School Leadership: Staff and pupils

SMT and prefects:

The Senior Management Team

Schools are implementing radical reforms in order to adapt to a changing world.  Following this trend, we undertook to reform towards a devolution of decision-making powers from the central level to the school level. This reform initiative encompasses the participation of educators, learners, and parents.   In terms of the South African Schools Act of 1996 Cambridge Primary School is led by the SMT – Senior Management Team.  This team of teachers, highly skilled in their particular areas, is the backbone of Cambridge Primary School.  Serving the Cambridge Community are :

  • Mrs Kent – Cultural
  • Mr de Klerk – Sport and facilities
  • Mrs Barnard – Academics
  • Mr West – Fund raising and prize giving
  • Mrs Flanagan – Discipline and school uniforms
  • Mrs Whitaker – Welfare
  • Mr Cronje – Staffing

This team of teachers is well supported by two committees that oversee the everyday running of their campus.

The Intermediate Phase Management Team is:-

  • Mr Owen Cronje – Headmaster
  • Mr Barry West – Head of Senior Phase
  • Mrs Jenni West – Head of Intermediate Phase
  • Mrs Sandy Flanagan
  • Mr Bradd de Klerk – Head of Sport
  • Mrs Lauren Hobbs
  • Mrs Dayne Lutge
  • Mrs Marlene Whitaker

Foundation Phase Management Team :

  • Mrs Cheryl Kent – Head of Phase
  • Mrs Lisa Dell
  • Mrs Melita Wilson
  • Mrs Wendy van Schalkwyk
  • Mrs Ayanda Novukela
  • Mrs Elmarie Kent – Sport co-ordinator
  • Mrs Lorraine Barnard – HOD

The School governing body
The SGB of Cambridge Primary consists of 16 members, 5 of them are parents of the school and the rest are teachers, non-teacher staff members and of course the headmaster.

Mrs. Michelle Rothmann is the chairperson of the governing body.

The duties of the SBG’s are as follows:

Determining school policy, managing finance and insurance, assisting with legal matters, dealing with pupil welfare and discipline, supervising staff matters including staff appointments, property management, and development, overseeing special projects, drawing up a development plan for the school and ensuring efficient school administration.


Congratulations to our Prefect Body of 2016!

Special Congratulations to Head Girl Buhle-Bethu Mdingi, Head Boy Nishalin Bacharam as well as Deputies Kaitlyn Kapp and Sashin Moodley.

Grade 6 pupils are asked to apply during the last week of third term. Their prefect applications are then taken to a senior staff meeting. Here their school record and general behaviour is reviewed. Thereafter the successful applicants are interviewed by senior staff members. Each pupil is asked the same questions and then scored. The highest scoring pupils are then placed on a list and the Grade 6 pupils, Staff and present prefect body all then have the opportunity to vote for the new prefect body. Depending on the number of boys and girls who have applied and been successful, determines the size of the prefect body for the following year.

The prefect body is announced on the Friday before Prize-giving and introduced to the parents and pupils at prize-giving after Mr Cronje officially thanks the present prefects for their hard work during their term of office. The new prefects then assist the present prefect body with t their duties as a form of training.

The new prefect body are then on probation until their prefect camp, where they take part in team building activities and prefect training in the evenings. At the end of the camp, the prefects’ then vote for whom they believe are the strongest leaders to lead their prefect body for the year.

The prefects’ induction takes place, the Friday after Prefect Camp. The Heads and Deputies are announced and after accepting their oath and lighting the symbolic candle to represent “Non Vobis and working as 1 team “they are then officially welcomed as the new prefect body.

The 2016 prefects are:



Buhle-Bethu   Mdingi  (Head Girl)

Kaitlyn Kapp      (Deputy)

Hannah Alldred

Bridgette Els

Stacé-Lé Fick

Alizwa Fipaza

Mso Jonas

Sizo Kunene

Inga Mafu

Thoba Matyumza

Khanyisile Mayeye

Athenkosi Mbala

Hlumelo Mnyaka

Sinesipho Mpaku

Shania Siloan

Nicole Weiss



Nishalin          Bacharam   (Head Boy)

Sashin              Moodley     (Deputy)

Joshua Ahlschager

Lahluma Makeleni

Okuhle Mfazwe

Ndalo Mfeya

Luke Muller

Ayola Nokenke

Greg Pornss

Kuhle Tsotso

Besides helping teachers with duties at break and doing scholar, the prefects are involved with a number of projects. From fund-raising for Valentine’s Day, selling hearts for cancer, to food collections for SPCA/Pet Pals.

It is hoped that by the end of their term of office at Cambridge Primary; they will have grown and matured into pupils who will be the future leaders at their high schools.

2016 Prefect Camp

The 2016 prefects spent the weekend 12th – 14th February at Forest Way in Sutterheim.

They spent the weekend taking part in team building activities, leadership training at night and generally getting to know each other and bonding as a group.

On the last night, the prefects were asked to vote for their choice of head and deputy prefects after working with their fellow prefects all weekend.

Friday 19th February arrived with great excitement as the Prefects Induction took place. Congratulations to the elected heads, deputies and prefect body.  I look forward to a good year.

Mrs. Flanagan