Cultural Centre Inauguration

Cannons Creek Independent School celebrated the inauguration of its Cultural Centre on Founders’ Day 11 February. Special guest was Mr Lebogang Montjane, CEO of ISASA. Other guests included Mr Reimar Meilck (ISASA Western Cape representative), Mr and Mrs John Gardener (ISASA Governors), the school’s Trustees, neighbouring Principals and other invited guests.  The school’s Marimba Band welcomed guests. After the formalities which included an address by Mr Montjane, the Founder Principal Mrs Carol Booth, and the High School Principal Mr Mike van Haght, to the pupils from Grade 1 to 12; Mr Montjane assisted by Mrs Booth, cut the ceremonial ribbon and the doors opened to reveal the field and Primary School beyond. Thereafter, Mr Montjane, the Principals and the Trustees met the Pre-Primary pupils for a tree-planting ceremony outside the Cultural Centre. The tree, a Natal Mahogany donated by Mr David Booth, will in time provide much need shade in the courtyard.

The school now 19 years old and having started with 37 pupils, has not had a hall. Now with almost 400 pupils of whom 162 have individual music tuition (music having only been introduced formally in 2014) it finally has one! The hall known as the Cultural Centre, has three sound-proofed music teaching rooms, a gallery, a moveable stage and large doors especially constructed for opening onto the field so that events can be held both facing inwards and outwards from it. The hall is used for assemblies and other cultural events. It was designed by VDMMA Architects who designed the Cape Town International Convention Centre. They also designed the Primary School building that was inaugurated in 2012.

Here are some images from the special occasion held on Founders' Day 11 February 2016.

The PS arrivesThe HS pupils arriveThe Marimba Band welcomes guestsThe school awaits the arrival of the special guest
Mr Lebogang Montjane CEO of ISASA addresses assembMrs Carol Booth Founder Principal of Cannons CreekMr Mike Van Haght Principal of the High School addMr Montjane cuts the ceremonial ribbon
The Cultural Centre main doors are openedThe PP arrives to help with ceremonial tree plantiThe exterior of the Cultural CentreThe exterior of the Cultural Centre

Matrics 2015

Cannons Creek congratulates the Class of 2015 (22 pupils).

A 100% pass rate has been maintained since the inception of the school in 1999. Our top achievers were Jonathan Jones and Nikita-Kay van Schoor. Jonathan who achieved 5 As and 2 Bs will be studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. Nikita-Kay who achieved 4 As and 3 Bs will be doing Medicine, also at the University of Stellenbosch.

Class of 2015
Jonathan JonesNikita Kay van SchoorMr van Haght HS Principal with Jonathan and Nikita

50% of the Class of 2015 i.e. 11 pupils achieved averages above 70% and the rest of the class all achieved averages above 60%. Well done to them all!

Welcome to Cannons Creek

Cannons Creek Independent School is a safe, community school with a Christian ethos, staffed by passionate professionals who endeavour to produce confident, trustworthy young people. In 1997, a group of like-minded individuals got together with one common goal, to establish a school with small classes and to achieve the highest scholastic standards. Teachers were appointed who would rival their peers in the dynamic field of education. Through the staff’s determination and hard work, supported by the parents and School trustees, the School has provided a platform for learners to be prepared for a combination of an excellent all-round education and life skills. Having celebrated Cannons Creek’s 19th Anniversary, the School is proud to have achieved these goals.

From the desk of the Founder Principal (Carol Booth formerly Barhouch)

The concept of an intimate school with small classes where children could experience the fun side of education whilst still doing the syllabus with lateral teaching came into being with the founding of Cannons Creek. The teachers were carefully selected to ensure that they would teach using the ethos of the school –encouraging and fostering each child’s potential and strength, and respecting each child’s individuality. As much as possible, education had to be taught using hands-on experiences, which children remember more readily. Formal teaching would then follow and pupils would learn various studying methods ending in tests and examinations. The concept was to take the ‘fear’ out of being educated and to put “fun” back into the classroom.

I am proud to say that we have managed this with teachers being given the freedom to teach, using all sorts of tools and methodologies resulting in the children having fun. The emphasis is placed on praising pupils’ work and effort, rather than concentrating on weaknesses.  The concept of responsibility is encouraged. Respect for each other has been a focal point and this has worked well with each pupil learning how to fit in, not only with the classroom work ethic, but also being taught to manage their time well in preparation for entering High School and later, the business world.

The other value that Cannons Creek has embraced is that of honesty, and we are proud to say that our history reflects that this can be taught. We have also embraced all the aspects of what makes a rounded child and so have included Academics, as well as Arts and Sports in the educational process.

Quite simply, our pupils are proof that we have all the necessary ingredients; in that not only have they achieved here at Cannons Creek, but once they have completed their school career with us they have been very successful later in life.

From the desk of the High School Founder Principal (Mike van Haght)

The success of Cannons Creek is due to a healthy combination of Christian-based values, our co-educational approach, excellent teaching and a family-like spirit. Pupils look forward to coming to school in the mornings because Cannons Creek is a place of belonging, of security, of happiness – and a place where young people are challenged to attain their full potential. At Cannons Creek we believe that every pupil is an individual with special talents that need to be discovered, explored and developed.  We achieve this via a number of approaches.  Firstly, we offer a wide range of subjects, taught by experienced teachers in small class groups.  Secondly, pupils are encouraged to participate and compete in a diverse selection of sport played at a competitive level.  Thirdly we offer a broad mix of cultural and service activities that should cater for the tastes of all. Numerous opportunities exist for pupils to excel in all areas.  That is the essence of Cannons Creek - opportunities to excel - opportunities that would possibly not present themselves as readily in a large school.  At Cannons Creek no one goes unnoticed.

Pupils who attend Cannons Creek will be afforded every opportunity to make a success of their lives through the absorption of sound values and outstanding skills.  Our pupils understand that while it is not possible for everyone to be the best, it is essential to do your best.  We hope that you will consider Cannons Creek as a serious option for your child’s education. 

The Primary School
Exterior of PS
The High School and Cultural Centre
Exterior of HS and Cultural Centre

                                       Cannons Creek Mission Statement:

 Cannons Creek Independent School is a safe community school with a Christian ethos, staffed by passionate professionals who endeavour to educate confident, trustworthy individuals who are encouraged to reach their full potential.

Special Achievers 2016

WP Zonal Hockey

We are very excited to announce that five of our pupils were selected for Zonal Hockey teams:

Dylan Leonard (Southerns)
Nkosi Lukhele (False Bay)
Kevin Breeds (False Bay)

Manisha Desai (False Bay)

Siya Sekhosana (Silvermine)

Southerns is the A team, False Bay is the B team and Silvermine is the C team.

We are very proud of these pupils!

WP Zonal Hockey reps

PSI Junior National Indoor Hockey Tournament

 Congratulations to the following boys and girls who have all been selected to take part in the PSI Junior National Indoor Hockey Tournament that will be taking place from 30 June - 3 July 2016 in Cape Town.

 Kate Opperman (U11 Sunbirds)

Zoe Marmarellis (U11 Sunbirds)

Alexanda Arendse (U11 Sunbirds)

Felix Melunsky (U11 Sunbirds)

Abdul-Sataar Allie (U11 Sunbirds)

Logan Wilkins (U11 Sunbirds)

JD Cripps (U12 Sunbirds)

Dylan Anderson (U12 Sunbirds)

Serena Tarantello (U12 Sharks)

Manisha Desai (U12 Seals)

 Seals is the A team, Sharks is the B Team and Sunbirds is the C Team

 We are very proud of these pupils!

PSI Hockey Reps2016

James White Gr 11 won two bronze medals at the Karate Regional Championships – one of them for fighting (Kumite) and the other for Kata.  James will be travelling to Berlin, Germany, in July to represent South Africa at the Karate World Championships. We will follow his progress with interest.

James White

WP and Zonal Hockey Trialists

Ayrton du Plooy, Kevin Breeds and Tristan Tredoux will progress to the WP Zonal trials in May.

A special congratulations to Dylan Leonard and Nksoi Lukhele  who were both  selected to attend the final round of WP Trials at the end of April.

WP and Zonal Boys Hockey Trialists

Moletlo Somo (Gr 10) and Cameron Beckett (Gr 10): Moletlo has been selected for the WP u16 Hockey and Cameron Beckett is the non-ravelling reserve for the WP u16 Hockey Squad and a member of the Southern Zone  squad. Well done girls! Gretchan Menyacho (Gr 9) has been selected as a non-travelling reserve for the Central Zone u18 Softball squad. Well done Gretchan!

Gretchan MenyachoCameron BeckettGretchan Menyacho

Two Oceans HS Medallists

Simon Short (l) and Calvin Hammond (r) took part in the Two Oceans Half Marathon over the Easter weekend.  They both achieved silver medals which means that they ran 21,1 km in under 90 minutes. Simon came 5th in the Junior Division with a time of 1h23 (92nd overall out of 14 000 runners) and Calvin came 7th with a time of 1h27 (138th overall out of 14 000 runners). What a fantastic achievement!  Well done boys!

Simon Short and Calvin Hammon

Charlotte Wolfson (Gr 7) continues to achieve in downhill mountain bike racing. She is currently second in her age group in the country! She also came second in the African Continental Challenge. We are so proud of Charlotte!

Charlotte Wolfson - downhill racer

Daniel Redelinghuys competed in the Level 2 National swimming championships held in March.  He won 2 golds and a bronze.  Gold for 50m breaststroke; gold for mixed medley relay and bronze for boys 14 – 18 medley relay. He was also made club captain which was fantastic as their club, Tygerberg Aquatics, came first in the country for the competition overall.Well done Daniel!

Daniel Redelinghuys

 North Districts U13 Softball Team: 4 players from Cannons Creek chosen

Manisha DesaiCharlotte WolfsonMercedes MarchAlexanda Arendse took part in an Inter - District Softball tournament in April.

Primary School Interhouse Gala - records shattered!


U10 Girls Freestyle

2015 Record: 17,78 seconds NEW 2016 Record: 17,18 seconds Hannah Banks


U10 Girls Breaststroke

2014 Record: 25,81 seconds NEW 2016 Record: 24,66 seconds Hannah Banks

U11 Boys Breaststroke

2014 Record: 25, 41 seconds NEW 2016 Record: 24,28 seconds Thomas Kabalin


U10 Girls Backstroke:

2015 Record: 26,25 seconds NEW 2016 Record: 22,91 seconds - Hannah Banks

(2015 Record also broken by Kate Opperman)


U10 Girls Butterfly

2015 Record: 26,80 seconds NEW 2016 Record: 24,13 seconds - Hannah Banks

(2015 Record also broken by Hannah Sertic)

U10 Boys Butterfly

2014 Record: 25,38 seconds NEW 2016 Record: 24,87 seconds – Kyle Southworth

U11 Girls Butterfly

2014 Record: 24,63 seconds NEW 2016 Record: 23,82 seconds - Hannah Kline

Primary School Chess

Three Cannon's boys participated in the South African Junior Chess Championship, held at UCT from 4 - 7 January, in very hot conditions. Over 2100 children competed in the event, in which teams of 10 played for their province against rival provincial teams. Jason de Villiers, Noah and Felix Melunsky represented Western Province in the under 12 section. All three boys performed impressively,scoring high individual scores, and helping their teams win 1st place.In the  photo, Noah is holding his team's trophy and all three boys are wearing their gold medals.

Chess stars
Jason, Noah and Felix WPSAJCC Cape Town

Special Achievers 2015

Winner of Principal's Award - Grade 6 pupil Charlotte Wolfson

Charlotte Wolfson is the winner of the 2015 Cannons Creek Primary School Award. This award is made by the Primary School Principal to the pupils who is the best all-rounder in academics, cultural and sport in the Primary School.

                                                                             Principal s Award winner 2015

This year's winner is seen here with Mrs Carol Booth Principal, and Mrs Hazelmay Duncan, a member of the Cannons Creek Trust.

Primary School Cricketers

Congratulations to Dylan Anderson and Jason de Villiers who were both selected for the U12 Central Circuit cricket team. They will be taking part in a Circuit Festival on Friday, 4 December. This is a great achievement for them as they are both U11!

Dylan Anderson and Jason de Villiers

Junior Scout Cub of 2015

Steven de Villiers received the award for Junior Cub of the year 2015 at the First Pinelands Scout Group where he has been attending Cubs once per week since the beginning of this year. In the photograph is Steven with his certificate and the book prize he received. We are very proud of him on his achievement!

Steven de Villiers

WP Representatives in the Primary and the High Schools

We are so proud of our WP representatives for 2015!

Primary School:

WP Reps - PS

Front Row (Sitting): Felix Melunsky - WP Chess, Kate Opperman - WP Zonal Tennis and WP Biathlon

Second Row (Kneeling): Noah Melunsky - WP Chess, Jason de Villiers - WP Chess, Charlotte Wolfson - WP Zonal Softball, Mercedes March - WP Zonal Softball, Manisha Desai - WP Netball

Back Row (Standing): Coach Katelynn - WP Action Hockey, Siya Sekhosana - WP Water Polo, Hannah Tregellas - WP Water Polo, Ayrton du Plooy - WP Zonal Hockey, Dylan Leonard - WP Zonal Hockey, Nikki Stodel, WP Zonal Hockey, Nkosi Lukhele - WP Zonal Hockey, Coach Tim - WP Zonal Hockey Referefee.

High School:

HS National and Provincial Sports Reps

Back row: Simon Short - WP Zonals Cross Country ,Reece Sheldon – WP Waterpolo  Farouk Mayman – WP Waterpolo, Danai Narker – WP Waterpolo, Aidan Fitzgerald – WP Zonal Hockey, Calvin Hammond – WP Hockey, Nina Dearham - Softball U17 Cape Town Schools Region

Front row: Lea Marmarellis –WP Zonal Hockey and WP Waterpolo, Tatum-Leigh Petersen - SA Synchronised Swimming, Micheala de Wet – WP Waterpolo, Huda Abrahams - WP Swimming, Luke Carter – WP Zonal Hockey, Emma Titus – WP Zonal Softball, Moletlo Somo- WP Zonal Hockey .

PS Sport Stars! October 2015

A big congratulations to Dylan Leonard who was chosen to be part of the U13 Sharks team to take part in the PSI National Indoor Hockey Tournament in Durban in Dec. We are very proud of Dylan for this achievement. It is the second Nationals team he has made this year. He is also still only U12. Well done Dylan.

Three of our pupils recently attended the WP South Zone Tennis Trials. Well done to Mercedes March and Kevin Breeds who made it to the final round of the trials. A special Congratulations to Kate Opperman who was selected for the U10 South Girls team. This is a huge achievement for Kate who is still only U9. She was also chosen for the WP Biathlon Team.

Noah and Felix Melunsky, as well as Jason de Villiers have all been selected for Western Province colours for chess this year, and have been invited to compete in the SAJCC (South African Junior Chess Championships) representing WP in the under 12 team event.

Tennis star

HS WP Waterpolo Reps

High School pupils Michaela de Wet, Farouk Mayman, and Reece Sheldon have been chosen for the WP Schools U14 Waterpolo Team! Congratulations to them!

Micheala de WetFarouk MaymanReece Sheldon

U11 Netball Star!

Netball was only introduced at Cannons Creek in 2014 and so we are very proud of our first ever WP netball star Manisha Desai.

Manisha Desai

Zonal Hockey stars!

Ayrton du Plooy, Aidan Fitzgerald, Nkosi Lukhele, Dylan Leonard, Luke Carter, Nikki Stodel, Lea Marmarellis were all awarded Southern Zonal colours. Dylan Leonard made the Southern Zonal team. He took part in the U13 Regional Inter-Zonal tournament during the school holidays. This tournament was held in George from 29 June - 1 July, where he helped his team win Gold!

U13 Zonal Hockey 2015

U16 WP Hockey Achievers

Calvin Hammond and Moletlo Somo played for the Western Province U16 Boys and Girls Disa Hockey Teams respectively in an inter-provincial tournament during the holidays. Both the Western Province boys U16 and the girls U16 teams won GOLD. Well done Calvin and Moletlo!

Rythmic Gymnasts at Cannons

Cannons Creekers representing the Rhythmic Gymnastics Club of Pinelands, Abigail Goldstein (received Gold) and Caitlin Groves (received Bronze) after competing in the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition held at the South Peninsula Gymnastics Competition on 12 and 13 June 2015.  Both girls are Level 2.They were reportedly so super – worked hard, stayed focused and smiled all the way through tough competition and displayed such incredible sportsmanship. Congratulations girls!

Ballerina at Cannons Creek

had a solo recently for her ballet Eisteddfod, she was awarded the highest award which is a Diploma  and which means she is through to the finals!

Jamie Clarke ballerina

Tegan Gibaud (Gr 8) danced in her first ballroom dancing competition on 1 March at the Muizenberg Civic Centre.  She and her partner, Dale, came first in their section (Junior 2, Level 2).  Well done Tegan!  Tegan is on the right of the photo below.

Tegan Gibaud

Our swimming star, Huda Abrahams (Gr 11), once again did us proud at the Jack Currie Championships.  Huda won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.

We had another pupil competing in the Jack Currie Championships who also did us proud.  Daniel Redelinghuys (Gr 10) made the finals in all 8 events that he entered into and got a medal for each race.  He won 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals. 

Huda AbrahamsDaniel Redelinghuys

Congratulations to Abigail Goldstein, Nawaal Harris and Caitlin Groves who received various awards from theDynamic Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. Abigail received a trophy for Exemplary Gymnast and Nawaal received a trophy for Most Dedicated Gymnast. Caitlin was awarded an Certificate of  Excellence.


Noah and Felix Melunsky participated in the SAJCC (South African Junior Chess Championship) 2014 that was held in Kimberley in January 2015. Noah played for the Western Province under 12 team, and they were awarded the trophy for 2nd place (B section). Felix played for the Western Province under 10 team, and they received the trophy for 3rd place. The SAJCC is the highlight of the year for junior chess players, with around 2 000 players competing, representing their provinces in teams of 10 players. It was a lot of hard work for the boys but also a lot of fun!

Noah and FelixSAJCC Kimberley

Congratulations to all our stars!



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To reach Cannons Creek, take the Pinelands turn off from the N2 (either Exit 10B from the airport or Exit 9 from the city) and travel down Forest Drive. Shortly after the traffic lights at the BP Service Station, turn right into The Crescent (second road to the right from the BP) where there is a signpost to Cannons Creek Independent School. Travel down The Crescent and when you see the school buildings on the left take that road left and then turn right into Nursery Way. If travelling from Howard Centre turn left into The Crescent at the directional sign.

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