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School Video



Parel Vallei squash began in the nineties under the tutelage of Mrs. Judy Cawood. Initially there were only boys’ teams. Mrs. Sue van der Merwe soon started coaching girls. Currently Mr. Richard Castle (former manager of the SA team) is closely involved with the coaching of the first teams. The sport grew immensely and currently boasts ten teams.


Lise de Vries is the first girl squash player to play for the South African District Team.

In 2002 our girls’ team qualifies as the best in the Boland to compete in the Top schools’ competition. By the end of this tournament we were noted as the sixth best girls’ team in South Africa.

In 2006 we once again qualified to participate in the Top schools’ competition and were placed seventh in South Africa. In 2007 the same team managed to qualify for the competition yet again.

Jade Mayne is chosen as one of the top players in South Africa. Both Thean Toerien and Aaron Fuchs are number one players in South Africa in their respective age groups.

Every year many of our players represent Boland at the Interprovincial Tournament.

The Boland players are:

  • Matthew Wolmarans
  • Monique Pretorius
  • Kathleen van der Merwe

Contact details: 

Mrs. Michelle du Preez: mdupreez@pvallei.co.za

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