Stellenbosch High School

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Coordinates: 33°55′52″S 18°52′49″E / 33.931°S 18.8802°E / -33.931; 18.8802

Hoërskool Stellenbosch
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Hoërskool Stellenbosch school crest
Jannasch Street

South Africa
TypePublic & Boarding
Religious affiliation(s)Christianity
Established1978; 45 years ago (1978)
PrincipalMr T. H. Pellissier
Teaching staff35
GenderBoys & Girls
Age14 to 18
Number of students700 pupils
Schedule 07:30 - 14:00
CampusUrban Campus
Colour(s)  Red
AccreditationWestern Cape Education Department

Hoërskool Stellenbosch is a public Afrikaans medium co-educational in the town of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. It was founded in 1978 as a business-oriented technical school (Hoërhandelskool Stellenbosch),[1] located in the center of town, but moved to the suburbs in the 1980s. It was reserved for white students during Apartheid, but was opened to all races in 1992.


A panorama of Stellenbosch, as seen from Papegaaiberg

Stellenbosch is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated about 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste Rivier. It is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. The town became known as the City of Oaks or Eikestad in Afrikaans and Dutch due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel, to grace the streets and homesteads.[2]

The town is home to the University of Stellenbosch and other schools such as Paul Roos Gymnasium, Rhenish Girls' High School and Bloemhof High School. Stellenbosch High School is located between the JS Marais Park and the residential area Uniepark.[3]

Meaning of school emblem[edit]

  1. The three castles from Simon van der Stel's family crest represents the stronghold that the school offers its learners.[4]
  2. The acorn and oak leaf, both symbols of Stellenbosch, symbolise the growth of the learners in the school. It is in gold because their education is precious to them.
  3. The result of a learner's education is the certificate with which the school equip them for a bright future, which is why it is placed prominently in the middle.

The school anthem[edit]

The English version of the school anthem, which is not used any more, was written in April 1978 by JF Spies. HP van der Westhuizen put the lyrics to music in 1977.


Learners from Stellenbosch High School write the NSC (National Senior Certificate) examination at the end of their matric year (grade 12). Grade 8–9 learners have the following compulsory subjects:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • English Home Language or English First Additional Language
  • Afrikaans Home Language
  • Life Orientation
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

In grade 10 learners have four compulsory subjects:

  • Afrikaans Home Language
  • English Home Language or English First Additional Language
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation

Further more they can choose 3 or more of the following subjects:[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Nicole Holm (South African actress known for her role in the TV series Known Gods)[6][7]
  • Pieter Schoeman (Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra)[6][8]
  • Megan-Geoffrey Prins (winner of the Slurpie-Kanna award for best upcoming artist and a soloist in the University of Stellenbosch's symphony orchestra)[9][10]
  • Anjulie de Vos (renowned South African cellist)[11][12]
  • Stefan Temmingh (international Recorder player currently living in Germany)[13]


  1. ^ "Hoërskool Stellenbosch – Agtergrond". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ The Cyclopædia; or, Univeal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature. Abraham Rees, 1819. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown
  3. ^ Location of Stellenbosch High School, Retrieved 7 June 2010
  4. ^ Simboliek van ons skool-wapen, (in Afrikaans) Retrieved 5 June 2010
  5. ^ Western Cape Education Department profile, Retrieved 10 August 2010
  6. ^ a b Fees van kunste wag op Stellenbossers, (in Afrikaans) Retrieved 7 June 2010
  7. ^ Nicole Holm, Noah of Cape Town Retrieved 7 June 2010
  8. ^ Pieter Schoeman, London Philharmonic Orchestra Retrieved 7 June 2010
  9. ^ Megan-Geoffrey Prins in High School Stellenbosch, (in Afrikaans) Retrieved 7 June 2010
  10. ^ Coertse, Prinsloo Among Kanna Award Recipients, The Herald Retrieved 7 June 2010
  11. ^ Dis klassiek én kontemporêr, (in Afrikaans) Die Burger. 29 July 2002. Retrieved 7 June 2010
  12. ^ Ensemblespelers wen eie CD, (in Afrikaans) Die Burger. 2 February 1998. Retrieved 7 June 2010
  13. ^ Stefan Temmingh oorsee vereer!, (in Afrikaans) Retrieved 7 June 2010

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