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Mission Statement

We Strive for Excellence!

To work towards the interest of our children with love, compassion and commitment.

Mission Statement
Robert Hicks School is a Christian based English Medium School.
We are committed towards creating a disciplined, structured, secure, educational environment, striving for academic, cultural and sporting excellence.
We base this on effective communication, mutual respect and social responsibility.


School History:

From humble beginnings as a tent school, Robert Hicks Primary School has grown to one of the best known schools in the city. The Gezina school was started in 1903 a s a 'concentration camp' school with four teachers and a headmaster. In it's early months the school was repeatedly threatened with closure because the tents kept blowing down. It was then decided to build a permanent school and in September 1904 the school re-opened at it's second "home" - on the corner of Frederika Street and 13th Avenue with 135 children. The third home, a block further east, came eight years later before the school moved into the buildings now used by Laerskool Eben Swemmer - on the corner of Frederika Street and 14th Avenue. Mr Robert Hicks, after whom the school is now named, was appointed principal in 1919, and retired in 1936, the year before the school moved into the fourth home - on the corner of Adcock Street and 12th Avenue.

Resemblance of the tent school in 1903

School children - 1909

School children - 1909

Tree Planting - 1910

The school in 1938

Staff of 1920

Staff of 1951

1983 - Unveiling of the Jack Ballard Hall by Mrs Ballard.
Mr Jack Ballard was principal at Robert Hicks School during 1956-1976

1983 - Unveiling of the Jack Ballard Hall by Mrs Ballard.1999 - Opening of Robert Hicks School Computer Centre.
Left to right: Mrs Sanderson (Principal), Mrs Ngele (Mayoress of Pretoria) and Mrs Reeves (Deputy Principal)




Mr H.C.Green
1903 - 1909

Mr M.Phillips
1909 - 1919

Mr Robert Hicks
1919 - 1935

Mr Yaldwyn
1936 - 1942

Mr Chapman
1943 - 1955

Mr Jack Ballard
1956 - 1976

Mr Peter Mundell
1976 - 1985

Mr H.Stanford
1986 - 1996

Mrs G. Sanderson
1997 - 1999

Mr A.Bird
2000 - 2013

Mrs A. Botha

2015 - Now


The school's centenary birthday cake being cut by Mrs Sanderson who was Principal at the school from 1997 -1999.

The badge used in celebration of the Centenary of the school.

The Centenary plaque donated by the Grade 7's of 2003 which was handed over to Mr Bird by Claudio Barreiro (Headboy) and Mia Roux (Headgirl)







• Tuck Shop

• Uniform Shop (Robertique)

• Media Centre

• Scholar Patrol


“The Tuckshop is being run by Mrs. De Conceicao.  The aim of our Tuckshop is to provide our children with healthy, nutritional food at affordable prices.  We open in the morning to serve a delicious breakfast for those who leave home very early and we serve great lunches, with various specials through out the week.”