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26-Apr-2018 | Top of the (Maths) Charts

Danielle Kleyn, in grade 10, is a keen mathematician and loves to solve mathematical problems by working with data, quantity, structure and variables.  Parel Vallei’s Maths’ teachers acknowledged her enthusiasm towards the subject and in grade 8, she was one of the many Parel Valleiers who was introduced to Maths olympiads. She started by taking part in the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO), South Africa’s biggest olympiad, were approximately 86 000 high school learners across the country participate annually.  In this olympiad, she did superbly and her journey as Maths wiz began:

During her grade 8 year, in 2016, she was chosen for the Boland Junior A-team,

was one of the top 100 juniors in the South African Maths Olympiad (SAMO) and she came 2nd in the Western Cape; In the UP Maths Olympiad she claimed 1st position.

In 2017, she continued her sound mathematical path by being re-selected for the Boland Junior A-team, ending 7th in the 3rd round for juniors at the SAMO, holding the title as the number one learner in the UP Maths Olympiad and moving one place up in the SAMO to claim 1st place in the Western Cape.

To top all her achievements, Danielle just heard that she is one of only 3 girls in the COUNTRY to receive SA colours for Maths olympiads! To be chosen for the SA team, Danielle had to write various additional tests at Maths camps, hosted by the South African Maths Foundation, to which she was invited by achieving good results in SAMO and by completing additional assignments that were given out at events for Maths olympiads.

Besides being so gifted in Maths, she has a lovely and humble personality and gives freely of her time to help others prepare for Maths olympiads or learners who need extra help with Maths.

Parel Vallei respects her for being so dedicated and hardworking; she is truly a wonderful example to all! 

23-Apr-2018 | Curl Up and Dye

22-Apr-2018 | Kore-fees met Laurika Rauch en Loki Rothman

Op 18 en 19 April was Parel Vallei die trotse gasheerskool vir die Skoolkore-fees met die formidabele Laurika Rauch en Loki Rothman. Dié trotse kultuurgeleentheid is aangebied deur Headline Entertainment en Musaic.

Die twee aande het gesorg vir vermaak van die hoogste gehalte! Die program het afgeskop met twee optredes  van elk van die volgende skole se kore: Parel Vallei, Curro Sitari (senior- en juniorkoor), Macassar Primary,  Oklahoma/Marvin Park,  Hendrik Louw (junior- en senior-koor), Reddam House, Lochnerhof en Somerset House.  Daarna het Laurika en Loki die verhoog betree en die gehoor geboei met hul besonderse optrede. Die twee kunstenaars komplimenteer werklik mekaar, Laurika met haar besonderse stem en unieke vertolkingsvermoë en Loki met sy virtuose perkussie-kitaartegniek en pragtige stem.  Hulle het omtrent gesorg vir hoendervleis-oomblikke, baie nostalgie en gehoorlede wat van tyd tot tyd ‘n traan van hul wang moes vee…

Die aand is afgesluit met ‘n massakooroptrede waartydens al die kore saam met Laurika en Loki treffers soos Kinders van die wind en Stuur groete aan Mannetjies Roux gesing het.

Die optredes het vir seker ‘n blywende indruk op die jong koorlede gelaat en baie nuwe musiekdrome is in die harte van jong musiekliefhebbers verewig.

Parel Vallei bedank ook graag al die ouers, koorleiers, -begeleiers en ondersteuners wat die vertonings moontlik gemaak het.  ‘n Spesiale woord van dank ook aan die volgende twee borge: wat ruim bygedra het, nl. True Cape en Kwikspar Lion Square.

15-Apr-2018 | Parel Valle se nuwe Beheerliggaam

Baie geluk aan die nuutverkose Beheerliggaam! Mag julle die nodige wysheid en insig ontvang om die ouers, leerders en onderwysers van ons skool te lei na uitnemendheid in die veranderende wêreld waarin ons leef.

Weet dat ons julle ondersteun en trots is daarop dat julle dié groot taak met baie ywer sal aanpak. 

Agter: me M du Preez (opvoeder), mnr B van Rensburg (voorsitter), mnr J van der Spuy, mnr R Tough (onder-voorsitter), me M Boshoff (gekoöpteerde sekretaresse), mnr W Steenkamp (opvoeder). 

Voor: mnr M Botha (tesourier), me D Hindley, mnr D Schenck (skoolhoof), S Warner, mnr K van Wyk. 

Die skool se twee hoofprefekte, Nicole de Lorme en Arend Moelich, vorm ook deel van die Beheerliggaam. 

14-Apr-2018 | Isabella - a truly talented golfer!

Isabella competed in the WP Women’s Amateur Championships that took place at Belville Golf Club.  The competition consisted of a 36 hole stroke play event, with 61 ladies competing. Isabella tied 6th in the silver division. She was also selected as one of the top 8 in her division who qualified for the WP Women’s Amateur Match  She lost 3 and 1 against a 12 handicap player.

She also went on to compete in the Nomads SA Girls Rose Bowl Championship held at the Royal Cape Golf Club - a 54 hole stroke play event with girls competing from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Province, Free State, Northern Cape and Western Province. Isabella tied 6th in the B division out of 54 golfers. Isabella was also an individual winner for the best net score after 36 holes.

Congratulations, Isabella! May this only be the beginning of MANY successes.

13-Apr-2018 | PV’s rugby teams tour the Garden Route

During the past holiday, five PV rugby teams (the 1st, 2nd, u/16A, u/15A and the u/14As) proudly displayed their skills along the Garden Route at two very competitive tournaments: the Arthur Johnson Sport Week in Mossel Bay and the Kwagga week in George.

All teams learnt valuable lessons and achieved great results! These teams built team spirit and together with all the new techniques they have mastered, they are excited and ready for the season kick-off games against Milnerton High School on the 14th of April.

All rugby players would like to thank their coaches and parents for making this tour possible. It was truly a memorable experience!


The results for the week were as follows:

Day 1:

Arthur Johnson Rugby Week (Mossel Bay)

PV u/19A win 15 - 12 vs HS Douglas

PV u/ 19B lose 14 - 34 vs HS Reitz (1st XV)

PV u/16A win 42 - 0 vs HS Punt


KWAGGA Junior Rugby Week (George)

PV u/15A win 51 – 0 vs HS Jeugland

PV u/14A win 41 – 0 vs HS Jeugland


Day 2:

Arthur Johnson Rugby Week (Mossel Bay)

PV 1st XV lose 14 - 17 (HS Punt)

PV 2nd win 21 - 0 (Ferdinand Postma 1st XV)

PV u/16A win 31 - 5 (Sao Bras)


KWAGGA Junior Rugby Week (George)

PV u/15A lose 27 - 5 (Heidelberg Volkies)

PV u/4A lose 27 - 5 (HS Zwartkop)


Final day:

Arthur Johnson Rugby Week (Mossel Bay)

PV 1st XV lose 10 - 12 (HS Vryburg)

PV 2nd win 14 - 7 (Groote Schuur 1st XV)

PV u/16A win 38 - 7 (Landboudal)


KWAGGA Junior Rugby Week (George)

PV u/15A lose 5 -38 (Curro Nelspruit)

PV u/14A win 35-10 (HTS Middelburg - Macro School)


We would also like to make special note of the following players who were selected to play for the Arthur Johnson Sports Week Rugby Squad that will travel to Ireland in September: Ryan Coetzer, Leonard de Leeuw and Ethan Borcherds.

Seven Parel Valleiers were also identified by Sharks recruitment specialist Francois Schoeman for possible future opportunities at the Sharks Academy: Ivan Coetzee, Nicholas Goble, Daniel Haupt, Sheldon Mealing, Minawa Gesha, Leonard De Leeuw and Michael Henry.


Thinus Pienaar - Head of Rugby PV

13-Apr-2018 | AJ Sportweek Netball Tournament

The u/18 netball squad represented PV at the Arthur Johnson Sport Week in Mossel Bay, from 28 March to 2 April 2018. We formed part of 21 top notch participating schools from all over South Africa. We faced tough competition including a preview of our competitors for later in the season against Pearson High School and Hoërskool Strand.

Checking in to Santos Train Lodge accommodation, our squad of 10 players met with their first challenge; living in super close quarters was a good first exercise in finding and creating space.

Day 1 started off in the rain. The coaching session was soon suspended due to the playing surface not being safe for play to continue. We re-grouped after lunch, however as it was still raining, coaching demos were adapted to take place inside the hall. Matches commenced in the early afternoon, once the rain subsided. 

With 21 participating teams and only 3 courts available, matches had to be shortened to enable 2 pool round robins to be completed by the Saturday for inter-pool play-offs to commence. Matches were only a speedy 9 minutes aside.

Our girls played a gruelling 10 matches in effectively 2.5 days of which PV won 3 matches and lost 7. We are extremely proud of the way the teams pulled together on court and fought till the end in the tougher matches, often putting up a very  good second half.

We are extremely proud of Nicole de Lorme, who was selected as part of the Tournament All Stars Group of 16 players who played in an exhibition match on Monday 2 April 2018. Congratulations Nicole and all who represented PV with the true Blue Thread spirit!

Chrisna Alberts – Head of Netball PV


At the end of term one, more than forty Parel Vallei-ers had the privilege of visiting The Netherlands as part of the PV hockey tour.

These learners enjoyed thirteen days of playing against some of the well-known Dutch hockey clubs while exploring The Netherlands. They were hosted by club members and had the pleasure of experiencing Nederlands hospitality first-hand.

The results of the games played were as follows: the A-side girls played five games, winning two and losing three; the B-side girls played five games, winning two, drawing one and losing two; the A-side boys played five games, winning three and losing two and the B-side boys played four games, winning three and losing one.

Our players also took part in two hockey clinics hosted by Dutch coaches where they were able to refine and improve their playing skills.

Apart from playing hockey, our learners also toured a number of cities: Geldrop, Alpen aan den Rijn, Eindhoven, Amersfoort, Utrecht and Amsterdam. They canoed along the canals and cycled through the streets of Utrecht. They visited the Amsterdam dungeons and the famous Madame Tussaud wax museum and even paid a visit to the Red Light District, so unique to Holland.

One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to Snow World, the world’s largest indoor ski-resort in Zoetermeer, which offered most of them a thrilling first time experience of skiing. The tour ended with a visit to a cheese and clog factory, where they demonstrated how to make cheese and clogs. 

For many learners this tour was an unforgettable experience and will remain a highlight of their high school career!


A large group of our netball and rugby learners also went on tour to George and Mossel Bay. Read more about these tours on our website: www.pvallei.co.za

28-Mar-2018 | BLUE THREAD: TERM 1

PV’s online magazine the BLUE THREAD: TERM 1
BLUE THREAD has done it again – another sleek issue full of brand-new material, captivating articles and stunning photography. This autumn edition just so happens to be our 11th issue which we celebrate with some drool-worthy feature articles.

As with every other term, BLUE THREAD magazine continues to grow at an exponential rate and thanks to increasing support we are now able to create a wider range of features and profiles.
This one is no exception – bigger and better than ever, BLUE THREAD continues to strive to be a more modern, representative magazine of Parel Vallei and its unique community.

27-Mar-2018 | Willkommen!

Parel Vallei was very happy to welcome twenty German exchange students and two teachers from Memmingen, Bavaria on Sunday, 25 March.  They will be visiting the school and accompanying their hosts on various excursions during the Easter holiday.

Parel Vallei learners visited Germany over the 2017 December holiday and PV hosts will in return now provide the exchange group with local experiences, including food and outings, in warm South African style. 

27-Mar-2018 | Rapid and Blitz Chess tournament Brothers Lee and Mudhoni

From left: Darrel Mudhoni, Dafydd Lee, Joel Lee and Dylan Mudhoni

These four Parel Valleiers know all too well that chess has many benefits: improving your memory, increasing your creativity and exercising both sides of your brain but for them this ancient game means having fun while strategically planning their every move to triumph over their opponents -  and what can be more exciting than playing different versions of fast chess?  This was the main reason why these two talented sets of brothers participated in the Rapid and Blitz chess tournament that took place on 21 March at the Aristea Primary School in Kuilsriver.

Even though the tournament tested their chess skills under tight time controls, the brothers stood their ground, made the right moves and achieved the following:

· In the u.18 Rapid tournament, with a time restriction of 20 minutes a side, Joel Lee received a gold medal and                       Dylan Mudhoni a silver medal! Darrel Mudhoni claimed gold in the u.15 Rapid section.

· In the Blitz tournament, with a time restriction of 5 minutes a side, Dafydd Lee won a gold medal and Joel Lee a silver     medal.

We would also like to recognise the gold medal won by Dafydd Lee in the Western Province Open Chess tournament in the 1 000 rating section. This wonderful achievement once again shows that PV’s chess team is on the way to success in 2018, piece by piece. 

23-Mar-2018 | Bloodhound Supersonic Car

The Science department of Parel Vallei would like to thank Commander Chris Lowther for once again visiting our school and for demonstrating that careers in engineering and science can be rewarding and exciting.  The Bloodhound SSC (Supersonic Car) is a British-designed car built by a group of scientists and engineers in an attempt to break the current land speed record. They hope that this car will be able to go faster than 1, 609 kilometers per hour!  If they can achieve this, the Bloodhound SSC will be the fastest car on the planet.

Robyn Liebenberg, a grade 12 learner, wrote the following after Commander Lowther’s presentation to the learners:

“My experience learning about the Bloodhound Project was absolutely amazing. As someone with a love of speed and vehicles, I was blown away when I heard that the Bloodhound SSC is designed to go even faster than the speed of sound! What also caught my interest was the structure of the car and that the flat surface needed for driving the car at such extreme speed is right here in South Africa at Hakskeen Pan in the Kalahari Desert.

The presentation at my school also piqued my interest in engineering. I was made aware of exactly how broad the field of engineering is and was given a better idea of all the possibilities and opportunities in this field. This presentation helped me confirm that the field of engineering, mechatronic and aerospace engineering to be specific, is the field for me. I hope one day also to play a role in changing the world through engineering.”

Gr.12 Science learners, pictured with Commander Chris Lowther during the class he presented.

Learners from left: Blaine Coetzee, Ebrahim Ismail, Femke de Jonge, Rozena Oliver, Renee van Zyl.

To learn more about The Bloodhound Project, follow this link: http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/project/car


20-Mar-2018 | All Stars Band

All Stars Band 

Ethan Verrezen and Joshua Swanepoel

Parel Vallei was one of just ten schools selected to take part in the Cape Town International Jazz Festival Music and Careers Programme and on the 11th of March, as part of this programme, Parel Vallei’s Blue Thread Show Band performed at the Artscape Theatre.

A handful of musicians from the ten schools was selected to form part of the All Stars Band. Parel Vallei is extremely proud to announce that our very own Joshua Swanepoel (grade 12) and Ethan Verrezen (grade 11) were selected as members of this band!

The band’s first performance with local and international jazz artists will take place on the 20th of March at the Greenmarket Square, starting at 5pm. This will be only the first of many performances for this young band as they will also form part of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival that will take place over the weekend of the 23rd of March. These youngsters will also be performing at various gigs throughout the year!

Parel Vallei would like to congratulate Joshua and Ethan on this incredible achievement; we know that they will make the best of this opportunity given to them.

If you would like to support Joshua, Ethan and the All Stars Band, you can read more about the concert on the poster below. (Note that this concert will be free.) 

13-Mar-2018 | Systemic Test Awards

On Thursday, 7 March, the Western Cape Education Department presented Parel Vallei with the following awards for the systemic tests written by all grade 9 learners.

Awards for Mathematics:

·             a certificate for achieving a pass rate of 50% and above from 2016 - 2017

·             a certificate and trophy for consistently achieving a pass rate of 80% and above for the past three years from 2015 - 2017

Awards for Languages:

·             a certificate for achieving a pass rate of 70% and above from 2016 - 2017

·             a certificate and trophy for consistently achieving a pass rate of 80% and above for the past 3 years

              from 2015 - 2017

Parel Vallei would like to congratulate their Maths and Language departments on these achievements that once again highlight PV’s constant striving towards academic excellence!

Pictured below:  Mrs Michelle du Preez (head of Mathematics – PV juniors), Mrs Sonia Manthey (junior phase head - PV) and Mrs Mardie Steenkamp (head of Afrikaans – PV juniors) with the certificates and trophies received from the WCED.

A closer view of the two trophies PV received.


From left: Jaco Maree (Programme Manager Western Cape), Shannon Barry (Gold Award Holder), and Pam Ellis (Award Leader for Parel Vallei)

At the end of 2013, Robyn Keet, who was the Head Girl of Parel Vallei at the time, introduced The President’s Award to Parel Vallei. She had started the programme in her personal time, and was awarded her Gold level in 2014 at a ceremony attended by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Recently, Shannon Barry was presented her Gold Award by the Programme Manager for the Western Cape, Mr Jaco Maree, in a special assembly presentation. Shannon is the first Parel Vallei participant who has completed all three levels of the award in her time at Parel Vallei.

To achieve a gold award, a participant must complete 72 hours of community service, show regular effort and improvement in both a selected skill and a physical recreation activity and undertake an adventurous journey of 80km over 4 consecutive days and 3 nights with no fewer than 4 peers. This must include 8 hours of activity per day.

What sets the Gold level apart is the Residential Project. This involves sharing a purposeful activity with people who are not your usual friends, in an unfamiliar residential setting for at least 4 nights and 5 consecutive days.

Shannon’s activities included successfully completing her driver’s licence and AP Maths as her skills; indoor and outdoor hockey for physical recreation; an 80km Franschoek Hike for an adventurous journey; and a residential project combining environmental and conservation projects, also in Franschoek with a local community. Her community service was truly commendable including service at Park Run, Mia’s Angels, Santa’s shoebox, Patch, Animal Welfare and even at the SPCA in White River while on holiday!

Parel Vallei is very proud to congratulate Shannon on this special achievement.


13-Mar-2018 | Athletic Stars

Congratulations to all our athletes that competed in the Western Cape Athletics Championships in Paarl from the 9th to the 10th of March.

It was a remarkable event and the learners pictured below truly seized the opportunity to compete against the best in the Western Cape.  These athletes came back even more motivated to nurture and invest in their talents.

They made us proud by achieving the following:

From left: Rachel Kaps (achieved a 4th place in the 400m girls u/19 Hurdles), Leslie de Lange (achieved a GOLD medal in the 800m for boys u/15 and he also broke the Western Cape record with a time of 1.58), Skye Boshoff (received a GOLD medal in the Hammer throw and a silver medal in Shotput for girls u/19), Micaela Horn (received a bronze medal in the High Jump for girls u/15) and Jayden Daniels (received a bronze metal in the 100m and a silver medal in the 300m Hurdles for boys u/14).


From left: Mr Darryl Spijkers and Ms Yanou Pienaar

There is a common misconception that “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach”. Firstly, this isn’t true. Teachers teach for the love of young people and education. And for the money. Secondly,  there are those teachers who teach what they do and do what they teach.

Mr Darryl Spijkers, the new Dramatic Arts teacher at Parel Vallei High School, along with Ms Yanou Pienaar (English Teacher) are two such teachers. Both teachers have a passion for theatre making and are actively involved in the Playhouse Theatre and Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society. Darryl is the chairman of the society, and well-known director of community favourites such as Shrek, Grease, Wizard of Oz and Calendar Girls. Yanou has recently earned her director’s ticket in order to direct plays at the theatre.

Both teachers were honoured at the annual Cape Amateur Theatre Awards (CATA) recently held at the Masque Theatre in Muizenburg. The prestigious CATA awards were initiated by The Cape Times more than thirty years ago and recognise and honour excellence in amateur theatre productions of many theatres and societies in and around Cape Town.

Among many awards for the wildly successful Shrek, staged in 2017, Darryl received the awards for Artistic Contribution, Best Director of a Musical and the production won Best Musical overall. He also played the role of Johnny in the 2017 production of Hello and Goodbye (directed by Yanou Pienaar), for which he was nominated for Best Actor. Hello and Goodbye took home the trophy for Best Actress (former PV Drama teacher, Annelie van Zyl who played Hester), Best Director of a play and Best Play. Yanou also received the award for Best Newcomer: Directing.

These teachers truly enjoy making theatre, and are able to use their skills and passion to instil a love for the performing arts in their learners at Parel Vallei High School.

05-Mar-2018 | Woman’s World Day of Prayer

Theme for 2018: “All God’s creation is very good!”

The host country for this year’s prayer day was Suriname. The Republic of Suriname lies in the north-eastern part of South America. It has a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and is the smallest independent country on the South American continent.

On this day, the women of Parel Vallei lifted Suriname in prayer and stood together for all women in the world, each facing their own unique challenges.

Nicole Bartels (an old Parel Valleier) also delivered an inspirational message on HOPE.  She touched our heats and made us realise that we must never settle in life; but that we must look to the future and expect great things to come!

She is truly a wonderful example of how one person can make a difference in the lives of others.  Nicole matriculated from Parel Vallei in 2004 and did mission training in Argentina where she lived for 10 years, whilst working as a full-time missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM).  She moved back to South Africa in 2015 with her husband. She was motivated by a deep desire to build into the local community and started working with a local NGO called STOP Trafficking of People.  The main aim of this NGO is to fight modern-day slavery.  Nicole is proud to be the National Operations Manager for this STOP organisation.

It was wonderful for the women of Parel Vallei to connect with other women across different nations and to be a part of an initiative like this. 

From left: Jessica George, Christine Beadsworth, Nicole de Lorme, Jenelle Cookson, Nicole Bartels, Charlize Janse van Rensburg.

23-Feb-2018 | Battle of the minds

Baie dankie aan almal wat weer ‘n keer ons eie Wiskunde-kompetisie, Battle of the Minds so ‘n groot sukses gemaak het.  Verskeie universiteite se Wiskunde-olimpiadevraestelle, asook nuwe vrae opgestel deur PV se bekwame Wiskunde-departement, is gebruik om dié uitdagende Wiskunde-vraestel saam te stel wat oud en jonk aan die dink gesit het tydens die stryd.

Die kompetisie word al die afgelope 20 jaar deur PV aangebied.  Die doel van daarvan is om leerders voor te berei vir verskeie ander Wiskunde-olimpiades waaraan daar gedurende die jaar deelgeneem word en om ook aan leerders die geleentheid te bied om hul kennis in wiskundige probleemoplossing met hulle spanmaats te deel.

Slegs een klaskamer is in die beginjare gebruik vir die kompetisie, maar die afgelope paar jaar het die kompetisie na die skoolsaal verskuif om die meer as 140 deelnemers te kan akkommodeer.

Dit was heerlik om die aand te kon deel met al die ouers, oud-skoliere, ingenieurs-dosente van Maties en vriende van PV!

Hartlik geluk aan ons pryswenners.  Volgende jaar doen ons dit weer!



1. Jandre Erasmus en moeder Karina

2. Ian Thom en broer Gido

2. Chantal Robinson en broer Daniel

3. Tean Kleynhans en pa Theodor

3. Benjamin Kleyn en Charl Marais


    1. Tian Groenewald en Sebastian Badenhorst

    2. Ryan Niland en Nicolas Majewski

    3. Adriana van der Spuy en vader Johan


    1. Reuben van Wyk en oudskolier Mark Doyle

    2. Danielle Kleyn en Caitlyn Slabbert

    3. Regardt Loedolff en oud-skolier broer Christiaan


    1.  Kayla van Rensburg en Chanel Bowen

    1.  Dean Joao en Francois Truter

    2.  Michael du Plessis en Joshua Boshoff

    3.  Gerard Madsen–Leibold en oud-skolier sus Ansophi


   1. Liam Schreiber

   2. Du Toit Spies en Henko Uys

   3. Johan van der Spuy en Dillon Cilliers

22-Feb-2018 | Noordheuwel Top 15-atletiekbyeenkoms

Parel Vallei is baie trots op die 15 atlete wat deelgeneem het aan die Noordheuwel  Top 15- atletiekbyeenkoms wat aangebied is by die Universiteit van Johannesburg se atletiekstadion.

Dit was ‘n verrykende ervaring vir al die Parel Valleiers en tussen al die atletiek kon leerders ook verskeie uitstappies geniet, soos onder meer ‘n besoek aan die Wieg van die Mensdom, 'n wêrelderfenisgebied aan die Wes-Rand in Gauteng. 

Die volgende leerders het PV se blou stempel afgedruk met die medaljes wat hulle verower het tydens dié atletiekbyeenkoms.

Van links: Leslie de Lange – Goud Seuns O/15 400m, Jayden Daniels – Goud Seuns O/14 300m Hekkies en Goud vir die 200m, Josefine Hjlamner – Silwer vir 3 000m Dogters O/17, Rachel Kaps – Silwer 400m-hekkies Dogters O/17.


From left: Jamie-Leigh Job, Megan Lane and Ryan Beavon.

On Monday, three Parel Vallei-ers were presented with President’s Awards. The mission of the President’s Award programme is to empower young people between the ages of 14 to 25, by providing a balanced, non-competitive framework for self-development that will enhance their capacity to achieve in whatever context they find themselves, enabling them to become active and responsible citizens. 

To complete this programme, learners must take part in activities consisting of four pillars:

  • skills development,
  • physical recreation,
  • community service and
  • an adventurous journey

Bronze Level Awards were awarded to Ryan Beavon and Jamie-Leigh Job.

To achieve a Bronze Level Award, a participant must complete three months in the areas of physical recreation, skills and service. One of these areas must extend over six months. They must also undertake an adventurous journey over two days and one night.

Ryan Beavon received a Bronze Award for the following activities: 

·             community service to Hospice and Cub-Scouts SA,

·             clarinet as his skill,

·             hockey and Park Run as his  physical recreation and

·             a Table Mountain Hike over two days and one night as his adventurous journey.

Jamie-Leigh Job received a Bronze Award for the following activities: 

·             community service to Township Animal Rescue and the Stellenbosch Medi-clinic,

·             AP Maths as her skill,

·             hockey as her physical recreation and

·             a Cape Point Hike over two days and one night as her  adventurous journey.

To achieve a Silver Level Award, a participant must complete six months in all four areas and the adventurous journey must extend over three days and two nights.

Megan Lane received a Silver Award for the following activities:

·             community service to the Brownies (a section of Girl Guides) and the Herald Mission Trip,

·             participation in the Dramatics Drama Academy as her skill,

·             hockey as her physical recreation and

·             a Cederberg Mountain range hike over eleven days and ten nights as her adventurous journey. 

Parel Vallei is proud to be a part of this international programme that has played such a big role in bringing about change in the lives of over 130,000 young people in South Africa since 1983.

01-Feb-2018 | PV, die naaswenners van die Frank Myburgh Twilight Gala!

Ten spyte van die droogte het PV se sportdepartement besluit om steeds deel te neem aan verskeie galas en om net so hard soos in die verlede te bly oefen.

Gedurende Februarie is hulle toegewydheid beloon met ‘n 2de plek in die Frank Myburgh Twilight Gala wat in Worcester geswem is.  Meer as sewe ko-ed skole en vier meisie- en seunskole het deelgeneem.  PV se swemspan is trots op dié podiumposisie en sien uit daarna  om nog groot titels los te swem in die toekoms! 

Die volgende swemmers het plekke in die top drie posisies behaal:

O.14 Ben Leysens, 3de in vlinderslag

O.16 Tian Groenewaldt, 1ste in vryslag

O.18 Bianca Nieuwoudt, 3de in rugslag

O.18 Isabella Booyens, 1ste in borsslag - met ‘n nuwe galarekord!

O.18 Connor Campbell, 3de in vlinderslag

O.18 Ryan Coetzer, 3de in vryslag

O.18 Johan van der Spuy, 3de in vryslag

Connor, Ryan en Johan het saam ook ‘n 3de  plek in die vryslag- en wisselslagaflosse behaal. 

30-Jan-2018 | PV’s passionate Film Appreciation group

From left:  Jessica Mol, Erika van der Merwe and Nina Andro.

On Sunday 28 January, Parel Vallei’s relatively small but very passionate Film Appreciation group went to Cape Town to watch the critically acclaimed film The Shape of Water by director Guillermo del Torro. The group of three learners and Miss Botha opted to see the film at the beautiful Labia Theatre in Orange Street, which remains one of the very few independent movie theatres in the country. After enjoying lunch in Long Street (which included grabbing sorbets and gelato ice-creams on the way back) they made their way into the cinema and couldn’t wait for the lights to dim and for the show to start. The group was enthralled by the aesthetics of the film, based in America during the cold war, and how the director expertly shaped the mood of the film through his camera angles, colour scheme and musical score. The lead actress, Sally Hawkins, was outstanding as the mute protagonist, Eliza, and the complexity of each character in general resulted in much discussion between all who saw the film. The thirteen Academy Award nominations that this film received were certainly well-deserved.

For those who love film the only thing better than watching an amazing piece of cinema, is watching an amazing piece of cinema with a group of people who appreciate it as much as you do. Future trips to The Labia will therefore definitely be organised and there is a sincere hope that Parel Vallei will see it’s Film Appreciation group grow over the next year.

(PV learners that would like to form part of this group are welcome to contact Miss Botha: mbotha@pvallei.co.za)

29-Jan-2018 | Interhouse Athletics Results 2018

On the 25th and 26th of January all athletes and supporters participated in true BLUE THREAD spirit and gave their best for their individual sport houses: Stella, Alberdeen and Nassau.

20 new records were set and the day even saw staff participating in a race or two…

Congratulations to house STELLA who were the overall winners of the ATHLETICS TROPHY. (House Stella won with 956 points, with Nassau in second place with 874 points and Aberdeen third with 866 points).  

This year house ABERDEEN won the SPIRIT CUP! This house really stood together with pride and passion and their commitment could be seen all through the day! (Stella came second and Nassau third).

 Thank you to Mrs Kets and her team for organizing this great event each year and for giving Parel Valleiers the opportunity to realize their full potential…

PV’s top athletes

From left: Senior Victor Ludorum: Kyle Slater; Senior Victrix Ludorum: Rachel Kaps (she set 2 new records and had 5 first places); Mr D Schenck (headmaster); Mrs Eunice Kets (Head of sport PV); Junior Victor: Jayden Daniels (he set 4 new records and had 5 first places); Junior Victrix Ludorum: Amy Jacobs (5 first places).

Aberdeen’s proud cheerleaders!

New records were set by:



Previous Record

Time/ Distance

New Record

Time/ Distance

Boys u/14

300m Hurdles

Jayden Daniels

Luca Kolatsis




Boys u/14

90m Hurdles

Jayden Daniels

Luca Kolatsis




Boys u/14


Jayden Daniels



Boys u/14


Jayden Daniels



Boys u/14

5km Walk

Christiaan Engelbreght



Boys u/14





Girls u/14

Long Jump

Amy Jacobs



Girls u/14

90m Hurdles

Amy Jacobs



Girls u/14


Rebekah Diedericks



Boys u/15

High Jump

Gauth Yon



Boys u/15


Lesley de Lange



Boys u/15


Lesley de Lange



Boys u/17


Shane Robberts



Boys u/17


Nicolaas Goble



Girls u/19


Skye Boshoff



Girls u/19

1 500m

Rachel Kaps



Girls u/19


Rachel Kaps



Girls u/19

Shot Put

Skye Boshoff




**More photos under GALLERY (on the Communicator).

26-Jan-2018 | A European experience of note!

Written by: Miss Taryn Nel and Mrs Riette Viljoen; PV teachers and the organizers of the German Exchange programme.

Over the December holidays 20 of our students were lucky enough to take part in a European experience in the German Exchange. After a warm welcome in Memmingen, the students were hosted by families from the Bernhard Strigel Gymnasium. We attended classes for a week and were also treated to a typical German Christmas and other festive customs.  The students had the opportunity to learn how to ski and ice skate. They were also able attend traditional Christmas markets, museums, and art galleries and were even fortunate enough to meet the Mayor.

Once we had bid farewell to new friends, we made our way to Prague. There we spent New Year’s Eve enjoying folk music, traditional Czech dancing and a dazzling display of fireworks. We went on a tour of the magnificent, old, golden city and saw amazing sights. These included Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, and Jewish Quarters and we savoured the Trdelnik.

We entered the New Year on our way to Berlin, where we visited the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, East Side Gallery and the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. The historical city lived up to its expectations! The students had a wonderful time and were on their best behaviour throughout, making us proud to be a part of Parel Vallei.

We are excited to welcome our new German friends to stay with us in South Africa between the 25th of March and 12th of April, where we will show them our warm South African hospitality.

24-Jan-2018 | Merietetoekennings en Top 10-vakprestasies

Parel Vallei is wéér een van die Nasionale Senior Sertifikaat (NSS)-topskole in die Wes-Kaap en is bekroon met die volgende merietetoekennings en vakprestasies: 

8 WKOD Top 10-vakprestasies word behaal: 

·  Besigheidstudies: Kirsten Moffitt – 4de.

·  Verbruikerstudies: Katja Majewski – 4de en Stephania Kolatsis – 8ste.

·  Ingenieursgrafika en –ontwerp: Stefan le Roux – 5de.

·  Ontwerp, Sarah Swanepoel: 6de.

·  Lewenswetenskappe, Chanél Roos: 8ste.

·  Informasietegnologie, Charl du Toit: 10de.

·  Rekeningkunde, Chanél Roos: 10de. 

Wes-Kaap merietetoekennings:

· een van die topskole: 12de in die Wes-Kaap;

· grootste vordering in Inligtingstegnologie en

· 2 leerders, Chanél Roos en Juan Swanepoel haal, die Minister se Top Meriete-lys!

Van links: me Anetha Prinsloo (graad 12-graadhoof ), mnr David Schenck (skoolhoof), Chanél Roos, Juan Swanepoel en Debbie Schäfer (Wes-Kaapse Minister van Onderwys).

22-Jan-2018 | BLUE THREAD BASH


16-Jan-2018 | ‘n Hartlike BLUE THREAD-welkom!

Parel Vallei is opgewonde oor die nuwe, bekwame onderwysers wat by ons aansluit! Ons hoop dat hulle baie gelukkig sal wees en hulself ten volle en met uitnemendheid sal uitleef  in alles wat hulle aanpak.

Agter, van links na regs: Darryl Spijkers (Drama), Wernhard van Rooyen (IT), Chrisna Alberts (Netbal), Meagan Jackman (Lewensoriëntering), Jonathan Schenck (Geografie).

Voor: Madeleine Wessels (Wiskunde),  Liana Kriel, (Wiskundige Geletterdheid), Jo-Ann Franken (Fisiese Wetenskappe), Theresa Brown (sekretaresse), Adel van Wyk (Afrikaans).

05-Jan-2018 | MATRIC RESULTS


Matric merit list:


Tydens 'n baie belangrike strategiese sessie in 1997 het die personeel, bestuur en beheerliggaam met erns die toekoms van ons skool beplan.

Na baie sinvolle gesprek en beraadslaging het ons tot die gevolgtrekking gekom dat ons 'n tyd van groot verandering tegemoetgaan. Ons was op die drumpel van die bekendstelling van UGO (Uitkomsgebaseerde Onderwys) en het besef dat die een konstante in die toekoms verandering sal wees!

Ons was reeds baie trots op ons akademiese uitnemendheid en het hard gewerk om sport en kultuur tot op dieselfde vlak as die akademie te bring. Rondom die tafel het ons ons visie vir die toekoms neergepen "Uitnemendheid in 'n veranderende wêreld"

Sedert daardie baie belangrike besprekings is ons oneindig trots om te kan sê dat ons werklik uitnemendheid bereik in ons immer veranderende omgewing.

Sowat 10 jaar gelede het ek en my vrou 'n verhoogproduksie bygewoon van die musiekblyspel 'Evita' wat die lewe van Evita Peron, vrou van die voormalige president van Argentinië, uitbeeld. Tydens die produksie sê Evita in 'n baie uitdagende oomblik 'Ek is trots om 'n Argentyn te wees.

Daardie tyd by die skool het ek gewonder oor maniere waarmee ek 'n trots in die skool kon ontketen. Hoewel baie van ons leerlinge oor geweldige talent beskik, het hulle dikwels ontbreek aan vertroue en was byna te bang om trots in hulself of hul skool te wys. Ek het Evita se woorde geneem en ons eie naam ingevoeg en so uitgekom by “Trots om 'n Parel Valleier te wees”. Ek het die leerders gemotiveer en aangemoedig om die konsep hul eie te maak en trots te wees in hulself en in wat hulle doen, maar sonder om arrogant te wees.

Ons het ook begin om hierdie slagspreuk te gebruik as voetnota op al ons uitgaande pos en op ons briefhoofde. Interessant genoeg, sommige van die graad 8's, wanneer hulle die vraag beantwoord in hul klein toets oor die leuse van die skool, sê dat, 'Trots om 'n Parel Valleier te wees' is die skool se leuse in plaas van die werklike leuse 'Sapientia et intellegentia. ' Mag hierdie slagspreuk lank leef in die harte en gedagtes van ons leerders en kan mag hulle altyd trots voel om 'n Parel Valleier te wees.

Ettienne Gouws