The Principal

“It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.” Unknown


MnrFrans-van-Kradenburg2014 was the start of a new book, a new chapter in our school and the Emmie-community’s history. 

It was with great excitement that we welcomed and introduced Mr. Frans van Kradenburg and his family to the Emmie-community.

Mr. Frans van Kradenburg was born on the 19th of November 1973 in Klerksdorp. He married Jeanine Neethling in 1998. They have two boys, FP and Franz-Petrus.

Training and career:

  • He studied at the Bloemfontein Teacher’s Training College.
  • He started his educational career at Roseview Primary School in Bloemfontein in 1996.
  • In 1998-1999, he worked and lived in London.
  • On returning to South-Africa, he taught at Roseview Primary School – from 2000 to 2002.
  • He was promoted to Vice Principal at Thoka Public School in Bloemfontein in January 2003.
  • He was appointed as Vice Principal at Leeuwspruit Primary School in Sasolburg in July 2003.
  • He was Principal at Hoërskool Taaibos, which later became Taaibos Primary School, from 2005-2013
  • He joined the Emmie-community as Principal in January 2014.

He says:

  • Schools are institutions with the main aim of fostering teaching and learning. Extra-mural activities and sport are beneficial for a child’s physical and mental well-being and plays an important role in the total development of the child. We at Emfulenipark cater specifically fir this need.
  • I believe in traditional discipline.
  • I maintain an open door policy (preferably by appointment).
  • Each child at Emfulenipark will be treated as though they are my own, with respect and care.
  • Each parent is recognized as co-responsible in the educational task of their children.

“What a privilege to be trusted with the Crown of the Creation. I look forward to be part of Emmies. To meet each child and parent and to work together with the excellent staff at our school. ”