School History

The History of Bergvliet Primary

After World War 2, 1939 – 1945, the suburb of Bergvliet was established for the soldiers  returning from the war. As a result of this, the community needed a school and Bergvliet Primary School  was built in 1949. 

The original main building consisted of twelve airy and gaily painted classrooms and  two kindergarten rooms with an interleading sliding door so that this area could also  be used as a place of assembly. There was also a principal’s office, a staffroom,  book room and toilet facilities for the staff and children. There was a kitchen, and  outside there were two bicycle shelters, one for the girls and one for the boys’  bicycles. 

The first term of 1950 started with 174 pupils, although the school had been designed  for 500 pupils. The colours were bottle green and white. In summer, the boys were  allowed to wear khaki shorts and sandals. Girls wore berets and boys wore caps. 

  • Mr R.M. Breetzke was the first principal. He served the school for 28 years and  retired in 1977. 
  • Mr L. Fourie was principal from 1978 to 1991. 
  • Mr R. Street was principal from 1992 until 1999. 
  • Mrs L. de Beer was principal from 1999 – 2014. 
  • Mr B. Paulse was principal from 2015 – 2021.
  • Mr B. Hill is currently principal 2022 – present


By 1955 the enrolment was over 500 pupils and there was a need to build a new hall.  The hall was completed in 1957 and the official opening was in 1958. (This hall is now the library.) 


By 1974, the school had an art room, a library, a new huge hall, woodwork room,  science lab, sufficient classrooms and sporting facilities such as tennisette courts,  rugby/cricket field, athletic track, netball courts and a swimming pool. More  recently, a computer room, able to accommodate an entire class, and an  auditorium have been added.  


The mosaic that adorns the hall foyer was designed and actually constructed by Mrs  Patti Coop. The mosaic shows both Athenian and Spartan education. Athens, in  classical times, was known for its education based on poetry, music and the arts,  while the Spartans’ education concentrated on hard physical exercise, games and  feats of stamina. Our education tries to combine academic and physical education  to educate the whole child.