education school centre for impaired children with learning disabilities
Hilary O'Connor

Hilary O’Connor

School Director

Hilary is a qualified accountant who has worked both in South Africa and Australia. She was one of the founding staff members at St Theresa’s Catholic School in Noosa, Australia and not only helped set up the school but also worked as the Bursar.

Upon her return to South Africa, Hilary identified the desperate need for more schools which caters for intellectually impaired children.

As a parent of an intellectually impaired daughter, she was encouraged to set up the Beautiful Minds Learning Centre.

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Nicol Kettleborough

Head Teacher

Nicol has a BA (Honours) in Education from the University of Durham in the UK and is an experienced class teacher and head teacher.  She has spent her whole career in education, working extensively across private and public schools in both the UK and in South Africa. While living and working in the UK, Nicol taught in a number of schools across the country, culminating in her appointment as Head of Infants at a leading private school in West London. Since moving to Cape Town in 2010, Nicol has been working with children from Nursery to Grade 8.  She has also facilitated special needs children within a mainstream learning environment. As Head Teacher at BMLC, Nicol dedicates her energy and experience to create a caring, fun and stimulating learning environment in order to support every child to flourish and to reach their full potential.

Hilary O'Connor

Bhavna Bissoon


Bhavna Bissoon is formally from Durban, graduated in 2010 with a Diploma is foundation phase education through Wonderkids Montessori Teacher Training College. Bhavna is registered with S.A.C.E (South African Council of Education).

Bhavna moved to Cape town in 2011, and has worked with special needs children across the spectrum, teaching in different schools building her experience and learning new skills so that she can apply them in the classroom.

In 2014 Bhavna was officially employed at the Beautiful Minds Learning Centre, teaching life skills, baking, maths, show&tell, art etc.  Bhavna currently teaches in sign language and is always willing to educate herself and complete courses, to educate herself on special needs education.