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PRINCIPAL'S YEAR END MESSAGE

PRINCIPAL'S YEAR END MESSAGE

Considering this is the last assembly of the year I would also like to take this opportunity to briefly reflect on the year as a whole.

The year started with the announcement of the 2018 matric results where once again the school performed exceptionally well. Hermanus High School proudly accepted the award for Excellence in Academic Performance in the Overberg region. This award and last year’s matric results again highlight the quality of education on offer to the pupils of this school.

Nog ‘n akademiese hoogtepunt hierdie jaar is Danie Gouws se derde plek in die Wetenskap-olimpiade. ‘n Werklik merkwaardige prestasie.

Die hoë gehalte uitslae wat die Hoërskool Hermanus lewer, is die direkte gevolg van die gehalte-onderwysers by hierdie skool. Wat dan in hierdie verband genoem moet word, is die feit dat mej. Oosthuizen en mev. Kotze vroeër hierdie jaar genomineer is vir die Overberg Onderwyserstoekenningseremonie en dat albei dames toekennings ontvang het.

Mej. Oosthuizen het die luisterryke Provinsiale Onderwysers-toekenningseremonie bygewoon en het as naaswenner uitgetree.

Not necessarily a highlight but rather a point worth reflecting on was the fact that on Friday 11 January the school had to be evacuated due to the threat of fire. Once again I would like to thank everyone for the mature and organised manner in which that evacuation took place. It was so good to see that we can rely on everyone to work together when emergencies such as these arise.

Nog ‘n noemenswaardige gebeurtenis was toe ons die geleentheid gekry het om op die gewilde televisieprogram, Ontbytsake, te verskyn. Dit het groot opwinding veroorsaak.

Van ‘n leierskap se standpunt, is ‘n hoogtepunt van die jaar die onlangse afkondiging dat ons nuwe hoofseun, Kyle Philander gekies is om DIE BURGER/WKOD Jeugleierskonferensie 2019 by te woon.  Om een uit slegs 50 kandidate, uit die hele provinsie gekies te word, is voorwaar ‘n uitstaande prestasie.

Without a doubt the cultural highlight of the year for me was the outstanding production of Hairspray, which took place during the second term. The quality of this production was once again of the highest standard and the positive feedback with regards to the show was immense. To produce a show of this quality and in the process give the opportunity to more than 150 of the school’s pupils to perform on the stage, is truly remarkable.

Die skool bly presteer in openbare redevoering. ‘n Groot aantal van ons leerders het hierdie jaar aan verskeie kompetisies deelgeneem. ‘n Hele paar leerders het baie goed gevaar. Cara-Maria Bellingan het ‘n uitsonderlike prestasie gelewer deur as die Nasionale wenner van die Oppie Tong Af-redenaarskompetisie aangewys te word.

Also extremely impressive was the fact that the school qualified for the National round of the Moot Court Competition which took place in Pretoria.

Nog ‘n hoogtepunt waarvan nie almal sal weet nie, is dat ‘n graadagtleerder, Maril Snyman, ‘n vyfde plek in die Nasionale Spelfeeskompetisie behaal het. Ook ‘n pragtige prestasie.

On the sporting side this year the school produced a total of 113 district, 19 Boland, 14 Western Cape and 4 National representatives across all sport sorts both internal and external.

Tien van die skool se rugbyspelers, nege seuns en een dogter, het hierdie jaar Bolandspanne verteenwoordig. Daarby was SJ Herholdt as Cravenweek-kaptein aangewys en Boldwin Hansen was vir die SA Skole-Rugbyspan gekies.

Two of our pupils who stood out this year on the international stage are James Claydon and Matthew Privett. James represented South Africa at bodyboarding where he finished in 20th position in the world and Matthew represented his country in rowing at the junior Olympics where he did extremely well. Two very impressive performances. 

Die grootste sportgebeurtenis van die jaar is altyd die Interskole en hierdie jaar was geen uitsondering nie. Nie net was hierdie jaar se Interskole ‘n baie opwindende en suksesvolle geleentheid nie, maar dit was ook ‘n historiese gebeurtenis aangesien dit ons laaste Interskole teen die Hoërskool Caledon na 25 jaar van deelname teen hulle was.

The school’s Service Pillar has also had another very busy year; going about all of their many activities with a minimum of fuss and attracting very little attention.

Hul aktiwiteite het hierdie jaar die volgende ingesluit: besoeke aan ‘n aantal ouetehuise in Hermanus, die skool se jaarlikse ondersteuning van Camphill, die sopkombuis, nog ‘n suksesvolle Gestremdheidbewusmakingsweek, die Mandeladag-boekinsamelingprojek waar daar meer as ‘n 1 400 boeke aan behoeftige organisasies in Hermanus en omgewing ingesamel en versprei is, die volgehoude ondersteuning vir HAWS en die Santa Shoe Box-projek. Dis beslis so dat die Dienspilaar van hierdie skool ‘n groot verskil in die gemeenskap maak. Al hulle harde werk verdien applous.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the year for me, however, was not a sporting, cultural or academic achievement but rather the selfless contribution of one of our pupils towards service. The fact that Inga Mfundisi was recognised for the role, and success she has played in the coaching the Lukanyo Primary School chess team over the past three years. 

We have adopted the motto this year; “Enter to Lean. Leave to Serve”. Inga’s contribution to the community of Hermanus is a wonderful example of this and is truly an example for all of us to follow. 

Omdat 2019 ‘n jaar is waarop ons kan trots wees, is 2020 ‘n jaar waarna ons kan en moet uitsien. Die Matriekraad het reeds hulle doelwitte vir 2020 bekendgemaak. Hulle 20/20-visie is beslis iets om oor opgewonde te raak.

On behalf of everyone and after another busy year I would like to thank the whole staff for their efforts and tireless service to our students and the school.

Laastens, aan al die leerders van die skool wil ek dankie sê vir die jaar wat verby is. Hierdie jaar was definitief nie sonder uitdagings nie, maar dit was ook nog ‘n suksesvolle jaar vir die skool. Dankie aan die vele leerders wat steeds die skool met trots verteenwoordig. Ons kan pragtige geboue, goeie fasiliteite en uitstaande onderwysers hê, maar sonder toegewyde leerders het ons geen skool nie. Hulle baie uitmuntende prestasies is die motivering en inspirasie waarop ek en al die onderwysers floreer.

 

GJ HASSENKAMP

PRINCIPAL

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