What a wonderful year it has been. From the moment we received the results of our Class of 2015, the best results in 21 years, and the Top 34 placing in the Western Cape, we have been on an upward trend.
With the sporting success of our first boys hockey team and the chess teams to the individual sporting achievements of our pupils, all of which have been reported on in this newsletter over the year.
Tariro Wafawarowa’s outstanding entry in the TEDX programme was a highlight as well as the celebration of the music de-partment at our Finale concert. The Winter Showcase too, had us rocking in the aisles.
The Continuing Education programme, under the direction of Mrs Miles, continues to add huge value in the provision of many interesting and rewarding courses. This is really one of the flagships of Bergvliet High’s responsibility and commitment to the community.
The school budget was approved by the parents and within this, the prospect of the new development of 6 new classrooms, library, music complex and other smaller developments is something to look forward to over the next 18 months or so. The initial planning has already started and we will keep you all informed on progress.
The school magazine has come hot of the press and by now it should be compulsory bedside reading. Under Mrs Biggs and her editorial team the magazine has captured the spirit of the school in a wonderful way. It is lovely to see the contributions of pupils in the magazine and I am sure it will give great joy to all who read it. Thank you Mrs Biggs for a job well done.
The academic programme is all but done and dusted and the finishing touches are being done to the schedules and re-ports. We have done well overall with pass rates in the high 90’s in all grades.
My thanks go out to the SGB, under the chairmanship of Mr Alun Rich, which has guided the school through the many policy hurdles it faces every year. This SGB has worked extremely hard as always and I must commend all members for their com-mitment to this role. Mr Rich will be stepping down from the SGB at the end of this year as his son matriculates now, so we will be holding a by election early in the new year to elect a new parent member. Mr Rich has been a pillar of strength and a fountain of knowledge in corporate governance and we will miss his expertise in this regard. Thank you Mr Rich, you have left the SGB in a much stronger position than when you found it.
To the pupils, staff and parents of Bergvliet High School I wish you a wonderful holiday and a happy and safe festive sea-son. God bless and we will see you all again early in the new year.
P.S. The matric results will be announced at 12 noon on 5 January 2016 here at school. Stephen Price