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Vista Junior Academy

Who we are

We understand that the road to success requires more than education alone. We embrace and value the process of laying a foundation from which successful education can be built.  Children are our future and we need to do everything in our ability to give them the best chance for success.

Our History

Junior Academy is the actualisation of a long-standing dream for Mr Koos Engelbrecht, the founder and father of Edulife’s very first school, Academy of Excellence.  His dream was to build a school from the ground up with a solid foundation and he did exactly that. With every brick laid, Mr Engelbrecht was present and he still continues to be involved with every phase of development.  The school opened in 2016 with 1 classroom, 3 children and 2 teachers. Year after year, the school continues to grow, and presently, we have 240 children.

Our philosophy

At Junior Academy we believe in leading by example. Our goal is to provide learners with a safe environment away from home with teachers who are able to take the role of parents, at school. We understand that children are more likely to succeed if they are taught in an environment where they feel safe and have role models to look up to and to go to, for advice. We discipline with reward, reversing the process of punishment, and implement a system where learners strive to do better in order to do their parents, teacher and fellow students proud. We also understand that every learner is a unique individual and that behaviour is a direct reflection of the emotions that they have, due to experience in their social lives. We strive to get to know all our learners personally and take the child’s circumstances into consideration when dealing with discipline.

Being an independent school

Being independent means having freedom to express ourselves and our beliefs. It also allows us to imagine greatness without boundaries.

Junior Academy is a religious school and we provide our learners a safe place to express and grow their religion. Learners are taught the importance of having a living relationship with God and each teacher does Bible study with their class every morning.

Future Plans for our School

Our aim is to steadily grow the school at the pace that we are currently on, until we have two classes per grade and to have only the best teachers in each of these classrooms. We want to maintain the excellent discipline that we currently have. We will continue to build on the importance of the preparation for successful education and not just education as such.

We want to coach strong competitive sport teams. We would like to be well-known for having excellent educators.


Our Vision

To be a positive example in education, providing a holistic, balanced, and dynamic education to all our learners in preparation for their effective functioning in a changing society.

Our Mission

To offer all learners the challenges and opportunities, through the guidance of committed educators, the positive, active involvement of parents, and community participation, to develop entrepreneurship, to become self-reliant and multi-skilled, whilst developing their sense of uniqueness in a progressive, happy, and secure learning environment that instils a sense of responsibility and pride.

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    Human Dignity

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    Social Justice

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Meet our Teachers

Our small classes ensure a close interaction between teacher and child.  Our loyal, creative and committed team of in house experts encapsulates the dynamics of our unique approach to education.

Willie Havenga


Currently Vacant


Tuané Ferreira


Cherél du Plooy

Office Administrator

Prisca Ndemanje

Procurement Officer

Aneleh Coetzer

HOD Foundation Phase | Grade 2A Teacher
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Patricia Mahlobo

Toddler Class Teacher

Tsholofelo Taylor

Toddler Class Assistant

Lydia Matlhoko

Grade RR Teacher
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Matseko Mcela

Grade RA Teacher

Alicia Gunnell

Grade RB Teacher

Chrisna Botha

Grade 1A Teacher

Mariché Joubert

Grade 1B Teacher

Melandri van der Westhuizen

Grade 1C Teacher

Aneleh Coetzer

HOD Foundation Phase | Grade 2A Teacher

Elicia Blignaut

Grade 2B Teacher

Juané Joubert

Grade 3A Teacher

Kekeletso Makhubedu

Grade 3B Teacher

Kelebogile Mosiane

Grade RR Assistant
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Niëleen Smit

Intermediate Phase Teacher

Litishia Masaka

Intermediate Phase Teacher

Adriaan van Jaarsveld

Intermediate Phase Teacher

Clarissa Smit

Intermediate Phase Teacher

Palesa Maliboho

Intermediate Phase Teacher

Percival van der Horst

Intermediate Phase Teacher
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