About Us

Who We Are

Our VISION is to create a conducive educational atmosphere in order to develop knowledge, skills values and norms.

Our mission is to create and sustain Quality education by dedicated, passionate educators whose continuous staff development and orientation to the future produce focused learners. Foster a culture of mutual respect, trust and discipline by providing inclusive educational and social services for all learners, championing for a healthy relationship of trust with the parent community and maintaining sound relations with all stakeholders..

Our history


In April 1985 3teachers from Berzelia Primary were transferred to Kerria Primary. The school was officially opened on 1 July 1985 with the late Mr M.G. Farmer as the principal with 8 teachers, until 1987. From 1988 – 1992 the late Mr H. Lategan became the principal with a staff of 18 teachers. The school’s enrolment rose to 1300. In 1992 Mr D. Walbrugh became the principal until 2002.From 2003 to 2008 mr J. Julius was the principal. From 2008 to 2012 Mr M. Amsterdam was the school’s principal. Mrs L. Alexander acted as principal until March 2014.

The learner enrolment took a dip from 1300, but in recent times, it'i's been picking up again. Over the years the school participated in many cultural and sports events like drama, folk dance and choir eisteddfods. Gold and special gold awards were accumulated over the years. In the recent past we had a rugby player and a walk athlete who obtained Western Province colours. Four of our learners also participated in the recent Drummies competition as part of a neighbouring school’s troupe. The school now participates in co-curricular activities like WOW, Growsmart, Maths competitions. In the WOW competition in 2012, our school was the Grade 3 Group Champs.

The Socio-Economic Hurdles


Due to the high unemployment rate in our town, many of our learners come from impoverished backgrounds. Many parents and learners are dependent on SASSA grants in order to survive. Many of our learners live in backyard dwellings like Wendy houses and even shacks. Approximately 30% of our learners come from the informal settlement of Witsand. Many of our learners live with single parents, while others live with grandparents who receive an old age pension. We have identified 54 orphans at our school. As a result of the high drop-out rate at high schools and unemployment, we have a problem with gangsterism in the community which has a negative effect on our learners. Learners identify with gangsters as their role models and they are exposed to shooting incidents on the streets of the suburb.


Always Learning

Our teaching team works hard to keep their knowledge updated and their skills sharpened. Lifelong learning is not an option. It is mandatory and at Kerria Primary School we take this seriously keeping in mind that it is our children and their future that is at stake.

Always Building

there is an interesting name we give to the first years at school for our children. We call it the Foundation Phase. We acknowledge how if we are going to construct something meaningful, the foundation must be firm. While we are currently constructing a literal school hall, it is all part of building lives.

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