Toni Puttick


I have been associated with NEPP for many years. I have two daughters who came to NEPP between 1986 and 1990. I was on the Parent Committee and was the locum to the Principal for a couple of years. I left NEPP to run Little Grange Pre School for a couple of years, then taught at Settlers Park for the next two years until New England finally had a teaching vacancy when they opened up a fifth group. I started working here in 1997, and became Principal in 1999. I am blessed and privileged to have been able to spend the last 19 years getting to know the many children (including my two grandsons) and families that have passed through the doors of this very special little school.

Avril White

Croco Class Teacher

I have had the privilege of being a part of the New England Pre-Primary School family since 2006. The first 6 years as school secretary and the last 4 teaching Grade R. Both of my children spent 4 happy years here learning, playing and growing into independent and capable little people. I am passionate about teaching Grade R and am always excited to witness each child’s growth and development as they become more confident and begin to realise what they are capable of achieving.

Stacy Puttick

Hippo Class Teacher

I completed my Honours degree in Psychology through UKZN and my Post graduate degree in Education through UNISA. I am currently in my second year of study on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) through the University of Pretoria. I have had nine and a half years of teaching experience at a Special Needs School and am currently teaching an LSEN class at NEPP. I have always had very fond memories of New England Pre-Primary School, having attended this school between 1988 and 1990. New England has been a prominent feature in my life as my mother has been working here for many years. Our connection with this special school continued to grow as my eldest nephew has been through the classes, and his brother is currently at the school. Having found my passion in life for teaching children with special needs, I jumped at the opportunity to work at NEPP when they opened up a small LSEN class. I have come full circle, and it feels as though I have come home! (2016)

Eileen Hall

Retired after 26 dedicated years of service

I have been associated with New England Pre-Primary (NEPP) since about 1977 when I did a practical teaching here whilst studying at the Natal Teachers’ Training College. Both my children attended NEPP and I have taught here since 1994 (22 years). I taught Grade 2 at Scottsville Primary School for four years before having my children. I have run 10 Comrades Marathons and am now convenor of the Green Number (athletes who have completed 10 or more Comrades) portfolio. I am very involved in the organisation and administration of Road Running and Circuit Racing. I have spent many happy hours at NEPP doing what I love most, interacting with the children and sharing my “Magic Books”.

Shannon Rolfe

Dolphin Class Teacher

I am beyond excited to be the new Giraffe Teacher at New England Pre-Primary. I have taught for 5 years while completing my bachelors degree in Foundation Phase teaching through UNISA. I have been extremely blessed with the opportunities and lessons that I have been taught at Clarendon Primary and Cowan House and cannot wait to have this same experience with New England. I have a beautiful little family which consists of my daughter and fiance. I look forward to the adventure that awaits and the bonds that will be formed. I have an interest in special needs and look forward to advancing my studies in the future.

Cassandra Wright

Parrot Class Teacher

I am really excited and privileged to be part of the New England Pre-Primary family.  It has always been my dream since a little girl to become a teacher.  I have gained many years’ experience in childcare/ teaching whilst teaching at Little People and then Au pairing for an amazing family in America for two years, and completing my teaching practices at New England Pre-Primary.  I will be completing my BED in Foundation Phase teaching through Unisa at the end of the year.  I enjoy spending time with family or relaxing with a good book or movie.  I am also very passionate about animals.

Thea Field


In 2007 I became part of the New England Pre-Primary family when my son started Grade R. Parents are given a variety of options as to how they are able to assist the school, one of them being aftercare. After putting my name down for this option, I received a phone call from the then Secretary, Avril White, to ask whether I would be able to help out in the Aftercare, that was when I joined the staff. I was promoted to Aftercare Supervisor and also helped out in the office when the Secretary was not at school. In 2012 I was offered the position of Secretary. It is such a pleasure to get up in the morning and come to work. I love my work, the school and all the staff.

Bronwyn Hodge


My journey at NEPP started as a mom in 2012 when my daughter, Amber started in the Hippo class.  After three very happy years, I was very sad that Amber and I would be leaving the happy family environment at the end of 2014.  However, after a two year gap, my son, Austin brought us back in 2016 and we’ve enjoyed every moment.  So I was thrilled when the bursar position became available in 2017 and everything fell into place for me to take up the position in June 2017.  And now i am so happy that even though my son will be leaving at the end of 2017, my family and I will continue to be a part of the NEPP family.

Sarah Duma

Retired after 33 dedicated years of service

Everyone calls me “Gogo”. I have been working at New England Pre-Primary since 1987. I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. I have enjoyed working at NEPP all these years because “everyone is nice. It makes me happy, happy, happy”!

Loretta Malinga


I have one child, a daughter. I started working at New England at the end of 2002 and the children call me “Mama Loretta”. I enjoy working at NEPP because I love the children.

Dephney Malinga


I have 1 child and one brand new grandchild. The children at school call me “Mama Dephney”. I started working at New England in 2011 and I have learnt so many things. It has especially taught me how to communicate nicely with the children and I would like to become a teacher too.

Vuyisile Ngcobo


The children all call me “Mama V”. I have one child of my own and I assist at aftercare. I have worked at NEPP since February 2013.

Mama Sindi


Derrick Mnguni


I have 3 children of my own. The children at school all call me “Mr Derrick”. I love working at New England and have worked here since 2011. I enjoy keeping the school gardens clean and safe so that the children can play nicely.

“Jess” Jessnitz

Maintenance Supervisor

From one extreme to another. That’s me. I retired from Marian Villa old age home where I was employed as Maintenance Manager dealing with the elderly. Now I am doing the same work at New England Pre Primary with 100 plus children between the ages of 3 and 6 supervising my work wanting to know exactly what and why I do what I do. Guess what I enjoyed working with the elderly as well as with the youngsters here at NEPP. Before working at Marian Villa, I retired from the Government with 36 years service. Been married to Lynda for 38 years and have two children, Bradley and Jacqueline who are both working in London