Staff

Mrs. Darlene Galloway

Principal

Mrs Galloway has lived in Somerset West for the past 22 years and has 35 years of teaching experience across both the Pre-Primary Phase and Foundation Phase.  She has spent the last 17 years as a teacher and a Grade Head at Beaumont Primary School.  She has a Higher Diploma in Education – Foundation Phase as well as a Higher Diploma in Education – Pre-Primary and is excited to be back working in the Pre-Primary phase – the most important years of a child’s life.

“To serve at Happy Days is such a privilege! It is a school with many traditions, and generations have passed through our doors. The children are the heartbeat of the school and it is wonderful to see them confidently entering through the doors each morning, making new friends and running off to play in such a safe environment. It is a joy to walk through our classes and watch the children learning and working happily on their tasks while being guided by their teachers. Aristotle says that ‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all’. At Happy Days we ensure that respect, kindness, caring and compassion are encouraged and praised. This special start to our children’s education is such an important step and we are here to take that step with you.”

Mrs. Natalie Goble

Secretary

Both of Mrs. Goble’s children attended Happy Days, with the last leaving in 2010, and she served on the Governing Body of the school during that time. In 2012, Natalie returned to the school to serve in the position of school secretary.

“Happy Days is such a special place. There is so much love and joy here. It really is such a place of belonging which people feel they can return to later and be welcomed – like the matrics, who get SO excited for the reunion! Preschool needs to be a home from home for the children, somewhere they feel safe, like an extension of their family, and Happy Days really is. By the time the kiddies leave here after a year or two you have such a strong connection with them. Every year I think I cry just as much as the moms when they leave! It’s just amazing to see these little souls develop”.

Mrs. Shelley Delahunt

Busy Bees Teacher

Mrs. Bronwyn Landwehr

Ladybirds Teacher

Ms. Rachel Glass

Butterflies Teacher

Mrs. Mariam Naudé

Busy Bees Assistant

Ms. Shannon Nowalaza

Ladybirds Assistant

Ms. Patricia (Trish) Carelse

Butterflies Assistant

Ms. Sara-Lee Landsberg

Aftercare Supervisor

Mrs. Sunette Jackson

Housekeeper

In 2018, Sunette stepped in to the housekeeping role on a part-time basis on days when Trish was needed to step in as a teacher’s assistant. When Trish’s assistant role became permanent, it was a joy for Sunette to take on the housekeeping duties permanently.

“I prayed for a job, and here I feel like I got exactly what I asked for. It’s always a happy day for me, working at Happy Days! I’ve worked in previous places and it’s just not the same. This feels like a family. The staff team works together so nicely together, there is so much respect and we can help each other when we need to”.

Mr. Ivan Mafenuka

Gardener

Ivan has been keeping the gardens of Happy Days in tip-top condition since 2015. Hardworking and knowledgeable, the fruit of his efforts are apparent in the well-maintained lawns and greenery of the school.