Newclare Primary School, Randburg, Gauteng:
South Africa 2023
The school was established in 1917 by Founders Memorial Congregational Church. The school at this stage was the biggest school in South Africa, consisting of 84 teachers and approximately 3600 pupils. It originated as a double story building made of corrugated iron with 10 classrooms. The office block was made of brick and it is still in use today.
We the educators and parents of Newclare Primary School herewith pledge our commitment to achieving excellence and enrichment. We further pledge to manage the educational system in a manner that is transparent, accountable, democratic and effective by engaging all stakeholders and the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE).
To achieve this, we must strive to ensure:
1. That the school is well managed and has a healthy, friendly and effective learning environment
2. That the stakeholders participate in the planning, policy development and vision of the school
3. All learners are empowered by developing skills to lead a productive life
4. All learners are taught correct attitudes and values such as self-respect and respect for democratic rights, religions, cultures and languages of every person
5. All learners are developed into well balanced individuals i.e. Spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally
6. All educators are empowered by affording them training in new and effective teaching methods
7. All educators are encouraged to help learners in different ways to promote culture of eaching and learning
8. All the above is possible if the school has the necessary finances
There are 1100 pupils from Grade R to grade 7, aged 4-14
Principal - Mr Derek Eastwood
International Link Teacher - Mrs Maureen Mesimela
Mrs Mesimela became involved in International Activities between Smiling Valley Inrtermediate Farm School and Byrchall High School in 2011, while working as the Director of Education for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth.
Mrs Mesimela continued her connections when she moved to Johannesburg. She now teaches at Newclare Primary School. Both of the schools are developing and planning a new library. Newclare Primary School will open the library in November 2023. Byrchall High School will open its new school and library in September 2024.
Newclare Primary School has been supported in the development of its new library by Newton-le-Willows Rotary Club in the UK, who are already connected with Byrchall High School. The exploration of the design of a new library and subsequent work to develop literacy, writing and oracy will follow, as both schools are at the design stage of a new library, and then will develop its use.
The schools will start with a small focussed project, with communication between the pupils in the 2
Reading for Life
Awareness of the importance of reading and the pleasure that can be found in books.
Lifelong love of reading
Improved reading level to age or beyond Outcomes
Reading for enjoyment is vital to a child’s development and future success in life
Increased pupils’ access to books with characters who are diverse, inclusive and
Broaden knowledge beyond their locality and develop cultural capital increased the focus on
reading for enjoyment in their school