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School Video


Who are we?
We are the Library Prefects of Parel Vallei High School. Our library has ten prefects, two in each grade.  One prefect will be appointed head library prefect, usually a grade 11 or 12 learner.

What do we do in the library?
Each library prefect must take 3 duties a week: one during first break, one during second break and one after school. 

What are our duties?
Library prefects work at the photocopy machine, handle money, check books in and out, answer queries and help learners to find good books to read and to research information for projects.  They also need to pack away books and clean the library. 

Exciting projects throughout the year:
Once a month prefects must help with displays on interesting subjects and every term the décor of the library is changed.  The library prefects also help with the displays at the Open Day and they are on duty at the Open day as well.

Activities throughout the year:
Activities only include the prefect duties during library hours. At the end of the year we have a farewell party, enjoyed by all.

What is the goal of our club?
The goal of the library is to provide an excellent service to the school, so that learners are satisfied.

What is our vision for the future?
We want to provide good service to the learners at Parel Vallei so they value the library as a useful research source for projects.

How do we recruit new members?
In October we advertise vacant positions. Application forms are available from the library.  Library experience is a recommendation, but not a necessity.

What is our attendance policy?
We are expected to attend to our duties when we are chosen as a library prefect.

Contact details:
Mrs L. van der Westhuizen - lvanderwesthuizen@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