New campus for old school with a big heart

A little school for little people with big dreams.

Herzlia Kerem Pre-Primary in Constantia has a brand new campus with the same trusted, inclusive, value-based, warm, embracing and stimulating preschool experience. This safe and beautiful new tree-filled haven has a relaxed and homely atmosphere where children from 18 months to Grade R can explore, discover and learn together.

Cara Jacobs, Head Teacher at Herzlia Kerem Pre-Primary, describes the new campus as “nestled in the “heart” of Constantia where you can feel the “heart”, love and nurturing that our excellent team provides to families. We have created a sense of calm and containment for our children and are a community school in the truest sense of the word. Just being at the campus evokes feelings of wonder and calm with nature in all its glory with beautiful trees, wide open space and bunnies happily playing side-by-side in the lush grass with our children. Kerem educates pupils using old fashioned values and methods while incorporating the latest in technology like smart boards for a rich, balanced learning foundation. We always say that the people make a space and then imbue it with their energy. This is true as the dedication, time and effort that has been put into creating our school is tangible and visible! Everything has been thought through from the tiniest detail. In these unprecedented times it is heartwarming to be celebrating something positive.”

“We are so pleased to have Kerem in Constantia as part of our three Herzlia Preschools. The quality of the teaching and the facilities is something we are proud of,” says Andries van Renssen, UHS Executive Director. “Most pupils who finish Grade R at Kerem, will come to Herzlia Highlands Primary in the City Bowl when they go to Grade 1. The children from the Southern Suburbs that are currently at Herzlia Highlands Primary are an integral and valuable part of the Herzlia community. It is clear that the good quality of teaching and care happening at Herzlia Kerem is the single biggest contributing factor to the success of those who come from there. We celebrate with them with the opening of their new building!”

Geoff Cohen, UHS Director of Education explains “as part of Herzlia’s five educational pillars, we integrate all Jewish festivals and daily practices into our programme and plan the children’s learning around themes that are relevant to their lives. We have educational outings, parent events and exciting fun learning experiences and offer children a great start as they begin their journey through school. Herzlia has a strong focus on developing self-esteem and nurturing each child’s potential as well as an open-door policy to create a sound partnership with our parents. Herzlia Kerem has a magnificent and dedicated team of teachers who stay up-to-date on the latest in childhood trends and issues.”

Kerem offers morning and aftercare throughout the year from Playgroup through to Grade R. Enrolments are open, please email Cara Jacobs at to arrange a school visit.

Voted Top Performing NSC School South Africa 2020 ( Established in 1940, Herzlia is a Jewish community school aimed at providing a Jewish and secular education to the Jewish youth of Cape Town, regardless of religious affiliation. Herzlia’s educational foundation rests on five pillars: Academics, Learning, Sport, Arts & Culture, and Menschlichkeit. Herzlia has 1600 pupils, from preschool through to Grade 12. A proven leader in education in the Western Cape having consistently attained a 100% pass rate as well as being a top feeder school to UCT.

Website: United Herzlia Schools

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