The staff members appointed to Newton House School are chosen in terms of the following criteria:
- They must have a track-record of excellence in main-stream schools
- They must have taught for at least five years
- They must have a disposition that draws them to work with children who do not find schooling plain-sailing
- They must have theoretical and practical knowledge and skill in remedial education
- Teachers are expected to set an example in their ethics and their morality.
Herbie Staples started teaching in 1968 at Sir John Adamson High School. In 1974 he was moved to
The Hill High School as Vice Principal. He was thereafter promoted to Deputy Principal at General
Smuts High School (1980) and, within three weeks of arrival, assumed the leadership role of the
school as a result of the retirement of the then Headmaster. After two years of Headmastership
at ‘Smuts’ he was promoted to The Inspectorate of the Transvaal Education Department. The next
16 years of his career were spent in the roles of Academic Superintendent of Education, Member of
the Selection Board and Deputy Head of the Communication Service of the T.E.D.
In 1996, he retired from the T.E.D. and, together with Ron Brown, he founded the Trinityhouse
School in Randburg.
Dr Staples has at various times served on the National Curriculum Committee, as well as sundry
Inter-Provincial Committees for Curriculum Development. He has been the Chief Examiner for
Biblical Studies in Matric and as such set the Provincial Matric Exams.
Dr Staples has been one of the Architects and founding Headmasters of the Trinityhouse School, and
has seen this school grow numerically and in stature to where it is today recognised to be a premier South
Dr Staples’ interest in helping learners who under-achieve has always been evident and he has
successfully managed a specialist help-class in Trinityhouse Preparatory School for 15 years. This
class has been extremely successful in helping children to achieve their potential in the main-stream
Dr Staples has published papers in Educational Journals and has appeared in TV and Radio
discussion panels on various subjects. He is a Conference Speaker and a respected Headmaster in
the ISASA and other National Forums.
B.A. (Rand) 1968
T.T.H.D. (JCE) 1970
B.Ed. (Rand) 1976
M.Ed. (Unisa) 1986
PhD. (PUvCHO) 1993
Mrs de Wit is married and has two daughters. She has recently relocated to Gauteng from the Coast. She has worked in various legal firms for the past 19 years doing Conveyancing, Administration of Deceased Estates, Collections, Litigation and Bookkeeping.
Mr Mulder has a long and varied career, including construction, lodge management, art, and finance. He was responsible for the establishment and oversight of two Tourist Lodges in Mozambique. He is an accomplished artist, landscaper and horticulturist.
MrsTamlyn is married to a Pastor and has two girls, Amber and Summer. She has taught Grade 6 and 7 at Longmarket Girls’ School, Pietermaritzburg from 1998 – 2001, as well as Grade 4 at Trinity House Preparatory School from 2002 – 2003.
For the past 9 years, MrsTamlyn has taught at Humpty Dumpty Preschool in Randpark Ridge where she has gained significant experience in Grade 0, particularly in school readiness.
She is an accomplished musician playing flute, piano and guitar. She still teaches flute at Trinity House. She has also completed further musical studies specialising in the integration of music within the classroom.
She has a particular interest in medical care and has completed various levels of Emergency Medical Support training.
Diploma in Education: Senior Phase
Grade 2 Teacher
Mrs Rowland has been teaching for 25 years, including Head of Department; Foundation Phase for 10 years. She then resigned to open her own remedial business, where she worked in three different schools before returning to full-time teaching. She has taught in both the Foundation Phase and the Intermediate Phase and is very pleased to be back in the Foundation Phase at Newton House School.B.Ed Honours specialising in Education Management
Grade 4 Teacher
Mrs Staples started teaching in 1993 at Randpark High School where she taught English and Bible Education. She then spent 4 years teaching at Greenside High School as a senior English Teacher. The following 8 years were spent raising her 4 children, during which time she completed her remedial diploma through UNISA. She fulfilled the role of part-time remedial teacher at Trinity House School for 3 years. She taught Grade 4 for 2 years at Pecanwood College in 2009 and 2010.
Mrs Staples founded and is a director of the Tsholofelo Baby Sanctuary in Roodepoort which she facilitates in her spare time.
Higher Diploma in Education
Diploma in Special Education: Remedial
Advanced Diploma in Education: Foundation Phase
Mrs Daniel is married and has two sons. She initially taught for 11 years at Franklin D Roosevelt Primary School. The following 13 years were spent at home with raising her boys. During this time she did relief teaching at various schools including Nursery Schools. She then joined Trinityhouse School where she spent 10 years teaching Grade 1 and 2.
Her hobbies include reading, gardening and walking and her favourite holiday destination is the Kruger Park.
Higher Diploma in Education
Mrs Van Niekerk started her teaching career in 1986 as a matric English Teacher. She is married with 2 children, both at university. She has recently relocated to Johannesburg from George where she was teaching at Glenwood House School.
Higher Diploma in Education
Grade 5&6 Teacher
Mrs Sutherland started teaching 41 years ago, and apart from a couple of months break to have her children, she has taught continuously since then. She studied to be a Home Economics teacher, but within the first 5 years decided to study further and did a diploma in Special Education. After 15 years of teaching in Government High Schools, she opened and taught at 2 consecutive church schools, including being appointed Head of the latter school.She then moved to a private, supported-educational high school in Parktown called Grantley College. She was HOD at Grantley College and in charge of the matric students and also developed a social intervention programme which has been running for the past 6 years.
Mrs Sutherland cares deeply for students who struggle to learn, and is excited about the prospect of being involved at Newton House School.
Diploma in Special Education
Honours in Inclusive Education
Course in HIV/AIDS Care
Mrs Lauren Staples has taught in various schools for 5 years, including Rosebank Primary, Greenside Primary, Cliffview Primary and Trinityhouse Preparatory School, working in the intermediate phase and covering most subject areas.
More recently she has been the Vice Principal of Operations at Varsity College in Benmore for 4 years, preceded by a position as Student Relations Manager.
She currently works part-time as a social worker in private practice as well as lecturing and tutoring UNISA students in social work theory.
Masters Degree in Social Work
Post Graduate Certificate in Education