Gansbaai Academia caters for Grade 8 to Grade 12 students and all subjects are taught in English and Afrikaans, and Xhosa as a home language. Academia follows the Nutrition Programme and teachers and parents are heavily involved in the education of the students.

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A Little History Lesson

The school is located just outside the centre of town in Gansbaai, Western Cape. The school opened its doors in 2010 and currently has almost 700 pupils from diverse cultural backgrounds. The number of students attending the school has grown considerably from the 359 that originally started at the school in 2010.

The school caters for Grade 8 to Grade 12 students and all subjects are taught in English and Afrikaans, and Xhosa as a home language. Academia follows the Nutrtion Programme and teachers and parents are heavily involved in the education of the students.

Gansbaai Academia is a non-fee school, although parents pay a voluntary R100 a month if possible.

6 Pillars Ideal

Gansbaai Academia is built on 6 very important Pillars:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship
Our Pledges

As an Educator

We who work in Gansbaai Academia hold the view that all pupils can succeed and we are working to see that it happens.

•    teach, to advance the education and the development of learners as individuals;
•    respect the dignity and rights of all persons without prejudice;
•    develop loyalty and respect for the profession;
•    be punctual, enthusiastic, well prepared for lessons, and of sober mind and body;
•    improve my own knowledge and skills base to be more effective;
•    maintain good communication between teachers and students, among teachers themselves and between teachers and parents;
•    provide regular information to parents on their children’s progress;
•    eliminate unprofessional behaviour such as teacher-pupil relationships, drunkenness, drug use, assault, sexual harassment and others;
•    make myself available to provide extramural activities.

As a Responsible Learner

•    accept that the main reason for being in school is to learn and develop academically, socially and   culturally;
•    adhere to school rules;
•    respect the legitimacy and authority of teachers;
•    participate in Learner Representative Councils (LRCs) to safeguard my interests;
•    show respect to other learners and not to discriminate;
•    avoid anti-social behaviour like theft, vandalism, assault, sexual harassment, alcohol and drug use, and other activities that disrupt the learning process.
As a Caring Parent

•    involve myself actively in the activities of the school, including school governance structures;have regular discussions with my children about general school matters;
•    cultivate a healthy, open and cooperative relationship with my children’s teachers;
•    create a home environment conducive to study;
•    assist in the protection of educational resources such as textbooks, chairs, tables and others.
•    Contribute, within my means, the necessary resources to the schooling of my children
Responsibility as a Parent

•    make sure that your child attends school regularly;
•    assist with the discipline of your child;
•    assist the school in promoting a culture of mutual respect and tolerance;
•    monitor your child’s educational progress;
•    ensure that she/he completes her/his homework;
•    liase with the school staff; and
•    respond to school notices calling for responses.

The Personnel

The Principal

Tommy Dougly Wilson, the current principal, was born and raised in Worcester in a very conservative Christian family. He also spent his school years there before matriculating in 1977 at the Esselenpark Hoërskool.

He thereafter studied for a BA degree at the University Of  The Western Cape, but left in his second year to start teaching at the Langeberg Sekondêre Skool in Robertson.
In 1980 he started studying at the Onderwyserskollege Suid-Kaapland en achieved the POD III diploma.  During this time he was editor of the college newspaper, played for the rugby team, primarius of the hostel and head student in 1982.

He started teaching at Worcester Secondary School in 1983 and was acting principal from 2006 until July 2010, when he came to Gansbaai Academia  as principal.

During his teacher years he remained an active student himself and achieved the following:
•    1992 – BA degree at Unisa
•    1995 – B.Ed in Teaching Management
•    1996 – Started M.Ed in Teaching Management at Unisa and achieved the post-degree Diploma in Teaching Management
•    2008 – Advanced Cerificate In Education at the University Of Cape Town
•    Presently he is studying towards an LLB(Law) at Unisa
There are many highlights in his career, but a few rate as very important:
•    Increased the pass rate of matriculants in 2009 from 64% to 92%. For this he received a certificate on behalf of Worcester Secondary School from premier Helen Zille.
•    A Worcester matric student, Charlotte Le Fleur, won the national debating competition in 2010    when he was the principal.
•    Appointment as principal at Gansbaai Academia in July 2010
•    Keynote speaker at the 2010 awards evening of the Department of Correctional Sevices.

In his busy life he still finds time for other interests and belongs to the following organisations:
•    Birdlife of South Africa
•    Botanical Gardens Of South Africa (Kirstenbosch)
•    Education Management Association Of South Africa (EMASA)

The Vice Principal

The vice principal since 2012 is mr Kobus Koekemoer. A familiar face in Gansbaai he returned to teaching after dabbling in the private sector. He initially started teaching at Senior Secondary School Swakopmund and in 1993 he joined the South African Military. In 1994 he was appointed at Laerskool Gansbaai and in 2005 he was appointed as Head of Department.

Kobus has always been an avid rugby player and achieved many successes during his time on the field. He stayed involved with teaching during the 6 years be had a security business in the private sector. He even served as chairman of the governing body of Laerskool Gansbaai.

Furthermore he also served on:

•    The Committee for the Sportsgrounds
•    The Interim Governing Body of Academia
•    The Gansbaai Sports Council of which he is Chairman

Besides his vice principal duties he is also Division Head for the Grade 11 students and teaches Tourism and Geography.

Head of Department for Curriculum

Carien Fortuin is Head of Department for Curriculum. She is Division Head of Afrikaans and the Assessment Coordinator of the FET. She is also responsible for the library and Convenor of the Debate Association. Furthermore she is coordinator of Rachel’s Angels.

Liezel Mostert has been at Academia since its opening in January 2010. She teaches Mathematics and Mathematic Literacy and is responsible for all cultural matters. She is also the Division Head for the Grade 8 students.

Neil Pedro has been with Academia since its opening in January 2010.

Our Curriculum

Our Subjects

The school is a parallel medium school teaching home languages of Xhosa or Afrikaans. All other subjects are taught in English or Afrikaans. Thus English speaking learners can have all their subjects taught in English, but have to choose between Xhosa or Afrikaans as their mother language.


•    Home Language Xhosa or Afrikaans
•    Second Language English
•    Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
•    Life orientation


•    Gr 8 – 9: Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Arts and Culture, Technology, Economic Management Sciences
•    Gr 10-12 A choice of 3 subjects from Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Applications Technology , Geography, Hospitality Studies, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences or Tourism

Our Sports

Gansbaai Academia has full use of the beautiful community sportgrounds situated adjacent to the school.

The school participates in the following sport codes:

•    Soccer
•    Rugby
•    Netball
•    Hockey
•    Bowling
•    Tennis
•    Chess
•    Cricket

Our Staff

The Staff

Mrs Chalad Jacobs (Food Scheme)
Ms Johanna Robertson (Food Scheme)
Mrs Louise Dickson (General Cleaner)
Mr Petrus Booysen (General Cleaner)
Mr Ben Mqhwayi (Foreman)
Mrs Elsa Breytenbach (Secretary)
Mrs Elmarie Buys (Finacial Officer)

Ms Sandra Fransman (English Grade 8, 9, 12)
Mr Ricardo Damons (Tourism Grade 10, 11, 12)
Mr Ludwig Schutz (English Grade 9, 10)
Mr Mervin Hess (English Grade 8, 10 & HSS Grade 8, 9)
Mrs Carla Gouws (LO Grade 10, 11 & Afrikaans Grade 8, 9)
Mr Hennie Faber (EMS Grade 8, 9 & BM Grade 10)
Ms Anel Brand (Maths Grade 8 & CAT Grade 10)
Ms Madri Botha (EMS Grade 8, 9 & BM Grade 10,11)
Ms Sune Kotze (Maths Grade 9 & Geo Grade 10)
Ms Elicia du Toit (HSS Grade 9 & LO Grade 8, 9)
Mr Thys de Villiers (Phys Sci Grade 12 & NS Grade 8, 9)
Mrs Hanet van Deventer (LO 9, 12 & Hosp Grade 10, 11)
Ms Liezel Mostert (Maths Grade 9, 10, 11 & Math Lit Grade 12)
Ms Monica Gono (Xhosa Grade 10, 11, 12)
Ms Tamara Wyngaardt (Afr Grade 8, 9, 10)
Ms Noxi Mfene (Xhosa Grade 8, 9 & LO Grade 10, 11)
Mr Kobus Koekemoer (Tour Grade 10 & Geo Grade 11)
Mrs Mona Matthew (Eng Grade 10, 11, 12)
Mrs Carien Fortuin (Afr Grade 10, 11, 12)
Mr Garren Verhoog (Tech 9 & LO Grade 8)
Mrs Anneri Harding Male (Hosp Grade 10, 12 & Tech Grade 8, 9)


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