About Summerwood
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A Growth Mindset

Preparing for the brightest future, Summerwood Primary School provides unparalleled dedication and commitment to students and their variety of needs, passions and dreams. Explore our website to learn more about us.

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A Culture of Learning

Committed to Education

Summerwood Primary School provides an enriched learning environment that has helped countless learners learn, develop and grow. Our unparalleled curriculum and teaching methods help students take the next step in their education and approach the future with confidence.


We have the privilege of teaching bright and curious learners from Summerstrand  and the surrounding suburbs. If you’re new to our community and would like to learn more about our values, academics, teaching staff or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Summerwood History
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Summerwood Primary School was established in 1945 in Happy Valley.


Our school was known as the Humewood Preparatory School. The principal was Ms R. Clementz.  The school was a small Victorian style wooding building in Happy Valley.

In 1951 the first school building was completely destroyed by fire. All that could be saved was a piano and the Inter-House Shield.

For 18 months the school was housed in the Dolorico Café in Happy Valley. The premises had to be shared with a night club. Each morning before the school could begin, the school had to remove the evidence of the previous night’s entertainment Mr J.B. Wegerhoff succeeded Ms Clementz as principal in 1953.

In this year, the School moved to its new building on the corner of Second Avenue and Skegness Road in Summerstrand.

The school was officially opened by the chairman of the School Board, Mr Albert Jackson. The School was attended by 260 pupils.


However; there were 8 members of staff. The teacher - pupil ratio was thus 1:37. In 1958 the school enrolled its first Afrikaans speaking pupils.

The School Hall was official opened on 4 August 1960 and named after the chairman of the school committee, Mr Warren Hastings.


Mr J.B. Wegerhoff was the principal at the time. He retired at the end of 1971 after a period of 19 years as principal.

In January 1971, Mr Justice Crouse became principal. The swimming-pool was established in 1976 - a product of fundraising by parents of this proud school Four tennis courts were established in similar fashion in in 1977.


In 1980 the School purchased property in Fifth Avenue for establishing two rugby fields.

Mr Carl Zimmermann became principal in 1992. He accepted a post at Panorama Primary School in Cape Town in 1994. In this period a sustainable Music Department was established.


Mr Fred (N.F.) Claasen became principal in June 1994. His dream was to establish a clubhouse for functions which resembled the initial wooden school in Happy Valley. This clubhouse was officially opened in 2010. Mr Claasen retired in 2011.

Mr Claasen was followed up by Mr. W.F. Foaden after Mr. L. Nel had acted as principal in 2010.

One of Mr. W.F. Foaden’s first tasks was to oversee the planning and building of eight additional classrooms, which included a Performing Arts- and Visual Arts Centre. These were completed in 2013. An Arts and Music centre and Science and Technology classroom were also established.

Mr Foaden managed the establishment of an indoor swimming pool with the support of the school governing body and the parents’ association. The indoor pool was officially opened in 2017. Establishing an environment friendly school has also been prioritised. 

Various netball sufaces and the tennis courts were upgraded.

An ulta-modern sprinkling system has been added to water the gardens and fields. The cricket facilities have also been  updated.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seus

Message: Mr. W. Foaden, headmaster

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At Summerwood Primary School encourage and expect teamwork in our family school, because there is such power in synergy, diversity and collaboration. This expectation applies to the children, teachers and parents both collectively and separately.


The nature of our child-centred and holistic school means that we rely on a mutual relationship of trust between all parties where critique isn’t just tolerated, but welcomed and where our mutual point of departure is founded on the benefits to the child.


It is with this perspective in mind that we expect parents to take full advantage of the academic, sporting and cultural aspects of school life at Summerwood.


Our focus is on learning and we plan our initiatives to have a positive effect on all children. The extra-curricular activities are planned to engage the mosaic of interests of each child. We also encourage our families to take time to walk barefoot together in the sand.

The cornerstones of our daily life with each other are respect, encouragement and joy.


On top of these strong foundations are support and challenge, which means that, “Just do your best” ….. is not good enough. We expect planned diligence – especially from our more senior children who are actively and deliberately guided by their parents. We all believe that our children should not only understand the consequences of their actions but that they are also expected to learn positive life lessons from their second chance.

Our teaching practices are based on evidence of their impact in our school and all staff developments are well-planned, relevant, professionally run and reflect creativity with fresh ideas to enhance the learning experience for our children.


We trust you will enjoy browsing htttps://www.summerwoodpe.com


If you are a past parent or teacher, enjoy the glow of the legacy you left behind.

If you are an existing parent or teacher we hope you feel the pride associated with your sacrifice.

If you are a prospective parent or teacher, know that excellence comes at a price.


May the children of Africa, be happy children.


Kindest educational regards


Mr William Foaden


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Our school rules are set to:

  1. maintain a positive learning environment;

  2. Set out acceptable behaviour;

  3. Further educational goals;

  4. Safeguard our learners and

  5. Maintain good discipline and order.

Learners, teachers and parents need to strive to make a qualitative difference and are encouraged to be:

  1. Respectful, to listen to others and to display courtesy;

  2. Caring and value everyone equally, regardless of race, religious beliefs, cultural differences or abilities;

  3. Honest in all actions;

  4. Responsible and accept responsibility sincerely and

  5. Co-operative and giving of their best at all times and above all, to be forgiving.