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Principal's Desk - June 2017 Print E-mail
Well that was a term and a half… much happened and yet we survived. Bergvliet High was battered by the monster storm a few weeks ago which caused extensive damage to the school. Most visible was the pavilion which took the brunt of the storm and suffering huge damage to the upper storey. The roof and railings, the brand new camera mounted to the roof, the roof itself, doors and windows smashed, memorabilia ruined, carpeting, equipment damaged and simply the trauma of seeing all that was very sad. But the damage did not stop there. The trees along the Firgrove Way boundary were ripped to shreds and huge branches damaged the boundary fence. We are still having to remove branches which were ripped but did not fall to the ground.
The school tiled roof also suffered damage in about 7 different places with huge holes being punched through the roof as a result of the wind. The main hall roof also suffered damage which we only discovered after several days. Most of this damage has already been repaired. 3 prefabs were also damaged with prefab 1 being the worst hit.

The electronic scoreboard, the cricket nets and several sundry windows were also damaged by the storm. The schools insurance cover has covered most of the damage and the assessors have appointed a service provider to begin work within the next week or so. Damage is estimated in the region of R1 million. Obviously the damage to the trees is not covered and it is costing us close on R40 000 to make the trees safe again.

Thank you to all of you who have expressed support to the school and staff over this period. Thanks too for ensuring that your children cooperated by keeping away from the damaged and dangerous areas.
On an exciting note I am able to inform you that the plans for the proposed new classrooms and cultural centre have been approved by Public Works and the WCED. The loan has been approved and the parent body has approved the finance plan of the project at a
special budget meeting a few weeks ago. The MEC for Education has also given us the green light for the project. The tender process is under way and if all things fall into place smoothly we could begin construction within the next two months.

In closing I do have a favour to ask of you.

We are looking for dedicated moms and dads (or grannies or cousins) who can form a formidable Book Fixing Group who will attend to damaged Text Books right through the year!

Please contact Mrs Albers our Text Book Administrator on 021 712 0284 extension 217 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Have a wonderful break and if you are travelling over the holidays I wish you travelling mercies.

God bless
Stephen Price

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