#MenOfCrawford: Owen Kuyper

#MenOfCrawford: Owen Kuyper

Featured - November 14, 2016


Mr Owen Kuyper – Principal of Crawford Preparatory Lonehill


Owen has always had a passion for sport and shortly after matriculating from Pretoria Boys’ High School he decided to formalise this interest and completed a Higher Diploma: Physical Education at the University of Pretoria after returning from the U.S.A where he studied on a swimming scholarship at Southern Illinois University.


He has had extensive experience in the education and physical education field, having started his teaching career at Hoërskool Menlo Park in 1978 teaching Physical Education, English and Business Economics. In 1980 he joined the Department of Education as a Sports Advancement Officer. He took up a position thereafter at Westville Boys High School as Teacher: Physical Education and Counselling from 1980 – 1983. From 1984 – 1987 he worked as Sports Officer and part-time Lecturer: Human Movement at the University of Pretoria. Owen was appointed Head of Department, Educational Guidance and Senior Housemaster at Pretoria Boys’ High School from 1987 to 1991. From 1991 – 1993 he held the position of Deputy Principal at Lynnwood Ridge Primary school before moving to Arcadia Primary School as Principal in 1994.


Owen is no stranger to Crawford, having been principal at 5 Crawford Preparatory schools.

He joined CrawfordSchoolsTM as Principal of Crawford Preparatory Pretoria in 1997 – a year after the school was established. The school grew under his leadership and by the time he left, in 2001, it had reached 615 pupils.


In 2002 he transferred to Crawford Preparatory North Coast. Again, Owen faced the challenges of a new and growing school. He was instrumental in laying solid foundations for the successful growth and development of this school. He established a supportive community where parents, pupils and teachers worked together towards the growth and success of the school.


In 2009 he became the Principal at Crawford Preparatory La Lucia. His purpose and drive at La Lucia was to secure and develop Crawfordology with specific focus on the development of staff, the sports program and to maintain and develop successful academic and cultural programs. To this day, La Lucia Preparatory has been highly successful in all these areas.


In 2014, Owen was appointed as the founding principal at Crawford Italia. He embraced the Italian culture and were instrumental in shaping the school into the success it is today.


Owen has vast experience in the management of schools and the implementation of new initiatives to improve parent, pupil and staff satisfaction. Due to Owen’s long-standing involvement with CrawfordSchoolsTM he has an outstanding knowledge of the Crawford ethos. He is also well-versed in the requirements and needs of parents, staff and pupils with regards to a start-up school.


His passion and understanding of various different cultures and education makes him the ideal candidate to further build on the successful foundations laid at Crawford Preparatory Lonehill.