About Us

Preparing the groundwork for pupils to prosper!

About Our School

Bryanston Grade 0 & Foundation Phase school is a registered NPC.  It was established in 1997 and has been successfully educating children for the past 24 Years. All the activities of the company are thus carried on in a non-profit manner and with an altruistic or philanthropic intent.

  • Our Vision

    For ALL learners no matter what their challenges or learning styles to be empowered to learn and achieve, through high quality teaching practice and optimum conditions for learning, which will equip them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for lifelong learning and to help them shape the world around them. We believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to learning.

  • Our Mission

    Our mission is to provide a child-centred nurturing environment in which each child, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background may develop spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, cognitively and physically.

The Team

The passionate Educators provide a grounded treatment approach and make use of a unique, individualised educational programme with a set objective for each learner’s strengths and challenges.

This is achieved through ongoing assessments in small classes offering customised learning for the individual child’s specific needs.  The school provides practical guidance to parents and strives to support parents and families in fulfilling their responsibility to educate their children. We view parents as our partners in the education of their children and work in partnership for the benefit of the child.

The school has an “open door policy’ and encourages communication in all forms between parents and Educators. The school also guarantees that a sufficient number of appropriately qualified and dynamic Educators are available to provide the services required and implement the objectives of the  curriculum.   

We view the Educators as facilitators in the process of learning, who strive to instil children with a love of learning and help enable them to become competent, self-motivated learners. The Educators are encouraged to provide high quality, stimulating learning opportunities, which interest and motivate the children. It is the well-rounded Educators duty to facilitate the learners to become creative and critical thinkers who can learn independently.  The quest is to stimulate and challenge the children to achieve their full potential and to listen to, respect and value each child as an individual.

Mrs Cheryl Soares de Melo


Mrs. Cheryl de Melo believes strongly in Holistic Education and that Education for young children must emphasize the development of the child as a whole i.e.: their emotional, physical, social, and intellectual development. She also regards following and keeping up with new developments and evolving progress in Education as vital to the implementing of innovative approaches. Mrs de Melo adores children. Her favourite time of the day is being involved with the children. She describes her best moments at school as observing the children experiencing the joy of learning and loves their enthusiasm when tackling new tasks, their determination when finding some work challenging and the wonder at the way they express themselves when they can complete a task independently.

Mrs Mila von der Becke


Ms. Mila von der Becke has been teaching at Bryanston Grade 0 for the past 13 years. She is the proud mother of two children who attended Bryanston Grade 0 and Bryanston Primary School. In addition to her BEd, she did her Honours BEd in Inclusive Education. MS von der Becke has a passion for a unique and personalised approach for each child in her class. This is implemented in her daily teaching with enrichment and extension of advanced learners and support with learners experiencing some barriers to learning.

Ms Roxanne Klerck


Miss Roxanne Klerck has been a Grade 0 Educator for 5 years. She is very passionate about children and education, and the role she plays in the development of children she comes into contact with. Roxanne was born in Bryanston and has lived here her entire life. She feels very fortunate to be teaching in the area she grew up in. She is family orientated and has a close bond with them and loves spending quality time with family, especially in the bush or on the beach. Her other interests include photography, beauty, reading, crafts, and baking.

Miss Kristin Ellington


Miss Kristin Ellington is an energetic, highly passionate, and creative educator who has been teaching for 5 years. She believes teaching should be an experience and does her utmost best to deliver memorable, engaging, and fun teaching opportunities. She comes from a large family of siblings and understands the concept that everyone is unique and has their own education path. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys going to gym, playing golf, and making resources for teaching and learning opportunities.

Mrs Senka Markovic

Assistant Educator

Mrs.Senka Markovic has a degree in Psychological Counselling. She is in the process of completing her training in Neurotherapy. She is doing community work in Diepsloot, providing emotional support for the children. Senka is married with a child in Grade 2. She has been at Bryanston Grade 0 since 2018 stepping in as a locum teacher. She joined the dream team as an assistant teacher in 2021.

Mrs Navitha Brijrajh


Mrs Navitha Brijrajh holds a teaching degree, is a Sage business partner, as well as a qualified Payroll Installer and also deals with Pastel Accounting. Although she loved teaching she found her passion lay in finance, and pursued a career where she could have the best of both worlds – working in an office environment surrounded by children. She hails from Durban but relocated to Johannesburg in 2013 with her husband and two children. She enjoys cooking, baking, reading and nature drives searching for sightings of the Big Five.


We follow the (CAPS) curriculum, i.e., National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement which was introduced by the Department of Basic Education. This is achieved for our Foundation Phase learners by including the instructional time allocated to each subject, for Home Language, First Additional Language, Mathematics and Life Skills (beginning knowledge, creative arts, physical education, personal and social well-being) applicable for Grade 0, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3.

Each Grade follows specific learning timetables applicable for their Grade. It is the Fully Qualified Educator’s responsibility to ensure that the CAPS Curriculum is implemented successfully to offer each child the best academic and well-rounded education.

The knowledgable Educators extend and adapt the CAPS curriculum to design a daily programme suitable for each individuals child’s specific needs. The Teachers prepare detailed weekly planning of all learning material in relation to the different Weekly Themes. All the necessary resources for each subject and theme are made available.

We are fortunate to have large grassed area for co-curricular activities and extra-curricular activities. This is equipped with age- appropriate equipment.

We view Educators as facilitators in the process of learning and their aim is to instill in children a love of learning to enable them to become competent, self-motivated learners. The Educators are encouraged to provide high quality, stimulating learning opportunities, which interest and motivate the children.

It is the well-rounded Educators duty to facilitate the learners to become creative and critical thinkers who can learn independently. Furthermore, to challenge the children to achieve their full potential and to listen to, respect, and value each child as an individual.

We are a secular education-based school and whilst we respect and acknowledge all cultural beliefs, we do not have a specific religious programme that we follow.


We follow the guidelines of Lee Canter’s programme called Assertive Discipline. It uses positive reinforcement by recognising the positive behaviour and work ethic of learners. There are rewards offered which the children work towards. These are simple rewards and appropriate for different ages e.g.; extra physical education time, a special activity, listening to music in class, the first choice of Library book, etc. With the Foundation Phase, we make sure that Rewards can be attained easily and are not made too hard so the young students lose interest.

Assertive Discipline uses corrective discipline (which are actions and consequences learners know of and are aware of should they not follow school rules) and not coercive discipline (which is and includes threats, punishments, and intimidation).


We offer an Aftercare service from 13h30-17h00 daily during the school term. 

The Aftercare is funded by parents whose children attend Aftercare. The school does not financially support or subsidise the Aftercare. All expenses must be covered by the income generated from receiving the Aftercare fees. The cost includes the following: nutritious cooked lunch, mid-afternoon fruit snack, salaries for fully qualified educators, cleaning, administration, educational equipment, stationary telephone, and maintenance of the aftercare facilities.

To find out more about our Aftercare, please click on the link below.

COVID/Coronavirus Precautions

Your children’s safety during this bizarre time is our primary concern. The school has a Standard operating procedure for Covid. The school and its contents are sanitised daily.

All areas are considered to make sure that the environment is safe for your child and that we comply with all the necessary Health and Safety Protocols. We have made many changes to the actual physical environment of the school and in particular the classrooms to maintain all the required safety standards and social distancing.

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