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History and Ethos

A Brief History.....

English-medium school Groote Schuur High School was founded in 1959 as a co-educational Afrikaans High School in the Vredenhof residence, presently the Peter Clarke Art and Design Centre in the leafy suburb of Newlands. The school started with 37 pupils. Over the years, pupil numbers have increased and after the addition of six extra classrooms in 2011, the numbers have grown to 940 learners.  The present school building in Palmyra Road, Newlands was inaugurated in June 1964. In 1978 Nassau High School amalgamated with Groote Schuur.  The Groote Schuur High School crest incorporates the lion of Nassau and the gable of Groote Schuur. The history of the school shows a spirit of enterprise, realism and adaptability. 1n 1991 it became the first public Afrikaans high school in South Africa with a broad admissions policy. Dual medium instruction was phased in from 1994. During this year, a boarding establishment was also built for boys and girls, now named Monorgan House. Since 2011 all tuition at Groote Schuur High School is in English only. Throughout 2019 Groote Schuur High School is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee.

Mission and core values:

At Groote Schuur High School we…….

·         Aim to provide an education that will develop the potential of each learner.

·         Nurture each learner’s individuality.

·         Foster an attitude of respect for all.

·         Work in a disciplined and attractive environment.

·         Strive to provide professional tuition at the highest level.

·         Maintain a balance between spiritual, academic, cultural and sporting activities.

·         Believe in promoting the values of tolerance and respect for all forms of faith and culture.

·         Believe in challenging problems and solving them with creativity and innovation.

·         Are eager to fulfil our role in the southern suburbs, as well as in the broader community.

Head leaders for 2014Nassau Centre interior

 The School’s facilities

All of the school’s classrooms are equipped with state-of-the- art interactive whiteboards. There are two fully equipped computer laboratories, four science and life science laboratories, an 800 –seater hall and an auditorium (the Nassau Centre) with arguably the best acoustics on the Peninsula.  The school also has a library.

The school has two sports fields: Inversnaid Sports Field and Vredenhof Sports Field; tennis courts, netball courts, a waterpolo pool and a club house at Vredenhof Field.

The school also has a well-equipped tuck shop.

Pool 14 March 2011Front of Monorgan House

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