Roger Looyen - Principal: Preparatory College

Dr Roger Looyen knew from an early age that he wanted to teach. After completing Grade 12 he embarked on a teaching qualification at WITS and completed a Licentiate in pianoforte. He furthered his studies at UNISA completing a BA; BED (Educational Management) and an MED. In 2013 he enrolled for a PHD at UJ completing his research in 2015 titled “Moral Leadership: An Imperative to Learner Attainment”. He has held various positions in the Department of Education and was the Director for Leadership and Management Development at the Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance. In 2016 he was appointed Head at Sandhurst Preparatory College.

Margot van Ryneveld - Principal: Preschool & Director

I have been Head of Stepping Stones Pre-Primary School for past 17 years and Founding Director/ Principal of Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College in Parkmore, Johannesburg. I am passionate about pre-primary and primary school education in particular and the power of play in general. I have taught from Pre-Primary to University level over the past thirty + years. I hold a B.A.(Unisa), a B.Ed.(Unisa), (Ed. Mngmnt) and H.D.E.(J.P/PP)(JCE), and a Dip Comp. I have three children: my son Marshall tragically died of a drug overdose in 2012. My two daughters are currently studying; Bronwyn is at UP, studying psychology and Heather is at Wits studying OT. I am married to Bruce van Ryneveld, an Avionics Engineer, specializing in military helicopters.



Raeesa Kaka

My name is Raeesa Kaka and I studied at the University of the Witwatersrand. I completed my Education Degree in both Foundation Phase and ECD in 2010. I started my teaching career at Blairgowrie Primary where I spent 7 years teaching Grade One. I headed up the grade for the last 4 years. I enjoy travelling and spending time with my husband. I love to make a difference in each child’s life and enjoy helping kids grow. Seeing the achievement of learning to read and write on kids faces gives me great joy and pleasure.

Ruth Brookes

My name is Ruth and I am currently the Grade 3 Educator at Sandhurst Preparatory College. I studied a Bachelor of Education Foundation Phase at Embury College in Kwa Zulu Natal. I taught at a remedial school for three years before relocating to Johannesburg in 2012. I have currently been teaching for 8 years. Working in Education has always been a passion of mine and I am so pleased that each day I can do what I love doing.

Raquel do Nascimento

I am a creative, hard working person who has a great love for children and a true passion for teaching. I have a Bachelor of Education degree in both Foundation Phase and Early Childhood Development. The change I am able to make in the lives of young children is what motivates me to always go the extra mile and challenge myself in order to learn new things. I have experience teaching all age groups from Grade RR up to Grade 3 and also have leadership experience as Head of Department in the Foundation Phase. I look forward to an exciting time at Sandhurst Preparatory College.

Cindy-Lee Hammond

I am dedicated honours graduate from Rhodes University specialising in drama and media. I am a confident, gregarious and likeable person. I believe I have a strong leadership ability which has been developed through the fortunate opportunities I have been given at both school and university. I take a personal interest in all learners that I teach and have a strong conviction that all learners are able to reach their full potential within an education environment where trust and loyalty prevail.

Tracey Watkins

Head of Department – Foundation Phase

I studied for a Bachelor of Primary Education at Johannesburg College of Education, which I completed in 1997. My first teaching post was at Grayston Preparatory School where I taught Grade 2 for two years. In 2000, I began teaching at the Jolly Dee’s Playshop in the Grade 00 class, I studied for my Bachelors of Education (Hons) in 2001 and specialized in Children with Special Needs. I completed this course in 2003. I taught Grade R for two years and then became Principal of Jolly Dee’s in the Park where I also ran the Human Resource Department and assisted with the curriculum development. I returned to the classroom in May 2016 at Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College and I am currently teaching Grade 2. I am a mother of two children who are both in primary school. I believe that every child has the potential to achieve. With dedicated educators who believe in children’s individual ability, learners are given the tools to accomplish this and achieve to their very best potential.

Nicki Hargreaves

Uninhibited joy in abundance and a natural curiosity for the world around them is how children drive my passion for teaching and learning.  To share in a child’s journey of discovery and realising his or her potential is a privilege and I am incredibly proud to be a part of that journey.  I began my studies in education at UKZN and after moving to Gauteng continued through UNISA.  I was incredibly fortunate to have received a wealth of guidance and mentorship in the teaching field at Redhill School.  Here, over a period of five years, I taught several different subjects across all grades in the preparatory school.  This experience paved the way to wanting to expand my portfolio and I spent seven years involved in the Early Childhood Development sector as both a teacher and head of school at Jolly Dee’s Nursery School. I am thrilled to be joining the Sandhurst Preparatory community and look forward to a long and happy association. I am running the PE programme for all the learners.

Kim Banha - Computer and Locum Teacher

I have always loved young children and growing up always dreamt of having my own Nursery School. After studying at JCE and fulfilling a three-year teaching post at Sandton Nursery School my dream was realized! Together with a partner, we owned and ran a successful little Nursery School in Bramley. We sold it when I took two years off from teaching when I had my son. I returned to teaching to do a two-week locum at Redhill Nursery School and eventually left there seventeen years later when my son matriculated!  I took another year off from teaching but couldn’t stay away! I started teaching computers part time at Stepping Stones Nursery School and a couple of other schools in the area. I now only teach at Sandhurst Pre & Preparatory doing computer lessons and locums.  I consider it a privilege to work with such a wonderful staff and where I get to nurture the children in my care to discover and learn exciting new things and grow in confidence. 

Kerry Geddes - Class Music and Recorders

I am the class Music and Recorder teacher at Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College. I also offer private piano lessons to learners at the school. I graduated from WITS University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Education Degree, majoring in Music and English. Since then, I have always taught Music, either at a school or privately. I believe in teaching children to love music and creating an environment in which children can express themselves through fun and creativity.  I believe that if I am able to make a difference in one child’s life, I have succeeded.

Martha Phiri - Zulu and Aftercare

I am passionate about all children and to exposing them to a range of languages, as I firmly believe that communication is key to us linking with our fellow learners and expanding our knowledge base as citizens of the global community. I am a qualified primary school teacher and studied teaching in Zimbabwe before moving to South Africa. I currently expose all the Gr R – Gr 5 learners to isiZulu on a consistent basis so that they develop a love for this wonderful South African language. The learners are exposed to isiZulu vocabulary through activities, songs and rhymes associated with a range of themes. The children also explore the culture of the Zulu nation to develop a respect for our cultural diversity. I also manage the aftercare and holiday care programme for the preschool and foundation phase learners at Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College. We participate in a range of informal, play-based activities to afford the children pleasurable and fun-filled afternoons and holiday sessions, engaged in learning-through-play. 

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