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Principal's Desk - October 2017 Print E-mail
We bid farewell to the Matric Class of 2017 earlier this month with two wonderful events, the Matric Award ceremony and Valedictory Service. Boasting a slightly different format this year both events went off smoothly due to the slick organization of Ms Serfontein, Mrs Riffel and Mrs Warne.
For over 50 families it was their last child at the school and the Valedictory was very emotional from that point of view. Some of these families had been associated with the school for over 15 years. Each family has left an indelible mark on the school and that mark will forever be an integral part of our history, and their history. The stories of Bergvliet High School will be told for years at their family gatherings and their names will be remembered in many ways by us who remain behind.
At the awards ceremony Dayalan Nair was announced as the DUX scholar for 2017. Throughout his entire school career, Dayalan has been an outstanding academic. He has always been ranked among the top scholars in his grade and he achieved Academic Full Colours in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Dayalan has been fortunate to have been stimulated in his academic journey by highly intelligent, competitive and talented peers. He has been challenged by them at every academic turn and has met them with vigour and determination. He has consistently received many subject awards over the years for Physical Science, Accounting, IT and Advanced Programme Maths.
He has also participated in the UCT Maths Olympiad since Grade 8, as well as the UCT Maths Competition since Grade 9. He has also been a member of the Sirius group which is reserved for our top academics and lateral thinkers across the school.

Dayalan’s strength lies in him excelling in all his subjects, particularly those where he is able to use his analytic and scientific flair. He is a logical thinker, has a strong work ethic and enjoys the challenge of the unknown.

Dayalan’s accomplishments in the academic sphere can be acclaimed even more when one considers that he had led an extremely full life at Bergvliet High School, participating at the highest leadership level as a member of the RCL and as a Senior Leader. He was also Vice-Captain of the second boys’ Hockey team. He was also an active participant in Cascades and the Anti Bullying Cam-paign. On the sporting front he also participated in Athletics and Cross Country. He achieved a Team Award for Sport this year. He has shown that it is possible to be an excellent academic and at the same time be a vital and dynamic mem-ber of the school and society.

Dayalan has laid a solid foundation for his studies in the future and intends studying electrical engineering at UCT. We shall follow his academic career with interest.

The Head Prefects for 2018 were announced at the Matric Valedictory and congratulations should be extended to Jessica Vaughan and Luke Lenz. Deputy Head Prefects are Sean Petersen and Hannah Roux. Tariro Wafawarowa and Abigail Smith were elected as RCL learner representatives on the SGB. We wish the Matric Class of 2017 all the best with the final exams and we trust that the hard work put in by the learners, their parents and staff will yield a positive set of results overall.
Stephen Price

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