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School Video

Cycling

HISTORY:

Cycling has been on a ‘downhill’ roll at Parel Vallei since 2009.  The team started from humble beginnings where Mrs Hanri Dalton took a few learners to ride some trails in the Helderberg. Today, there are 80 learners who take part in provincial cross-country races and, we are also very proud of the fact that a large percentage of riders, race on a national level with outstanding results.

Our focus is on Mountain Bike riding as this provides a great balance between fitness and skill.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS: 

2012

SA Cycling Championship:

Paul Rodenbach- 3rd
Ivan Venter- 3rd
Marie Kempf- 4 th
Matthew Keyser- 4th

SA Cycling Colours:

Paul Rodenbach and Dylan Hattingh represented SA at the World Championship in Austria.

WP Cycling Colours:

Dylan Hattingh, Paul Rodenbach, Ivan Venter, Marie Kempf and Matthew Keyser.

2013

SA Cycling Colours:

Ivan Venter

Marie Kempf

WC Cycling Colours:

Joshua de Freitas

Ivan Venter

Marie Kempf

Ivan Venter represented SA in Road and MTB World Championships.

2014

Spur School League: PV’s boys’ team ended 3rd in South Africa!

24 Hours of Oak Valley: PV’s teams were placed 1st and 4th.

Michard Meets: SA Championships - 3rd

Matthew Keyser: SA Championships - 2nd,

3rd in the African Championships and

1st in the WP XCC Cup series.

WC Cycling Colours:

Matthew Keyser

2015

24 Hours of Oak Valley: PV’s teams were placed 1st and 2nd.

Joshua de Freitas: WC champion and SA Cup u16 champion.

WC Cycling Colours:

Carla Steyn, Matthew Keyser and Joshua de Freitas.

PV’s mixed team won the Spur School League in the Western Province and came 2nd in the boys category!

2016

Paul Roos / Bestmed Prestige Interschool's MTB XCO race: PV won the mixed team AND boys category! 

National final of the Spur School League: PV were placed 2nd in the mixed category (out of the 60 invited schools) AND 4th in the boys category.

Matthew Keyser: WC Championship u18 - 1st

Joshua de Freitas: WC Championship u18 - 3rd

Carla Steyn: WC Championship u16 - 3rd

WC Cycling Colours:

Michard Meets, Jana Barry, Joshua de Freitas, Matthew Keyser and Carla Steyn.

24 Hours of Oak Valley: PV’s teams were placed 1st, 3rd and 5th and set a new team record!

 

ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:

We focus on the Spur School League.  This consists of four races with a final event in Magaliesburg.  The XC format is based on a lap format where sprint fitness and technical skills are required.

Parel Vallei also features prominently in the WP XCO series.

Other popular events we promote and attend:

  • Cape Cycle Tour MTB Challenge;
  • NISSAN TrailSeeker Series;
  • 24 Hours of Oak Valley;
  • Burger MTB Classic;
  • TruCape MTB Challenge;
  • Apple Blossom MTB Classic;
  • Spur MTB Classic.

 

IDEALS:

We strive to create a love for cycling and fitness among our learners and each year we aim to be selected to represent PV at the National Spur School League finals in Magaliesburg.  It is a great achievement! 

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

Head of cycling: Mrs. Hanri Dalton  
hanridalton@gmail.com

 

   

   

   

   

 

  • Photos from previous events
  • 12 September 2015 - 

    The trophy for the best mixed cycling team in the WESTERN CAPE belongs to PV!

     


    Once again the cycling teams from Parel Vallei did not disappoint! On Saturday, the cyclists pictured above participated in the last round of the Spur High School League at Paul Roos in Stellenbosch.

    All of their hard work paid off and they are proud to have won the trophy for the best mixed team in the Western Cape! These Parel Valleiers came 2nd in the boys’ category and 1st in the girls’ category.

    WELL DONE to all the cyclists that gave their all. The PV “Blue Thread” that links us all was clearly visible in the pride and passion shown by the cyclist.

    Click here to view the full list of results

     

     
       

     

     



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