Our Team

Our team is dedicated, fun-loving and driven by a love for children. We have a focus on continuing professional development to ensure our children are supported in the best way possible.

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Andy Bassingthwaighte

Founding Principal

Andy taught in Hong Kong for many years and worked for an NGO attached to the Department of Education. Her favourite thing about being a teacher is letting her inner child come out and having fun with the children at their level. She believes strongly in teamwork and building on individuals’ unique strengths.

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Celeste Smith

Founding Preschool Teacher

Celeste has over twenty years of experience working with children and is as dedicated as ever! She absolutely loves fantasy play and learning more about her children’s interesting little worlds and can often be found in the teepee in her classroom. She is driven by her moral compass and values time with her family.

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Elizabeth Wilskut-Sampaya

Founding Toddler Teacher

Elizabeth has twenty years of experience working across urban and rural preschools. If you walk her into her classroom you will generally hear lively music and see her and her children showing their dance moves and having fun. She always has a smile on her face and is the joker of the crew! She believes it is important to treat everyone fairly.

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Storm Fourie

Founding Infant Teacher

Storm has years of experience and has run her own daycare. She is extremely pro-active and will always offer help before she is even asked. She absolutely loves spending her time with babies and her favourite element of teaching is seeing children move through their developmental milestones. She values honesty highly.

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Unathi Ndembu

Founding Cook-cleaner

Unathi loves to cook and makes her own baby purees from scratch! She keeps her kitchen spotless and asks the team to do the same! She is very positive and is always willing to help in any way that she can. She thinks it is important that everyone is treated with kindness.