Berea Primary School
100 Years of Excellence in Education
Composition of the SGB (2022)
The School Governing Body (SGB) is composed of 9 members. 5 parent members: Mr. Innocent Ndlovu (Chairman), Mr. Erwin Skeepers (Vice Chairman), Mr. Justin Petersen (Treasurer), Mrs. Marian Deckford and Mrs. Shahistah Gaffoor serve as parent representatives.
On the Governing body the Principal serves in an ex officio capacity. The educators are represented by Mrs. Jayne Matthee and Mrs. Leona Vosloo and the members of staff are represented by Mr. Suren Rooplall.
Baker Tilly Morrison Murray are our external auditors. The Financial Statements were drafted and accepted at a sitting of the SGB. These statements reflected that the school’s Financial Management is sound and that proper measures are in place.
In order to ensure effective teaching and learning takes place, the SGB employs 14 full time educators. This is in addition to the 20 state paid educators employed by the Education Department. Staff development is a critical part of providing a motivated staff and the Berea Primary staff attended a wide variety of workshops, including intense updated training on the implementation of the Curriculum and several developmental programmes which took place during the course of the year 2020.
In order to ensure that our school is clean, well maintained, secure and financially stable, the SGB employs a Custodian, 5 additional cleaners and 2 full time administrative/financial staff. We have also invested in the services of a security company which provides us with 2 trained security guards daily, from 6am to 6pm. All entrances and exits to the school are now guarded substantially. 4 members of staff are employed to run the Care Centre facility in the afternoons.
On the maintenance and infrastructure side, 2021 saw regular attention given to painting, plumbing, purchasing of new furniture where necessary and building repairs, resulting in a well maintained, aesthetically pleasing, safe school. Due to the impact of Covid-19, no major new projects were considered.
Safety and Security of our learners was and always is, treated as a priority. CCTV surveillance cameras provide constant footage at 16 strategic points around the school. Each staff member is issued with a panic button that is linked directly to the Msanzi Control Room. Staff wear these buttons at all times whilst on school premises for use in cases of emergency. Additional guards have been employed to ensure that all entrances and exits to the school are manned at all times.
Academically, the school is proud of its achievements. In the Principal’s academic report for 2020, the overall class averages are in the substantial to meritorious achievement brackets, translating into a 60 to 80% average in almost all subjects, in almost all grades, despite the effect of Covid-19 on the academic calendar.
We do have a school to be proud of and despite the obvious challenges experienced in 2020/2021 we remain committed to providing quality of teaching and learning to our children. Our theme for 2022 “Choice is your Superpower” has prevailed throughout and has constantly reminded us that the pursuit of excellence in all that we do is a deliberate choice and can be achieved despite challenging circumstances. This is an embodiment of our ethos at Berea Primary School.
The Berea Primary family will strive to: