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School Video


After a brainwave of Mrs Dednam sparkled a dream of Mrs van Niekerk into life, Emma van Heyn(ingen), a previous ensemble member and old pupil of PV was approached to give our ensemble a last chance to make up for the lost opportunities of 2020.

A couple of courageous members of the ensemble pulled together, came for early morning practises and VOILA! – a special memory was made!

Emma en haar werksvennoot Allister Christie (‘n foto- en videograaf), het besluit om twee liedere gratis op te neem.

Ons dra hierdie opname spesiaal op aan ons matrieks van 2020 en hoop hul sal al die goeie herinneringe van jare se saamsing koester en onthou wanneer hul hierna luister.

Laat ons altyd “met die hart sing”.
Let us always sing “from the heart!”
Cantiamo sempre   “dal cuore”!

Van links: J van Rensburg, E Engelbrecht, N Malan, M Swanepoel, C Robinson, D Millard, C Heydenrych, E Human, Emma van Heyningen, Mrs Johlané van Niekerk, N Matthee, A van der Westhuizen, C Fikkies, R Mitchell, M Laubser.



Welcome to our first ever Grade 12 music concert online.

The 12 learners have prepared their favourite music piece for you to watch with a click of a mouse!

Back, from left: Caitlin Fikkies, Laura Maritz, Jessica Retief, Nico Olivier, Hannah McCreath, Mieke Laubser.
Front: Rosalind Mitchell, Darryan Kallis, Leonay Botha, Rebecca Kruger, Gerhard Eckley.

We have separated each clip for you to create your own concert order.

First though, please watch our introduction video with Mr Winand Grundling.

Introduction video
Mr Winand Grundling

Caitlin Fikkies & Leonay Botha
Middle & Off: Pete Rosser

Leonay Botha
Ragamuffin: Pamela Wedgewood

Gerhard Eckley & Laura Maritz
Candlelight: Malcolm Miles

Rebecca Kruger
Blue Moon: George Gershwin arr. Pete Churchill

Laura Maritz
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair: Claude Debussy

Hannah McCreath
Valse: Frédéric Chopin

Rosalind Mitchell & Laura Maritz
I can see the Light: Alan Menken

Nico Olivier & Evan Slabbert
Big Beat: John Pringle

Jessica Retief
Summertime: George Gershwin

Darryan Kallis
Czardas: V. Monti

Mieke Laubser
Country Dance: Frank Bridge


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