Bergvliet Pri­mary School

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school rules. “Who knows what rules are?” she asks. A flurry of hands dart up.

It’s much the same down the pas­sage in Mered­ith Tester’s Grade 2 class, where she uses a pro­jec­tor to ex­plain the school’s code of con­duct.

In a Grade 5 class up­stairs, Ali­son Par­doe, too, goes through the code of con­duct, but th­ese older pupils, af­ter years of re­vi­sion, do not need re­minders about what the school rules are.

Most of the pupils, dressed in pris­tine uni­forms with match­ing school bags, seem en­thu­si­as­tic, sure of them­selves.

For prin­ci­pal Lynette de Beer, re­spect, tidi­ness and or­gan­i­sa­tion are of ut­most im­por­tance. And it shows: the lawns are green, the pas­sages are colour­ful, boast­ing the chil­dren’s finest art­work, the as­sem­blies are quiet and dig­ni­fied.

And just be­cause it’s the first week of school doesn’t mean it will be a breeze at Bergvliet. The pupils were given tests and as­sign­ments to as­sess their un­der­stand­ing of maths and lan­guages.

The teach­ers, said De Beer, have done all their plan­ning for this year months in ad­vance, so the strangely struc­tured school year – which was adapted for the World Cup – would not have an im­pact on the ed­u­ca­tion of their 741 pupils.

The school, which boasts an ar­ray of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, plans to get heav­ily into the World Cup by as­sign­ing a coun­try for each child to fol­low and by host­ing a soc­cer fes­ti­val.

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