The History of Norkem Park Primary School

A dramatic growth in Kempton Park necessitated a new English primary school. On 7 January 1974, the doors of Norkem Park Primary School were opened to pupils. They were housed in prefabricated buildings at Kempton Park Primary School.

Keith Ablett, with a staff of 9 teachers, assumed duty (and was to be at the helm of the School for 17 years).

Two hundred and sixty pupils enrolled, ranging from Grade 1 to Standard 2 – the senior class at that stage. For the first three months, there was no official uniform! Growth in pupil enrolment was phenomenal. By the end of its second year, the School had an enrolment of 593 pupils and was relocated to another "interim" building on 7 January 1976. (This site is now "Laerskool Kruinsig" in Fiskaal Street, Glen Marais.) The School was subsequently awarded P1 status. Facilities were menial – on one occasion a bus transporting pupils stuck in the mud and staff had to transport pupils to the school building. There was no electricity and staff interviews had to be conducted by candlelight until power was provided. Delays in the planning and construction occurred due to budget constraints (what’s new?). They were downgraded from a project school to a traditional school, resulting in much disappointment. Nevertheless, on 11 August 1977, amidst much excitement, staff and pupils reported to the new official school building situated in James Wright Avenue, Norkem Park.


This residential area was very much in the development stage, and the school building was a prominent feature. The 360° view from the third floor was quite spectacular! Of course, this has since changed with urban development in the area.

On 4 November, after much preparation, the School was officially opened by Professor J Jooste. Through fund-raising, enthusiasm, and generosity of parents and dedication of staff, equipment was acquired and facilities established – the School flourished! Tenth School Day enrolment of 1978 recorded 876 pupils.

The Eighties witnessed a variety of fund-raising activities in order to build netball and tennis courts, as well as soccer fields. Of course, the Media Centre was also a priority. Due to the conscientious efforts of everyone concerned, the School had a well-established foundation. Pupil numbers stabilised around the 850 enrolment figure. Teachers and pupils alike worked hard to achieve academic, cultural and sporting excellence. The netball and soccer teams were forces to be reckoned with! Traditions had been established.

The Nineties heralded winds of change. In 1991, the Parent-Body voted overwhelmingly in favour of Model C status for the school (92% poll – 90% voted in favour). Keith Ablett, the first headmaster, resigned his service at the end of 1991, to be succeeded by John Clark, formerly of Farramere Primary School.

A shortage of finances is nothing new to educational institutions, contrary to popular opinion! The School approached big business for sponsorship. After much negotiation, the School was sponsored by a pharmaceutical company to establish a pre-school. This centre was officially opened in 1993 and continues to function effectively by providing a foundation for our very junior pupils.

The School has weathered the many influences recently implicated by constitutional change. Thankfully, due to a dedicated Governing Body and staff, along with careful management, the School continues to flourish. Our current staff consists of approximately 45 teachers and over 1000 pupils.

In 2009 we introduced a new School Blazer.


Below are lists of our past Achievers


1980H Graham  
1981T Smook  
1982L Esterhuizen D Hough 
1983R Rall S Martins 
1984C Furner K Fone
1985M Louw R Greybe 
1986J Fritelli & S TaylorM Rule & P Pitout 
1987M Di Bucci C Lundie 
1988A Swart K Whale 
1989A StraussC Grobler & J Martin
1990W v d Westhuizen T Rule 
1991C Carrington K Frew 
1992C Carrington C Clayton & T Parpottas 
1993S Ferreira K Wilcocks 
1994C Hearney C Reed & S Mitchell 
1995A GrayD Kock 
1996M Windisch T Rohan 
1997C Kotzee J Mhlaba 
1998N Jacobs P Kgohloane 
1999G RalphS Malesa
2000M GoldstoneM Tshabalala
2001T MabannaL Mathumba
2002A MakubaloB Khoele
2003N TshabalalaS Kaseu
2004A. BamuzaP. Mashigo
2005A. MajaA. Lewis
2006K. MakubaloK Dire
2007F. SibiyaI. Ngobeni
2008L. SelatelaY. Valashiya
2009P. MogudiP. Masalane
2010K TessnerM Dire
2011L SidumoJ Ramphele
2012B MtshemlaK Rheeder
2013Ayabonga HuwaTshepiso Motaung
2014Mpho SibiyaNontokozo Thibedi
2015Tebogo MabelaneEnoyogiere Ebhonu
2016Mbuso MokoroaneGladys Msukwini


1977K. HeathT. Watts
1978W. De KlerkD. Fasold
1979A. VinesA. Lubbe
1980D. DreyerG. Elliot-Wilson
1981D. DobsonB. Lochau
1982H. ZdaraB. Botten
1983R. RallS. Martins
1984S. De WaalL. Philips & B. Lehman
1985R. LehmanL. Fourie
1986M. DuffE. Graber
1987W. Van ZylM. Van Zyl
1988R. KaufholzV. Lousley
1989M. BradshawC. Grobler
1990T. WilcocksE. Bradshaw
1991G. DugtigS. Van Zyl
1992F. CapcanN. Hattam
1993D. LodrK. Wilcocks
1994D. WilkinsJ. Spain
1995P. SoundyJ. Weitz
1996B. LutzN. Dickensen & M. Hattam
1997J. CapeK. Capcan
1998M. CooteM. Kotzee
1999B. SmithB. Shand
2000R. Van ZylC. Groom
2001D. LaingZ. Nkwanyna
2002J. ColynC. Swan
2003M. van GoethemK. Savig
2004K. MathabatheK. Wyer
2005C. NitzsheK. Smith
2006F. SibiyaF. Mukwevho
2007S. HeightonK. Kunniah
2008S. NaidooS. Scheepers
2009A. ScheepersB. Matiwane
2010V. MbeteS. Thomas
2011T. MwanzaR. Rametsi
2012M. CockbainK. Hlapane
2013M. XunduN. Maluleke
2014M. MakibelaP. Puwai
2015J. ClaiteM. Pieterse
2016M. MokoroaneA. Duma


1977M. WilkinsonL. Blackie
1978W. De KlerkJ. Parker
1979C. McLeodS. Hendry
1980D. DreyerG. Goslin
1981C. BodenstabA. Haarhof
1982W. BodenstabB. Botten
1983R. RallN. De Waal
1984G. KleinhansW. Phillips
1985H. PunnelC. Downie
1986M. DuffT. Koegelberg
1987W. Van ZylM. Van Zyl
1988R. KaufholzS. Courtney
1989M. BradshawC. Grobler
1990T. WilcocksE. Bradshaw
1991G. DugtigS. Van Zyl
1992K. ArnoldN. Hattam
1993N. RobertsK. Wilcocks
1994T. FalchiP. Kleingunther
1995A. GrayJ. A Weitz
1996D. BezuidenhoutM. Hattam
1997J. CapeJ. Botha
1998S. FesterN. Alfonso
1999B. SmithC. Strydom
2000M. GilmerC. Coote
2001G. Van GentZ. Nkwanyana
2002C. RademanC. Swan
2003J. PicotC. Bellamy
2004K. MathabaneP. Mashigo
2005V. SenekalL. Nobanda
2006M. BurnsR. Monakali
2007K. FormanT. Ngwenya
2008J. MalgasG. Klassen
2009A. ScheepersB. Matiwane
2010K. TessnerN. Hadebe
2011T. MaharajK. Pickl
2012K. SelebiK. Hlapane
2013M. XunduA. Mahlangu
2014M. MakibelaK. Smit
2015K. MohomeleM. Peterse
2016B. ZunduN. Rametsi
2017M. KhumaloM. Kose
2018L. NdlovuN. Ntuli



2000R. Van Zyl & J. VisserR. Gass & N. Harwood
2001B. Harris & P. LombardI. Bouzov and T. Wyer
2002E. Schreuder & J. ColynM. Motsoaledi & A. Wentzel
2003A. Mashala & D. SmithA. Coote & B. Thaver
2004A. Bamuza & M. McMahonJ. Robinson & K. Wyer
2005E. Jackson & M. MotsoalediR. Makena & K. Smith
2006S. Buchner & F.SibiyaR. Mashala & F. Mukwevho
2007S. Heighton & K. YoungL. Moonsamy & K. Moonsamy
2008J. Kerr & R. MphirimeN. Moodley & S. Scheepers
2009P. Makgoe & J. PeterseA. Mabasa & T. Bukhali
2010K. Makenete & V. MakhombothiM. Masela & H. Mahlaela
2011T. Gass & L. Mac KayB. Ngobese & R. Rametisi
2012Y. Mabonga & T. NaidooS. Maree & N. Mtshali
2013L. Matlhatse & K. RamokokaM. Molepo & D. Phekun
2014K. Noge & L. ShongweP. Makhubu & K. Nel
2015J. Claite & J. DonnaghieS. Molepho & H. Nel
2016S. Lavin & M. MokoroaneA. Duma & O. Mosia
2017V. Dube & L. MalapileM. Matlou & V. Moodley
2018S. Hleza & T. SethwanaR. Jodhan & L. Staples



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