Bergvliet Primary School
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.