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School Video

Golf

History

PV Golf teed off in 2001.  PV Golf enjoys the support of the Somerset West community and it is a great privilege to play golf at the Somerset West golf club free of charge.  On Mondays, all the Parel Vallei players practise as a group and all the home games are played there.  Players, who do not take part in matches, can play alongside the team players to improve their skills. 

The new grade 8s are very interested in golf and their enthusiasm is contagious.  With the senior players supporting the grade 8s there will be a bright future for golf at our school!

Golf players are rewarded with colours; and several provincial players come from Parel Vallei. 

Recent achievements:

Craig Black played in the Boland Top 60 tournament in 2015 and placed second.  He then represented the Western Province U.17 team in the Heptangular Inter-provincial Tournament on the Kingswood Golf Estate.  He was unbeaten and crowned champion!

Maxine Smet was chosen for the Western Province U.17 junior girls’ team and played in KZN in a junior tournament and in PE in the Nomads Rose Bowl tournament. 

Maxine also took part in a tournament at the Royal Cape golf course (part of the Sunshine series).  She had a Swedish professional player as her team mate.  She also took part in the SA Girls’ Tournament in Orkney.

Both Craig and Maxine qualified to play in the Curro International Tournament and played against 79 players from 63 different countries and 69 elected South African junior players.  They have had an exceptional year!

These two top players also took part in the Western Province Amateur Tournament. 

Activities during the year:

PV takes part in the Boland Schools’ League.  Our two teams complete in the A and B leagues against the best players in the province.  We are privileged to play on the best courses in Paarl, Wellington and Stellenbosch.  PV also competes in the annual Boland Schools’ competition.  (Four of PV’s top players played in this competition in 2016).

Apart from league matches and school competitions, the players also get in plenty of time with professional coaches and to play competitive golf.

The coaching philosophy at PV is based on the development of each player’s unique style and strengths, and players are taught to manage themselves and their golf on the course.  Technique, skill levels and exercise programmes are honed along with development and practising of short and long play abilities, and general golf conditioning.

Players have the chance to play at the Momentum Golf Village driving range under mentorship of past pupil, Barry Barnard.

Ideals:

We believe in competitive participation and strive to give opportunities to every interested player, to develop through facilities and coaching opportunities.

We want our junior players to develop well so that we will be able to compete at the highest level and to produce quality players.

Contact details:

For a golf experience – contact Mrs Debbie Mostert, dmostert@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