Athletics to kick-off school calendar year

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SCHOOLS re-open on Monday, 15 January 2018 for staff and on Wednesday, 17 January for pupils.

This time of year most schools are gearing themselves for their inter-house athletic meetings (red, green, yellow and blue house or Beda, Moffat, Iona and Wesley, or Mimosa, Kendal, Protea and Azalea) and the inter-schools meetings.

(there is no longer a Champion of Champions athletic meeting)

Parkhurst principal GF Engelbrecht, right, with athletic coaches Michael Cook, Portia Visagie and the cream of the school’s athletes.

Historically, the high schools South Peninsula (Richard Rive), Alexander Sinton (Dennis MacKay), Belgravia (Freddie Britton), and Mondale (Nazeem Smith) ruled the A-Section and Champion of Champions.

Dominant schools

Sunnyside Primary (Patrick Steenkamp) (near Hewat and Sinton) Athlone North (Robin April), Silverlea (John Thomas) and Turfhall (Amien Lagardien) on Klipfontein Road were the dominant primary schools in Athlone in the 1970s and 80s.

In Mitchell’s Plain, an outstanding school by the name of Parkhurst Primary School stood out like a beacon in almost all facets of athletics, culture, and academics – a real model school, not to be confused with Model C!

It is the flagship school in Mitchell’s Plain – largely a sub-economic area and a creation of Apartheid under Minister of Cooperation and Development Piet Koornhof who ironically married a coloured woman in later years.

Apartheid laws

Patrick Steenkamp, centre, in the front row, while still an athlete at Alexander Sinton. He was the athletics coach at Sunnyside Primary School in Athlone.

(Koornhof was involved in the implementation of apartheid laws by the forced removal of thousands of blacks from residential areas declared as white in the 1970s and 80s)

Under its principal GF Engelbrecht, Parkhurst attained great heights. The athletics coaches were Michael Cook and Portia Visagie.

Robin April

At the time of Engelbrecht’s retirement, former SA and WP middle distance champion and WP president Robin April became principal. April is retired.

The current principal is Ivan Coraizin, a former pupil of Alexander Sinton High School.

On the right is Lucinda Martin of Parkhurst.

The other athlete in the photograph is Shamiela Samsodien of Seaview Primary School in Rocklands.

2 thoughts on “Athletics to kick-off school calendar year

  • April 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Dear Publisher, How about doing reports on William (Willie ) Davids and Christopher (Christie) David’s. A bit of nostalgia from the past.

    • April 28, 2018 at 10:27 am

      See website for stories about William and Christopher Davids.


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