From the

Principle's Desk

Dear Learners, Parents, and Esteemed Staff,

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits as we embark on a brand new year at Glenstantia Primary School. I am truly delighted to welcome each and every one of you to the start of another exciting academic journey.

At Glenstantia Primary School, we take immense pride in being a public fee-paying school located in the heart of Tshwane South. Our commitment to providing an exceptional education experience is unwavering, and we are dedicated to nurturing the minds of our learners in line with the CASP curriculum.

The theme for this year resonates deeply with our vision: “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow.” It reminds us that the knowledge and skills you acquire here will not only shape your future but also empower you to become the leaders of tomorrow. We are here to facilitate your growth, encourage your ambitions, and prepare you for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Our school has always thrived as a welcoming and inclusive community, where diversity is celebrated. We believe that our differences are what make us stronger, and we cherish the rich tapestry of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives that our learners and staff bring to our institution. Together, we create an environment that fosters understanding, respect, and lifelong friendships.

As we embark on this new academic year, I encourage all of you to actively engage in the learning process, ask questions, seek guidance, and explore your passions. Our dedicated team of teachers and staff is here to support you every step of the way. Together, we will strive for excellence, embracing the challenges and opportunities that come our way.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the parents and guardians who entrust us with the education of their children. Your partnership is invaluable, and we look forward to working closely with you to ensure the success and well-being of our learners.

In closing, let us remember that Glenstantia Primary School is more than just a place of learning; it is a community where dreams are nurtured, and futures are forged. I am excited to witness the growth and achievements that this year will bring to us all.

Wishing you a successful and fulfilling academic year ahead. Together, let us make it a year to remember.

Warm regards,

Mr H P J Pretorius
Principal, Glenstantia Primary School.


Of the school

On 7 January 1981, 516 pupils arrived for their first day at the new Waterkloof Glen Primary School.

But the history of the school goes back much further, to 1978, when residents started campaigning for a new English primary school in the area; nor did the opening end the battle – parents were far from happy with the name forced on the school by the education authorities.

In 1979 matters came to a head when Lynwood Ridge refused to enrol any more five-and-a-half year olds because of overcrowding at the school. The Transvaal Education Department had indicated that a site had been earmarked for the building of a new school, but no date had been set for its construction. As a result, a Vigilance Committee was formed to campaign for the new school.

It was led by Mr RGW Thomson and the committee organised canvassing, publicity and public meetings, and by 1980 the school buildings were taking shape.

After a fire, and a scare that construction would not be finished on schedule acting principal Mr Tommy Stevens and 19 teachers opened the school on time, but without exercise books, which had to be borrowed from Constantia Park Laerskool, Brooklyn Primary and Lynnwood Laerskool.

The first assembly was memorable, with Mrs. Stevens officiating among plants, and scaffolding to the singing of “All Things Bright and Beautiful” accompanied by Mrs. Bronner on a piano accordion.

Once school started the final touches were added: on 21 January a new piano arrived, the first School Committee was elected on 19 February; and on 17 March a major victory – the TED agreed to officially change the name to Glenstantia Primary School.

Even with the proper name, much was still to be done: the playing fields had to be levelled, and grass planted; until then sports activities were held at The Glen, and in its first soccer match, against Burger Right, Glenstantia A and B list, 4 – 0 and 7 – 0 respectively.

The first of October saw the appointment of Mr Pretorius as principal, and Mr Will Bowker as his deputy, to take over from the start of the 1982 school year.

On 23 November, just two days before the first standard five valedictory service, the school finalised its motto: “Strive Joyfully”.


Glenstantia Primary School incorporate the below-mentioned values to foster a holistic and well-rounded education.













These values serve as the moral compass for students, guiding their behaviour, decisions, and interactions within the school community and beyond.

By instilling these values, we aim to not only impart academic knowledge but also to cultivate strong character traits that will empower students to become responsible and ethical individuals, capable of contributing positively to society.

These values lay the foundation for creating an inclusive and nurturing environment where students can develop both academically and personally.


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