About Our School

We are an independent, co-educational Pre and Primary school, situated in the beautiful Garden Route in Knysna, South Africa

We have offered quality education for more than 44 years. We are proudly South African and continue in our quest to provide quality, affordable independent education and to be the best Eco–school in the area.

Our School include a sport and extra mural programme and an active eco-club.

Our Eco Focus

We participate in the Eco schools project and our Eco Club is a popular extra mural activity

Making excellent use of Knysna’s environment, the estuary, forest, beach and wetlands to further the learner’s knowledge, not only in the fields of natural sciences, but utilising the outdoor classroom to integrate important skills, attitudes and values in a variety of subject areas such as Numeracy, Literacy and Life skills, to name a few. Our active Eco-club participates in gardening and birding activities, recycling and spreading eco-consciousness to children from other schools.

Social Responsibility

Community building developing respect and tolerance for diversity

We believe that self appreciation begins with the individual and should then expand to include family and friends and then the greater community before true humanitarian values can be fully incorporated into the well adjusted person.

At Riverwood Primary School we help to encourage self value, community value and world value.

We regularly get involved in projects which raise social awareness, collect clothes for the needy, toys for the orphanages, visual entertainment systems for the paediatric ward, sing for the elderly.

We also intend developing a programme to invite children from the informal settlement to share in developing a love and understanding for our eco-wetland.

We actively re-cycle and save water.

We believe in educating our children to develop a love and appreciation for their environment . We hope to engender the basic concepts of sustainability to ensure that our future leaders and citizens will take greater care of planet Earth.

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Our Principal

Carrene Sands

In the Office

Business Manager: Susie Slabbert


Financial Officer: Soritha Labuschagne

Grade 7

Teacher: Yolandi Loots

Grade 7

Part time Teacher: Sue De Villiers


Assistant: Merline Jacobs    

Grade 6

Teacher: Liz Kent      

Grade 5

Grade 5 Educator: Melissa Brouard  

Grade 4

Grade 4 Educator: Georgie Botha  

Grade 3

Teacher: Janine Booysen

Grade 3

Assistant: Monica Simama  

Grade 2

Teacher: Irene de Klerk

Grade 1

Teacher: Carina Joubert

Grade R

Teacher: Susan Davies  

InterSen Afrikaans

InterSen Afrikaans: Retha van Zyl    

Remedial Teacher

Teacher: Gail Rossini  

Sport & InterSen

Sport Co-ordinator & InterSen Teacher: Berny Scherag


Sport Coach: Clive Boyd


Music Teacher : Terrah Mello


Volunteer: Josie Wishart  


Cleaner: Thozama Caka

Notice Board



24 march 2022 newsletter web


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Good caring education and small classes enable close personal interaction.

Sharon Korsten


Awesome school. Run by a lovely highly educated caring Principal. The children love her to bits. The teacher's are awesome too. The natural setting is awesome considering it's in town

Lynda Sands Gough


My son is proof that Riverwood Primary is the best....thank you all teachers.

Nonkwenkwezi Nholi Sili


I recommend this school for the quality of the teaching combined with the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. My daughter is happy to be at this school.

Bonke Ribo Dyan


Amazing school. So proud of what you do! 

Martin Hatchuel