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School Video

Cycling

 

HISTORY:

Cycling has been on a ‘downhill’ roll at Parel Vallei since 2009.  The team started from humble beginnings where Mrs Hanri Dalton, previous PV teacher took a few learners to ride some trails in the Helderberg. Today, there are 80 learners who take part in provincial cross-country races and, we are also very proud of the fact that a large percentage of riders, race on a national level with outstanding results.

Our focus is on Mountain Bike riding as this provides a great balance between fitness and skill.

 

ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:

We focus on the Spur School League.  This consists of four races with a final event in Magaliesburg.  The XC format is based on a lap format where sprint fitness and technical skills are required.

Parel Vallei also features prominently in the WP XCO series.

Other popular events we promote and attend:

  • Cape Cycle Tour MTB Challenge;
  • NISSAN TrailSeeker Series;
  • 24 Hours of Oak Valley;
  • Burger MTB Classic;
  • TruCape MTB Challenge;
  • Apple Blossom MTB Classic;
  • Spur MTB Classic.

 

IDEALS:

We strive to create a love for cycling and fitness among our learners and each year we aim to be selected to represent PV at the National Spur School League.  It is a great achievement! 

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

Head of cycling: Mr. Francois du Toit and Miss. Sarah-Lee Allers
fdutoit@pvallei.co.za / sallers@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