Foundation Phase

“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.”

John Wooden

Foundation Phase

“All students can learn and succeed, but not on the same day in the same way.”

William Spady

Foundation Phase

“Children are not things to be molded but are people to be unfolded.”

Jess Lair

the  Academic Approach

At Lilyfontein Foundation Phase we develop the whole child and ensure balance between the academic, cultural, physical and spiritual spheres of learning.

Academics involve a team approach.  We have seven classes in total, three for the all-important first grade and two each for Grades 2 and 3, and the staff complement includes class teachers, as well as specialist teachers in isiXhosa, Art, Music, Phys Ed, Computers, Permaculture, Library and Learnerships.  We follow the CAPS syllabus and consolidate the skills and concepts through a mix of hands-on activities, pencil and paper, play and technology. 

With the support of parents, we strive to enable each child to respect the needs, beliefs and cultures of other people; to explore and appreciate the wonders of the environment and to respond to the challenges of life with confidence.


As an adventure-based school our children participate in camp-outs (1 night out) and adventure days (1 per term).  These activities take them out of the classroom where they enjoy age appropriate challenges and teamwork activities.

Our extra-mural program offers ball skills, swimming, MTB cycling, hockey, rugby, netball, cricket, majorettes and adventure sport. A concert is produced once in a three year cycle where opportunities are provided for the culturally talented children to shine.  We have a variety of music and drama options in which learners can become involved. 

Learners are required to participate in a minimum of one extra-mural activity per term.

School Routine

The Foundation Phase day begins at 07:30. Birthdays and sporting/cultural results and events are celebrated at our weekly Assembly.

We have two breaks as well as a short fruit break. Grade 1 finishes school at 13:00 while Grades 2 & 3 finish at 13:40.  The extra-mural programme runs from 13:45 and 14:30 respectively, each day.


At Lilyfontein School, we value an open and co-operative relationship between parents and staff.

We are an eco-friendly school and prefer to use as little paper as possible; we therefore use the D6 as a vital communication portal which must be checked regularly for any updates and important letters to parents. Alerts inform parents of more urgent information. 

If learners are absent or parents require a meeting with a teacher, parents are requested to please e-mail the front office and CC in the relevant teacher.  The weekly newsletter gives parents a picture of the ‘whole school’ activities.

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After Care is available for children who need to stay on the premises after the extra-mural sessions have finished.  Homework assistance and/or supervision is offered.

This service is offered from Monday to Thursday from 13:00 until 16:30 and on a Friday until 14:30. After Care fees can be found in the fee schedule on the Admissions page.

Contact Us

Location: Farm 564, Brakfontein, East London 5259

Telephone: +27 (0)43 737 4258


School Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8am - 4pm | Fri: 8am - 3pm

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