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75 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE  

75 JAAR VAN UITNEMENDHEID


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE


ACKNOWLEDGING THE OPPOSITION                                                    19 MAY 2017

Two weeks ago in assembly I spoke about improving our support at Saturday sports’ fixtures as well as improving our behaviour on the stands. While certainly not perfect, it has been wonderful for me to see an improvement in both of these areas. In particular I would like to compliment the school on the match against Hoërskool Swartland. One of the things we spoke about was acknowledging the opposition when they had played well. I am very pleased to say that I have seen examples of this over the last two weeks.

Maar die Saterdag teen Hoërskool Swartland was ek besonder trots op ons leerders. Tydens die eerstespan se wedstryd was een van Hoërskool Swartland se spelers beseer. Dit het gelyk of dit ‘n baie ernstige besering was want die speler is met ‘n draagbaar van die veld af gedra. Ons skool se leerders het erkenning aan daardie speler gegee deur te staan en vir hom hande te klap toe hy die veld verlaat het. Dit was iets wat nie eens die speler se eie ondersteuners gedoen het nie. Ek dink daardie gebaar sê heelwat van ons skool. Ek dink dit sê heelwat van die leerders van hierdie skool, van dit waarvoor ons staan, en van wie ons is.

This incident got me thinking. Over the past few years we have asked our pupils to do a number of things that may seem rather strange. We have asked them to do things that I am sure many would not necessarily agree with. Things they possibly do not understand. One of the most recent examples has been what I mentioned above. To acknowledge and applaud the opposition when they do things well. After all since when does a school clap for the opposition? Other schools do not do it so why should we?

Oor die laaste paar jaar het ons selfs vreemder dinge van ons leerders verwag. Dinge soos om volwassenes te groet en om te staan en hulle hoed af te haal wanneer hulle met ‘n volwassene praat. Om hulself aan ‘n besoeker aan die skool voor te stel en te vra of hulle van hulp kan wees, om ‘n onderwyser te help as hy of sy iets dra of hulp met ander dinge nodig het. Ons het hulle gevra om nie oorfone te dra wanneer hulle in hul skooluniform is nie. Onlangs het ons hulle gevra om stil te wees wanneer ons teenstanders tydens rugbywedstryde pale toe skop. Om ons teenstanders te respekteer en as hulle goed doen om vir hulle hande te klap.

I would imagine that to many of our pupils these requests are strange. I would guess that many of them do not agree with a lot of what we are asking them to do. I would think that many of them would have the attitude that the things that we are asking them to do are outdated and that not many other schools do them so why should we?

And that is what pleased me so much about that particular Saturday. Despite the fact that many of our pupils may not agree with what we are asking them to do we are still managing to get it right a lot of the time. My request to them is to continue to work hard at getting these things right. I continue to believe that it is the small things that make the biggest difference.

Uiteindelik glo ek ons moet onsself nie meet aan wat ander skole doen, of nie doen nie. Ek glo ons moet besluit wat vir ons belangrik is en ek glo ons moet ons eie hoë standaarde stel. Ek glo nie ons moet ooit iets doen net omdat ander skole dit doen nie. Om die waarheid te sê, glo ek ONS moet die standaard stel sodat ander skole na ons moet kyk om te sien hoe dinge gedoen moet word.

In life we can chose to be leaders or we can chose to be followers. As a school I think we should choose to lead. I think we should set our own standards. We must determine what is important to us and we should allow the rest of the schools to follow. In life so many of us need to learn not to follow the trend. We need to learn to set the trend. And as a school I think we should do the same.

So, I would like to congratulate all our pupils for setting the standard on that Saturday.  For being leaders. Setting a standard that I think other schools can follow, if we truly want to become the best school in the province; if we truly believe we can be the best school in this country, then we need to lead. We need to set the standard and we need to allow the rest of the schools to follow us. I challenge every pupil to continue to take PRIDE in this school. To continue to work hard at setting a standard that we measure only against ourselves, in the knowledge that it is this standard, our standard, that will allow us to be the best school we can be.

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.