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School Video

Mr. Schenck

Message from the Headmaster

Parel Vallei High School, situated in the beautiful winelands at the foot of the Helderberg, is a Co-education dual medium school that has firmly established itself as a leader in the Western Cape. 

We are a proudly South African school serving a rich diversity of communities, cultures and beliefs. We stand firmly against drugs, violence, bullying and all forms of discrimination as we build an inclusive society offering equal opportunity embracing such values as equity, tolerance, openness, accountability and social honour.

The school’s excellent academic record is achieved through hard work in the classrooms where teaching methods extend the learners and develop higher level thinking skills. The ability to think and work independently has benefits far beyond the classroom and Parel Vallei past pupils can boast with a remarkable success rate at tertiary educational institutions.

A strong Christian ethos underpins the school’s philosophy of Body, Mind and Spirit and nurtures an environment where all cultures and religions are respected.  Good manners, respect and discipline are the cornerstones of a moral society and are an integral part of the fabric of Parel Vallei

A balanced education is achieved through an ever expanding sports and cultural program that teaches skills and develops talent in an arena that encourages teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility, determination and humility.  A wide variety of activities is on offer and all learners are expected to be involved.

Parel Vallei is a well-equipped school that links computers in every classroom with modern media equipment offering teachers and learners the opportunity to link with best practice and resources worldwide.  Modern laboratories, kitchens and floodlights on the Astro field complete a facility that stands proudly at the fore front of education in our country.

Admission to Parel Vallei is through a strict but fair policy that seeks to objectively process an ever growing number of applicants.

Our vision “Excellence in a changing world” demands that we hold on to all that is good from the past and continue to adapt as we move into the future.

We are proud of our learners and they are proud to be Parel Valleiers!


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