Bryneven was founded in 1968.
On 13 November 1967, the inaugural meeting of the caretaker committee of the “new” Primary School in Bryanston was held at the residence of Mr & Mrs J Raubenheimer, 2015 Farm Street, Bryanston. On 24 January 1968, the newly elected “school committee” and “PTA” were tasked to establish a name for the new school, design uniforms, school colours and badges and to raise funds to purchase items not provided by the Transvaal Education Department.
The name “Bryneven” was decided on because “it was short and it incorporated reference to Bryanston and its environs, being derived from “Bryanston extension seven”. (The Witwatersrand Central School Board at first rejected this name, but after numerous requests, relented)
Bryneven Primary School opened its doors on 16 January 1968 with an enrolment of 50 boys and 43 girls and four members of staff. School fees consisted of R2 per pupil (per year!) and parents were asked to pay a PTA subscription of R12 (per year!) Pupils were originally grouped into three houses, the Falcons, Hawks and Kestrel.
Early in January the following year, the Principal, 49 year old Mr GJ Maree tragically passed away at Margate. Mr WB Lamont was seconded from Yeoville Boys to act as Principal for 1969. The enrolment had grown to 421 pupils. In 1970, school commenced with Mr H Vorster as the new Principal with no fewer than 526 pupils and 17 staff.
At a staff meeting in 1970, it was decided to change the names of the houses to Aquarius (blue), Capricorn (green), Gemini (yellow) and Scorpio (red).
The first Inter-House swimming gala took place at Bryanston Primary School the following year. The school pool was officially opened in 1973. In 1982, a fire caused R60 000 damage to the Media Centre.
After Mr Vorster retired due to ill health, and was succeeded by Mr Philip Botha as Headmaster in 1985. The first school computer centre was established in 1988. In 1991, the new Media Centre was opened and by 1994 a number of new classrooms were built. Mr Botha retired in 1997.
Mr Patrick Larsen became the headmaster of the school in June 1997 after having been the Principal at Horizon View Primary School and acting Principal at Montrose Primary School before that.
The newly elected SGB in 1998 together with the headmaster and staff were able to bring about considerable improvements and additions to the school with the building of a pavilion, an additional admin wing, a Design & Technology Centre, an additional computer centre, a new staffroom, art centre, further improvements and development of the gardens and grounds.
In 2001 our Grade R Centre was built with two classrooms by 2008 we had four classroom with its own playground. By 2009 our aftercare centre was built together with its own playground and homework centre.
In 2011 we built tennis court seating, the K-net Centre and a new fence around the perimeter of the school. We also purchased two Quantum buses for the safe transport of our learners for extra murals.
By 2012 we had smartboards in every classroom setting the standard for other schools in our area.
This set the platform for technology enhancements to roll out a few years later. During the years that followed we built a new mini Astro, and new psychologist rooms, and to reduce our maintenance expenses we sunk a borehole and installed a new sprinkler system.
In August 2015 Mr Larsen retired, and the deputy principal Miss Pampel replaced him as Acting head
for the remainder of the year, after which she took up an opportunity in the private education sector. Mr Nakooda our then became our Acting head until the official appointment of Miss Garib in November 2016. Miss Garib joined us from her position as acting head from Fordsburg Primary School.
2016 was an exciting year of projects under the leadership of Mr Nakooda which saw the installation of floodlights on our field, CCTV cameras, our lightening detector, shade ports over our grandstands, new computers for the K-net Centre, a new coffee shop, resurfacing of the tennis courts and upgrading of the cricket nets and surrounds. During this time the school was hard at work implementing our new IT strategy, which was officially launched in January 2017.
This strategy saw the introduction of tablets for all students from grade 5 – 7 allowing for digital textbooks and resources to enhance learning. Bryneven has developed a blended approach using technology but still requiring written work.
Bryneven strives to be leaders in our field of education by providing the best opportunities to our learners through the use of sports and cultural facilities as well as maximising our learning through technology.
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