I believe education is a journey! I believe it is a journey that takes both pupil and educator on a path of discovery and wonder. I believe it should challenge us and excite us. I believe it should keep us inquisitive and curious, relevant and authentic, and I believe it should be a journey that never ends.
My own personal journey as an educator has taken me across three continents and given me the opportunity to teach and motivate, at various times, pupils from Grade 4 all the way to Grade 12. I have taught in both State and Independent schools across South Africa. I have two degrees; a B Prim Ed., and a B Ed. (hons). I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking and mountain biking, but above all I love spending time with my beautiful family.
It is a great privilege for me to lead the Senior Primary School. Elkanah is a school that epitomizes all that I believe in and more. It is a school that is authentic in who it is and what it stands for, and it builds sincere relationships with pupils and and parents alike. James Comer said that, “No significant learning can occur, without significant relationships!” At Elkanah this is at the core of all that we do, and it is what sets us apart!
Building on the foundation laid in pre-primary and the foundation phase, we provide opportunity for our pupils to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through various learning activities. Emphasis is placed on developing a variety of cognitive, personal and collaborative skills, which are taught both incidentally and within the curriculum.
Our goal is to develop well-rounded and resourceful young people who are able to think independently and are willing to engage with their learning. In order to accomplish this, we offer a diverse range of learning areas, which include coding, drama, physical education, design and the age-appropriate integration of information technology in the classroom.
We offer a dynamic and varied sports programme that encourages the development of our children’s skills and allows participation in competitive leagues and events. All our children are expected to participate in at least one sporting code per term and to attend practices each week, which will allow them to compete in matches.
Sportsmanship, teamwork and commitment are skills and attitudes integral to our sports programme and are reinforced by our well-trained coaching staff.
Children are also offered enrichment opportunities in our termly Clubs and Societies, in which students can explore diverse interests such as horse riding, dance, hiking, sewing, surfing and body-boarding.
soccer (social, we do not participate in league soccer)
Although we encourage our children’s individualities, please respect that sports uniforms are appropriate to each discipline and should not be mixed and matched as seen fashionable.
Elkanah House stone-coloured T-shirt
cap or cricket hat
predominantly white takkies (coloured stripe or tick is acceptable)
Elkanah T-shirts (Sapphire, Emerald & Ruby)
Elkanah House costume
same as Physical Education
Elkanah House costume or navy blue costume
Elkanah House swimming cap as per house colour (Sapphire, Emerald or Ruby)
girls: match shirt to be worn with:
softball: navy shorts
netball: navy shorts and stone socks
hockey: navy shorts and Elkanah House sports socks
tennis: navy shorts
athletics: match shirts, navy shorts/shorts and white trainers
boys: match shirt to be worn with
cricket: navy shorts, Elkanah sports socks
hockey: navy shorts, Elkanah sports socks
soccer: navy shorts, Elkanah sports socks
tennis: navy shorts and white trainers
A wide range of cultural activities are on offer to our children. These include choir, drama, dance, musicals, instrumental tuition and participation in music ensembles. Our children are also exposed to a variety of performers throughout the year to enrich our cultural offering.
Every second year, the senior primary campus stages a full musical production in the Theatre@Elkanah.
Our pupils are also given opportunities to explore their interests with activities in extra-mural clubs and societies on a weekly basis, and more in depth at the end of each term, extending their learning beyond the curriculum. Some of the many options are:
Children needing supervision and a home-from-home in the afternoons are provided for through the Creative Kids Centre. This facility provides a nurturing, fun and structured homework facility provided by a trained facilitator. It also ensures that working parents have a solution for the afternoons when there are no extra-mural activities.
monday to thursday 14h30 – 17h30
friday 14h00 – 17h30