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School Video

Eco Club

Who are we?
The Eco club!

What do we do? 

  • We recycle paper and try not to waste electricity and water.
  • We collect e-waste at the end of every term.
  • We try to raise money for an eco-friendly cause. For example we have purchased recycling bins for the school, had plaques made with the scientific names of the indigenous trees found on the school property and donated money to Save the Rhino Fund.
  • Once or twice a year we initiate a beach clean-up at Strand beach.
  • We provide outings of an educational nature. For example we have visited the Botanical Garden in Stellenbosch, the Eco-centre at Jan Marais Park in Stellenbosch, Intaka Island at Century City and Hotelverde in Cape Town.
  • We organise guest speakers or educational videos during breaks.
  • We create awareness amongst our learners of important calendar days eg. World Water Day, Earth Hour, Arbour Day.

Exciting projects throughout the year:

  • During Eco-week we decorate the whole school, have a guest speaker during Monday’s assembly and have competitions among the different classes with prizes to be won.
  • We go on Eco outings.
  • We raise money for a worthy cause throughout the year by selling pancakes, muffins, health teas etc. made by the learners.

What is the goal of our club?
We try to develop environmental awareness amongst our learners.

What is our vision for the future?

Our vision is to make Parel Vallei High School a “greener” school and to encourage more learners to get involved in eco-friendly issues. 

How do we recruit new members?
Every year, during the fourth term, learners are given an opportunity to join the new Eco-committee for the following year.

Contact details: 
Mrs. S de Clercq





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