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Principal's Desk - June 2019 Print E-mail
We acknowledge many individual achievements of our learners in this newsletter and this edition is no different.  This week I had the privilege to accompany a very proud mom and son to the Capping ceremony of the Western Province Junior Rugby teams which will participate in the various Rugby weeks during the holidays.  The event took place at Newlands Rugby Stadium and was attended by Western Province Rugby illuminati, coaches, teachers and principals, parents and the boys and girls who have been selected to represent the Province. 

Why am I making mention of the detail here….?  Well, for Caleb Matthys it is a big deal, and for Bergvliet High it was the first time for over two decades that we have had a rugby boy selected for a representative side.  Caleb was selected to represent WP in the Academy Week in Bloemfontein in the holidays and will take the field alongside his team mates from the Paarl schools and some of the best rugby schools in Cape Town.

There are several categories of teams participating during the holidays.  The Craven Week, which showcases the cream of South Africa’s schoolboy rugby talent, the Academy Week, which showcases those boys who are “bubbling under” the Craven Week level, an LSEN Rugby week which allows learners with learning difficulties to show their talent, a girls representative side and the Junior weeks and U13 and U15 levels.

This is certainly a huge moment for Caleb and his family and we at Bergvliet too celebrate this amazing achievement.  We know that he will represent both his School and Province with pride and wish him all the best.

During the holidays our matrics will be joining matrics from other schools in the Winter School being coordinated by the Continuing Education Programme.  Over 400 matrics from around the Peninsula will be brushing up on their skills in a variety of subjects in preparation for the final push.  Kathy Miles has sourced teachers both from Bergvliet High and other local schools, who are experts in their respective subjects, to deliver the courses.

The mid-year exams are over and this gives you a strong indicator as to the academic progress of your child.  Please make sure that you as parents implement the necessary strategies to effect improvement as required.  I have ensured that my staff will be doing the same. Mid-year reports will be available on the Parent Portal from today and I ask that you take the time to engage with your child on this.  Early next term we have a “meet the teachers” event happening and you will be able to bring your concerns directly to your child’s teacher/s.

For those lucky enough to be travelling these holidays we wish you travelling mercies. To all I wish a wonderful holiday.  Thank you for a good term. Stephen Price


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