Paul Roos Gymnasium
|Paul Roos Gymnasium|
Paul Roos Gimnasium
|Stellenbosch, Western Cape|
(Always Brighter / Always More Splendid)
|Sister school||Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof, Rhenish Girls' High School|
|Rector||Mr André van Staden|
|Number of students||1300|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Houses||Braid, Hofmeyer, Murray, Neethling|
|Colour(s)||Maroon, Gold and Navy|
|Slogan||Semper Splendidior (Always More Splendid)|
|Fight song||Old Boys of Paul Roos|
|Nickname||The Roos, The Maroon Machine, PRG.|
Paul Roos Gymnasium is a government school for boys in the town of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, founded in 1866 as Stellenbosch Gymnasium. Paul Roos Gymnasium is considered to be one of the most prestigious boy's schools in the country. Other than its rich history, the school is known for all round excellence in sport, culture and academics.
The pillar values of the school are pride, respect and gentlemanship along with humility, excellence, integrity and responsibility (PRG HEIR). Another notable characteristic of the school is its gees (Afrikaans for spirit) and their famous fightsong "Old boys of Paul Roos" which they sing with learners who previously attended the school.
Paul Roos Gymnasium has produced more Springbok rugby players than any other school (53).
The school was renamed three times, Stellenbosch Boys High, Victoria College (after Queen Victoria) and in 1940 Paul Roos Gymnasium. Paul Roos, a former captain of the Springbok rugby union team, was himself a former pupil and teacher at the school, and was the school's rector from 1910 to 1940, after which the school was renamed in his honour.
Associations and facilities
Though Paul Roos Gymnasium is a school for boys from grade 8 to 12, the curriculum includes some subjects presented in conjunction with the two sister schools, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof and Rhenish. The school is dual medium; Afrikaans- and English-speaking pupils study under one roof, but classes are largely separated according to mother tongue. The school shares sport and internet facilities with Stellenbosch University.
School facilities include a library and computer labs.
Sports facilities include hockey fields, the Markötter rugby fields, a swimming pool, an Olympic Waterpolo Aquatic Centre, tennis courts, and a gymnasium.
The main residential facilities are the two school hostels (dormitories) called Prima and Prima Nova. They accommodate some hundreds of boarders, mainly from Southern Africa.
Paul Roos was classified as a 'prestige' school, being among the best-performing schools. In the first 39 years in which the Chancellor's Medal has been awarded at Stellenbosch University, nine (23%) of the recipients have been Paul Roosers.
- J.B.M. Hertzog, prime minister of the Union of South Africa
- D.F. Malan, South African prime minister
- Jan Smuts, South African prime minister and Field Marshal in the British Army, as well as one of the founders of the, League of Nations and United Nations
- Andries Bekker, Springbok rugby player
- Schalk Brits, Saracens and Springbok rugby player
- T.O. Honiball artist and cartoonist
- Francois Hougaard, Worcester Warriors and Springbok rugby player
- Uys Krige, writer, poet, playwright and rugby union footballer
- Tjol Lategan, Springbok rugby player
- Paul Roos, Springbok rugby union captain
- Johann Rupert, executive chairman, Richemont
- Josh Strauss, Captain of the Currie Cup champions 2011, the Lions
- Peter van der Merwe, Springbok cricketer
- Arnold van Wyk, composer, musicologist
- Cobus Visagie, accountant and former Springbok rugby player
- Juandre Kruger, Springbok rugby player
- Willie le Roux - Wasps and current Springbok rugby union player
- Heinz Winkler, South African Idols Winner and Musician
- Koos Kombuis, South African Musician
- Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative journalist
- Damian Willemse, Stormers rugby player
- Jim McKendrick, Springbok Rugby Player
The Rhodes Scholarship was instituted in 1903, and Paul Roos is one of four schools in South Africa entitled to award a Rhodes Scholarship annually to an ex-pupil to study at the University of Oxford.
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