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Principal's Desk - May 2018 Print E-mail
With Bergvliet High being at the heart of this community for the past 60 years, I would like to mention our Continuing Education Programme (CEP) which has been supporting, and building the links between the School and the community, for close on 25 years.

Every term hundreds of courses are offered to the community, at reasonable prices, covering a wide range of topics that are of interest to the community. Short courses of general interest, topical issues, crafts and skills, computer skills, painting and drawing, practical cooking, first aid and photography to name but a few. These courses are run in the evening on Monday to Thursday during the term between 7pm – 9pm with some courses being offered on Saturdays by popular demand.

The goals of our CEP are:
• To provide a forum which will draw the community into the school and enable them to use the wonderful school facilities at night.
• To make our courses as accessible to as many people as possible by keeping the course fees affordable.
• To empower the unemployed by enabling them to learn the skills that would improve their chances of finding employment.
• To provide work opportunities for the lecturers – with the emphasis on employing those residing in our community.
• To promote and support businesses in the area.
• To create additional funds for the school.

The CEP is divided into three sections with courses for the general community, for educators and for learners. Staff development is a generally a very costly affair, but Katharine Miles, our CEP Director, who has been coordinating the programme for 20 years or more, has put together an impressive array of lecturers and courses at user friendly prices. So many local schools and businesses have found that their SD budgets have been able to stretch so much further as a result.

The Matric Winter School in June/July and Grade 11 revision programme towards the end of the year, have proven to be hugely popular with matrics and grade 11’s from all over the community attending support lessons from teachers who are handpicked by Kathy. Subject specialists and teachers who are matric examiners and sub-examiners are recruited to present up to date information and subject support regarding the matric exams. I would look out for the adverts on our website, or the local press for details, if you have a child in Grades 11 or 12. Keep an eye on our School Facebook page too.

We are immensely proud of our Continuing Education Programme and Kathy is to be credited with developing this community outreach to what it is today. Her name, and the name of the CEP, is synonymous with excellence, and the longevity of the programme is testimony to her drive and passion for both the growth of the School and support for the local community.

I heartily recommend that you take the time to browse our prospectus and register soon. You will meet like-minded people. You will learn new things. You will find your creative spirit. You will grow in your job. You will have enormous fun doing it too. As Kathy always says….”Do it!!! You know you want to!!!” Stephen Price

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