Positiewe Leer en Gebalanseerde Ontwikkeling

Welcome to Laerskool Gansbaai where the focus is on balanced development and positive learning, in a multi-cultural environment. The Afrikaans-medium primary school provides a high level of education for learners from Gr R to Gr 7. Dedicated and talented staff work together to encourage students to achieve their personal best, both in the classroom and on the field. Laerskool Gansbaai is proud of their school grounds that have beautiful sporting areas which include tennis and netball courts, and a rugby field where regular sporting events are held.

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Laerskool Gansbaai was established in 1906 by Mr Gerhard van Niekerk Schonken who was considered a well-travelled person back in those days. Gerhard began teaching the youth with stories of his adventures and added basic lessons in reading, speech and mathematics. With the help of his assistant, Dina Groenewald, he taught at the school until 1909. 

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The school celebrated its centenary in 2006. Under the guidance of the current headmaster, Mr Eben van der Merwe, it continues to play a pivotal role in the local Gansbaai community.



The staff at Laerskool Gansbaai as of 2019 include:


Eben van der Merwe

Heads of Department
  • Foundation Phase – Alana Louw
  • Intermediate and Senior Phase – Jonathan Doyle (Acting)
  • Annette Wessels
  • Elna le Roux
Teaching Staff
  • Gr R.1 - Marlette Longland
  • Gr R.2 - Lyndri Kotze
  • Gr 1.1 - Alana Louw
  • Gr 1.2 - Jolinda Avenant 
  • Gr 2.1 - Melissa Doyle
  • Gr 2.2 - Susan Cilliers
  • Gr 3.1 - Jolandi Oosthuizen
  • Gr 3.2 - Carina Brown
  • Gr 4.1 - Heidi Chivell
  • Gr 4.2 - Riva van der Merwe
  • Gr 5.1 - Hannes Grobler
  • Gr 5.2 - Leana Botbyl
  • Gr 6.1 - Devin Sauls
  • Gr 6.2 - Jonathan Doyle
  • Gr 7.1 - Jolette Bezuidenhout
  • Gr 7.2 - Wynand Bezuidenhout
Additional Teaching Staff
  • Eric Haxton
  • Lerouna le Roux
  • Bertie le Roux
  • Rose Ngcabashe
  • Kenny Marthinus
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The Principal
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Assisting Personnel


  • Afrikaans
  • English FAL
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Arts & Culture
  • Life Skills / Orientation
  • Economic and Management Sciences

Private Subjects

  • Art classes


Laerskool Gansbaai offers a wide range of sporting codes to suit learners of all fitness levels.

School-Based Sport Codes

  • Athletics
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
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Private Sport Codes

  • Angling
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Karate
Cultural Activities

Cultural Activities

Laerskool Gansbaai offers a wide range of school-based and private cultural activities that include: 


School-Based Cultural Activities

  • Eisteddfod
  • Library
  • Olympiad

Private Cultural Activities

  • Helen O’Grady Drama School
  • Music



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