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Principal's Desk - March 2018 Print E-mail
The outgoing School Governing Body has reached the end of its term of office and I would like to acknowledge the pivotal role played by all the members of the SGB. It is safe to say that this SGB took over three years ago when the school was in disarray, with staff morale at an all-time low. The SGB grasped the nettle it was handed and in the first year, dozens of meetings were held to slowly but surely deal with the issues at hand. Extensive training of all governors was undertaken and clarity regarding the differing roles of the SGB and the Principal was gained. Under the steady leadership of Mr Alun Rich, the SGB completed its first year, a little battered and bruised but ultimately successful in building up the trust relationships throughout the school. This must be the legacy of the SGB. Three years later, staff morale is at its highest in years, staff turnover is minimal, the academic results are soaring and Bergvliet High is again a force to be reckoned with.

Turning to facility development. The SGB has also not been shy about finishing off outstanding projects and the extensive fencing project and Astro paving were completed last year. Perhaps the crown jewel of the facility development was the approval of the construction of the Cultural Centre and additional classrooms. This project is currently ahead of schedule with handover expected towards the end of the mid-year holidays. The excitement is palpable as we are seeing the progress. The SGB saw the vision of the management and the need for upgrading our facility and the school will be the better for it.

Another area in which the SGB has been decisive is with student discipline. In support of the management and staff, the SGB has taken it’s oversight role of discipline extremely seriously through the expertise available to it and disciplinary hearings have ensured that learners who transgress the schools code of conduct are dealt with appropriately. This has enabled the school leadership to assure staff and learners alike that those learners who bring the school’s name into disrepute through their ill-discipline are put on the right track or removed from the school. It’s never an easy task but this SGB has been strong in this regard. Ms Reddiar and Mrs Pearce have been hugely influential as co-chairs of this subcommittee.

On the finance side of things the SGB has also exercised its role decisively. Strict budget controls, the appointment of a financial manager, regular subcommittee meetings, effective management of exemptions and keeping school fee increases to a minimum despite employing an additional teacher and undertaking the building project. Mr Cloete can be credited for his work as treasurer.

The SGB has, under the guidance of Ms Jean Redpath, maintained it’s distance from the day to day running and management of the school but has exercised it’s oversight role with due diligence. The members of the outgoing SGB are Ms Redpath, Dr Murphy, Mrs van Staden,
Mrs Pearce, Ms Reddiar, Mr Mentor, Mr Cloete, Mr Cohen, Mr Classen and Mrs Miles. Various learners have also been a part of the SGB over it’s 3 year term.  Over the past month, the school has undertaken the SGB Elections with the educators, non-educators and then the parents electing their representatives onto the SGB.

Mr W Boonzaier, Principal of Timour Hall Primary, officiated as the Electoral Officer at all three elections and we thank him for administering our elections so professionally.  The incoming SGB met with the outgoing SGB shortly after the finalization of the elections and Ms Redpath, outgoing chair, tabled her handover report.  Mr Price tabled a motion of thanks to the outgoing SGB. The new SGB then elected the office bearers for 2018.
The list of the SGB are as follows:  Back row, L - R: Mr R Cohen (Deputy/Co-opted member of SGB); Tariro Wafawarowa (RCL SGB Rep); Mr S. Price (Principal); Mr E. Bryce (Parent Rep/Deputy Chair); Mr P. Barberton (Parent Rep); Ms C. Reid (Parent Rep/Secretary); Mrs K. Miles (Non-Educator Rep); Mrs P. Demas (Deputy/Staff Rep)
Front row, L - R: Ms D. Benton (Educator Rep); Mr A. Cloete (Parent Rep/Treasurer); Mrs M. Pearce (Parent Rep); Dr D. Murphy (Parent Rep/SGB Chair).
Mrs N. Penxa-Matholeni and Abigail Smith (Learner Rep) were not present when photo was taken.

Thank you to all parents who stood for election and congratulations to all those elected. We look forward to your contribution over the next three years.

Mr. S.D. Price
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