Recycle Day at Crawford Pre-Primary, North Coast


Recycle day aims to increase awareness by educating the community about the social and environmental benefits of recycling. The children at Crawford North Coast Pre-Primary used this opportunity to demonstrate how anti-waste can be used for fun and creativity. The children were encouraged to create something from anti-waste material at home which they brought to school. The children shared their ideas and discussed their special creations with much eagerness.img_2813


Grandparents Day @ Crawford Pre-Primary, North Coast

Grandparents Day

Grandparents are our legacy and form a vital and irreplaceable part of our families. To celebrate the invaluable contribution they make to the lives of their grandchildren, Crawford Pre-Primary North Coast hosted its Grandparents to a spectacular morning. The children honoured their Grandparents by expressing their love for these very special family members through song and music. There were plenty of hugs and kisses all round as the Grandparents relished the opportunity to share in the lives of their little darlings at school.



Alumnus: Michelle Swemmer

 Crawford College North Coast

 Class of 2000

Michelle Swemmer would love to send her children to Crawford – but given her location, that might be difficult. That’s because Michelle works for an organisation called Wildlife ACT, and calls the bush her home.

Michelle says that she already knew in her Grade 10 year that a nine to five job, as well as the city will never be for her. She says her parents, nature lovers themselves, supported her quest for an “outdoor” career and so she went to study Game Ranging together with Game Farm Management for two years. Thereafter, she spent another two years gaining experience as a field guide in Big Five reserves in Zululand and then took some time off to travel around Europe with Contiki. She says she loved meeting the interesting people around the world.

Michelle also learnt to snow ski during her travels, so when she returned to South Africa, she took a post at a remote beach lodge. Her plan was to immerse herself in marine life, so that she could decide whether she wanted to pursue marine biology or nature conservation.

The latter won; Michelle qualified for her degree in nature conservation, having studied part-time while working for Wildlife ACT as a priority species monitor. She soon was promoted to project manager.

The Wildlife ACT is an endangered species monitoring and research organisation whose aim is to save Africa’s endangered wildlife from extinction. She says that she have had some incredible experiences, from the daily tracking and monitoring of cheetah, rhino and the endangered wild dog, to witnessing wild dog pups emerge from the den sites for the first time, to flying in helicopters to dart rhinos in order to cut identification notches in their ears and attach tracking equipment. I have also been involved in assisting with various rhino, cheetah and wild dog captures and relocations, and witnessed a vet perform unilateral ovarian-hysterectomy surgery on three lionesses! The rewards far exceed the hardships, like getting up at 3am and having no TV or internet, she says.

Her passion for nature conservation is both interesting and fulfilling and she won’t have it any other way. She is born for the wild!

#TTT Report

#CrawfordTracktheTorch was a campaign launched throughout all CrawfordSchools™ of South Africa and aimed to send best wishes and support to our five Crawfordians who are members of the South African team taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Our five Old Crawfordians, who have qualified for the Olympic Games, are Michael Meyer (Crawford Sandton), Dylan Bosch (Crawford Sandton), Michelle Weber (Crawford La Lucia), Jared Crous (Crawford Pretoria) and Cameron van der Burgh (Crawford Pretoria). Through this campaign we aimed to encourage the children of the Crawford community to follow their dreams through seeing the success of the Old Crawfordians and to create awareness around the excellent history of Old Crawfordians in the Olympics – Matthew Brittian and Cameron van den Burgh have all won Gold Medals.


The campaign was also aimed at engaging the CrawfordSchools™ online community through sharing messages of encouragement for the school children taking part in the Torch Relay as well as the Old Crawfordian Olympians.


The CrawfordSchools™ Torch began its journey on the 19th July from Crawford La Lucia in Kwa-Zulu Natal and made its way through all the Crawford schools to end its journey at Crawford Pretoria on the 5th August where it was welcome by all staff, pupils, parents and the children of Crawford Pretoria.


The torch was flown in to Crawford La Lucia on a Crawford branded helicopter and carried by Mrs Jill Kotze who was a team member of the Barcelona Olympics  team in 1992. Jill was a swimmer former South African Record holder. Jill was accompanied by her three children – all students of Crawford La Lucia – and who help her to light the torch to begin its journey.


After leaving Crawford La Lucia, the torch made its way to Crawford North Coast carried by Graeme Weber who is the brother of one of the Olympians, Michelle Weber. At Crawford North Coast there was a great celebration including a “Rio Carnival Day” and moving the torch between the three school phases from pre-primary to the preparatory to the high school. The torch then made its way to Crawford Italia carried by Grant Anderson, a current grade 11 student of Crawford North Coast. Grant handed the torch over to Crawford Italia where a ceremony was held for the children to write and release well wishes attached to helium balloons and releasing white doves in honour of the 5 Olympians.


The torch was then transported to Crawford Sandton on the Crawford branded helicopter carried by Jack Stephens who is the oldest student at Crawford Italia. The torch was received by Mrs Juliet Meyer, mother of Michael Meyer, and then handed from the College to the Preparatory and on to the Pre-Primary with great celebration. The torch then moved on to Crawford Village who handed it to Crawford Lonehill where the College held a Mini Olympics to celebrate the day. After moving from the College to the Preparatory and on to the Pre-Primary the torch was then run across to Crawford Pre-Primary Fourways and Preparatory where it was welcomed with the sight of the students seated in the shape of the Olympic Rings.


On the final day, the torch was run by five staff members, who are Comrades runners, from Crawford Fourways to the Centurion Gautrain station where the 5 staff members travelled to the Pretoria Gautrain station and carried to Crawford Pretoria to be met by the excited audience awaiting for the torch. The entire time of the trip had the Crawford branded helicopter flying above the torch and coming to greet the crowd on the arrival of the CrawfordSchools™ Torch.


The torch was carried onto the stage by Mr Gerhard Zandberg who represented South Africa at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and is a former student of Crawford College Pretoria. The crowd was entertained by two dance items by the students of Crawford Pretoria – a Rio dance item performed by the College and an Indian dance item performed by the Pre-Primary students. To end the proceedings, the Crawford College La Lucia choir sang the well-known song Barcelona by Freddie Mercury. There was also a show by BOUNCE South Africa who did a trampoline display by national and international gymnasts and trampoline specialists. Bonginkosi Mthombeni was the very capable and very entertaining MC for the event and had the audience involved in the show for the entire show.


The CrawfordSchools™ Torch will now burn for the duration of the Olympic Games, at Crawford Pretoria, to continue sending best wishes to the five Crawfordians and all the members of the South African Olympics Team.

The first of our ‪#‎LadiesofCrawford‬ is an Alumnus!

Emma Sadleir is a media law consultant and speaker who is based in Johannesburg. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of print and electronic media law, with a particular focus on social media law.

After matriculating from Crawford College Lonehill, she obtained a BA LLB (with distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand and an LLM in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, including having been awarded a scholarship from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust to study abroad.

Much of her work involves creating social media strategies and policies for corporates and schools, drafting social media agency agreements and providing training and workshops on social media law. She also teaches media law to journalists, and students of law and journalism.

Emma does a lot of work with schools and universities, educating parents and pupils on the responsible use of social media, as well as working with teachers in tackling issues such as cyberbullying and pornography in schools.

Emma has been invited to speak at various conferences and events, including the Annual General Meeting of the Law Society in 2012, the Investec CNBC Captains of Industry Dinner in 2013, and 27 Dinners. She currently sits on the eLaw sub-committee of the Law Society of South Africa and lectures personal and brand reputation management on the Gordon Institute of Business Science MBA. She also consults to national sports teams on the effective and responsible use of social media.

Emma is an admitted attorney and worked in the media litigation department of Webber Wentzel for five years before going on her own in April 2013.

Emma is a frequent guest on radio and television and has been interviewed as a social media law expert many times on Carte Blanche, CNBC Africa, ENCA News, 702, Cape Talk, Jacaranda, Kaya FM, Power FM and Goodhope FM. She has been quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Saturday Star, the Sowetan, City Press, The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Argus, Drum Magazine, Saturday Argus, Beeld, Pretoria News Weekend, Sunday Argus, Engineering News and ITWeb. She has also written papers on Tweeting from court, the regulation of alcohol advertising and liability for user generated content online.

Most recently, her expertise as one of the country’s foremost authorities on Social Media Law, placed her in the spotlight during the Oscar trial with interviews on Carte Blanche and other prominent media channels.

Emma has also decided to share her knowledge with the world through literature, she is the co-author of ‘Don’t film yourself having sex’ which was published in 2014. She is also the co-author of the Social media section of the legal textbook ‘Communications Law’, published in 2015.

Empowering women is something Emma prides herself in, she spoke at the International Bar Association initiative for female business lawyers.

In accordance with Women’s Month, we celebrate Emma’s amazing achievements as a leading female role model in the Law industry. She is a highly intelligent and dynamic young lady who is taking South Africa legally by storm.

To reach Emma contact her on / / @EmmaSadleir

Flip Flop Friday

Recently the staff and pupils of Crawford Prep School, Lonehill came to school in their flip flops to support a good cause! However, these were not just the usual flip flops, but some amazing, creative, FUNKY Flip Flops! From flowers, to bottle tops, to bugs and balloons, the school was teeming with amazing shoe creations. (Some had their flip flops on their heads or around their necks too!!) A R10 donation was brought to support a charity called Imagine” – a charity that supports underprivileged children who suffer from Cerebral Palsy. A total of R5612.00 was raised. It was a lovely hot summers day to have the opportunity to come to school in flip flops and support a very worthy cause.

MONEY SMART, at an early age

Giving your children a good foundation and teaching them about money matters is critical for their personal development. Showing children the basics such as how to budget, spend and save will establish good money habits for life.

Including your child in your day to day decisions whilst shopping can raise a money smart child, BUT…when is a child ready to understand the true value of the coin or note.

A two to three year old child when given several coins to “play “ with will most always choose the biggest one! So it is very obvious that the value of the money at this age is not the focus, learning the names of the coins is where the child is at.

Photostating the coins and encouraging your child to identify them will allow shape and size as well as the front identification to help with the choice of the correct coin.(Please be aware of the need for continual parental supervision at all times. Toddlers may try to put the coins into their mouths)
Allowing your child to exercise his imagination by playing ”Shopkeeper” games can be encouraged by the beautiful reasonably priced vegetables, fruit and groceries, including trolleys that are available in toy stores today. Using recycled objects for this purpose will encourage your child to shop till you drop!

From the age of four most pre-schoolers enjoy “imaginary restaurant” play. A pretend meal creates an opportunity to discuss table setting, table manners and of course the paying of the bill. Children of this age get very excited about paying with pretend money and then getting some change back from the cashier.

Introducing a small amount of “pocket money” from the age of six to eight years is encouraged. The obvious now is to decide where his money is to be kept. So the introduction of a savings account or card, for him to make regular deposits, and be in a position to see his balance on a slip or an internet down load, is an important step towards encouraging him to watch his money grow. A list of online games is given to keep your child engaged with regards to increasing his first bank deposit.

From the age of nine years and upwards a young child is able to understand comparison shopping. Your daily trip to the supermarkets in your area will encourage this discussion, and the occasion that he chooses to shop for a particular item, will give you the opportunity to have more discussion. The use of an on-line comparative shopping site or taking the time to get out into the various shops available is a way of ensuring that he has the necessary knowledge to purchase the object after making an informed decision.

The early teens are not too young to begin to understand the stock market. By making a game of selecting a stock for each family member to follow, and then reading the financial news together to discuss how the stock values of each members choice grows or decreases daily, can be very entertaining.

Help your tween or teen set a budget on his given allowance to cover daily needs versus his very important WANTS.

Giving to charity needs to become part of any young child’s mentality. Teaching children to donate is more than just a financial lesson. Help your child decide how to make the decision of which charity is worthy of his hard earned cash!

So…start early, urge your children to save and help them set financial goals. Let children spend their money once they have achieved their goal. Try not to talk them out of the purchase. An empty piggy bank or banking account will give them the incentive to start all over again.

This list of available “free apps” may encourage financial maturity.

  • Pre-K skills
  • We’ve been to market lite
  • A Baseball Money Smash Hit
  • Money Origami
  • Allowance and Chore bot
  • Little Zebra Shopper
  • Cha-Ching Pocket Money Manager
  • Beep-Beep Cash Register
  • My Puppy Maths and Money
  • Pogo Pig Savings

An initiative taken up by Sonia Jansen at Crawford North Coast Preparatory School, was encouraged by a quote written by Bruce Barton “Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am attempted to think there are no little things”

The project is pioneered by pupils, as part of a Leadership Programme. Pupils are divided into philanthropic teams and these teams include children from the intersen phase and one foundation phase member. The group also includes a teacher. This allows for both mentoring and mentorship.
The pupils collect 5c coins and this is to prove that something as insignificant and worthless as a 5c coin can make a difference. (Since 5c coins are no longer in production, a re-evaluation resulted in an inclusion of the 10c coin as well)

The funds raised are donated to charity or community development projects that have been identified, researched and proposed by one of the philanthropic teams.

The teams are responsible for driving the campaign. The benefits of a project like this give children the insight into and understanding of the demands of a needy community as well as learning to empathise for those less fortunate. It gives children ownership of their own researched projects as well as encouraging collaboration and co-operative working within a group. It is a pupil-centred approach in a real world environment. The 21st century pedagogy is married with technological savvy needed to complete the task and most importantly, gaining a recognition of the value of what we perceive as even the smallest or most insignificant of things and their worth.

So.. SMALL change can make a BIG DIFFERENCE! Together we can encourage our children to BE MONEY SMART.