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Moving Up to the ladder of Greatness

Welcome to our Primary

Willow Academy Primary is a family orientated school which educates learners between Grade 1 and Grade 7.  At Willow Academy Primary we encourage learners to apply themselves with confidence and to explore a range of sporting and cultural activities. We urge students to complete each task to the best of their ability, as they are stretched, challenged and nurtured academically. Learners are encouraged to follow Christ and to make Christian-based decisions on a daily basis. As they are taught from the Bible, our learners view the world from a biblical perspective.

Our vision is to equip learners to develop their individual potential and to enable them to further God’s Kingdom in their local communities and in society at large. This incorporates the development of their spiritual, mental, emotional and physical potential.

Willow Academy provides its learners with a variety of activities which contribute toward their spiritual formation. Our teachers strive to present biblically integrated lessons with Religious Education (Studying God’s Word) being compulsory for all learners. We have a weekly assembly which incorporates a time of praise and worship, corporate prayer and a Bible-based talk or sermon. In addition, each school day begins with a ten-minute devotional period which includes a Bible reading and prayer.

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Jenna Hayne

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Kira Maritz

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Marlene Van Aardt

Grade 5 teacher
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Vanessa van Rensburg

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Kirsten McLaggan

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Tanner Purdon

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Mrs M Pinto

Grade 5 teacher | English and Social Sciences

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Tania Fry

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Bianca Du Plessis

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Rouviere Kemp

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Sean Afrika

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Rosina Meyer

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Shalenka Mills

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Showna Petzer

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Rudo Kunaka

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Maryna Gie

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Stephanie Grigor

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Junior Primary (Foundation Phase: Grade 1-3):

English Home Language

Afrikaans First Additional Language


Life Skills which includes:

  •  Wonderful World, Exploring Gods World(Science from a Christian Perspective)
  • Creative Arts (Visual Arts & Music)
  • Physical Education

Christians Studies: Studying God’s Word
Memorisation: Memory Verses, Poems and Gedigte.

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Senior Primary (Intermediate/ senior: Grade 4-7):

In the Intermediate Phase, the following subjects are taught and assessed: (Grades 4 – 6)

English (Home Language)

Afrikaans (First Additional Language)


Natural Science and Technology

Social Sciences

Life Skills includes:

Personal and Social wellbeing

Physical Education

Creative Arts- Music, Visual and Dramatic Arts that is presented by Helen o Grady Academy

Studying God’s Word

Computer Studies taught as an extra throughout the year as an extra additional subject

It is our hope that learners will feel safe, nurtured, loved and encouraged at Willow Academy Primary and that they will graduate from Grade 7 with a sense of accomplishment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Sports” tab_id=”1551878415993-52ff7d71-3515″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1552298561824{margin-left: 30px !important;}”]

Grade 1 to 12 learners attend sports practice twice a week

Phase                                      Summer                                  Winter

Foundation Phase (Gr 1-3)

Boys                                        Mini-Cricket / Athletics / Mini-Soccer

Girls                                        Mini-Tennis / Athletics / Mini-Hockey

Junior School (Gr 4-7)

Boys                                        Cricket / Tennis / Athletics / Soccer

Girls                                       Tennis / Athletics / Hockey

High School (Gr 8-12)

Boys                                        Cricket / Tennis / Athletics / Soccer / Volleyball

Girls                                        Tennis / Athletics / VolleyBall

Additionally, we offer a selection of sports at an additional cost, including Taekwon-do, swimming, ballroom dancing, and Future Kings touch rugby.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”SWIMMING” color=”custom” accent_color=”#dd3333″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1552298705226{margin-left: 30px !important;}”]Swimming is considered a life skill that could potentially save a child’s life. Our ultimate goal is to

have our own pool so that we can make swimming a part of our curriculum. Currently, our swimmers are coached and trained by a professional coach, with the learners being transported to and from swimming lessons.

Once a learner shows the potential to compete, they are placed in our high-performance team, where they compete against other schools at numerous galas. The learners that have been coached by Trish Polis have done extremely well in the inter-school galas.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”TAEKWON-DO” color=”custom” accent_color=”#dd3333″][vc_column_text]

Taekwon-do is a self-defense activity, where our learners can receive grading and also obtain their provincial colours.

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The Future Kings touch rugby programme is currently for the Grade R to 3 learners only and focuses on different ball skills and rugby techniques.

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Chess is still new to Willow Academy. We hope to compete in the near future and look forward to seeing the results.

We strive to equip our teachers, coaches, and managers with the necessary skills to become competent in their abilities to coach, referee and manage teams/sporting codes by educating them in the latest coaching techniques and employing provincial coaches and supporting staff.

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Our Activities & Outings

As part of our Primary School curriculum, we have a number of outings, camps, and tours. We believe that children learn best when they are in a relaxed atmosphere. At the beginning of each year our pupils go on a camp, and during the year they go on outings. During camps and outings, learners are taught survival skills, teamwork, social skills, self-sufficiency and social responsibility.

Our Grade 7s go on a tour and have two one night camps. One in the beginning of the year, where they are encouraged to build solid relationships, and another at the end of the year, to prepare them for their High School journey.

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It’s all about culture

Culture, and the love of the arts plays a vital role in every child’s development. As part of the holistic development of a child, our learners are encouraged to participate in various cultural activities. These include playing musical instruments, participating in drama and singing in our choir.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”DRAMA” color=”custom” accent_color=”#dd3333″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1552298598349{margin-left: 30px !important;}”]At the beginning of 2016 we partnered with Helen O’Grady to best facilitate the Drama aspect of the Creative Arts curriculum for our Grade 4 to Grade 9 learners. Our Grade R to Grade 3 learners also participate in the Helen O’Grady drama programme as part of their extra-mural activities.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”VISUAL ARTS” color=”custom” accent_color=”#dd3333″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1552298607440{margin-left: 30px !important;}”]

In addition, we have a well-rounded visual arts programme and envision adding to our expanding extra-mural activities in due course.

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In 2016 we introduced ballroom dancing to our high school learners. They have since participated in examinations and many have received their bronze certificate. They also take part in the social dances which are arranged by the dance company and interact with other high schools at these.

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Between Grade 1 and Grade3 we encourage all our learners to participate in the Junior Choir. The Junior Choir practice takes place every second Monday morning.

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Between Grade 1 and Grade3 we encourage all our learners to participate in the Junior Choir. The Junior Choir practice takes place every second Monday morning.

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We have a flourishing musical entrustment  at Willow Academy. Our music grading is done via either Royals Schools, Trinity or Unisa for:

Group Recorder
Group Guitar
Individual Guitar: Bass, electric and acoustic
Piano: classical and worship style
Drums: Basic Rhythms
Individual Singing classes