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Hermanus High Celebrates - Adopt a Hermie

Charmaine Resandt

Monday, 25 January 2015 - The JF de Villiers Hall at Hermanus High School was abuzz with excitement and eager anticipation as staff, pupils and guests filed in ahead of the school’s Founders’ Day occasion, one of a series of events commemorating its 75th anniversary being celebrated this year. 


A beautiful adornment of orchards handed out by Head Boy Regardt du Plessis and Head Girl Karli Beyers, a heart-warming welcome address by Principal, Mr Greg Hassenkamp, a stirring and thought-provoking biblical reading and message from well-known local, Dominee Burger, glorious ensembles of musical arrangements – including a breath-taking solo performance on the piano by pupil, Dauen Kim - and vivid accounts of the school’s rich history, were just some of the delights guests were treated to. 


Another highlight was the nostalgic journey eloquently delivered by longstanding teacher and Department Head Miss Elsa Nel, depicting a background filled with inspiring moments and interesting interludes, as well as humerous anecdotes of various developments over the years.  Not to be missed was the legendary tale of a ghost who, after scaring the wits out of a group of then-standard six pupils at a school campout in the ‘80’s, has since taken up residence and makes “guest appearances at opportune moments” to this day. 


Hermanus High School has a long, proud history of stability, achievements and success, and since opening its doors officially as a high school in 1941 has established itself as a leader in academic, sporting and cultural prowess. Against this backdrop, there is little wonder then that the school has consistently produced a 100% matric pass rate, with a number of candidates scoring in the top 10 not only provincially, but at national level year on year.


In his keynote address past-principal and current Western Cape Deputy Director General of Curriculum Development, Mr Brian Schreuder, noted that the school has remained steadfast in its commitment of providing a holistic and comprehensive education, while also instilling a sense of belonging, pride and the inculcation of values in its learners.  Schreuder further stated, “Key to remaining relevant is to build on an already diverse curriculum through the continuous provision of meaningful skills and development programmes pertinent to the evolving landscape, and by incorporating a greater digitised learning approach using tools such as e-learning and even various social media platforms.”

“You are well poised to embellish on your illustrious past and attain even greater heights. To the educators - I applaud your dedicated service and commitment to the kids in your care; to the students - embrace every opportunity and course of development presented to you in the quest to realising your best potential,” added Schreuder.


Schreuder’s parting message to the audience was taken from the wording of a sign seen at a school in Singapore that he had visited during his course of business that said:  “Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve.”


Guest of Honour at the event, Executive Mayor Botha-Guthrie later stated, “That really resonated with me as Overstrand Municipality strives to be a centre of excellence for the communities it serves in a way that is caring and meaningful, by endeavouring to do all that it can to improve the existence and afford a better life for our people.  Youth development, in particular, is very important as we believe that the future of our country will be determined by how much we invest in the education of our children.”


While Hermanus High School is fully committed to providing a culture of achievement and excellence to its learners, efforts in this sense however are, at times, hindered by constraints on budget and resources.  Its continued success is therefore greatly dependent on the support and care provided through the community, business and interested parties.  


With that in mind, the Mayor has put out an appeal to “Adopt-a-Hermie” (as the school’s pupils are fondly referred to by locals), albeit through the donation of time, money or product. In so doing, the school would be better equipped to cater to the needs of its less fortunate children who lack the means to meet school fees and other rudimentary requirements. More information on the programme can be obtained from principal, Mr Hassenkamp, on telephone 028 312 3760 or via email


Alternatively, for those wanting to make a direct monetary contribution into the school’s bank account, the following banking details refer:


Bank:  ABSA 

Account Holder:  Hermanus High School 

Account Number:  407 188 1047

Branch Code:  632005

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