Meet our Staff

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MR GARY NORTON
Principal

Mr Norton received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and his Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education both from the University of the Witwatersrand. He then went on to obtain a Diploma in Business Management from Damelin. Mr Norton has had a wealth of teaching experience, having taught at Mondeor High School (1982), Parktown Boys’ (1984 -88), St David’s Marist Inanda (1989-1997), Oakhill (1997) and finally settling in at Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 1998, which totals 20 years at our school. Along his journey, Mr Norton has taught Physical Science, Biology, Mathematics, isiZulu and Life Orientation, but his passion lies in the fields of Population Dynamics, Animal Behaviour and Herpetology. He encourages students to believe in their worth as human beings and to make a significant difference to the world during their lifetime.

Mr Norton's hobbies include growing Bonsais, Knife-making, Leatherwork, keeping fit, Painting, Cooking, Gardening and Motorcycling. Mr Norton's favourite Chinese proverb is, "Keep your words soft and sweet because you never know from day-to-day which ones you'll have to eat." He believes in treading gently on the Earth and he is inspired by young people, passionate educators and people with courage. Interesting facts that not many people may know about Mr Norton are that he has run 7 Comrades Marathons, he has completed the Iron Man Triathlon, he has worked with SAIMR Animal Ethics Committee, has performed the role of a Field Guide, he was Head Boy at school and he has a love for snakes and other wildlife.

Mr Norton believes that the calm environment and sense of Family Spirit - the number of dedicated, special people who teach our young ones, it what makes this school special.

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MRS LARA-ANN KOCH
Deputy Principal and Mathematics Educator

Mrs Koch received a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Mathematics and English and a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has been teaching for 20 years and only in Marist Schools, this is her 15th year at Marist Brothers Linmeyer and she is currently teaching Grade 12 Mathematics. The other subjects that she has taught include English, Mathematical Literacy and Advanced Programme Mathematics. Mrs Koch particularly loves teaching Calculus and Trigonometry. She finds the differences in the way in which the male and female students learn Mathematics fascinating. Mrs Koch hopes to instil confidence in her students. She would like every student to realise the best in themselves. Her biggest encouragement is that not everyone can do Mathematics and that is okay, as long as her students try their best. For students who are taking Mathematics, a hand over their heart and deep breaths helps calm their anxiety.

She loves spending time with her husband and three children. She has a passion for Reading and enjoys watching live shows at the theatre, Traveling, Singing and Dancing. Her inspirations are her parents, Wendy and Roy Nolan. Some interesting facts about Mrs Koch: she was a member of a band called JST2, they performed at weddings, office parties and at a restaurant every Sunday Night. She played provincial and district Netball in Primary School and High School respectively, she performed the role of Anita in West Side Story in Grade 11 and the role of Rizzo in Grease in Grade 12. She was Head Girl in high school. Her favourite quote is by Thomas Jefferson, “Never put off till tomorrow that which you can do today” by Thomas Jefferson and her quote for this year is, ”Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, But today is a gift. That is why it is called the present” from Master Oogway in Kung Fu Panda 3. In Mrs Koch's opinion, the Family Spirit, Love of Work, Presence, Simplicity and all these attributes carried out in the way of Mary, are what make Marist Brothers Linmeyer special… she believes that this is her second home.

ENGLISH (HOME LANGUAGE) AND DRAMATIC ARTS

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Lorna Fourie

MRS LORNA FOURIE
Head of Department English Home Language and Dramatic Arts,
Grade 12 Grade Head and English Educator

Mrs Fourie completed her studies at the University of the Witwatersrand with an Honours degree in English (1987) and continued with a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education in 1988. Her official teaching subjects are English and Geography – both of which she has taught in her time here!

She started her teaching career at a Boys only Government school before moving to Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 2000. As a passionate teacher, her goals are to inspire the students to find a love of life and learning - in all areas. Her personal interests in nature, the environment and belief that we can make this world a better place through our actions and words, underpins her approach to teaching and all those she works with. Mrs Fourie is currently teaching Grades 11 and 12 English.

In 2017, Mrs Fourie achieved a distinction for the Catholic School's Office Growing Leaders course. As one of the Grade Head to the Grade 12s, she strives to assist all our matric students to achieve their goals in their final year of schooling.

Jandi du Toit

MS JANDI DU TOIT
Grade 8 Grade Head and English Educator

Ms du Toit received a Master’s Degree in Education from UNISA and is currently teaching English to Grade 8, 9 and 10 students at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. A strong advocate for literacy and the importance of reading, she involves her students in debates about books, plays and performances as well as games to inspire a love of books. Her professional interests focus on improving literacy, enhancing reading abilities and her current projects include changing the average teenager’s perception of reading for the positive. In addition, she serves as Grade Head for Grade 8 students, is the Master in Charge of Netball and the Cheerleading Squad.

Delia Kitzler

MRS DELIA KITZLER
English Educator

Mrs Kitzler attended J.C.E. for 4 years post matric and received her Higher Diploma in Education. Ten years later, she completed a 2-year course through C.E.F.T and achieved her Further Diploma in Education. She received 3rd place in the top teachers' awards from the GDE in 2007. She has taught all grades except Grades 1 and 3 and is currently teaching English to Grades 10, 11 and 12. This is her 36th year of teaching and there is nothing else she loves more! Mrs Kitzler is also involved with Public Speaking and has been involved in National IEB marking for English.

Shelley van der Spuy

MRS SHELLEY VAN DER SPUY
English Educator

Mrs van der Spuy received a Higher Diploma in Education in Biology and English from the Johannesburg College of Education and is currently teaching English to Grades 10, 11 and 12 at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. A strong advocate for academic excellence, she involves her students in activities that challenge and extend their strengths and abilities. Her professional interests focus on the English arena of academics and instilling a love for creativity and original thinking. Her current interests include Public Speaking and Long-distance running. She has run 12 Comrades Marathons, she would like to share her passion for running with her students and help them develop a healthy lifestyle that focuses on fitness and sound nutrition.

Michelle Vermaak

MS MICHELLE VERMAAK
Grade 9 Grade Head and English Educator

Ms Vermaak received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with Industrial Psychology as a second Major from The University of Johannesburg in 2008 and received a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (English, Life Orientation, Biblical Studies and Non-Mother Tongue Zulu) cum laude in 2009 from the same institution. She is currently teaching English Home Language at Marist Brothers Linmeyer to Grades 8, 9 and 10. A strong advocate for holistic learning and whole-child development, she likes to involve her students in a plethora of activities both in and out the classroom to build on individual and teamwork abilities. These activities include physical activity; emotional insight; complex thinking; oral, aural, and written skills. Her professional interests focus on technology in the classroom and whole-child development. In addition, she is qualified in Level One First Aid as well as a qualified District Level Netball Umpire and Coach.

Angela O'Reilly

MS ANGELA-KERRY O’REILLY
Dramatic Arts & Music Educator

Ms O’Reilly joined our staff complement this year, but she is no stranger to Marist Brothers Linmeyer having completed her schooling here. Ms O’Reilly studied at the African Film and Drama Association and achieved her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Live Performance. She is currently teaching Grade 8 and 9 Dramatic Arts and Music and Grades 10, 11 and 12 Dramatic Arts. She would like to instil a sense of passion in the students and the fact that it is okay to be different.

Ms O’Reilly has a passion for directing Physical Theatre and she is hoping to produce the major production, The Rock Opera, this year. Her hobbies include Cooking and Horse Riding. She is, by her own admission, obsessed with the colour Green. She is inspired by Marina Abramovic, a conceptual artist who sees the world so beautifully. Ms O’Reilly’s favourite quote is‚ “Love the Art within yourself, not yourself within the Art.” by Stanislavski.

AFRIKAANS (FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE)

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Engela Gerber

MRS ENGELA GERBER
Head of Afrikaans and Afrikaans Educator

Mrs Gerber obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Higher Education Diploma from the Pretoria University, Honours in Afrikaans and a Masters Degree in Afrikaans from UNISA. She has 35 years of teaching experience, 30 of those years have been spent at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. She is currently teaching Afrikaans to Grades 11 and 12 and although she has a passion for Afrikaans Language and Literature, she had 4 years’ experience teaching History. Mrs Gerber encourages students to believe in themselves and never to give up if things at school are not going the way they want them to go. Mrs Gerber loves to watch sport, especially Rugby, Cricket and Tennis and to participate in sport. She plays bowls at the Alberton Bowling Club and has been representing the District for the last 15 years. Her favourite quote is, “Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life.” – Unknown. Apart from teaching, Mrs Gerber is involved in Public Speaking and Afrikaans Redenaars. She was initially attracted to Marist Brothers Linmeyer because of the ethos of the school, the family spirit and that she had the opportunity to teach the subject for which she has a passion. In her opinion, the fact that the school lives by its ethos and that the staff really care about their colleagues and the students of the school is what makes this school unique.

Xandri Bothma

MRS XANDRI BOTHMA
Afrikaans Educator

Mrs Bothma joined the Marist Family this year. She has had 23 years of teaching experience and achieved a Bachelor of Primary Education from Rand Afrikaans University. Mrs Bothma has taught from Grades 3 to 12. She is literally a jack of all trades. Her teaching career includes Grades 4 to 7 Afrikaans, English, Mathematics, EMS and Social Sciences, Grades 8 and 9 Geography, Grades 8 to 12 Business Studies and Grades 8 to 12 Afrikaans First Additional Language.

Mrs Bothma has a passion for Poetry and Literature and she loves camping with family and friends. Her favourite quote is, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” By Winston Churchill.

Mrs Bothma would like her students to know that everybody has a purpose in life and that they matter. She understands how difficult Afrikaans is for them and she plans to try and motivate and encourage the students to perform well in her subject.

 

Christo Grobler

MR CHRISTO GROBLER
Grade 10 Grade Head and Afrikaans Educator

Mr Grobler received a Higher Education Diploma from Goudstadse Onderwys Kollege. He has 28 years of teaching experience, having joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer in January 2016. He was attracted to this school by word-of-mouth, since a friend of his taught in the school and was always sharing how happy they were all the time. Mr Grobler is currently teaching Grades 10, 11 and 12 and he has a passion for Literature. He loves to read and finds it wonderful to explain the beauty of poetry to the students. As a teacher, he wants students to see the greatness of his language and what an expressive language it is. He wants students to realise that reading will open up new worlds to them, that it is great to be alive and it is our responsibility to use our God-given talents. Apart from his teaching role, Mr Grobler is the House master of Geddes, he coaches Grade 10 Public Speaking, is involved in Afrikaans Redenaars, the Master in Charge of Hockey and he coaches Athletics. Mr Grobler’s favourite quote comes from Langenhoven, who said, “Two things made my life on earth worthwhile-the love I gave and the love I received.” Interesting facts that not many people know about Mr Grobler, he plays Ring ball and is involved with the schools' Ring ball, he holds the position of treasurer of Ekurhuleni Schools Ring ball. He is also a keen scrap booker. He is inspired by people with passion, who live life to the fullest. He feels that it is the people at Marist Linmeyer that you really become part of the family, that the sharing, the love and the professional way in which everything is conducted, that makes it a special place. He believes that students are not seen as just a number, that our School has the best interest of every individual in mind.

Marianne Kilian

MRS MARIANNE KILIAN
Afrikaans Educator

Mrs Kilian obtained a Higher Education Diploma from Goudstadse Onderwys Kollege and then went on to receive a Further Diploma in Special Education from UNISA. She has 29 years of teaching experience and joined our Marist Family in May 2016. She was attracted by the School’s very good reputation and the fact that it feels like a privilege to teach here. Although Mrs Kilian has taught Geography previously, she has a passion for Afrikaans Literature. She is presently teaching Grades 10, 11 and 12 Afrikaans. She aims to encourage her students to believe that they can achieve anything in life if they put their mind to it, that their life is in their own hands and that there are no limits! Extramurally, Mrs Kilian is involved in the Cultural side of the school specifically Afrikaans Redenaars and Eisteddfod. She is the teacher in charge of Rotary Youth Exchange Programme.

Mrs Kilian feels inspired by people who rise above their circumstances and make a success of their lives. Her hobbies include, Photography, Music and Nature – hiking. Her favourite quotes are, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell and “Maak jou vriendelikheid goedkoop en jou vriendskap duur.” – CJ Langenhoven. Something that not a lot of people may know about Mrs Kilian is that she is a self-confessed Party Girl.

 

Claudette van Rensburg

MRS CLAUDETTE VAN RENSBURG
Afrikaans Educator

Mrs Van Rensburg achieved a Higher Diploma in Education from the Johannesburg College of Education. She has 16 years of teaching experience, two of those at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. The family ethos is what attracted her to our school. Mrs Van Rensburg is currently teaching Grades 8, 9 and 10 Afrikaans, and she encourages her students to be kind always, honourable and give of their best at all times. Extramurally, she is involved in Public Speaking, Afrikaans Redenaars, Boys Tennis and Girls Tennis.

Mrs Van Rensburg is inspired by Nature, humble people and kindness. Her hobbies include Reading, Music and spending time with her family. Her favourite quote is, “Live in the moment.” – Unknown. Not a lot of people might know, but Mrs Van Rensburg is a very soft-hearted person and she takes things personally. In her opinion, the compassion and care towards each other within the school is what makes our school a special place.

 

CORE MATHEMATICS, MATHEMATICAL LITERACY AND ADVANCED PROGRAMME MATHEMATICS

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Charlotte Bossert

MRS CHARLOTTE BOSSERT
Head of Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy and Advanced Programme Mathematics Educator.

Mrs Bossert earned a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand (in association with the Johannesburg College of Education) and Bachelor of Education Honours degree from UNISA with a specialization in Mathematics, Science and Computer Science. She has experiences not only as an educator for over 21 years, but is also a NSC marker, past examiner and portfolio moderator for the IEB at Grade 12 level. She finds it deeply fulfilling to watch every one of her students grow more proficient and confident in numeracy, as they discover and nurture their love for Mathematics and Advanced Programme Mathematics. She takes great joy in playing a small role in the success story of the students that pass through her classroom. Mrs Bossert is currently teaching Grades 10, 11 and 12 Mathematics, Grade 11 Mathematical Literacy and Grades 11 and 12 Advanced Programme Mathematics. She is an open-minded, friendly and resourceful leader of the Mathematics department with a sound and optimistic outlook on all things in life. She possess an excellent ability to motivate others, therefore ensuring a productive working environment for all members of her department to perform at their best.

Ms Samantha Brewster

MS SAMANTHA BREWSTER
Grade 10 Grade Head and Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy Educator

Ms Brewster received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand; she completed further studies in Mathematics at SACTE and is currently teaching Grades 8 and 9 Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy to Grade 10 students at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. A strong advocate for honesty, hard work, animal welfare and travel, she involves her students in character building, sport and social projects in Foreign Countries with the World Challenge Initiative.   Her current projects include educating students and planning the next trip for relief aid in Thailand in 2019. Ms Brewster is also a longstanding member of the Swimming Team coaches at Marist Linmeyer.

Glenda Dick

MRS GLENDA DICK
Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy Educator

Mrs Dick has been a staff member at Marist Brothers Linmeyer since 1996. She has 39 years of teaching experience. She received a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand (in association with the Johannesburg College of Education) as well as a Further Diploma in Education from the College of Education for Further Training (CEFT). Her teaching subjects include Geography, Physical Education, Mathematics and Religious Education. She is currently teaching Grades 10 and 11 Mathematics and Grade 12 Mathematical Literacy. Her hobbies include Reading and Gardening. Extramurally, Mrs Dick is involved with Swimming at Marist Linmeyer. A fact that many people may not know about her is that she was born in Northern Rhodesia.

Carol Poppleton

MRS CAROL J. POPPLETON
Mathematics Educator

Mrs Poppleton received a Bachelor of Education degree in Senior and Further Education and Training Phases. Her degree was obtained with distinction from UNISA. She is currently teaching Grades 10 ,11 and 12 Mathematics at Marist Brothers Linmeyer and is dedicated to developing each individual student into critical and creative thinkers through a variety of techniques. As a Christian educator, she is a strong advocate of educating the whole person – mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Her involvement in the students’ lives reaches beyond the classroom into the realm of music. She orchestrates the Marist Brothers Linmeyer Music Group – a dynamic group of musicians and singers who perform at regular Masses and special school and private functions. Her favourite Bible verse is, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3: 5 - 6.

Evette van der Merwe

MS EVETTE VAN DER MERWE
Mathematics and Advanced Programme Mathematics Educator

Ms van der Merwe received a Bachelor of Education (Honours) majoring in Science and Mathematics from the University of Pretoria and is currently teaching Grades 8, 9 and 10 Mathematics and Grade 10 Advanced Programme Mathematics at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. A strong advocate for acceptance and belonging, she involves her students in building a natural interest in Mathematics. Student’s intuitive and informal mathematical knowledge is encouraged in her class. She enjoys using personal experiences and everyday activities as natural vehicles for developing students’ mathematical knowledge. In addition, she serves as a research lecturer for the University of Pretoria and is a member of distance education learning at Honours level. Ms van der Merwe is the coordinator of the Mathematics Olympiad at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. Her favourite quote is taken from Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock, “Number 47 said to number 3, you're the cutest jailbird I ever did see."

PHYSICAL SCIENCES (PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY), LIFE SCIENCES AND NATURAL SCIENCES (BIOLOGY AND SCIENCE)

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Sandra Kühn

MRS SANDRA KÜHN
Head of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Natural Sciences and Physical Sciences and Life Sciences Educator

Mrs Kühn joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer 15 years ago, after the completion of a Bachelor of Science (Masters), through the University of the Witwatersrand. She later went on to obtain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from UNISA. Mrs Kühn is currently teaching Grades 11-12 Chemistry (Physical Sciences) and Grade 12 Life Sciences. Outside of the classroom, Mrs Kühn manages the awarding of and engraving of all the high school trophies.

Mrs Kühn has a passion for all things Chemistry – Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biomolecular Chemistry. She has completed her Honours in Genetics (Genetic Engineering) and her Masters in Molecular and Cell Biology. She tries to encourage her students to try their best always – that is enough.

Her hobbies include Cooking, Baking, Reading and Running in an attempt to keep fit. Her favourite quote is, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” by Henry Ford and she is inspired by the perseverance of people who choose to be happy and positive even in the most adverse situations. Something that no a lot of people may know about Mrs Kühn is that she is a breast cancer survivor and that she turned down a PhD scholarship, because she had already accepted a part-time teaching position at Marist Brothers Linmeyer and knew that this was where she wanted to be. She feels that the genuine care and compassion that is shown by staff and students towards others is what makes Marist Brothers Linmeyer special. She is a strong believer in the fact that Marist Brothers Linmeyer really epitomises the Marist characteristic of Family Spirit and that this is evident in the way that you feel when you walk into the school.

 

Mikayla Blair

MS MIKAYLA BLAIR
Physical Sciences (Chemistry) and Science Educator

Ms Blair is new to Marist Brothers Linmeyer, having completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of the Witwatersrand majoring in Archeology and Geography. In addition to teaching Grade 9 Science and Grade 10 the Chemistry component of Physical Sciences, Ms Blair is completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education qualification through UNISA. She also finds time to assist with Tennis coaching at the School and in her free time, she likes to Read and Run. Her favourite quote is, “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.” by Theodore Roosevelt.

Ms Blair was attracted to Marist Brothers Linmeyer because of the innovative and interdisciplinary teaching approaches, such as E-Days, which strive for an interactive and fun, learning experience. She is inspired by the smile of a student and their enthusiasm to gain experience and knowledge. An interesting fact that not many people may know about Ms Blair is that she is a trained Archaeologist. In her opinion, the sense of community and Family Spirit the school promotes and maintains, is what contributes to making Marist Brothers Linmeyer unique.

Jenna Dick

MS JENNA DICK
Natural Sciences and Life Sciences Educator

Ms Dick joined the Sciences Department at Marist Brothers Linmeyer last year. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Masters in Science (with distinction) as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education teaching qualification, all from the University of the Witwatersrand. Having accrued 10 years of teaching experience, Ms Dick is currently teaching Grade 8 Natural Sciences and Grades 10 and 12 Life Sciences. She encourages academic independence and wonderment in her students. Ms Dick has a passion for Physiology and Genetics, in particular. She is also involved outside the classroom with the Marist Brothers Linmeyer Equestrian and Swimming teams. In her spare time she enjoys Horse riding, Cooking – a great fan of MasterChef ☺, Gardening and Decorating. An interesting fact that people may not know about Ms Dick, is that it took 29 years of careful contemplation before she took the brave step to pierce her ears!

Her favorite Bible verse is, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" - Jeremiah 29:11 and her favorite quote is, “That’s all she wrote folks” – Long forgotten Wits University Professor. Ms Dick is an Old Girl of Marist Linmeyer; in fact, she was the Deputy Head Girl in 2002. She believes that Marist Brothers Linmeyer has superb facilities and staff. She believes that the Quality! – Quality staff, Quality facilities and Quality students at Marist Brothers Linmeyer are what make it a special place.

 

 

Cheryl Mordt

MRS CHERYL-ANN MORDT
Grade 11 Grade Head, Head of Subject Life Sciences and Life Sciences and Biology Educator

Mrs Mordt’s teaching career began 36 years ago. She is also the longest standing teacher in the department, having taught Natural Sciences and Life Sciences at Marist Brothers Linmeyer for 18 years. Mrs Mordt obtained a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand (J.C.E.). She is currently teaching Grade 8 Natural Sciences, Grade 9 Biology and Grades 11 and 12 Life Sciences. Mrs Mordt tries to instil Marcellin’s 10 Attitudes and 5 Characteristics and the Works of Mercy in her students. Although Life Sciences and Wildlife are clearly her passion, Mrs Mordt is also qualified to teach Geography and Physical Education. During her free time, Mrs Mordt likes to Read, do Yoga and Pilates and has a keen interest in plants. Her favourite quote is her old school motto – “Procrastination is the thief of time” and also “Go placidly amongst the noise and haste and remember what peace there is in silence” by Max Ehrmann. The Catholic ethos and family history attracted Mrs Mordt to Marist Brothers Linmeyer, since her grandfather came to this country from Germany as a Marist Brother. Positive, strong yet kind and giving people inspire Mrs Mordt. Her main inspiration is drawn from God. Some interesting facts that people may not know about Mrs Mordt: she swam the Midmar Mile race 10 years in a row, she can still stand on her head, she went on Pilgrimage in 2011 and she is a survivor of the big “C”.

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MR ALASTAIR PALM
Physical Sciences Educator

Mr Palm has a total of 28 years of teaching experience and has experience teaching Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Mr Palm completed a Higher Diploma in Education before moving on to obtaining a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of the Witwatersrand. This is Mr Palm’s fifth year in the Sciences Department at Marist Brothers Linmeyer and he is currently teaching the Physics component of Physical Sciences to Grades 10, 11 and 12. Mr Palm is particularly interested in using IT effectively in the classroom. He loves the Marist Ethos and believes this is an ethos much needed in an uncaring world. After class, Mr Palm is involved with Archery as an extramural activity.

Mr Palm's hobbies include General Science and Documentaries, Surfing, Art (Acrylic and Digital) and Aviation. His favourite Bible verse is, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son” - John 3:16 and he is inspired by Jesus. He once won an award for Best Actor as Macbeth and he has written and directed a Play.

 

 

Delouise Pretorius

MS DELOUISE PRETORIUS
Laboratory Assistant

Ms Pretorius is the Laboratory Assistant for the High School at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. She achieved a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pretoria and she joined the Marist Linmeyer staff this year as the Laboratory Assistant.

In her spare time, Ms Pretorius enjoys Reading, Painting/Drawing, Baking, Swimming and a friendly round of Tennis. Her favourite quote is, “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” by Thomas Carlyle. She is inspired by her Parents since she feels that their love and determination to give her and her sister the best life they could dream of, inspires her to be the best and most successful individual that she can be.

A fact that not many people may know about Ms Pretorius, is that she is an adrenaline junkie. She has overcome the Moses Mabhida Big Swing and she would like to Bungee from the Bloukrans Bridge and to skydive one day. She believes that the Heavenly Father is always by our sides and that we are never doing anything on our own.

 

ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT SCIENCES - ACCOUNTING, BUSINESS STUDIES, CAT AND EMS

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Chantal Gunning

MRS CHANTAL GUNNING
Head of Department EMS, Grade 8 Grade Head, EMS and Accounting Educator

Mrs Gunning received a Higher Diploma in Education majoring in Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand. Currently, she is teaching Grades 8 and 9 EMS and Grades 10 and 12 Accounting. She encourages a positive work ethic in her students. In her opinion, the staff that are so willing to give of themselves is what makes our school special.

Mrs Gunning’s hobbies include Road Running, Baking and Reading and a fact that not a lot of people might know is that she loves Knitting. She belongs to a Knitting club. Her favourite quote is, “Yesterday you said tomorrow.”- Nike.

 

 

Mandy Hurford

MRS MANDY HURFORD
Grade 9 Grade Head, EMS and Accounting Educator

Mrs Hurford obtained a Higher Diploma in Education, specializing in Commerce. Mrs Hurford is currently teaching Grade 9 EMS and Grades 11 and 12 Accounting. She aims to instil a positive work ethic in her students. In her opinion, Marist Brothers Linmeyer is a caring and fun place to work. Mrs Hurford enjoys Reading, Wildlife, Photography and quality time with her family and her favourite quote is, “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.” by Winston Churchill, it is no wonder that she is inspired by positivity.

Amy Petersen

MS AMY PETERSEN
Business Studies Educator

Ms Petersen achieved a Bachelor of Commerce and Economic Management Sciences degree from the University of Stellenbosch. She then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education through UNISA. Presently, Ms Petersen is teaching Grade 9 EMS, Grades 10 and 12 Business Studies and she is the coordinator of the Grade 10 Market Day. She works hard to encourage her students to strive for greatness, live to their fullest potential and see the best in themselves. Extramurally, Ms Petersen is involved in Swimming and Netball and she is the Teacher in Charge of the Student Representative Council. Her hobbies include Reading, Traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Ms Petersen’s family is her greatest inspiration and her favourite quote is, “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” by John Mayer. She feels that Marist Brothers Linmeyer is a family, that it is a home-away- from-home, a place for love and knowledge to flourish.

 

 

Debbie Pretorius

MRS DEBBIE PRETORIUS
EMS and CAT Educator

Mrs Pretorius obtained a Higher Education Diploma from Pretoria University from Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys. She has been teaching for 26 years and although she is presently teaching Grade 8 EMS and Grades 10, 11 and 12 CAT, Mrs Pretorius has had experience teaching Business Studies, Computyping and Typing. The message that Mrs Pretorius instills in her students is that nothing comes easy, that they need to work hard and that they should never give up on something that they really want to achieve. God is always there for us at all times and nothing is impossible. Extramurally, she is involved in Music Group, Netball and Eisteddfod. She is also the Teacher in Charge of Debating.

Mrs Pretorius attended a cluster meeting at Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 2011 and when she arrived at the school, she was very impressed and hoped that one day she could also teach at such a school. She felt that the students all looked smart in their uniforms and the neatness and layout of the school and the fact that everything looked so organized really made a big impression on her. We were happy to have her join our family at the beginning of 2016.

“Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Pray daily. Leave everything else to God.” – Anonymous, this is Mrs Pretorius’ favourite quote. Her hobbies include Singing, Tennis and Music and her family inspires her. A fact that many people may not know about Mrs Pretorius, is that she would have liked to pursue a career as an Airhostess.

Claire Waller

MRS CLAIRE WALLER
Grade 11 Grade Head and Business Studies Educator

Mrs Waller achieved a Bachelor of the Arts Communications degree (Honours) from the Rand Afrikaans University; she then completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education through UNISA. Mrs Waller has 16 years of teaching experience, 13 of those years have been completed at Marist Bothers Linmeyer. The Catholic ethos, values and the strong emphasis on family spirit is what attracted Mrs Waller to our school. She is currently teaching Grades 11 and 12 Business Studies and has a passion for Business Studies with special emphasis on Management, Leadership and Communication. She also has a passion for the development of creative thinking and innovation within her students. Mrs Waller aims to instil the ability to make responsible decisions in her students, in order that they become young adults who have integrity, honesty, respect and a good work ethic. Extramurally, Mrs Waller is the Master in Charge of Cross Country, she is the One Research Task coordinator, an Athletics scorer and in charge of the event planning for the Sports awards evenings, Valediction and Honours evening.

Mrs Waller’s favourite quote is, “Actions speak louder than words.” by Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela inspires her. Mrs Waller enjoys going to gym and a fact that not many people may know is that she is a vegetarian.

 

HUMANITIES - GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY AND LIFE ORIENTATION

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Lucy Stansfield

MRS LUCY STANSFIELD
Head of Department Humanities and Geography Educator

Mrs Stansfield took up the position of HOD Humanities in the middle of 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Psychology, both areas that she is extremely passionate about; an honours degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education that she obtained from UNISA. She joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 2002 and is currently teaching Geography to Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Mrs Stansfield is passionate about every aspect of Geography but she is most interested in teaching Climatology, Geomorphology and Map work.

She instils a hunger and thirst for learning in her students, but most importantly, a hunger and thirst to live a life filled with love, laugher, happiness and respect; to treat others in the same way as we want to be treated.

She is a committed Co-worker staff member. Mrs Stansfield loves Reading, Reading and of course, Reading. She also enjoys watching Cooking, Baking and Home Improvement channels on TV. Besides her husband and two children, her newborn grandson is her one true love in this world- her divine gift. Her favourite Bible verse is, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7: 7-12. Mrs Stansfield is inspired by Equality and Respect People who strive to treat everyone with the same love and respect that they expect. Some interesting facts that people may not know about Mrs Stansfield is that she “met” Nelson Mandela when they greeted each other at the Milpark Hospital, one of the highlights of her life since she had tremendous respect for him. She was struck by lightning on the Primary School Field at a Champagnat Carnival some years ago- luckily for her only the good die young.

Joyce Coertze

MS JOYCE COERTZE
Religion Educator

For 10 years, Ms Coertze was a Salesian Sister, 4 years of which she lived in Ireland. On Returning to South Africa, she taught in Cape Town at the Loreto Convent in the Strand. She spent 3 years studying “Bread for the Journey Programme” through the Catholic Bible Foundation and since 2008; she has participated in the “Study of the Scriptures in the Jewish Context.” Each year a different Book of scripture is studied. Ms Coertze has been teaching for 34 years, 18 of those years at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. She was attracted to Marist Brothers Linmeyer because of Marcellin Champagnat’s love for the young people, especially those who are less fortunate. He and Don Bosco (Salesians) have a similar charism. The love for young people is very dear to her. Ms Coertze is currently teaching Grades 8 to 12 Religious Education, she is the coordinator of Confirmation at school with the Grade 11 students and in St Patrick’s Catholic Church, La Rochelle. Ms Coertze organizes the retreats for each grade in the School and for the staff.

Ms Coertze loves Scrap booking, Reading and working with charities. Her favourite quote is, “Love does not seek for power, but for relationships.”- A course on Miracles. Scripture and people who truly care about others inspire her. Ms Coertze encourages her students to care, love and respect one another, because you never know if we will be here tomorrow.

 

Kelly Eccles

MRS KELLY ECCLES
Geography Educator

Mrs Eccles joined the Marist Brothers Linmeyer family in January of 2016, proving to be a dedicated and passionate Geography Teacher. She currently teaches Grades 8, 9, 11 and 12 Geography. She encourages her students to face tasks and situations with enthusiasm, to strive for a positive attitude and positive interactions with the people around them and to develop love and respect for the environment fueled by an understanding of their world. Her dedication and enthusiasm are inspiring; she is an invaluable Geography staff member.

Mrs Eccles completed both a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and History and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) focusing on Environmental Analysis and Management at the University of Pretoria. She then qualified as a teacher by completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education, through UNISA. She previously taught Geography and History at some of the top IEB high schools in KwaZulu Natal. The Family Spirit and sense of community and support are what attracted Mrs Eccles to Marist Brothers Linmeyer.

Mrs Eccles enjoys Climatology and Geomorphology. Her favourite quote is, “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” by Walter Chrysler and she is inspired by Creativity.

 

Mwasieni Myambo

MR MWASIENI MYAMBO
Geography and Biology Educator

Mr Myambo joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 2017 and teaches Grades 10 and 11 Life Sciences as well as Grade 10 Geography. He completed his studies in Zimbabwe, having completed a Masters in Education in Biology as well as a Bachelor of Science Education in Biology and Geography, both from the University of Zimbabwe. In his 15 years of teaching experience, Mr Myambo has particularly come to value ecological outings, where students get first-hand experience with ecological interactions in a natural setting. Mr Myambo’s passion is DNA Technology because of its potential to become a solution to many problems facing humanity today. He enjoys teaching Map work, Development and its associated issues. He encourages critical and independent thinking and lifelong learning in his students. He has become involved in coaching Soccer as well as Archery at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. Mr Myambo feels that this school is a serene environment where God is put first which further nurtures an excellent learning environment; every student is given an opportunity to shine.

Mr Myambo's hobbies include watching Soccer, Hiking and Cooking. He likes Gardening and he has his own vegetable garden at home. His favourite quote is, “Knowledge sharing rather than knowledge hoarding.” by Bill Ford 1997. He is inspired by the daily challenges that he meets in his life and how he reacts to them. These offer him learning experiences that he is keen to share with others.

 

Michael Pavkovich

MR MICHAEL PAVKOVICH
Physical Education Educator

Mr Pavkovich joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 1999 as the Sports coordinator and Physical Education Teacher for all the grades in the high school. He completed a course in Physical contribution to Wellbeing at the University of Johannesburg. He is most passionate about Physical Education and its benefits for the students. He continues to enrich the students’ lives through his teaching of Physical Education to all the Grade 8 to 12 students. Mr Pavkovich instills a sense of self-discipline and taking responsibility for one's actions, while encouraging students to be more positive within the school.

Mr Pavkovich’s exceptional skill in Soccer has resulted in him being the Master in Charge of this sport at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. He has a passion for physical wellbeing and his hobbies include Fishing and Motorbikes. His favourite quote is, "A loser has excuses. A winner has a plan." by Stine Nielsen.

Mr Pavkovich’s passion for and involvement in Soccer spans across decades, which has resulted in him being highly regarded in this popular sport. He was the coach for the South African Special Olympics Soccer Team to Connecticut (USA) in 1995. He was also the coach for the South African Senior MACCABI Soccer team to Israel in 2005 and 2009. Early during his career, he coached Soccer in New York over a period of 6 years. He attended International Coaching courses in Holland and England and has worked at Super Sport United Academy. Mr Pav, as he is popularly referred to, is currently the Director of Coaching at Highlands Park Youth Centre but has also held the title of Director of the Southern Gauteng Football Association in the past. Marist Brothers Linmeyer is most fortunate to have such an outstanding Soccer expert as a staff member.

Deirdre Petersen

MRS DEIRDRE PETERSEN
Grade 12 Grade Head and Physical Education Educator

Mrs Petersen joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer in January 2002, when she accepted the Physical Education teacher’s post for Grades 8 to 12. She encourages her students to be true to themselves and mindful of others. She has had a most interesting and eventful life and has accomplished much over the years. She received her ‘O’ Levels at Mabelreign Girls High School, Salisbury, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and went on to obtain a Diploma in Secretarial and Business Studies from the Salisbury Polytechnical College, Rhodesia. She was a corporate secretary for 16 years, including performing the role of private secretary to the Honourable Judge Cecil Margo (Heldeberg Commission).

Her passion and interest in Physical Education has resulted in her obtaining the following qualifications: A Diploma in Personal Fitness Training and Certificates in Human Movement, Exercise Science, Spinning, Step Aerobics, Group Aerobics, Basic Pilates, Functional Training, Sports Nutrition, First Aid, Learn-to-Swim, Leadership Skills and the Assessors' Course. She continues to be an Exercise and Fitness trainer working in facilities all around Johannesburg. Mrs Petersen led an exciting 4 years as an assistant journalist and personal trainer in Europe on the Motorcycle Grand Prix Circuit.

Mrs Petersen is currently teaching Physical Education to all the High School students, as well as holding the position of Grade 12 Grade Head. She is the Teacher in Charge of the High School Prefects, as well as the MIC of Swimming. She has a passion for teaching Health, Fitness and Leadership. Her hobbies include Travel, Exercise, Reading and Motorcycle Racing. Her favourite quote is, "If you get tired learn to rest not to quit."- Banksy. People who are happy in their own skin inspire Mrs Petersen. In her opinion, the beautiful facilities, the pleasant working environment, the privilege of working with young people and the unlimited opportunities for growth and enrichment are what make Marist Brothers Linmeyer special.

Nicholas Quail

MR NICHOLAS QUAIL
History Educator

Mr Quail joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer in January of 2016. He has a passion for History that he passes on with much enthusiasm to his enthralled audience of Grades 10, 11 and 12 students. The students’ eagerness to attend Mr Quail's History lessons is a delight to behold. He instills a Love of Work and the ability to think beyond what seems to be the truth of the digital age, in his students. His passion for History led him to study and obtain an Honours degree in History from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007. His undergraduate subjects covered Business, Economics, Mathematics, Sociology and Archaeology. He also qualified with a Post Graduate Business Management and Administration Diploma from Wits Business School in 2009.

Mr Quail is a military historian and he has written a dissertation on Anglo-Afrikaner conflict during World War II. He is passionate about History, outdoors sport and competitive shooting. His favourite quote is, “Do not be overcome by evil, rather overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21. He feels inspired by men who have struggled through adversity to achieve. In his spare time, Mr Quail teaches underprivileged children at his parish, St Charles.

He feels that we are a home to the children who attend our school; the spirit of care that is present here at Marist Brothers Linmeyer is a rare thing.

 

 

Sharlene Smith

MRS SHARLENE SMITH
History and Biology Educator and School Nurse

Mrs Smith joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer 10 years ago as a laboratory assistant and school nurse. Mrs Smith has a registered nursing diploma as well as a diploma in ICU and Trauma, obtained through the College of Nursing. In addition to teaching Grade 9 Biology, she teaches History to Grades 8, 9 and 10 students, Mrs Smith is also completing a Bachelor of Education Degree through SETA. She instils hard work and a love of sport in her students. Outside of the classroom, Mrs Smith is actively involved in Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics and of course, First Aid. She enjoys Reading and Running when she gets a chance. Positive people inspire her and she is actually a very shy person. In her opinion, Marist Brothers Linmeyer has a deep-rooted history and a pride in itself that does not exist in many other schools. She is proud to be a part of Marist Brothers Linmeyer.

Marlene van Rensburg

MRS MARLENE VAN RENSBURG
Head of subject - Life Orientation and Life Orientation Educator

Mrs van Rensburg started her teaching career at Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 1991 and is currently in her 27th year at the school – a most commendable achievement. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from UNISA and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Educational Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. Besides teaching the Life Orientation to Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, she is the staff member in charge of Educational Assessments for Accommodations for students. She instills a sense of work ethic, values and pride in her students. Her involvement in and commitment to the latter has resulted in many students benefitting from accommodations and improving their scholastic performance throughout their high school years.

Mrs van Rensburg has a passion for educational development and identification of learning difficulties, preparation for subject choice and university readiness. Her hobbies include Reading and Traveling. Her favourite quote is, “Promise me, you’ll always remember; you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” by A.A. Milne. Mrs van Rensburg feels inspired by people who follow their dreams and do not give up – no matter what. She feels that Marist Brothers Linmeyer truly cares about each person’s wellbeing and development.

 

Craig Winfield

MR CRAIG WINFIELD
History Educator and Sports Administrator

Mr Winfield has a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from Monash University and a double major in Criminology and International Politics. He is currently teaching Grades 8 and 9 History at Marist Brothers Linmeyer and studying to complete his Post Graduate Certificate in Education through UNISA.

In his spare time, Mr Winfield enjoys playing and watching all sport, but specifically Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. He is inspired by the dedication and hard work of his Parents and some of his colleagues have shown him that anything is possible as long as you apply yourself correctly. His favourite quote is, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” by Kevin Durant. In the classroom, Mr Winfield tries to encourage critical thinking and on the sports field, discipline and dedication. He is the Master in Charge of Rugby and Basketball and he coaches Athletics and completes all the sports administration.

 

 

PRACTICAL SUBJECTS - TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING GRAPHICS AND DESIGN, CREATIVE ARTS AND VISUAL ARTS

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Braam Gouws

MR ABRAHAM J. GOUWS
Head of Department Practical Subjects, Life Orientation and EGD Educator

Mr Gouws obtained a Diploma in Higher Education from the University of Pretoria. He then completed a FDE majoring in Mathematics and Physics form UNISA. He has also completed Turbo CAD in 2D and 3D advanced courses and two years ago, he completed the Catholic School’s Office Growing Leaders Course and passed with distinction. Presently, Mr Gouws teaches Grades 8 and 10, Life Orientation and Grades 11 and 12, Engineering Graphics and Design. He aims to promote prayer life, community life, accountability, time for manual work and child protection and advocacy in his students.

Mr Gouws enjoys Walking, Gardening and his is interested in reading Space related articles.​ He is inspired by God and learning from his colleagues. His favourite quote is, “Lead from the middle.”- Tom McGee. Mr Gouws believes that the main reason why our school was founded, to teach the Gospel and teach in the way of St Marcellin Champagnat, is the reason why our school is a special place.

 

Ms Clair attewell

MS CLAIR ATTEWELL
Creative Arts and Visual Arts Educator

Ms Attewell obtained a Bachelor of Technology degree in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg attaining Cum Laude. Currently, Ms Attewell is teaching Grades 8 and 9 Creative Arts and Grade 10 Visual Arts, she has a particular passion for Drawing and Painting. She encourages her students to laugh and not to take themselves too seriously. She also encourages tolerance and not to be judgmental of the differences regarding gender, race, religion and lifestyle choices. Ms Attewell is a past Marist Linmeyer student and in her opinion, Marist Brothers Linmeyer has become a home away from home. She feels that there is an abundance of love, care and support amongst the staff and towards the students. She values each day that she gets to laugh and smile with her students and colleagues.

Ms Attewell’s hobbies include Painting, Running, Animals, Scuba Diving and Reading. Her favourite quote is, “Learn the rules like a pro so that you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso. Passionate people and students with a great sense of humor inspire Ms Attewell. A fact that not many people may know about Ms Attewell is that she has raised a lot of money for the Success Academy Rhino Trust and the Green Wall of Africa S.E.E. Projects which fall under Rhino SA. A number of her paintings raised in excess of R10 000 in 2015 and 2016. We are very proud to have her teaching our budding artists.

MS TURNBALL

MS DEANNE TURNBULL
Head of Subject - Visual Arts and Creative Arts, Visual Arts and Life Orientation Educator

Ms Turnbull joined the Marist Brothers Linmeyer family in January of 2017. She has achieved a number of qualifications in her chosen field of Creative and Visual Arts. She obtained a NIC and NSC in Visual Art Disciplines and completed a National Diploma in Graphic Design at the University of Johannesburg. She obtained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education specialising in Life Orientation and Visual Arts from UNISA. Her experience and expertise in this field is not limited to the classroom, as she has enjoyed 5 years’ experience in the Design and Printing industry. She is also a practising artist who is commissioned to paint children’s murals and various oil and acrylic paintings. She is currently teaching Grades 11 and 12 Visual Arts and Grades 11 and 12 Life Orientation. The specialized field for which she has a passion is definitely various forms of Visual Arts. As a practising artist, she has a passion for Painting and an appreciation for Drawing and Sculpture. She enjoys visiting galleries that specifically showcase South African artists. Ms Turnbull would like to create a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration, imagination and cultural and historical understanding. She would like to instill a habit of critical thinking when looking at art, as well as an appreciation of the arts. The arts free the mind from rigid certainty. Imagine the benefits of seeking, finding and developing multiple solutions to the problems facing our society today!

Ms Turnbull loves music; she often attends outdoor music festivals. She collects South African artist’s albums to support the local scene. She loves to read in her spare time and enjoys spending time with her family and friends! Her favourite quote is, “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere” – Einstein. She is inspired by her eldest sister. She is a doctor, mother of 3 and currently studying to specialise as a paediatrician. She has always looked up to her sister as she continues to amaze her daily. A fact that not many people may know about Ms Turnbull is that she secretly still enjoys watching cartoons or children’s shows. She often sits and watches with her nieces and she loves animated movies.

 

Gabriella Verdonese Coetzee

MRS GABRIELLA VERDONESE COETZEE
Technology and EGD Educator

Mrs Verdonese Coetzee holds a Bachelor of Education degree from WITS University, a Certificate of Architectural Draughting from Inscape and a Honours qualification in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Johannesburg. She joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer this year and she is currently teaching Grades 8 and 9 Technology and Grade 10 Engineering Graphics and Design, but her other teaching subject is Mathematics.

Mrs Verdonese Coetzee has a passion for drawing plans and creating perspective drawings. She enjoys modelling houses on CAD. Her hobbies include Ariel Arts, Squash and trying to outsmart her Husband at Chess. Her favourite quote, “God doth not need either man’s work or his own gifts; who best bear his mild yoke, they serve him best,” is from the poem, On His Blindness by John Milton. She feels inspired by her family; her Mother for her strong will, her Father for always being kind to those even if they don’t deserve it, her Sister for being genuine, her Husband for being so wise and all her animals who show her what unconditional love really is.

This year Mrs Verdonese Coetzee is the Master in Charge of Water Polo. She believes that the physical appearance of the grounds and the spiritual connection that you feel walking into the classrooms at Marist brothers Linmeyer, creates a sense of belonging.

 

Dane Lumsden

EXTRAMURALS AND SPORT

MR DANE LUMSDEN
Head of Department Sport and Technology Educator

Mr Dane Lumsden obtained a Diploma in Sports Management from Boston City Campus, a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Management and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Johannesburg. He joined the Marist Brothers Linmeyer family in January 2017, having had 8 years of teaching experience. He is presently teaching Grades 8 and 9 Technology although he has also taught Physical Education, Business Studies and EMS is the past. He promotes the fact that hard work always pays off and that his students should never give up, that if a task is hard to complete, that they should not walk away from it but rather face it head on.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” by Marianne Williamson is a favourite quote of Mr Lumsden’s. He enjoys all sports and spending time with his family. He was attracted to Marist Brothers Linmeyer because of the Catholic Ethos and the family history, since his uncles attended Marist Brothers Linmeyer. In his opinion, he finds the respect that the students and teachers have for one another contributes to what makes our school special.

 

Samantha Perry

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

MRS SAMANTHA PERRY
Information Technology Coordinator, Introduction to CAT and Computer Educator

Mrs Perry obtained a National Diploma Information Technology from UNISA. She has 17 years of teaching experience and she joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer in January of 2016. She is currently teaching Grades 8 and 9 an Introduction to CAT and Grades 10, 11 and 12 Digital Citizenship and Computer Literacy, although she has had experience teaching Information Technology, Computer Programming and CAT in the past. She promotes independence in her students’ learning and aims to show them that there are many other ways of learning, not just a teacher standing in front of a classroom. With technology, she believes that there is no excuse that something is not understood, since, someone, somewhere in the world will be able to break down that barrier.

Mrs Perry enjoys being outdoors, whether it be Walking, Hiking, Running or Mountain Biking. Her favourite quote is by Ken Robinson, “Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent not a singular conception of ability”. Mrs Perry is inspired by the challenge to change the sceptic’s point of view towards technology in Education. A fact that not many people may know about Mrs Perry is that she can be just as fearful of technology and that keeping on top of all the developments is a challenge.

 

PSYCHOLOGIST

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Siobhan Wood-Calitz

MRS SIOBHAN WOOD (CALITZ)
High School Psychologist

Mrs Wood(Calitz) joined Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 2015 as an Intern Psychologist in the High School. She has since qualified with a Master in Educational Pyscgology from the University of Johannesburg. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychometry and Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology, both from UJ. Mrs Wood also has a PGCE qualification that qualifies her to teach both Life Orientation and English too.

Mrs Wood has been trained in Ericksonian hypnosis, ego-state therapy and narrative therapy. She incorporates elements of creative expressive arts into her therapeutic interventions. Her interests lie in attachment theory, neuropsychology, ego-state therapy, play therapy and providing therapeutic support to children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma.

Mrs Wood is able to provide therapeutic support for emotional, social, behavioural and learning difficulties. She can administer psycho-educational assessments to gain information regarding a child or adolescent’s strengths, areas of development and appropriate support interventions. Referrals to other specialists are made when necessary.

She loves Animals, the Outdoors and Nature. Her hobbies are Reading, Dancing (Ballet) and going to the theatre. Her favourite quote comes from the Bible, “All who are wise show him reverence.” Taken from Job 37: 24. The Family Spirit and Mr Norton’s Servant Leadership style, are what attracted her Marist Brothers Linmeyer.

LEARNERSHIPS

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Tiana de Oliveira

MS TIANA DE OLIVEIRA
Geography and Creative Arts Educator

Ms de Oliveira joined the Marist Brothers Linmeyer family as a Learnership recipient in January of 2016. She matriculated at Marist Brothers Linmeyer in 2015 where she achieved the Dux Scholar Trophy and the highest Geography results in the aforementioned year. She is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Education (FET Phase) at UNISA and teaches Grade 8 Geography and Grades 8 and 9 Creative Arts. She has proven to be a most diligent and dedicated teacher and student. It is a delight and a privilege to observe the transformation of this young lady from a student to a confident teacher and educator. Her passion lies in Map work and she would like to encourage a passion for and an interest in learning in her students.

Ms de Oliveira is an extremely talented musician especially in the playing of Drums and Piano, although she also plays the Guitar and Bass. Her love of Music has resulted in her teaching Drums and Piano in the Marcelin Jubilee Block. Her hobbies include Music and Reading (When she is not studying, preparing lessons or setting assessments, Ms de Oliveira is sure to be found reading a book). People who are ambitious and work towards achieving their goals inspire her. Why did she come back to Marist Brothers Linmeyer to teach? She feels that the Family Spirit and the feeling of home is what makes this school special.

Elly Malete

MR ELLY (DANIEL) MALETE
History Educator

Mr Malete joined the Marist family in 2015 when he was awarded a Learnership position in History and English. His passion and dedication to History has seen him achieve excellent results in his Bachelor of Education Senior and FET Phase at UNISA and he is currenly teaching Grade 8 History. Besides History, he is also currently studying towards getting his degree in English whilst observing lessons in this subject. Mr Malete has a keen interest in Squash, a sport that he coaches and of which he is the Teacher in Charge. He also often accompanies the boys to Soccer matches, another one of his interests. He encourages teamwork, acceptance and perseverance in his students.

Mr Malete enjoys seeing people happy and he likes helping others; he would never say “no” to a person unless his hands are fully loaded. He likes to ride bikes, watch movies, Soccer and play video games. His favourite quote is, “Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate.” - Unknown. Teachers inspire him, primarily because they work hard and often give up their own time to execute certain aspects. Mr Malete feels that Marist Brothers Linmeyer is special because it consists of a hardworking and committed staff that support and encourage students to do well in academics and become better members of the community.

ADMINISTRATION

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Debbie Hudson

ADMINISTRATION

MS DEBBIE HUDSON
Principals’ Personal Assistant

Ms Hudson has 15 years of working experience, having spent the last three years at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. Her hobbies include completing Crossword Puzzles and Cooking. Ms Hudson’s favourite quote is, “I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.” By Anonymous. She is inspired by the realization that some of us have so much, while others have nothing. She feels that the way in which the staff care for each other and their students, is what makes our School special.

Jackie Cestari

MRS JACKIE CESTARI
Receptionist/Secretary/Administrator

Mrs Cestari has 40 years of secretarial experience having spent 20 years at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. She has also worked as a Travel Consultant, run a playgroup for 5 years, worked at a Recruitmrnt Agency and as a Legal Secretary for LTA. She has First Aid Level 1, which is very handy for all the ailing students who pass through the sickroom. Mrs Cestari has a passion for working with and interacting with adults and children. She loves travelling and learning about different cultures and countries. She enjoy Photography, Stamp Collecting, watching History Programmes, National Geographic, Travel and Cooking progammes on the television. Her favourite quote is by C.S. Lewis, “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” Mrs Cestari is inspired by every day, every hour, every minute since it offers up another opportunity at Life, another challenge and a special moment to behold. Nelson Mandela’s life and the Man himself inspires her too. Mrs Cestari tries to instil compassion, sincerity, respect, discipline, friendliness and honesty in the people who she deals with every day.

 

Claudette Roberts

MRS CLAUDETTE ROBERTS
Administrator

Mrs Roberts, or Dr Roberts, as we fondly refer to her, has been working at Marist Brothers Linmeyer since January 2017. She has 10 years of working experience. Her hobbies include being a Mom, Running and Socialising. Her favourite quote is by Lucille Ball, "I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.” She is inspired by her parents and feels that she can only hope to be half of who they are! Something that not a lot of people may know, is that Mrs Roberts is scared to be alone, especially at night. She loves the Staff, the Ethos, our beautiful Chapel, the Parents to our Students and mostly the Students at Marist Brothers Linmeyer.

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