On 5th December 1966 a meeting was held at the Wanderers Club and served as the inaugural meeting of prospective parents of the new Fairways Primary School.
At this time Mrs M de Villiers was the acting principal who took on the responsibility of addressing the gathering, outlining details of the scope of the school and some of the prospects that could have been anticipated.
January 1967 saw Fairways Primary School open unfinished doors to approximately 130 learners ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 4. Most of these learners were drawn from school in the area ie Houghton, Bramley, HA Jack, Rosebank. Mrs M de Villiers and her staff of 5 educators laboured under innumerable challenges to set Fairways Primary a float.
“Fairways Primary School is multicultural school situated in Johannesburg”
During 1975 Mr Odendaal became the acting principal. In that year he maintained all the high standards previously set and surpassed previous standards on the sportsfield. In January 1976 Mr R de Klerk took up office as permanent principal.
1981 saw the construction of the Science Laboratory and the Art Department. Mr R. De Klerk ensured that the school continued to grow in strength and many new improvements were made during his reign. This included the acquisition of a school bus, the building of our state of the art media centre and computer centre and the development of our beautiful grounds. He was also responsible for the introduction of our school song in 1987 – Grade 1 was introduced to the school on the 18th January 1995. A number of activities were evident in his term of office. This included the tarmacing of the teachers’ carpark, the introduction of an irrigation system and the upgrading of the media centre and auditorium. The school took leave of Mr De Klerk at an assembly on the 28th June 1996, thereafter learners in all classes held picnics on the main sportsfield giving Mr De Klerk the opportunity to give personal farewells and best wishes to all the children.
Mr Reg Hawkins was appointed Acting Principal on the 23 July 1996 and continued in this position until appointed in a permanent capacity in January 1998. Unfortunately his term of office was short lived as he resigned in July 1998 to relocate to Port Elizabeth.
Mr Clive Tyson took over in an acting capacity until Mr David Spence became principal in January 1999. During Mr Spence’s office, he introduced the Pupil Development Programme which involved our Grade 6 & 7 learners. The programme had five levels. In each level our children had to reach their academic goal, participate actively in extra-murals and community service and be of sound character and conduct. Children reaching the 5th level are awarded with their honours. This programme has proved to be very successful as children strive to develop their full potential. The academic staff and learners took leave of Mr D Spence who retired at the end of 2005.
Ms T Rae took up the position of Principal in January 2006 having moved up through the ranks starting her teaching career in 1981. She has recently completed the ACE Management and Leardership Course through the University of Johannesburg which she passed Cum Laude. She is presently teaching Mathematics in Grade 5 and Art to Grade 7 learners and is actively involved in the extra-mural programme.
Through the years we have seen the positive growth at the school and have provided a holistic child centred education developing citizens with skill, confidence, sound relationships and social awareness as demonstrated through service.
To provide a holistic child-centred education developing disciplined citizens with skills, confidence, sound relationships and social awareness as demonstrated through service.
We will strive to: Provide a holistic child centred approach to education where learners are able to achieve their true potential.
Create an atmosphere where learners will evidence mutual respect for and sound relationships with educators and peers. Encourage learners to evidence confidence in their individual abilities and competence in their fields of study. Read more
Encourage learners to display a sense of social awareness expressed through service and qualities such as loyalty, co-operation and team work through a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Produce thinkers who will show initiative and be well equipped to take their place in society. Encourage a meaningful partnership in education with the parent body and the wider community.
Respect for self, Respect for others and Respect for the environment.
Word from the Principal
Here are a few warm words from our lovely Principal.
Fairways Primary School is situated in an urban area which is changing fast due to the residential properties being sold with Business Rights. In addition, there are a number of properties which have been rezoned for Sectional Title Developments. Our learners are drawn from the immediate area, however we do draw children as far afield as Alexandra, Soweto and Midrand.
Fairways Primary School is multicultural representing all race groups and a number of foreign nationals.
Our staff has a long history with the school with 8 of the 14 state paid educators having been at the school for 30 years and longer. We strive to provide a holistic, child centred education for our children to develop disciplined citizens with skills, confidence, sound relationships and social awareness as demonstrated through service.
I believe that in view of the fact that our youth are born into a rapidly changing world of multi media, it has become imperative to provide them with tools to equip them for the future.
Through the recent endeavors of our very active School Governing Body and Parent Body a number of sustainable projects have been embarked on to create an interactive learning environment for our scholars which will encourage greater involvement for all and overcome many a fear related to technology.
We have developed our existing computer centre and have had Gauteng on Line introduced to the school with pleasing results to date. We are also looking at introducing interactive whiteboard technology into the classroom – a project for the future.
Further more we have improved our audio visual system in the school and now offer Audio Visual Engineering as a possible job opportunity for our Grade 6 & 7 learners. Once they have completed the training they will be doing “community service” to put their training into practice. Our aim for 2015 is to develop a trust working ethos of learning for life and to build on the very positive partnerships that already exist in the Fairways Family. We aim to take the school from good to great.