Anyone who detects and records the course of events and the early history of an institution sometimes reaches a stage where it is difficult - if not nearly impossible - to determine exactly what happened. Education at Strand - just another village at the end of a sandy meandering road linking Somerset West with False Bay - was no exception. We do not know, when parents of this small community decided to break their school ties with the existing church schools in Somerset West. It is believed that the few Strand children attended the private schools in the area before the nineteen fifties. One of the closest of these schools is that of the Morkels at Morgenster and Onverwacht, now known as Die Bos.
To create a balanced value-driven learning environment within which educators and parents are able to work together to develop the full potential of each child.
Always our best for every child.
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Like you, I'm a fellow parent of student at Hendrik Louw Primary School. I am regularly asked "why Hendrik Louw?". My answer is simple: "I know that my children will learn the principles and values that will equip them to develop into balanced and well-rounded young boys and girls.”
By now, you will already know that the values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and good citizenship are presented to our children every day. In fact, you would have noticed these values are on the walls of our school where fellow parents have set them out in a beautiful mosaic for each child, parent and educator to see.
Every educator of the school, like you, has a heart for our children and strives to live out these values every day. As a parent it is a great privilege to build our children's education with educators of this calibre, to create a school where each child can develop their talents and potential. But there is more than education and knowledge at stake. It is about a community. So, projects like Moompi teach children that there is always a place or person to whom they can go if there is something with which they are struggling. Our world is full of challenges. As parents we cannot always protect our children from these challenges. What we can do is equip them with skills to handle some of these challenges themselves. Our children know that they can always write a letter to Moompi, or go to the Moompi “helper” at school.
I have always wondered how I, as a parent, could contribute towards my child’s school. Do I merely want to be a spectator or a critic? Or is there a way that I can make a difference? It has been said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke). We have many good parents many of whom are willing to get involved. Last year we revived our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and we have some hard-working, committed parents who, together with our teachers, work to provide only the best for our children. Since then we have had many projects that these parents and teachers (PTA) run successfully. We have even more talented, skilled parents who could contribute even more towards our children. I urge you, for our children’s sake, to become involved, offer your skills and time. The reward will be evident in the expressions on your child’s face.
In conclusion, I would like to invite all parents and teachers to set the example for our children by living out the values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and good citizenship. Whether we do it next to the sport fields, at school functions or at home, our children will have our example to follow. Let’s do our best together for our children.
Yours sincerelyPieter Rossouw
The Hendrik Louw PTA is a non-profit association consisting of parents, legal guardians and staff from Hendrik Louw Primary School. The PTA's mission is to work together and engage with the school management and encourage our parents to use their expertise and skills to support the school. Another function of the PTA is to generate funds and to provide support where necessary. We work as a close-knit team to provide the best possible learning environment for our learners to create.
Our learners should be given the support and attention that they need throughout their time here. Our school’s environment is vibrant and engaging. Corridors and classrooms are filled with evidence of our children’s hard work and all our teachers have the current technology to help them make learning interesting and engaging. The grounds have lots of great play areas for the children to enjoy and there are a wide range of clubs and activities in which they can be involved
As one of the leading primary schools in the Helderberg area, we are proud to be a value-driven school. Children are motivated to show respect, kindness and consideration to those around them.
At Hendrik Louw Primary School we encourage our parents to become involved in school life, a partnership that is hugely productive for children, parents and staff alike. Our parent teacher association offers a warm welcome to parents wishing to be involved.