Our History

EARLY YEARS After the Second World War, 1939 – 1945, an entirely new suburb of Cape Town was established to provide accommodation for ex-servicemen. The Bergvliet Housing Scheme attracted many young families and soon the completed buildings were occupied. A beautiful, modern primary school was built in 1949 ready for the first term of 1950. The original main building consisted of twelve airy and brightly painted classrooms and two adjoining Kindergarten rooms with an inter-leading sliding door so that this area could also be used as a place of assembly.

There was also a Principal’s office (now being used as a secretary’s office), Staffroom (now being used as the Principal’s office), bookroom and toilet facilities for the staff and children. There was also a kitchen which was sometimes used by the K.G. children when they baked gingerbread men. Outside, there were two covered bicycle shelters each approximately twenty meters long.

The original cost of the school and out-buildings was about R56 000 (£28 000). Original Staff: Mr. R M Breetzke, former Principal of Camps Bay Primary School, was appointed the first Principal. He served the school for 28 years and retired in 1977. Other members of staff were:

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Timeline

1949
1950
1978
1992
1999
2015

1949

A beautiful, modern primary school was built in 1949 ready for the first term of 1950.

1950

Mr. R M Breetzke, former Principal of Camps Bay Primary School, was appointed the first Principal.

1978

Mr. L Fourie, formerly of Tamboerskloof Primary School, was appointed (1978-1991).

1992

Mr. R Street, formerly of Pinehurst School (1992-1999).

1999

Mrs. L.S.L. de Beer (formerly a Bergvliet Primary pupil from 1960-1967, Lynette Seaton) became the first female Principal at B.P.S. She commenced her teaching career in 1976 in her old Standard Two classroom, teaching Standard Two children! She became Deputy Principal in 1996 and Principal in 1999-2014.

2015

Mr. Paulse. Current principle.

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