Ian has served in Christian education since 2004, first as a teacher, then sports administrator, deputy principal and finally principal.  Since 2012 he has been responsible for implementing the Ambleside approach at The Vine School.  Under his leadership the school has rapidly grown, both in student numbers and in faithfulness to the Ambleside philosophy and ideals. He has attended several Principals' Retreats at the ASI head office in the USA and is regarded as a master teacher, well equipped to train our staff. He has a pastor's heart and supports many pupils and their families through counselling and prayer.

Assistant Principal

Gina has thirteen years' experience as a teacher and another ten as a stay-at-home mother of three daughters, who all attended our school. She loves helping new teachers to adapt to the Ambleside approach. 


Grade RR

Berni taught preschoolers for 14 years and finds the Ambleside approach fits her teaching style.  She takes care to lay a solid foundation for our students' future success.

Grade R

Jean was the Principal of a Christian preschool and has a passion for helping young children understand why God created them. She has two children at the school and hopes that one day they will attend an Ambleside High School. 

Grade R

Dayle has two decades of teaching experience in preschool and grade 1. She is a natural nurturer with a heart for children and has come to really value Charlotte Mason's approach to teaching.

Grade 1

Tanya has a background in Art and Psychology in addition to her teaching qualification. The Ambleside philosophy resonates with her as her natural inclination is to bring up balanced children by introducing them to a variety of academic, cultural and spiritual topics. 

Grade 1

Elouise loves bringing out the best in the whole child. She has found that Charlotte Mason's principles, such as forming good habits, affect every aspect of life. Even great ideas are grasped more readily.

Grade 2

Nadia loves working with younger children and establishing sound values in their lives. She is an experienced sports coach and a keen runner, and brings a sense of peaceful discipline and determination to her classroom

Grade 2 

Rebekah studied Theology through BISA and then did a PGCE through UNISA. She has a passion for discipling and teaching children a Christian worldview and believes the Bible has the power to change the life of every person.

Grade 3

Gabi studied at a Waldorf institute where she learned a creative and inspirational approach which fits well with The Vine School's philosophy. Her zest for life and love of learning bubbles over into her teaching. 

Grade 3

Doniwen has a heart for young people and for making a positive difference in the lives of children he teaches. He studied theology, considered a career in children's ministry, but then chose teaching.

Grade 4 

Elvirena worked for many years in environmental education, while studying part time.  Working at The Vine School is the fulfilment of a long-held dream to teach young children.  Her gentle, firm manner brings a sense of peace and safety to the classroom. 

Grade 4

Chloé taught in Thailand for three years where her love for teaching was ignited. While completing her studies she  worked as a facilitator at Bishops Prep School. She is excited to be starting her teaching career at The Vine School.

Grade 5

Tracey has been teaching at our school for many years! Her cheerful spirit, determination, loyalty and years of experience are a great blessing. Many students testify to the impact she made in their lives.

Grade 6

Tina has high expectations of her students, encouraging them to be well-read, curious, respectful and diligent within a framework that fosters their natural curiosity and love for life.

Grade 7

Before joining The Vine School, Tracey was a senior English teacher at South Peninsula High for 16 years. She brings a wealth of experience to our school and knows what is needed to prepare children for the demands of high school.

Grade 7

Michelle taught at Wynberg Girls Junior School before starting a school for supportive education. At The Vine School she loves encouraging students to explore subjects thoroughly and to develop their relational lives.


Mariske has been teaching at The Vine School for two years and is now fulfilling her lifelong dream of teaching Art and Afrikaans. She is passionate about teaching these subjects and wants to see children grow in these disciples.

Physical Education

Allen trained at the Bible Institute before realising his calling to be a teacher. He has developed an outstanding physical education program and also teaches Afrikaans. 

Preschool Assistant

Thora is fulfilling a life-long ambition to become a preschool teacher.  She completed an internship and Certificate in Early Childhood Development and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education.

Inspirational Subjects

Charlene served as the school's secretary for 20 years before discovering her natural gifting as a firm, loving Ambleside teacher. 


Margaret served as a library volunteer for many years while still a parent at the school.  Her steady, careful work and kind spirit is a blessing in the library.

Aftercare Supervisor

Lauren is a past parent at the school and returned to devote her strong organisational skills and love for children to our Aftercare service.

Assistant Librarian

Daphne's considerable organisational skills together with her warm, outgoing nature make visits to the library a pleasure.

Relief Teacher

Lara taught at The Vine School before deciding to focus on being a full-time mom to her three boys. She is always willing to fill in for an absent teacher.


Olivia has 10 years experience in educare. She loves working with children who give her joy. She believes that working at The Vine School is a blessing from God.

After Care