Welcome To Greenside.

Greenside Primary is a multi-racial school located in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Our School is among the best in the area given our good track record in the past years, as our learners are achieving excellent results in high school.

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Our Vision

Cultivate a learner-centred school that nurtures excellence and creativity to inspire the development of future leaders.

Our Mission

We are committed to high-quality, learner-centred education for all learners. We aim to achieve this through innovative thinking. This mission is achieved by: Creating a caring, safe and happy environment for learners. Mentoring and developing learners to become creative, balanced, respectful, confident and courageous citizens. Providing an inclusive support system for each learner. Ensuring a professional and supportive environment so that teachers may flourish and develop their expertise. Encouraging parents and learners to be active participants in the development of our school and the broader community.

Our History

During the 1990’s many building projects, improvements and upgrades to the school buildings were undertaken. The Teachers’ Centre was equipped, stockrooms were built, the cleaning staff’s quarters upgraded and a computer centre created. In 1991, Greenside Primary School opened its doors to all race groups and pupil numbers were increased to 460, so another classroom was added on. In 1992 a Pre-school was established in the sports pavilion,. In 1993 the teacher/pupil ratio changed and the school status as a Model B to a Model C school.

July 1940

The Beginning

In July 1940 the Greenside Extension Primary School opened its doors, with seven classrooms and administration offices. Mr G.H.H. Nesbit was the first principal and a staff of four taught the 137 pupils, the first enrolled. In the first year a Parent Teacher Association was formed to support the first Principal. The following year two tennis courts were built and a sports field ploughed, levelled and planted with grass.


After the Second World War

After the Second World War, the Greenside area grew substantially and in 1951 the school opened with an enrolment of 960 pupils and a teaching body of 23. It soon became necessary to cope with the demand of pupils needing education, to establish Emmarentia Primary School at the beginning of 1953. In 1952 Greenside Primary became the feeder school for the newly established Roosevelt High School.


The Hall

In May 1954 work commenced on the building of the school hall, stage and the “green room” – a dressing room. On the 10th September 1955, the school hall as well as the school itself was officially opened by the then Administrator of the Transvaal, Dr W. Nichol.


Swimming Pool

In 1957 further funds were raised for the building of a swimming pool, a sports pavilion and a library. These were officially opened on the 28th February by Mr S. Emdin, Member of the Provincial Council.


Year of nostalgia

1965 was a year of nostalgia for the staff and pupils as at the end of that year it was time to bid farewell to a much-loved Principal, Mr G.H.H. Nesbit, who had given Greenside Primary twenty-five years of dedicated service.


Mr F. Reuvers

Mr F. Reuvers, Vice Principal for seventeen years, was appointed Principal and he continued with the good work and maintained the high standard of the school. He remained Principal for the next nine years, retiring in April 1975

1975 - 1978

Mr P. Tisdell

Mr P. Tisdell became Principal in May 1975 until March 1978

1978 - 1980

Mr P.G. Robertson

Mr P.G. Robertson was appointed in 1978 until 1980.

1980 to 1988

Mr J.D. Buccoli

Mr J.D. Buccoli became the next Principal and served from 1980 to 1988.

1989 - 1990

Mr Booysen

Mr Booysen became Principal from 1989 until 1990.

1991 - 2002

Mrs R. Walters

Mrs R. Walters became the first female Principal in 1991 until 2002.

2003 - 2017

Mr D.A. Osburn

Mr D.A. Osburn took over in 2003 and retired in 2017.


Mrs C.L. Kotwal

Mrs C.L. Kotwal took over in 2018.

Why People Choose Us?

We Keep Up With The Times

We are always up to date with what is relevent to the learners we are teaching.

Good Quality Education

We offer affordable and globally competitive education.

We Are Passionate

We are deeply involved with the issues that change our world.

We Are Innovative

We provide Innovative virtual and non-virtual teaching to accommodate learners at school and learners in isolation due to the pandemic.

We Care

We love and protect children from harm and and inspire them to aspire for greatness.

We Are Patient

We never give up on students and we try out new ways to help them succeed in school.

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