Principal's Message

Principal's Assembly Message 29 January 2024

Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

I have (wear) my wedding ring on my left hand, but on my right hand I wear a ring that says: “STRENGTH” and engraved on the inside is Isaiah 40:31. Now, I am not really a jewellery kind of guy, but this ring serves as a daily reminder that I have strength…and not the Dricus du Plessis strength, BUT an inner strength, KNOWING that the Lord is with me and within me everyday in every situation. When things get tough and challenging, I look at this ring, which is just a symbol, but I am checking in and reminding myself that it is NOT about MY strength, but about the Lord’s ALMIGHTY’s power that is within me!

We have started with many activities this year and this term…including academic work, sport, culture and service. After discussing some of our performances over the weekend with some of the staff and players, I felt the need to share this Isaiah 40:31 message with you. Athletes, when you run, run with the knowledge and conviction that the Lord is with you and will see you across the line…waneer jou bene jellie word of jou spiere seer is, vind Jesaja 40:31…”maar die wat op die HERE wag, kry nuwe krag; hulle vaar op met vleuels soos die arende; hulle hardloop en word nie moeg nie.”

Die krieket spelers wat ‘n harde naweek agter die rug het. As die oposisie alle waardes waarvoor ons staan laat vaar en jou sleg sê en persoonlik raak…then you access Ishaia 40:31 and tell yourself that the Lord gives me strength and you will not give the opposition access to your emotions. They will have a zero-affect on my performance!

Dit hoef nie sport te wees nie…van ons gaan deur moeilike tye by die huis, met vriende, in die klas…waarookal. Just know that You have what it takes!


Dear Lord Jesus, thank you that we can be confident and know that you don’t make mistakes and that you have created each and everyone of us, with the right mixture of grit, wisdom and resilience to face whatever may come our way. Help us to lead by example and to show and share your love with everybody that cross our paths. Help us to have an attitude of gratitude, but not to confuse kindness for weakness. If you are for us, who can be against us.

Thank you for this amazing school and every child and staff member that you have placed in this school. Be with them all and fill them with your endless love.



Mr MJ Smuts


Principal's Assembly Message 17 January 2024


Our theme this year is to Leap into excellence and to exceed expectations! It is ALSO a leap year which means, one extra day of excellence. If we are the same and achieve the same as last year, then we haven’t excelled and then we are NO better than last year. My challenge to you is to be a BETTER version of yourself in 2024. You can do that by improving your academic results, cultural involvement, sporting involvement, Service involvement or by just spreading the Hermie Magic!

Ek hoop julle is almal goed uitgerus en reg vir 2024. Mag die voorspoed deel van julle allerdaagse verwagting wees, en die uitdagings min. So gepraat van uitdagings…na ten minste 5 weke se vakansie, is dit so ‘n bietjie van ‘n aanpassing om weer by al die reëls aan te pas. Dis normaal, maar kry maar net jou kop reg, dis ‘n kopskuif…

..a mindset! Remember, we are a value driven school. The most important one is RESPECT…and you can honour our core value of RESPECT by displaying GOOD MANNERS. By always greeting people as you walk past them…with a smile on your dial, standing up when an adult walk past you, offering to help them carry their goods, no hands in your pockets, no inappropriate language, by saying thank you. And how do you honour and respect your school…by looking smart and behaving and talking in a way that will make all of us proud.

I AM very proud of all of you sitting here in front of me. So many of you have walked past me during the holidays and stopped and greeted me and even had a chat. That is part of displaying the HERMIE MaGiC. Well done. You have been great ambassadors of the school.

Good luck with the term ahead and make us all proud!  

Mr MJ Smuts


Principal's Assembly Message 16 October 2023


Definition (from Brene Brown): Choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.

Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Proverbs 10:9: Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Proverbs 11:3: The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.


‘n Ander definisie van integriteit is: Wat doen jy as niemand kyk nie? Dis redelik maklik om die regte ding te doen wanneer jy weet daar is oë op jou, of selfs wanneer jy weet, indien jy NIE die regte ding doen nie, daar nare gevolge kan wees.

‘n Mens se waardestelsel is veronderstel om diep in jou DNA gewortel te wees. My bloed is BLOU, WIT en GROEN. Dit vloei in jou are. Hoe meer jy daaroor dink, hoe meer sal dit natuurlik gebeur sonder dat jy daaroor hoef te dink. Dit gebeur outomaties: "You train your brain".

Ons samelewing (Hermanus en Hoërskool Hermanus) het meer mense met integriteit nodig.

Nobody ever became someone great or was part of something great, without signing up for it. So sign up!


Let’s read the definition of Integrity again…


Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference!

You don’t have to go and invent something new or be the first person on the moon.

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think, there are no little things!”

Integrity goes hand in hand with humility. You do what is expected from you because it is the right thing. You don’t need a certificate or a prize because you have done the right thing. It should just be who you are - and stop comparing yourself to others!

I want to finish off with a poem about somebody who thought they were better than the rest and had an attitude of, “I am good and the others can learn from me.”


Poem about going to Heaven.

I was shocked, confused, bewildered

as I entered Heaven's door,

Not by the beauty of it all,

by the lights or its decor.


But it was the folks in Heaven

who made me sputter and gasp--

the thieves, the liars, the sinners,

the alcoholics, the trash.


There stood the kid from seventh grade

who swiped my lunch money twice.

Next to him was my old neighbour

who never said anything nice.


Herb, who I always thought

was rotting away in hell,

was sitting pretty on cloud nine,

looking incredibly well.


I nudged Jesus, "What's the deal?

I would love to hear Your take.

How did all these sinners get up here?

God must've made a mistake.


And why's everyone so quiet,

so sombre? Give me a clue."

"Hush, child," said He "They're all in shock.

No one thought they would see you"


Let’s stop judging other people, inside and outside of Hermanus High. Don’t let any opportunity pass you by to do great things in general and also, to do great things for other people. We have a brotherhood at this school and a communal responsibility to uphold the values of what we stand for and if we have allowed that to slip, we have to fix it and do something about it. Don’t let a group of underachievers prevent you from being exceptional and keep you from following your dreams.


Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for being part of this great school. Thank you for the values and examples we see on a daily basis here at school. Help us to live a life of integrity and to make sure that we are consistent in doing the right thing for all the right reasons. Help us with the remaining three weeks to work really hard and to be involved and live out all the values that you expect from us.



Mr MJ Smuts