History

History of Erica Primary

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1883

Founded by Miss Mary Anne van Wyk at 35 Irvine Street, Richmond Hill.

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1898

  • Incorporated as part of the Grey Institute
  • Recognised as a First-Class School for Girls.

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1900

  • Erica Hall extended to include 52 and 54 Mackay Street for temporary classrooms.
  • Erica is officially opened by Superintendent-General, Dr Muir.

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1903

  • Erica School building in Richmond Hill officially opens on 4 November.
  • Uniforms introduced for the first time
  • School Motto established: FOR HONOUR, LOYALTY AND TRUTH.

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1919

Headmistress: Miss AH Wright

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1925

  • Headmistress: Miss EC Gould
  • Sport is started at Erica.

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1930

Erica is recognised as an English Medium School in April 1930

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1932

Headmistress: Miss J Green

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1942

Headmistress: Miss B Traill

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1946

  • Headmistress: Miss DI Juby
  • School houses created: Athlone (blue), Buxton (red) and Duncan (green).

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1949

First prefects appointed, three house captains and a head girl are chosen by the staff after a vote by the pupils.

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1954

First swimming gala held at St. George’s Park Swimming Baths

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1967

Headmistress: Miss J Tribe

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1975

School Song is written and composed by an Alexander Road High School music teacher, Mrs L Haus.

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1978

Introduction of Xhosa lessons.

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1980

  • Relocates to the new building in Bayview Avenue, Mount Croix (previously occupied by Pearson High School).
  • A brand-new swimming pool welcomes Erica to its new campus

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1982

Special teaching for the gifted child begins.

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1981

Pre-Primary opened for the first time.

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1983

100-year celebration and gymnastrada.

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1985

Computer lab opens and computer lessons begin

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1987

New facilities including a Music Auditorium and Classrooms added to the school building.

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1989

Erica opens its door to learners of all races.

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1993

Headmistress: Mrs JK Leurs

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2001

Principal: Mr LJ Blom

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2002

Principal Mr K McCrindle

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2009

New Grade 1 block added next to the Tennis courts

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2014

Additional Music Classrooms and Auditorium erected at the back of the school

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2016

Principal: Mrs B Coetzee

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2017

Going Green: Drilling of Borehole and addition of Solar Panels to the school infrastructure.