The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in Hermanus is one of the most beautiful places in South Africa, with rolling mountains, big blue skies and rows of green vineyards. This unique valley is home to a special community of farm owners, farm workers and their families.
The Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project was established in January 2017 and aims to ensure that the children and families living in and around the valley have access to high standard of education, health, social and recreational services – particularly focusing on the less-accessible Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region.
The project is based on a non-working farm and has an ECD centre, which consists of First Thousand Days (FTD) and Early Childhood Development (ECD) classrooms catering for children ages 3 months-5 years. This centre has capacity to accommodate 60 children.
The project is also home to the very first Pebbles Academy. This independent school opened in 2019 after the neighbouring government school closed down due to a lack of funding. The Pebbles Academy caters to children living on neighbouring farms and has capacity to accommodate children from Grade R to Grade 7.
The project currently has a dedicated team of staff which includes drivers, admin staff, ECD Practitioners, a Principal/ and Project Manager as well as Academy Educators.
All learners attending the project have access to the following services and initiatives:
Our future goals include:
The Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project constantly strives to increase the level of support that is offered to the local community and have identified the following needs:
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Tel: 028 008 5129
Stephanie Olivier (Principal) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from our Principal:
Our main aim is to provide an all-inclusive learning experience which prepares our children optimally for future endeavours. Our children are fortunate to be surrounded by the exquisite beauty of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and all its beauty which lends itself to eco-learning and outdoor educational experiences.
We focus on 5 main points:
What makes our learning programme unique is the incorporation of our places and spaces of learning which promote innovative and critical thinking, creativity and collaborative opportunities.
Access to our library and computer centre further enriches the learning experience of all our children.
Each educator, together with all support staff, are dedicated to walking the journey of discovery and growth with each of our children.
Ms Stephanie Olivier