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School Video

Blue Thread - online magazine 

History:
PV’s first ever online magazine hit the digital stand in September 2010, then known as Ultimate PV.

Recently the project has been resurrected. The magazine underwent a name change and is known today as Blue Thread. Along with the name change, the magazine now boasts a new sleek look, proudly reflecting a school like Parel Vallei.

As the name states, it resembles the blue thread that is woven through each facet of our school and binds all pupils, past pupils, staff and parents. The first issue of this refurbished magazine was published in 2015 and since then a new issue is released once a term.

Who takes part?
A few student editors keep the magazine going with the help of teachers and the approval of the principal. Any student who feels enthusiastic about writing, editing, designing and/or photography is encouraged to contribute to this project.

What do we do at Blue Thread magazine?
Blue Thread is a celebration of the very best Parel Vallei has to offer – covering each dimension of the school. It is a record of pride experienced at PV. 

Activities throughout the year:
The main objective of this magazine is to cover all aspects of the school: sport, culture, academics and other extra-mural achievements as well as the social plane. The magazine provides the readers with up-to-date articles on health, lifestyle, leisure and trends, keeping them in the loop with the latest events.

Ideals:
The Blue Thread strives to develop the skills of student editors, writers, photographers and designers in showcasing the school’s current pupils, staff, as well as the old dogs’ greatest achievements.

Attendance policy:
There will be a strict attendance policy, which is strongly monitored. Full attendance will be expected from all team members.  

Contact details:
Mrs. E. Mackenzie: emackenzie@pvallei.co.za

Click on an edition below to view it:

 

Video

 



In 1997 we had a very important strategic session during which the staff, management and Governing Body plotted the future of our school.

After very meaningful discussions and deliberation, we came to the conclusion that we were entering a time of huge change. We were on the threshold of introducing OBE (Outcome Based Education) and realised that the one constant going into the future would be change!

We were very proud of our academic excellence and were working hard at bringing sport and culture up to the same level as the academics. Around the table we penned our Vision for the future: "EXCELLENCE IN A CHANGING WORLD"

Since those very important discussions we are very proud to be able to say that we really do achieve excellence in our ever changing environment.

Some 10 years ago my wife and I attended a stage production of the musical ‘Evita’ which depicted the life of Evita Peron, wife of the Past President of Argentina.
During the show, Evita says, in a very defiant moment: "I’m proud to be and Argentinian."

At school at the time, I was thinking about ways in which I could spark off some pride in the school. Although many of our pupils had tremendous talent, they were often lacking in confidence and were almost scared to show pride in themselves or their school. I took Evita’s words and entered our own name and got: "Proud to be a Parel Valleier". I motivated and encouraged pupils to buy into the concept of having pride in themselves and in what they do but without being arrogant.

We also started to use this slogan on the foot of all our outgoing mail and on our letterheads. Interestingly, some of the grade 8’s, when they answer the question in their little test about the motto of the school, say that, “Proud to be a Parel Valleier” is the school’s motto instead of the real motto "Sapientia et intellegentia."

Long may this slogan live in the hearts and minds of our learners and may they always be "Proud to be a Parel Valleier".

Ettienne Gouws
2013