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Our school is celebrating its 56th Anniversary this year. It started out as a privately run school in a cottage in the garden of 67 River Road. In the middle of 1959, Walmer parents were faced with a crisis when two existing nursery schools in the area were about to close down. In August of that year a meeting of all interested parents was called and a steering committee formed to investigate the possibility of starting a fully-fledged pre-primary school. A public meeting was held in the Walmer Town hall where the speakers were Mrs Peggy Lincey and Mrs Phyllis Birin, both trained nursery school teachers. Other speakers were Mr Meredith Wood and Mr K McIntyre, principal of Fourth Avenue Primary School. A banking account was bravely opened with nothing to put in it but the shillings that committee members paid for their teas! However by the November, through the hard work of the committee and helpers, a lot of equipment had been made, 60 pounds was in the bank, and the premises at 67 River Road were cleaned, scraped and painted by the committee. That little school opened on 25 January 1960 with 45 children under the supervision of Ms Tessa Sharwood assisted by Mrs Val Bester. The school was officially opened by Mr Jock Omond at a function attended by the mayoresses of both Port Elizabeth and Walmer and some 80 people. In order to secure the future of the school the management committee approached the Walmer municipality for ground to build their own school on. At about the same time the management committee also made a successful application to the provincial education department for a per capita subsidy for the children in the school in order to assist in funding the running costs of the school which, until that time had to come solely from school fees. June 1962 brought the news that permission had been granted to purchase a piece of ground adjoining Clarendon Park Primary School. This was acquired at a nominal cost and 51 Church Road became the permanent home of the school. An old crèche was purchased and moved, literally brick by brick, to 51 Church Road. Med Woods and Roger Long (after whom two of our buildings are named) were very involved in building and establishing the school. In January 1964 the school consisted of the Meredith Woods building that housed the offices and accommodated 45 children. Mrs Joyce Muggeridge was appointed principal of the new school that was officially opened by the mayor of Walmer on 18 June 1965.

Accepted Ages

  • Ages 12 - 18 Months
  • Ages 18 - 24 Months
  • Ages 24 - 36 Months
  • Ages 3 - 6 Years

Offered Grades

  • Grade 0 / R
  • Grade 00 / RR

School Features

  • Aftercare
  • Holiday Care
  • Air Conditioning
  • Art Studio
  • Creche
  • Early Childhood Development Programme
  • Kindergarten
  • Pre-Primary


  • Eastern Cape Department of Education

Religious Affiliation

  • Secular

First Language

  • English

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Business Hours
Open Now

  • Monday
    07:00 am - 03:30 pm
  • Tuesday
    07:00 pm - 03:30 pm
  • Wednesday
    07:00 pm - 03:30 pm
  • Thursday
    07:00 am - 03:30 pm
  • Friday
    07:00 am - 03:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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