La Gratitude Pre-Primary School (formally Pinelands Nursery School) was established to serve the needs of the children in the community of Pinelands. The current school building was opened in 1963. It is registered with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) as an Independent / Public Site.
The school is under a Circuit Manager and the curriculum followed is that prescribed by the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) and Curriculum and Assessment Policy Staement (CAPS), together with the guidelines from the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA), of which we are members of. As the School was founded in the late 1950’s by the ladies of the Dutch Reformed Church, to establish a quality Christian Nursery School to serve the children of the community, we are proud to adhere to these principals and are members of the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI).
There are two classes of children: Bunnies (Grade R), who are aged 5 turning 6, and Squirrels (Pre-Grade R), who are aged 4 turning 5. Each group has a maximum of 23 but we prefer to keep the numbers lower at 20 - 22 children if possible. We also try to balance the classes so that there are similar number of boys and girls per class. The school admits pupils regardless of race, gender or religious affiliation, with preference being given to children who live with their parents/ legal guardians in Pinelands, and siblings of those who live within our area.