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75 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE  

75 JAAR VAN UITNEMENDHEID


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

A REFLECTION OF 2017

Since this is the last Bulletin for the year, I would like to take this opportunity to briefly reflect on the year as a whole.

There is no doubt that 2017 has once again been a successful year for the school. The year started with the announcement of the 2016 matric results and again the school achieved a 100% pass rate with a 79% Bachelor’s pass rate. These results placed the school as one of the top performing schools in the Overberg District, with the Overberg District being the best performing district in the country.

Out of the Top 10 matric candidates in the Overberg District, Hermanus High School produced five of the ten, including the top two pupils. In the Subject Awards category our pupils were the top performing pupils in six of the eight subjects offered by Hermanus High School.

Die hoogtepunt van die uitslae is egter die feit dat die Hoërskool Hermanus ook die topleerder in die land opgelewer het, asook die sesde beste leerder in die provinsie.

All these results once again emphasise the exceptional quality of education received at this school. These results are also part of the reason that Hermanus High School has been identified by the WCED as one of only four high schools in the province as a Model School for eLearning. An exciting process which will be rolled out in 2018.

Die uitslae wat ons skool behaal, is ongetwyfeld te danke aan die bekwame onderwysers by hierdie skool. ‘n Hoogtepunt wat ook  genoem  moet word,  is dat mevrou Nicola Coetzee as die beste senior fase Wiskunde-onderwyser in die Overberg-distrik aangewys is.

From a leadership point of view Hermanus High School was very proud to have once again one of its pupils selected to attend  “Die Burger Jeugleier Konferensie” at the end of the year. Two of our pupils were also invited to attend this year’s AfriForum Leadership Camp. Both these invitations once again give an indication of the quality of pupil this school is able to produce. On the sporting front there were a number of highlights. The year started particularly well with the school winning the Summer Interschools for only the second time in twenty-four years.

Die Winter-Interskole is altyd een van die hoogtepunte van die sportseisoen en hierdie jaar is ons weer eens nie teleurgestel nie. Nie net het ons spanne op die sportveld goed gevaar nie, maar die ondersteuning en gees wat die leerders openbaar het, was uitsonderlik. Dit was ook baie bemoedigend om te sien dat meer leerders hierdie jaar tuiswedstryde bygewoon het. Ons hoop dat dit ‘n neiging is wat sal voortduur.

The official opening of the Helga Eichenauer Astro Turf was without a doubt another highlight of the year. The event marked the culmination of many years of hard work in order to establish this fine facility.

In total the school produced 50 provincial and 3 national sportsmen and women in 17 different sports codes this year.

At provincial level it is also impressive to note that 11 of the school’s rugby players were selected to represent Boland at the various age group levels. Equally impressive Michael John Otto was selected as captain of the Craven Week team – the second time in three years the high school has achieved this. Perhaps the biggest highlight, however, on the sporting front was the performance of our two chess teams this year. The girls’ chess team was ranked second in the Western Cape and the boys’ team third. Two truly remarkable results.

Op kulturele gebied sluit hierdie jaar se hoogtepunte die twee leerders in wat na die Nasionale Skynhofkompetisie in Pretoria deurgedring het. Hulle het tot by die semifinale gevorder. By die ATKV-tienertoneel het die skool met ‘n uitstekende vertoning ‘n bronsmedalje verower. Die koor het hierdie jaar gaan toer en in George aan ‘n korekompetisie deelgeneem waar hulle baie goed gevaar het.

In redenaars het vier van ons leerders tot die provinsiale ATKV-kompetisie deurgedring en vier leerders tot die provinsiale rondte van die Radikale Redenaars. Die dramastudente het ‘n produksie tydens die Kalfiefees in Onrusrivier op die planke gebring.

Vir my was die beste van alles egter die manier waarop die laerskool en die hoërskool saam die produksie “Hermies Sing” aangebied het. Dit was ‘n musiekfees uit die boonste rakke, uitgevoer deur die twee kore en die twee gaskunstenaars, Corlea Botha and Brandon October. Dit was ‘n onvergeetlike aand.

Once again the school’s Service Pillar has been extremely busy this year and continues to contribute meaningfully to the community. Activities in which they have been involved include various Camphill outreach projects, the Disability Awareness Week, the Tin Drive, continued outreach initiatives for Sofca and Huis Lettie Theron, not to mention support and assistance for HAWS and their Santa Shoe Box Campaign. They have also established a well-run Mathematics and Life Sciences tutoring programme.

Nog ‘n hoogtepunt vir die Dienspilaar was die samewerking met Wynberg Boys’ High. Hulle het aan die einde van die derde kwartaal ‘n naweek by ons deurgebring en saam met ons Dienspilaar-leerders die Camphill Preprimêre speelarea met pragtige heldergeverfde heinings, versierings teen die muur en ‘n speelpark opgeknap.

Over and above everything is not the outstanding academic results, the good sporting performances, or the fine stage productions, but rather the “outstanding performances” by a number of our individual pupils. Not performances on the sportsfield or the stage, but rather their performances in terms of how they represent themselves.

Die afgelope twee jaar het ons hard gewerk om skooltrots te kweek, eienaarskap te aanvaar en verantwoordelikheid te neem vir wie ons is en waarvoor ons staan. In die baie korrespondensie wat die skool hierdie jaar ontvang het, lees ons van die goeie waardes en gedrag van ons leerders. Dit is baie bemoedigend om te sien hoe ons harde werk vrugte afwerp. Dit is ‘n riem onder die hart dat al hoe meer van ons leerders nie net eienaarskap van hulle skool aanvaar nie, maar belangriker nog, optree soos van hulle verwag word.

Ek glo steeds dit is hierdie tipe gedrag wat op die ou einde nie net van ons ‘n goeie skool maak nie, maar ook die geleentheid bied om goeie en ordentlike mense te wees. Laat ons altyd onthou: “Voortreflike Mense vorm voortreflike Skole.”

By outlining all of these highlights from the year, it is once again obvious that Hermanus High School continues to offer a well-balanced and high standard of education for those who choose to make use of the opportunity afforded to them. One does not have to travel far from Hermanus to receive a quality education. That opportunity exists right here in our town and we are all very fortunate to be part of it.

To the Parents Teachers Association and the School Governing Body, a very big word of thanks. Your continued dedicated service to the school is very much appreciated. Thank you for the many hours of selfless work you all put into the school. There is no doubt that your collective efforts make a huge difference and allow Hermanus High School to be the top performing school that it is.

Finally I would like to wish all our parents and pupils a safe and blessed festive season. May you as a family spend loads of quality time together and I look forward to seeing everybody back safely in the new year.



Mr. GJ Hassenkamp

Principal / Skoolhoof

Hermanus High School / Hoërskool Hermanus

(028) 312 3760


Hermanus High School Motto

"Horas signo tempus fugit" - Hours signify (that) time flies.