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School Video

Message from the Governing Body

It is a privilege and honour to be part of The Blue Thread family and to experience the tangible vibe in our school as the Parel Vallei brand grows from strength to strength – a brand which is indeed becoming a formidable one and the envy of many!

One of the remarkable aspects of our school is the number of diverse opportunities available on all fronts –Service, Culture, Academics, Sport & Spirit. There really is a place for every learner to be involved. However, It would be impossible for these opportunities to be presented without exceptional teachers (Parel Vallei’s core of excellence), who continue to raise the bar in everything they do and in everything they expect from their classes.

The learners are the reason and motivation for the cogs of this big PV machine to keep on turning, continuously producing opportunities of excellence which, if taken, produce skills, memories and confidence which money can’t buy!

Another great asset of PV is our involved and passionate parent body. Your support and commitment (from the tough, sacrificial job of just being a parent to providing for and encouraging your child to be the best they can be), enables Parel Vallei to give the best back to your children. We salute you!

‘Excellence in a changing world’Excellence is earned in the moment to moment decisions that appear insignificant, but over time the compounded (or exponential) effect becomes profound.

This truth encourages us to continue making those small, smart choices on a daily basis which one day will equip us to contribute to and positively influence the changing and challenging world in which we live.

As we look back, we are also mindful that we are all beneficiaries of the wise, smart choices and actions of men and women who, over the years, have slowly but surely been building our school of excellence.

To our previous Parel Vallei headmasters, management teams, teachers and governing body members: we are where we are today because of you. Thank you!

As the current governing body, we will continue to nurture and build on this environment of excellence – always doing so with the best interests of Parel Vallei and all her learners in mind. For me, it is an absolute privilege to work with such a professional and dedicated team and to be afforded the opportunity to serve one of the best schools in South Africa.

Proud PV regards

Bruce van Rensburg

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