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School Video

Grand West - Backstage Pass, High School Jam

Previously known as the “V&A Waterfront – Clash of the Concertos”, Parel Vallei was one of the first schools to participate in this competition.

In January 2011 Parel Vallei was formally invited to take part in this competition that is known today as “Backstage pass, High School Jam”.

More than 5 000 spectators attend this experience of a lifetime every year to see how 10 schools participate in what is almost a music inter-schools, battling it out for the big prize of R30 000.

Since 2011, Parel Vallei has been a finalist twice.
Individual prizes have been won for best guitarist and bass player.

Who takes part:
Learners from grade 8 - 12. 
The group consists of around 40 - 60 members.
The audition process for singers, dancers, band members and managers takes place during the first term. 

When does it happen?
The competition takes place annually in August over two days at the Grandwest Arena Stage.

To give learners the opportunity to polish their performing abilities on a professional stage.
For singers, dancers and band members to work together as a team towards a broader goal.
And to further build Parel Vallei’s name on the musical frontier!

How to sign up:
Learners already taking lessons can be asked by the teacher to join.
Auditions at the beginning of the school year.

Attendance policy:
Rehearsal times are determined by the teacher and are communicated to the group.  Musicians, singers and dancers start practicing months before the show.
All practices must be attended. Members not adhering to this requirement cannot participate.

Contact details:
Mr. D. Combe




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