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School Video

Parel Vallei Award


2018Renée van Zyl
2017Stefan le Roux
2016Ansophi Madsen-Leibold
2015Jessica Whitfield
2014Ben Albertyn
2013Megan Higgo
2012 Stian Nieuwoudt
2011 Esther van Zyl
2010 Kobus Badenhorst
2009 Koot Kotzé
2008 Chantél Kets
2007 Elaine Rose
2006 Leandri Erwee
2005 Esmari Kruger
2004 Salome Engelbrecht and Francois Wahl
2003 Tara Moffitt
2002 Elrine Prinsloo
2001 Sandra Kruger

2000 Carina Wahl en Karolien Perold
1999 Ivona Contardo
1998 No award
1997 Bonni Hussey
1996 Jonathan Aggett
1995 Clinton de Vries
1994 John Herman
1993 Caryn Boer and Rian Fischer
1992 Matthew Nel
1991 Andrew Purnell
1990 Henriette de Vries



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