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School Video

Athletics

Athletics has always been one of Parel Vallei’s strongest sports.  We encourage all our learners to participate in this activity and to develop their sports talents in full.

One can observe the PV BLUE THREAD of excellence in the achievements of various athletes who represented WP and Boland and who have even been awarded medals at SA championships.

From the time that Parel Vallei became part of the triangular inter-schools athletics against Hottentot Holland High School and Hoërskool Strand, we have won the competition eleven times!

A number of athletes have also garnered medals at national championships. Among them are Gareth Roelf, Carissa van Beek, Megan Robertson, Giovanni Matthews, Gerhard Eckley and Georgia Channon.

Annually we participate in a number of athletics meetings such as:

  • The Inter-schools between Hottentots High School, Hoërskool Strand and Parel Vallei High School.
  • Central Boland, Boland, Western Cape, Top Ten at Moorreesburg, Paul Roos invitation meeting and the Cradock Top Ten meeting. (The Cradock meeting is part of a tour we now undertake annually.)
  • Every year before Inter-schools we present a training camp with top coaches like Kai Preller, Megan Robertson, Joepie Loots, Llewellyn Wahl, Jacques Breitenbach, Wimpie Burger and Mossie Mostert.

The Parel Vallei athletics management team strives to attract as many learners as possible to participate in athletics to allow them to develop optimally. We envision participating, within the next five years, in the countrywide Top Ten meeting as it is a goal which is certainly achievable with the brilliant athletes produced by PV.

Head of athletics

Ms Eunice Kets: sport@pvallei.co.za

 



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