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School Video


Who are we?
PV Photography Club

What do we do in PV Photography?
We photograph school events and sports games. These photos are used for the communicator, yearbook or newspapers.

How do we do this?
Each pupil gets the opportunity to act as photographer at events. At least two pupils work as a team at events.

What are our duties?
The photographers take photos at school events.
Update the PV Photography Facebook page.

Exciting projects throughout the year:
1. Internal photography competitions

Activities throughout the year:
1. Excursion to an exhibition at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town

2. Open Classes by Lauren Hochfelden of the Shutter Club (Once per term)

3. Guest speakers

What is the goal of our club?
The goal of our club is not only to be of service to the school and to improve our photography skills, but also to have fun.

What is our vision for the future?
We are still busy establishing the club and our vision is to recruit more members each year but most importantly to improve our photography skills.

How do we recruit new members?
At the start of each year we have an introductory meeting for all pupils that are interested in joining the club, but any other pupil can also join throughout the year.

What is our attendance policy?
Members must attend our meetings every second Thursday during first break to stay part of the team. Members must at least act twice as a photographer, per term.

Contact details:  Miss R Blomerus – rblomerus@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