Get to know you Preschool Principal and Director – Margot van Ryneveld

I have been Head of Stepping Stones Pre-Primary School for past 17 years and Founding Director/ Principal of Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College in Parkmore, Johannesburg.

I am passionate about pre-primary and primary school education in particular and the power of play in general. I have taught from Pre-Primary to University level over the past thirty + years. I hold a B.A.(Unisa), a B.Ed.(Unisa), (Ed. Mngmnt) and H.D.E.(J.P/PP)(JCE), and a Dip Comp. I have three children: my son Marshall tragically died of a drug overdose in 2012. My two daughters are currently studying; Bronwyn is at UP, studying psychology and Heather is at Wits studying OT. I am married to Bruce van Ryneveld, an Avionics Engineer, specializing in military helicopters.

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.” – Maya Angelou – Letters to my daughter

On behalf of the staff, directors and wider school community I would like to welcome you and your family to our  intimate and nurturing, international pre- & preparatory school, in the heart of Sandton. We are honoured to be the newest phase of  Stepping Stones Pre-Primary, the best, world-class pre-primary school in Sandton.

At Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College we have a fantastic community of degreed teachers, most ably assisted by a team of support staff, committed to building upon the numerous skills you have instilled and nurtured in your child at home. It is our aim to develop a successful partnership with you to enhance and consolidate the academic, social and moral education of your child, while affording each child the opportunity to learn in a family environment where every child is known and celebrated for their unique strengths and abilities.

Here at Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College we offer a wide range of educational experiences based on a progressive curriculum aligned with CAPS. This is a place of learning where acceptance and belonging prevail. We help young people to be constant and fearless.  Our boys and girls are happy, confident and competent people of hope and personal integrity. They portray a deep sense of justice and compassion, and a sense of social responsibility in order to positively contribute to; and transform the world.

At Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College, we provide a foundation for life in a nurturing, intimate school environment, where all individuals have high expectations of themselves, respect each other and fulfil their true personal potential. We are a school community comprised of children, staff, parents and directors and we are all proud to belong to this extended, caring family.

Simply put, we hope and believe that all children and parents of our school community will come to regard the years spent here at Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College as enjoyable, valuable, purposeful and productive – years that they will treasure for a lifetime.

The only way to truly experience the friendly, caring atmosphere of the school and the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff is to see it yourself. We sincerely hope that the benefits of selecting this as your school of choice will be made clear when you come to visit us. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment to look round the school. You will be welcome any Tuesday, or Thursday at 9h00 to view our very special school community.

Here at Sandhurst Pre- & Preparatory College we focus on the individual child. We take great pride in the achievements of each girl and boy.

I am honoured to be the servant leader of this very special school and look forward to travelling the journey with you and to share the dreams and aspirations you have for your children and our school.

Kind Regards


Margot van Ryneveld (Mrs.) BA, B Ed(Ed Mngmnt), HDE (JP/PP) Dip Comp

Preschool Principal and Director


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