Where did it all begin?
Freeway Park Primary School has a very interesting history. The school was originally called Elspark Primary School. It was situated near Vegieland. It opened its doors in 1973. Mr. L. Kilmister was the acting principal for the first year and then Mr. L. Booysen took over as principal. The name of the school changed to Rondebult Primary School. It was in the rural setting surrounded by trees and farm animals. The majority of the children came to school in municipal buses so there were no extra mural activities after school.
During the first year of the school, stationery and reading books were limited and the children did not wear a school uniform.There was no hall and assembly was held in the quad under the syringe trees.
The emphasis in 1973 was on the environment and the children had to learn about their environment. Our outings had to be within walking distance of the school. The Grade 1 children were taken to the sewage farm. This was the closest place of interest. On this particular outing one of the boys went to close to one of the pools filled with thick sludge and as a result was quite smelly for the rest of the day; quite different from the outings the children go on today!
In 1976 the school in Freeway Park was completed and Rondebult Primary moved across to its present site. Mr. Booysen also moved across as principal and the school became known as Freeway Park Primary.
The teachers planted grass on the soccer field as their extra mural duties. Each Grade was allocated one day a week to pick up stones on the soccer field. They had a bin to fill and at the end of each week the grades that had filled their bins were rewarded with an extra 15 minutes break.
Since then, each principal has left his mark on the development of the school. Their dedication and interest can be seen all over the school in many different ways.