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Parel Vallei Union (PVU)

Dear Friends of the PVU

‘Proud to be a Parel Valleier’, was the first sentence I heard as I sat in the hall in the year 2000. It was my first day at Parel Vallei High School. Sixteen years have passed since that day and those words are still true today.

I firstly want to thank everyone who was involved and is still involved with the PVU. You are the reason it has been a success. From the people who follow us on Facebook and Twitter to parents and everyone else, thank you!

Times have changed and under the new leadership of Headmaster David Schenck, the theme of The Blue Thread of Parel Vallei has become a signature of the school. The Blue Thread connects all aspects of our beautiful school, from academics, sports, leadership, culture, social, to the various and diverse clubs the school has to offer. This includes us, the PVU. We are a cornerstone of the school. We encompass past pupils, parents, teachers, and all who want to help improve what their alma mater has to offer future generations.

Update your details today and be part of the PVU and something bigger!

Keep The Blue Thread going...

Warm regards

Jock Strauss

Chairman of the PVU


  • Past Events


    PVU DINNER 2016  

    From left: Ruan Willers, Tanya Joao, Jock Strauss (Chairman of the PVU), Boudewijn de Vries (PV’s first headmaster of PV; 1986 - 1996), Etienne Gouws (second headmaster; 1997 - 2014), David Schenk (current headmaster), Clinton Basson, Jakkie Booysen, Johan Coetsee. Absent:Ryan Herselman



    Dear past pupils, teachers, parents and PV supporters

    In the words of Kalu Kalu, editor of ‘Citizenship’, “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy”.

    There are many types of “old boys’ clubs” which serve a certain purpose either to the community or to school or both. Its success, however, is always characterised by involvement and desire to leave a legacy and to have been part of that specific legacy, a legacy that will continue for many years to come. What will be achieved during that time is most certainly almost impossible to define except this: the success of the projects of the organisation is directly proportional to the level of involvement and dedication from the members.

    The Parel Vallei slogan, “Excellence in a changing World”, has never been as meaningful as within the focus of the Parel Vallei Union; something that all of us aspire to as we try and make the best contributions we possibly can. After you leave school, you will always be asked this question: Where did you matriculate? The PVU wants you to answer with pride, “Parel Vallei,” knowing that this remains your home – celebrating your successes and weeping your failures. The slogan “Legacie et Camaraderie”, “legacy and camaraderie”, was chosen as it describes the purpose of PVU – to create a lasting legacy while working together and honouring our shared experience at Parel Vallei and, most importantly, translating this history into meaningful relationships in the present.

    During your school career you have been exposed to a high level of learning whether it be academics, sport, cultural or any combination thereof. During every learning experience, Parel Vallei has strived to maintain the Blue Thread ensuring that the unique character is always present. It is precisely this Blue Thread that the PVU is striving to continue within the ambits of you being able to give back to the community, that which has been invested in you.

    Parel Vallei High School was founded 30 years ago and I can assure you that what you experience here today is not even remotely close to what we as students experienced those many years ago.

    I would like to provide a few examples just to give you an idea of what has been achieved during this period:

    ·      The sports hall did not exist. It was a muddy area with a small patch of grass (which we planted).
    ·      There were no hockey fields and no rugby fields.
    ·      The clubhouse did not exist.
    ·      Initially we did not have a school uniform. We attended school in the uniforms of our previous schools until the Parel Vallei uniform was designed. Thirty years later it is still a uniform to be worn with pride.

    This school might have had humble beginnings, but it has managed to reach exceptional heights. The Parel Vallei Union aims to support and build on these successes. Many of you might ask, “What do I get out of it?”, but this is the wrong question to ask. The question should rather be: why, after so many years, do we still have staff members who have been here since the school was founded? Why are there so many past pupils who return to their alma mater to offer their services? The answer is simple: a family, a home – a place where I belong.

    So what is the purpose of family? To look out for and care for their own. Networking is often underestimated, but the truth is people do business with people they know and in PVU there is most certainly a lot of people worth knowing; people who are now family, your family. This family includes all past pupils, teachers and parents but also parents of current pupils.

    Our family has achieved the following highlights in the past year:

    ·      Building- designs for the new clubhouse have been completed
    ·      A database has been established with over 2000 registered members and rising
    ·      50% increase in attendance of the annual reunion
    ·      Migration from a reunion organisation to a Supporters’ Organisation!

    With the previous and current leadership in headmasters and the phenomenal teaching team, Parel Vallei will continue to grow building on the successes of the past. Today we celebrate many past pupils who have reached the highest accolades in their respective fields of expertise and we will never forget the friends we have lost along the way while being students at this school.

    Kind regards
    Paul van Niekerk


    14 August 2015




    Dear Past Pupil

    We are proud to announce the start of the Parel Vallei Union (PVU), the official Union for past pupils of the school. Parel Vallei, though only 28 years old, has become a leading school in academic, sporting and cultural spheres, but the one integral part of a so-called ‘top school’ that has been missing is a strong past pupils’ union.

    An interim committee was founded this year to head up this new initiative as many past pupils have expressed the need for an established union over the years. PVU aims to create a platform to re-connect with old school friends, relive good memories and make a valuable contribution to the future and success of our school. It is not solely for past pupils, but also includes other important people in the school community, such a parents and teachers both old and of new.

    The PVU logo was designed to honour the original school logo, the only difference being the open windows at the top. These open windows symbolise the freedom and opportunity of a world which the school aims to equip its scholars for as they leave its care. It also symbolises transparency and an open invitation to the PVU to all who have served, and wish to continue serving Parel Vallei.

    The slogan “Legacie et Camaraderie”, meaning “legacy and camaraderie” was chosen as it describes the purpose of PVU – to create a lasting legacy while working together and honouring our shared experience at Parel Vallei and, most importantly,  translating this history into meaningful relationships in the present.

    The first official PVU event will be the annual school reunion to be held at Parel Vallei on 16 August 2014. This reunion coincides with the annual sport derby with Somerset College and is open to past pupils of all year groups. We hope to see many of you there for this celebration. Click here to view the invite

    The first official committee will be elected after this reunion and will serve for a term of one year. If you would like to be involved in this committee or would like to assist the union in any other way, please feel free to contact me at fjwahl@gmail.com .

    In order to communicate effectively with past pupils, we require an updated database. As we do not currently have all past pupils on this database, we do rely on word of mouth to get past pupils involved. Please distribute this e-mail to any past pupils who have not supplied the school with their details. We have purchased a database system where past pupils can log in to add or change their details themselves. This can be done by following this link: http://parelvallei.alumnet.co.za .

    To follow the PVU on social media and stay updated with PVU happenings, please like the official PVU Facebook on: https://www.facebook.com/ParelValleiUnion

    We look forward to your involvement in the PVU. This endeavor is only as great as we make it and we trust that it will be a success. We hope that together we can create a lasting legacy that serves the school and its community in a way we can all be proud of.

    Yours Faithfully
    Francois Wahl
    PVU Chairman


    16 August 2014


Interim committee elected for Parel Vallei’s Past Pupils

After many years of research and planning the Parel Vallei Past Pupils’ Organisation was officially established and an interim committee was elected on 12 June 2014.   Francois Wahl was elected as Chairman, Rohan Bouwer as Secretary, Chris Gillit, Christa Rohwer and Christine Moore to work on the Data Base, Chantal Kets on Communications and Marketing with assitance from Rohan, Leanne Peckham and Jacques Van Zyl have been seconded to help with finances.  All the others present were elected to assist with the Reunion which takes place on Saturday 16 August 2014. 

We would like to invite all past pupils to attend this event but make a special invitation to those who this year celebrate their 25 year, 20 year, 15 year, 10 year, 5 year and 1 year reunions to make a special effort to be there because it is going to be a WONDERFUL occasion to meet up with old friends and share special school memories.  Please contact your class mates, get in touch with one of the committee members, watch your emails, social media and the media for details so that you do not miss out.  If you have not sent us your contact details, e-mail Lesa Mc Ewan as soon as possible: lmcewan@pvallei.co.za


Back Row:  Lizelle Botha (2004),  Jakkie Booysen (2004), Chris Gillit (1994), Jock Strauss (2004), Rohan Bouwer (2005), Monty Rohwer (2004)

Middle Row:  Mr David Schenk (Headmaster of Parel Vallei High School). Christine Moore nee Nieuwoudt (2004), Hugo Nagel (2004) Francois Wahl (Chairman) (2004), Louis Roux (1993)

Front Row:  Lesa Mc Ewan (Past Pupils Representative for Parel Vallei), Christa Rohwer (2006) and Chantal Kets (2008)

Absent:  Riette Roux and Jacques Van Zyl (1993), Tanya Joao (1992) and Miles Manning (2006)

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