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School Video

National acting competition

The National Acting Competition for high school learners has been presented by Bellville High School since 2002.
The competition used to be called City of Cape Town Acting competition.

KykNET has been the official main sponsor since 2013. Learners (Gr. 8 – 12) take part individually and not as part of a school production. After elimination rounds all over the country, 60 candidates are chosen to take part in the final rounds at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town in May.

The goal of the competition is to give each learner the opportunity to measure their talents against others from all over the country. We also want these individuals to live their creativity on stage.

Except for the cash prizes, a candidate is also chosen for a cameo in the KykNET soap ‘Binneland’. The SAOU also provides a bursary to a Gr.12 candidate who wants to study drama for a career in teaching.

Activities throughout the year:
Entries close in February after which the rehearsal process starts. Elimination rounds are usually in April. Round 1- 3 and the finals take place at the Artscape Theatre in May every year.

This competition is an excellent opportunity to expose learners with talent and a passion for acting to the industry, especially if they are interested in pursuing it as a career. There are many opportunities throughout the competition to audition for different roles in plays, radio and television.

How to sign up:
Learners are entered by means of a selection process by the head of the drama department, Mr. D Spijkers. No auditions will be held for this.

Contact details:
Mr D. Spijkers




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