Who we are

Pinelands North Primary School is a co-educational primary school situated in the Pinelands community in Cape Town. PNPS provides a happy and safe yet stimulating learning environment for pupils in Grades R to 7.

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Aim high

With a vibrant team of committed staff members, we seek to develop each child’s full potential. We encourage family involvement and value our relations with the wider community. We are proud of our excellent staff, motivated pupils and participative families who work together to provide quality education.

Inclusive approach to learning

PNPS is one of only fifteen public primary schools in the country that are recognised for excellence in their inclusive approach to learning. Our capacity building model ensures that teachers and teacher aides, in collaboration with various specialists, help all children to learn more effectively. We believe that by including children and adults that are different, we all learn more. We, therefore, have enrolled children who find it hard to be included in most mainstream schools.

Reaching out

Our Early Act group, made up of pupils and teachers, makes sure that PNPS reaches out to the wider community. The group mobilizes support for various charities and raises awareness of people in need around the world and closer to home. Our outreach programme includes a charity tuck shop, collecting Christmas presents for underprivileged children and participating in national campaigns such as ‘Reach for a Dream’.

Our school governors commit themselves to hard work for a period of three years. Because of good financial management, we are able to plan for the future and take care of our staff and facilities.

Democracy at work

The Governing Body is a democratically elected body in which the majority of members are parents. The other members are elected by the teachers and other staff members of the school. Elections take place every three years or when there is a vacancy. The Governing Body in turn elects a Chairperson, a Treasurer and a Secretary. All governing body members are elected to promote the best interests of our school.

Policy making

The Governing Body is responsible for governance and policy making. As in all public schools, the precise functions, duties and powers of the Governing Body are determined by legislation. A number of Governing Body Committees perform important tasks such as the preparation of the school’s annual budget, the appointment of staff members and the marketing of the school.

If you require any further information or want to bring a matter to the attention of the Governing Body, you can contact the Principal or send an e-mail to sgbchair@pnps.co.za

Our school draws amazing families from all over the world – families who tell us they could never imagine their children anywhere else.

We are a fully integrated community of wealthy and poor, of all religions and nationalities, and with children of varying abilities. Our families have learnt that by their children living and working side by side, they learn to live in peace too.

Early beginnings

Pinelands North Primary School was founded in 1948 as a dual-medium school with 94 pupils. A retired headmistress, Mrs Dreyer, acted as principal until Mr Mckenzie became the headmaster in 1949. It was then decided that the school colours should be maroon, gold and white.

The school was officially opened and named Pinelands North Primary School on 8 June 1949. Pieter Dirk Uys’ parents composed the music for the school song, as he was a pupil at the school at the time!

In 1950, the school was divided into 3 houses which were known by their colours. In 1962 the houses were named after 3 gentlemen who played an important role in the establishment of the school: Gardener, Wells and Clear.

New additions

Extra buildings were added to the school and in 1955 the school hall was opened. At the end of the same year, the school became an English medium school and the Afrikaans speaking pupils continued their learning at the Laerskool Oude Molen.

In January 1968, Mr Honiball became the new headmaster, until 1974 when Mr Hall took over. While he was the principal, the school pool was built. Bob Shepherd became the principal at PNPS in 1977, and he managed the school for 20 years.

The current principal, Ann Morton took over from him in 1997. During her tenure, Pinelands North has become a sought-after school, known particularly for the wonderful diversity of staff and families, and acknowledged nationally and internationally for its sound inclusive practices.

Our banking details are:

Branch Name: Nedbank Pinelands

Account Number: 1047018306

Branch code: 104709