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About us

At Bryneven, we believe in nurturing every child to their fullest potential, equipping them with the skills and values to prepare them for life.

Beyond academic achievement or success in examinations, our philosophy revolves around providing a secure, caring environment where children can thrive. We strive to cultivate personal, social, and moral development in every aspect of our curriculum.

Our goal is to instil lifelong values and to achieve this, we recognise the importance of collaboration with parents. From fostering personal growth and self-discipline to imparting practical and social skills, guiding vocational aspirations, and nurturing sporting and leisure pursuits, we are dedicated to shaping well-rounded individuals ready to embrace life’s challenges.

Bryneven Primary School was founded in 1968.

The name “Bryneven” was decided on because it was short, and it referred to Bryanston and its environs. It is derived from the words Bryanston and 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 enrollment of 50 boys, 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! Originally, pupils were grouped into three houses, Falcons, Hawks and Kestrel.

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70 %

… of students take part in some form of physical education



…  cultural and sporting extramural activities offered throughout the year



… academic programs (design & technology, art & science, outdoor learning centre)


… years providing quality education, preparing pupils holistically for life


Leadership, Management & Governance

The Principal and the SMT are responsible for professional management in the day-to-day running of the school.
N Nakooda

Mr. N. Nakooda
School Principal


Mrs. C. Kotze
Deputy Principal


Mrs. R. Naidu
Foundation Phase DH


Ms. P. Govender
Intersen Phase DH

Mrs Izienne Harrison - Educator

Mrs I. Harrison

Intersen Phase DH

Grade Heads

Grade R:
Mrs Herdman
Grade 1:
Mrs Wrathall
Grade 2:
Miss MacArthur
Grade 3:
Mrs Agostinetto
Grade 4:
Mrs Jonathan
Grade 5:
Mr Botha
Grade 6:
Mrs Suklal
Grade 7:
Mrs Liversage

School Governing Body 2021 – 2024

Mrs Liesl van der Walt

Mrs Liesl van der Walt

Mr Malcolm Bam

Mr Malcolm Bam

Mrs Marina Hodgkinson

Mrs Marina Hodgkinson

Mr Naeem Nakooda

Mr Naeem Nakooda

Mrs Charlene Kotze

Mrs Charlene Kotze
Deputy Principal

Mrs Josephine Tshabalala

Mrs Josephine Tshabalala
Parent Member

Mrs Inga Bayly

Mrs Inga Bayly
Parent Member

Mrs Izienne Harrison - Educator

Mrs Izienne Harrison

Mr Wynand Botha - Educator

Mr Wynand Botha

Mrs Christine Wrathall

Mrs Christine Wrathall

Mr Raoul Blignaut - Non-Educator Member

Mr Raoul Blignaut
Non-Educator Member

Responsibilities of the SGB and Principal

Mainly responsible for policy and overall governance in the school.

  • Support the principal, educators and other staff in carrying out their professional functions.
  • Ensure that high-quality education is offered at the school.
  • Decide on school times.
  • Recommend the appointment of educators, administrators, and support staff at the school.
  • Decide on the extra-mural curriculum.
  • Buy books, educational materials, and equipment for the school where required.
  • Raise additional funds (on top of the State contribution).
  • Administer a school fund, including running a bank account.
  • Control the financial records of the school.
  • Prepare an annual budget and submit it to parents for approval (at the AGM in November)
  • Control the financial records of the school.
  • Prepare an annual budget and submit it to parents for approval (at the AGM in November)


  • Ensure that school fees are collected.
  • Promote the best interests of the school.
  • Encourage parents, learners, educators and other staff to work willingly for the school.
  • Adopt a constitution.
  • Develop a mission statement for the school.
  • Adopt a code of conduct for learners.
  • Control and maintain school property, buildings and grounds.