Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up? Give us a bit of information on your school and work history:
I was born in Fort Beaufort but grew up in a Port Alfred. I attended Port Alfred High School from Sub A to Standard 5, I then went on to complete my high school education as a boarder at Kingswood College in Mahkanda. I enjoyed my school career and especially excelled in the swimming pool as a swimmer as well as a waterpolo player.
My mom is Principal of Happy Hours Pre-Primary in Port Alfred and I spent many of my school holidays helping with the little children. This is where I developed my love for little people and Early Years Education. After school I went on to study at Stellenbosch University where I studied an undergraduate degree in Sport Science and then went on to do an Honours degree in Biokinetics. I spent six years practising as a Biokineticist at Bandat & Kruger Biokineticists in Pretoria and managed their gym facility and their practice at the Menlyn Park Virgin Active. It was during this time that I took a keen interest in child kinetics and saw the need for a program to be developed for children to focus on their core stability, and gross motor skills.
After having my children, I realised that I would like to pursue education as a career. I completed my PGCE in Foundation Phase Education through UNISA.
My first teaching post was at Happy Hours Pre-Primary, where I was an assistant teacher and implemented their iPad program into the school.
I accepted the Grade 000 position at St Andrew’s Pre-Primary in 2017 and have loved being part of the magic that happens down at Fairlawn.
This year, I have been given the privilege of teaching the Grade Rs and it has been such an experience to see how these little children have grown and matured in the three years that they have been with us in the Pre-Primary.
Q: Tell us about your family: I am married to Thomas Blaine and have two children: Michaela and Matthew. My husband is an old Preppie and Old Andrean, so he is very happy to have his wife and children at his alma mata. Tom is a stock farmer in Kei Road and farms on the family farm, Ross Farm, which has one of the oldest Dohne Merino studs in the country. Michaela is in Grade 6 at DSG and loves to sing, play the violin, take to the stage and enjoys all water sports. Matthew is in Grade 4 at Prep. Matthew is a little boy who would rather be fishing, farming or hunting and only comes to school for the sport and music with Mrs Van.
Q: What are your personal interests and hobbies?
As a family, we enjoy the outdoors and spend a lot of time on the beach – either surfing, boogie boarding or fishing. When we on the farm, Matthew would say we enjoy hunting, working with sheep and bass fishing! I enjoy finding a sunny spot and spending time reading a good book best of all.
Q: What do you appreciate about teaching at Prep?
I appreciate the opportunity to work at a school like St Andrew’s Prep. We have lots of fun and laughs in the Pre-Primary and it fills my bucket and warms my heart every day to spend time with the littlest Preppies. If anyone asks me what I think of Fairlawn, I am the first to say there is a little bit of “Disney” magic that happens down on this campus.
I am very blessed to have had children taught by some of these amazing teachers and every teacher cares for their students like they are their own children. It is not just about their academic endeavours, but the whole child, their happiness and wellbeing. Apart from the aesthetics, the beautifully decorated classrooms, and the solid
curriculum, is a genuine love and care for each child.
I am proud to have been part of this school for five years and look forward to many more teaching at St Andrew’s Pre-Primary.
Mrs Bronwyn Blaine
Grade R Teacher