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School Video

Swimming

PV swimmers ride the crest of the wave as they swim to victory.

HISTORY:

During Parel Vallei’s foundational years, the head of the swim team undertook a bold endeavor. Miss Kuhn approached Strand Highschool and Hottentots-Holland High to request whether the school could participate in the Helderberg Inter-schools’ competition.

This contest would take place annually at the Strand Municipal swimming pool and included several schools in the surrounding area. Each year they would eagerly compete for the esteemed trophy. Regrettably, over the years many of the participating schools reduced the amount of attention and time offered to swimming. Subsequently, the Inter-schools’ competition was no longer organsised, due to the exponential decrease in participation.

Despite the discontinuation of the contest, the Parel Vallei swim team continued to practice at Beaumont Primary and Strand Municiple swimming pool. This persistent determination has paid of in the form of excellent achievement.

Some of the brilliant results include: Lucy Saunders, who attained her South African colours in Life Saving and Ashley Oliver, who was selected twice as a member of the South African junior team, and participated in Brazil.

In addition, Christine Zwiegers, Yolandi van der Merwe, Shannon van Konynenburg, John van Zyl, Nic de Vos and Arlin Lincol achieved outstanding results on a national level.

ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:

A grade 8 gala and inter-house gala are held annually with great enthusiasm. The team also competes in various regional relay galas. 

Swimming practice for non-team members is held twice a week.

CONTACT DETAILS:

With achievements like these, we eagerly look forward to having our own pool for swimming training and water-polo, so take the plunge and contact Ms Marelise Kuhn.

mkuhn@pvallei.co.za

* Please refer to our school Communicator for daily updates in regards to results and dates.

 



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
2013