Eastleigh Primary School opened its doors on Monday, 17 January 1938. There were 104 pupils and 4 teachers. In May of that year work commenced on clearing the school grounds. The school’s log records that convicts were delegated to this task. A windmill on the school grounds supplied water for irrigation. There was also a vegetable garden. In 1945 the school’s Feeding scheme consisted of what was termed a “Daily Protective Meal” i.e. a portion of milk, a bread and butter sandwich and a portion of fresh fruit.
The first concert was held in 1949 at the Reitz Hall. This concert raised 35 pounds for the Polio fund. In 1955 water borne sewerage was installed. The school library boasted 807 English books and 304 Afrikaans books. An unfortunate burglar broke into the school and was apprehended, he received a five months jail sentence and 5 strokes with a cane. By the end of 1959 the swimming pool was in full use, at a cost of £1650. In 1970 Mr Pieterse was elected mayor of Edenvale for the third time.
Eastleigh was the first government primary school to open its doors to a multi-cultural environment – this after being the first primary school in the then Transvaal, and one of the very few to vote for Model C status. Despite the prophets of doom this turned out to be a progressive decision as within a year all ex-House of assembly schools were forced to take this decision. The Pre-Primary centre was established in 1992, and has continued to flourish. The philosophy in our school is one of participation as a platform for excellence.
To maintain and enhance a deserved reputation as a school of excellence.
To develop Eastleigh Primary so that our learners are able equipped to engage present and future challenges successfully.
Eastleigh Primary School is committed to providing a quality and balanced English language education, focused on the development of individual strengths and talents in order to meet the demands of a changing society by:
1. Maintaining and encouraging a system of broad-based cultural values and norms, including tolerance and respect for the rights of others.
2. Developing learers who can relate, communicate, innovate and adapt.
3. Being commited to the academic, physical, emotional and cultural nurture of each learner.
4. Involving parents who share socially acceptable ideals and values.
5. Investing in committed teachers who strive to achieve the highest standards, through curricular and extra-curricular delivery.
6. Being an asset to the community, especially by making our facilities available in an accountable, mutually beneficial manner.
7. Adapting to the needs of a changing society.
8. Encouraging active, involved and committed parent/guardian partnerships.
1938 – 1941: Mr. Symons
1942 – 1970: Mr. Pieterse
1971 – 1986: Mr. Van Vuuren
1987 – 2001: Mr. Warburton
2002 – Current: Mrs. Cooke-Tonnesen
Forward, onward, happily we go,
Striving, learning, all we have to know.
Then comes a time when those days are gone,
We’ll always remember our old school song:
Aim High! Aim High!
Never be beat, Just strive for the peak,
The height of success and perfection,
Eastleigh’s Motto, that gave us ambition,
Aim High, Aim High, Aim High…
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