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Principal's Desk - July 2019 Print E-mail
Since the last BUZZ the school has been very busy. This BUZZ is a bumper edition which will highlight the various activities the School has been doing.
The improved tuckshop, Pavilion Café, has been reopened after an 18 month closure, but boy it was worth it. Significant renovations have turned the former rundown café into a modern school café type tuckshop which has made the children extremely happy. They have responded positively to the new café and this has resulted in higher turnover. We have introduced learners who assist in the café at break times and this has enabled us to reduce queueing time significantly. Another aspect of the improvements is the development of a second kitchen to cater for our Muslim learners who need Halaal food. We are currently in negotiation with a lady to provide a more varied menu to our Muslim learners.
We have introduced a coffee machine into the tuckshop from the Truth coffee brand and now we are able to offer a range of coffee options for the learners. We will be introducing a loyalty card for the coffee soon and this is also available to parents. In fact we would love those parents who sit waiting in cars in the afternoons to pop down to the Pavilion Café for a cup of coffee. As part of Truth’s commitment to the school they will be bringing their barista’s in sometime soon to teach learners about the different coffee types and how to make flat whites and latte’s with the milk patterns. Being a barista can help varsity student’s fund their own varsity fees and I believe this opportunity will bring another exciting offering to our learners.
And talking about opportunities, my staff have been working overtime to provide your children with opportunities which add value to their overall education. Ms Gibbs organised the rugby workshop during the holidays—what a wonderful three days it was! The boys absolutely loved it and it reignited their passion for rugby. Guest speakers, training, motivation, skills and, of course, food made this a memorable event. Coming out of this workshop was a visit by Springbok legend, Chester Williams, who handed over about R15 000 worth of training equipment for the rugby at the school.
The Winter Showcase, under the guidance of Mrs. Leonard, did exactly what it set out to do and that was to showcase the talent of our learners. Singing, dancing, magic, solo’s, groups – it was an extravaganza of talent. The Winter Showcase played to full houses which made the two evenings most memorable. By the way, the back stage, sound and lighting crews were also fantastic and they too learnt a lot under the guidance of Mr Smith. Several of our learners have, in the past, gone on to careers in stage management, sound and lighting.

Individually our learners continue to excel in sports and cultural activities outside of the normal school sports and several of them are featured in this BUZZ. Well done to them.
One last word, encourage your children to get involved, to participate, for this is how they will develop lasting friendships, memories and the skills they will need in life beyond school.

When you combine the excellent academic programme with the invigorating and wide ranging extramural programme Bergvliet High offers, the result is a 21st Century education preparing our learners, and your children, for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Stephen Price
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