of Durban North Education, and is a happy, disciplined, co-educational high school. It caters for Grade 8 to 12 learners and had strong academic results in the National Senior Matriculation examinations achieving a 90,6 percent pass in 2022.

Oakridge has been in existence for 23 years with a 98 percent pass rate from grade 8 to grade 12, and all learners who applied to university since 2011 have been successfully placed. Applications for grade 8 and grade 9 for 2024 are now open but space is limited.

For more information phone 031 563 2221 or visit

Mr TS Reddy – Northlands Girls’ High School

At NGHS we pride ourselves on our academic excellence, combined with a healthy balance of experiences beyond lessons; this is what gives our young ladies the confidence and skills to excel in school, at university, and beyond.  One of the school’s key aims is to prepare our learners for the fast-changing world of the 21st century, so they strive to be the best that they can be; academically, morally, and creatively,” said principal TS Reddy.

For more information phone 031 571 1100 or visit  [email protected]


Mr Rob Holding – Kloof High School

It has been an exciting start to the second term for our Kloof High Family. Our Grade 12 learners enjoyed a fantastic matric dance with a Bridgerton theme, we welcomed McLeod Swimming to KHS and our Academic Support Educators and learners were able to move into our splendid new ASU building. This has five classrooms, breakaway rooms, store rooms and ablution facilities, not to mention an indigenous garden. We are proving to be highly competitive on the sports field in all codes and our rugby players, in particular, have their tails up after triumphing in the Gelofte Night Series. We continue to strive for and to achieve excellence in a nurturing family environment. One Family, One School!

For more information phone 031 764 0451 or visit

Mrs Ingrid Green – Bright Buttons Pre-School

What your child needs is YOU! In this age of hurriedness and technology, time is a scarce commodity. Our philosophy at Bright Buttons is love, laugh, learn, teaching kindness, honesty and empathy. All children want is love, like hugs and kisses. Children also need laughter through play and fun. Children don’t need your presents they need your presence – only then can learning take place. Education is a gift that no one can take away and is the key to future success. If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.

For more information phone 031 765 2532

Mrs Joan Schmidt – Maris Stella & Little Anchors Pre-School

At Maris Stella, we are proud to offer a unique and rewarding educational experience grounded in the teachings of the Catholic faith. Our school is a community where pupils grow academically, socially, and spiritually. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that fosters a love of learning and encourages our pupils to develop their individual talents and abilities.

Every journey has a beginning… Maris Stella’s pre-school, Little Anchors, is a happy nurturing environment for boys and girls, aged 3 – 6 years. With a well-rounded programme, driven by active child-centred learning, Little Anchors offers your child the best start to their school career, laying a firm foundation for future academic success.

We believe in the intrinsic value of an all-girls education. From Grade 1 to 12, Maris Stella is an all-girls school. Our wide range of academic programmes and extracurricular activities cater to the diverse interests and needs of our pupils, empowering and positioning them to identify and navigate new opportunities in an ever-changing, complex and challenging world. Maris Stella girls are changemakers.

I welcome you to visit our school and see for yourself the many ways in which we are making a difference in the lives of our pupils.

Contact 031 2099426