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Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

- Benjamin Disraeli

5 Facts about Seahorses

There are more than 40 known species of seahorses. Seahorses swim in pairs with their tails linked together. They swim upright and avoid predators by mimicking the colour of the underwater plants. Seahorses propel themselves by using a small fin on their back that flutters up to 35 times per second.  They have no teeth and no stomach. Food passes through their digestive systems so quickly that they must eat almost constantly to stay alive.

There are about 40 known species of seahorses.

Exceptional Achievement

At Summerwood Primary School all 700 learners are ... learners. However; our learners as diverse as the 40 known species of seahorses. Nevertheless; they are one family of Summerwood siblings and should be proud of being recognized as such. This should manifest visibly in how they all wear their Summerwood uniform with pride.

Summerwood Vision

Building the Future

Our vision is to create a programme that engages every single learner. We strive to help learners overcome challenges in this diverse community and exceed their goals in a caring and supportive environment.


One of the most important ways that we enrich our educational experience is by staying involved with Summerwood and broader Nelson Mandela Bay community. Get in touch to learn more about Summerwood Primary School.

Summerwood News

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Mia  Vermaak has had a phenomenal year as an athlete in 2019. She managed to jump 5,13 metres in the long jump at a meeting held recently in Sasolburg. She jumped a new Inter-Provincial record in this event. Summerwood Primary School is extremely proud of this elite athlete.

The Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage Train Race

The Train Race took place on Sunday, 18 August 2019. The course followed the tracks from the Port Elizabeth Train Station to the Uitenhage Train Station. It was a relay race and the distance covered, was 30 kilometres (various distances per athlete). The Summerwood B-Team was second and the Summerwood A-Team triumphed. in the primary schools division. Neal Marais's mother, Mrs C. du Pisani, was the team manager. The athletes trained individually for one month before the race. It is the first time in the history of this race that the Summerwood A-Team has won the floating trophy for primary schools. Each member received a prize hamper from the main sponsor of the event.

Train Race A-Team

Train Race B-Team

South African Society of Music Teachers Music Competition of 2019 at NMU Auditiorium

"23 August 2019 - 01 September 2019

NMU Department of Music and South African Society of Music Teachers presents The SASMT Music Competition for Eastern Cape Scholars.

23 August 2019 - 08h30 till 18h00 Primary Schools soloists and Ensembles (Entrance is free)

30 August 2019 - 08h30 till 18h00 High Schools soloists and Small Ensembles (Entrance is free)

31 August 2019 - 08h30 till 18h00 High Schools soloists Advance and Large Ensembles (Entrance is free)

01 September 2019 - 14h00 Finalists Concert (Entrance = R20 per person)"

"Music making is inherently a lonesome pursuit in comparison to sports where activities are much more social. To counteract this isolation, it is essential to bring musicians together to play and enhance the joy of music-making through sharing it with others. Many lasting friendships and relationships have started because of playing music together with others.

The competition is aimed at developing young musicians through collaborative participation and by encouraging the enjoyment of performing with others. Another objective is to foster an understanding, love and appreciation for ensemble music as well as the performance thereof among young musicians." SASMT

Summerwood Results in the SASMT  Competition are as follows:

SMALL ENSEMBLES: Summerwood Primary School Flute Trio

Asisipho Maswana, Phoebe Goliath and Gabriella Hermawan

C 1: Grade 2 / 3 Category

Third:           Summerwood Primary School - Ludgen le Roux, violin

Second:      Summerwood Primary School - Kia du Preez, piano

First:             Summerwood Primary School - Megan Hough, SOP saxophone

C2: Grade 4 / 5 Category

Third:          Charlo Primary School

Second:     Summerwood Primary School - Phoebe Goliath, flute

First:            Summerwood Primnary School - Xavier Brand, piano

Summerwood won 6 out of 8 categories for Primary Schools. This is brilliant. We congratulate all the learners and thank them and their teachers for their admirable dedication!

Summerwood Learner Leaders of 2020

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Summerwood  Primary School netball girls, rugby boys, hockey girls and hockey boys excel in various stages of Eastern Cape Winter Sport Trials

Summerwood Primary School is extremely proud of the sport teams that have excelled during the Winter Season. The teams can take pride in their evident progress. Individual players also deserve recognition.

Milandri Fourie proceeded to the third round of the U/13 A Girls Netball trials. Milandri said, "I have learnt that if you give your all, it will pay off. I appreciate my coach, Miss Z. Schoeman, for preparing me and all her efforts to support me to do my best."


Johan van Zyl and Ernst van Niekerk were selected for the Port Elizabeth City Rugby A-team. Ernst commented, "I have learned that it takes a team to make a team. The individual is not the only important contributor in team sport." Johan stated, "I have learned to be patient. I have also realized the importance of team work." Sean Vermaak has been selected for the U/13 A Craven Week Rugby Team. "It takes fifteen rugby players and hard and ethical work to be a team." Sean is the first Summerwood rugby player after Miguel Zenha  (2014) to be selected for the U/13 A Craven Week Team. The rugby boys are coached by Mr. J. Smith and Mr. W. Shaw.


Nina Ferreira and Abongile Mhlobiso were selected for the Eastern Cape U/13 A Girls Hockey team. "I have learned that when one works hard, one's goals are achievable," said Nina. Abongile commented, "Knowing that I have been selected to be in the best hockey team in the Province, is a huge honour. This is where the future begins for most young hockey players. I believe that with practice, there is always reward.  Tanna Cuff and Mia Vermaak were selected for the Eastern Cape U/12 Girls Hockey Team. Tanna reported, "I've learned to hit way harder and make it look easy. I have learned that one can have funwhile working hard." The girls are coached by Miss S. O'Grady.

Zack Willimott, Josh Flanagan and  Neal Marais were selected for the Eastern Cape U/13 B Boys  Hockey team. "Neal said, I have learnt to work in a team, never give up and always show respect. I appreciate going on tour because it is a wonderful opportunity."" Josh is delighted that he has achieved his goals. "One has to work for this. I appreciate that my parents are also supporting me." Zack is appreciative of learning more about hockey strategies.  "I have learnt to respect my new teammates, although they are strangers. It is wonderful to meet so many new boys who share my interest in hockey," commented Zack. The boys are coached by Mr S. Truter.

We are extremely proud of all our players and value the commitment from the coaches. The achievements are phenomenal!

Four Day Sport Tour to the region of little wind and  less noise - with comments form tour  captains

The first girls' hockey -, boys' hockey -, netball - and rugby teams were spoiled with a tour to the Southern Cape Region. Besides all the sight-seeing, most teams played three matches.


Some parents stayed over in splendid Hartenbos during their short leave to enjoy the matches with their children. According to these parents the tour was "fantasties" (fabulous).  The teams were also based in Hartenbos..

The boys and girls played in Jeffreys Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and George. The hosts were extremely hospitable.

The hockey boys and girls played exceptionally well and won most of their matches.

The rugby boys and netball girls faced strong opponents.; therefore, they experienced mixed results..

The tour captains were Nicola Harcus (netball), Nina Ferreira (hockey), Josh Flanagan (hockey) and Dalton van Wyk (rugby).

Nicola (Harcus  - First Team; Netball) stated , "The netball girls enjoyed a fun-filled, exciting tour to the Southen Cape Region.. We unfortunately lost the first two matches but we turned the tide against Knysna Primary School and Holy Cross by beating those teams 11 - 8 a nd 17 -  12.. The netball girls thought that it had been an amazing week and a lovely team-bonding experience. We would like to thank all the teachers and coaches who made such an incredible tour possible ."

Nina (Ferreira - First Team; Hockey) commented, "The hockey girls performed incredibly well on tour. On route, we played against Plettenberg Primary School. Despite a slow start (perhaps due to "bus lag"" - Sic) we won 1 - 0. The next day we played against Knysna Primary on an Astro surface. We were determined to play better hockey. The pieces of the puzzle fell into place and we managed a 3 - 0 victory. Our final match was against Holy Cross. We had a tough time but managed to play superbly as a team. We triumphed 3  -0.  Overall the Southern Cape Regional Tour (Harrtenbos area) was a resounding success, both on and off the field. We are grateful to all teachers and coaches for their active involvement."


Dalton (van Wyk - First Team Rugby) exclamed, ""What an experience! The tour was fun-filled with much laughter and excitement..  We lost our first match against a brilliant Jeffreys Bay U/13 outfit. Kysna Primary School won the next match too, but we played much better rugby. We ended the tour with an epic 21 - 17 victory against Holy Cross;. We also polished our four square skills against our coaches and teachers.. We appreciate all the teachers and other coaches who made this tour possible.."

Josh Flanagan said, "I would firstly like to extend a warm thank you to all the coaches and manages involved in the Southern Regional tour. It would not have been possible without the initiative they took. We played three matches in which we managed to remain unbeaten. We drew 0 - 0 to Plettenberg Bay Primary School. We laboured to beat Knysna Primary School 3 - 0.. We drew 0 - 0 against Holy Cross. It was a memorable tour that we thoroughly enjoyed. I also want to congratulate the girls' hockey - , netball - and rugby teams for their efforts and sportsmanship."

Below: Tour Captains Nina Ferreira, Dalton van Wyk,  Nicola Harcus and Josh Flanagan

A Summerwood Star becomes a Superstar!

Mia Vermaak, an 11-year old Summerwood Primary School Star, became a Summerwood Superstar, when she claimed a bronze medal in the long jump for Girls U/12 at the South African Primary Schools Athletics  Championships in Germiston, with a distance of 4,71 metres. The qualifying distance for girls U/12, is 4,40 metres. Mia scored 741 points on the APE Points Table in this event.

Mia ran gracefully in the 150 metres Hurdles Final. She came very close to beating the bronze medalist, Isabelle Zandberg from the Western Cape. Mia completed the hurdles race in 4th place in an electronic time of 22,78 seconds, scoring a prodigious 906 points on the APE Points Table! That is almost off the chart!

Mia also made it to the semi-finals in the 100 metres sprint. She ran this race in a hand time of 13,27 seconds, which could be a personal best. She scored 766 points on the APE Points Table in this event.  (The qualifying hand time was for the 100m race is 13, 7 seconds.)

Mia demonstrated that she is extremely fit, by scoring a total of 2413 points in the heats, semi-finals and finals of three events in fewer than 24 hours.

Shawn Allen, No Limits, once said, "Skill comes from consistent and deliberate practice."

Mia has certainly done so for a number of years. Summerwood pays tribute to Mia for this attribute. This, with your wonderful achievement, is why you are a Superstar, Mia!

The School also congratulates her dedicated coach and thanks her parents for their consistent support.

Marimba and Steel Band Concert

Summerwood Primary School hosted the Marimba and Steel band Concert on 8 March 2019..

The programme included the:

  • Summerwood Primary marimba Band,

  • Sunridge Steelband,

  • Mastrimba Band Strelizia High School, Victoria Park High pan X and

  • Mount Pleasant Primary School Marimba Band.

All the marimba and steel pan bands played splendidly, given that this concert was in the first term.

The harmonic diversity was fantastic. The learners behaved commendably and performed superbly and should all be proud of themselves.

Well done to all the teachers for pulling through with this mammoth task.

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