HISTORY & EDUCATIONAL AIMS
Pro Arte Alphen Park is a unique school located in the East of Pretoria, which successfully combines the arts and business. This High School offers six specialised focus areas, namely Dance, Art & Design, Music, Drama, Hospitality and Enterprise Management.
Pro Arte Alphen Park opened its doors in January 1994 with the amalgamation of two schools, namely Pro Arte, school for the arts (1969) and the Alphen Park Commercial High School.
Pro Arte Alphen Park is an English medium school which is one of only a few focus schools established in Gauteng. The school is situated in Pretoria East, Alphen Park, close to the Menlyn shopping centre. The school does not only serve learners from surrounding suburbs but also learners from all over the country.
After school hours, tuition in Dance, Art, Music and Drama is offered to school going learners from any outside school by the Pro Arte afternoon Arts Academy.
Creating and upholding a school culture, which will
- encourage a high standard of academic achievement
- hold creativity and innovation in high esteem;
- be contemporary and modern;
- be unique in its multi-dimensionality; and
- promote democratic processes within the school community
Enrolling and training the best learner potential by
- encouraging motivation, self-discipline, self-activity, creativity and innovation and
- equipping learners with life skills to ensure that they become responsible adults.
Recruiting and developing a teaching corps to ensure
- creative-innovative outcomes in line with present educational trends and
- teaching in an understandable and relevant manner.
Focusing on the broader community by
- marketing the school in a multi-dimensional South African society;
- fostering the greatest possible credibility with stakeholders; and
- rendering a service in accordance with contemporary needs.
Maintaining an effective school management system in order to excel in
- administration, organization and planning;
- managing and developing financial, physical and human resources; and
- effective communication.
MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
Pro Arte Alphen Park once again proves to be a school of excellence, boasting excellent achievements with the 2015 matric results. Design does us proud with achieving 100% distinctions and an average of 86.8%. We boast a Grade 12 Design average of more than 84% for 22 years! Pro Excellence!
We nurture creativity as a tool to resolve challenges. The school boasts a highly qualified staff component which contributes to our achievements. We have a newly elected school governing body which is eager to assist us in our endeavour to remain the preferred school in Pretoria. As a school, we also embrace the principles of democracy through respect for each other.
Values such as respect, integrity, commitment and loyalty are treasured in our school. Our code of conduct is guided by these values. The management of the school regularly assesses the commitment of learners and teachers towards promoting these values. The school crest also reflects on these values: “Vigor et Veritas” which translated, means Strength and Integrity.
Our Code of Honour captures the essence of our school’s character:
- Respect the Christian principles taught at the school
- Pursue goodness, faithfulness, friendliness and loyalty
- Uphold honesty and sincerity
- Place truth above the lie
- To strive for nobleness of character, high moral values and a balanced life-style
- Honour and develop the traditions of our school
- Respect the various languages, cultures and national symbols of our country
- Demonstrate the necessary acknowledgement, consideration, respect, obedience and helpfulness in relationships
- Do any duty to the best of my ability
- Always remember, in work and play, that my body is an ally that should never be neglected
Our school song embraces the principles of democracy by using Afrikaans, English and Sesotho. The music was composed by Prof S Grové, who was a parent of the school.
Our school crest is a shield containing two interlocking diamonds as focal point on a burgundy background. The diamonds are symbolic of:
- Purity, uniqueness, many-facetedness and aesthetic values which reflect the beauty of the arts.
- The interlinking of focus areas, cultural inter-linking, academic subjects and also of arts and technology.
- A link in a chain which reflects our strength and unity.
- The head of the top diamond symbolizes striving for excellence, pointing towards a higher goal.
- The base of the bottom diamond symbolizes being anchored in a solid foundation and values.
The border emphasizes unity and the colours silver and light blue reflect the standard of excellence we strive for.
As the Principal, I am fortunate to have been with the school since its amalgamation, originally as HOD and then as Deputy Principal. I have been fortunate to have had two principals preceding me who both contributed greatly to the character of this wonderful school.
Mr Johann Guldenpfennig
To be a key provider of education and training in the arts, entrepreneurship and academics.
To utilise opportunities in the arts, entrepreneurship and academics to the full, within the multidimensional, creative, innovative and dynamic school community.
A high school for the arts. Where minds are inspired to open.
ACHIEVEMENTS & ACCOLADES
Since its inception, Pro Arte Alphen Park has achieved a 100% Grade 12 pass rate for seventeen years. Several accolades have been presented to the school for its achievements.
We are also the custodian of the Simfonia Juventi Orchestra which consists of learners from all over Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and North-West Province. They work and stay at the school during the April holidays.
Our Hospitality department started the Chefs competition in district D4 six years ago. It has since grown into a much bigger competition in which other districts also participate.
Pro Arte Alphen Park is one of only two founder members of the Tshwane Youth Arts Festival which has been presented in the State Theatre since 1996. Each year approximately 10,000 learners from different schools participate in the festival over a period of three weeks.
Schools from Britain, Indonesia and Sweden visit our school annually. The District often uses our school to showcase what is being done regarding cultural activities. We also have an exchange programme with Gable Hall School in Corringham, Essex, Great Britain.
Mr Johann Güldenpfennig (Principal)
Mr Bruce Davenport (Chairperson)
Mr Robert Thakanyane (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Thulani Dube (Treasurer)
Vacant – Voting to take place in February (Secretary)
Ms Neliswa Albertina Cekiso
Mr Innocent Gumede
2 Positions still Vacant – Voting to take place in February
Dr Riana Bester (Deputy Principal)
Mrs Annerie le Roux
Mr Casper van Zyl
Mrs Priscilla Fairman (Villa Nova Hostel Manager)
Asakhe Ximiya – ELRC President
Romanda Hombir – ELRC PRO
The following members were co-opted to serve on the Governing Body:
Mr Jacques Du Rand ( Deputy Principal)
Mrs Rene Abrahams (Public Relations & Marketing Officer)
TEACHING & ADMIN STAFF
Principal, Deputies & Admin Staff
- Mr Johann Güldenpfennig (Principal)
- Mr Jacques Du Rand (Deputy Principal)
- Dr Riana Bester (Deputy Principal)
- Henriette O’Reilley (Principal’s Secretary)
- Karen Norval (Learner Matters)
- Lorna Potgieter (Reception)
- Karien du Plooy (Finance)
- Annatjie Collett (Finance)
- Lerato Motsweneng (Discipline Administrator)
- Natasha Kraljevic-Scrimgeour (Counsellor)
- Rene Abrahams (Public Relations Officer)
- Frikkie van Tonder (Groundsman/Maintenance)
- Maureen Gunn (Media Centre)
Head of Department Visual Arts – Isabella Mellet
- Gerda Coetzee-Marais
- Lizelle Page
Head of Department Dance – Nigel Hannah
Subject Head Drama – Wilmarie Pretorius
- Adrian Freeman
- Wilmarie Pretorius
Head of Department Enterprise Management – Marie-Louise Nel
- Armand Strydom
- Nadine Bruinette
- Kenny Erasmus
- Liezel Snyman
- Carli Van Der Vyver
- Riana Pienaar
- Anel Swart
- Elmeri Wallace
- Zandi Nel
Head of Department Hospitality – Martha Kok
- Dinelle Jordaan
- Estelle Pretorius
- Josephine Venter
Head of Department English – Bertie Rieger
- Nadia Stoltz
- Lisa Deysel
- Salome De Bruyn
- An-Mari Muller
- Wilna Steyn
- Casper van Zyl
- Marisa Adams
- Cillie Burger (French)
Head of Department Afrikaans – Charmaine Holtzhausen
- Marie Hutton
- Mary-Ann Scott
- Ilse Fox
- Deseré Noke
- Emily Spies
- Salomé Bennett
- Riana v Vollenhoven
Head of Department French – Cillié Burger
- Casper Van Zyl
Head of Department Natural Science & Technology – Annerie Le Roux
- Lize Turkstra
- Esmerelda Naude
- Marcelle Smit
- Mariska Vermaak
- Neil Norval
- Rajesh Ramakrishnan
Head of Department LO – Charmaine Holtzhausen
- Bianca Theron
Head of Department Mathematics – Aletheia Korkie
- Jacques du Rand (Deputy Principal)
- Rajesh Ramakrishnan
- Lindy Coetzer (Van den Heever)
- Catrien Peirson
- Albert Roux
- Francios Smit
- Xolani Mkhondwane
- Ashley Feldman
Head of Department Music -Martie Jv Vuuren
- Hanna So
- Olivera Nikolic
- Dr Riana Bester (Deputy Principal)
Subject Head Social Sciences – Lezaan Nel
- Neil Norval
- Lezaan Nel
- Deidre Myburgh
The school’s facilities have been built to accommodate each of the different focus areas to cater for a very unique learning experience. The needs of each of the focus areas are attended to in great detail.
For Dance: There are three dance studios with wall to wall mirrors and bars for the dancers.
For Drama: The department has their own performing theatre hall where shows are held as well as well equipped movement rooms with mirrors.
For Hospitality: This focus area has very well equipped kitchens (one hot and one cold) to enable learners to perfect their culinary skills. We also have a restaurant on the property where learners are enabled to practice the art of cheffing, plating, serving, hosting and hospitality.
For Visual Arts: The Art focus area has well equipped studios for printing and design.
For Music: The Music focus area has 30 studios where individual lessons can be conducted. A variety of orchestra instruments are at the disposal of learners.
For Enterprise Management: We have three computer laboratories for this focus area ensuring learners have everything they need to succeed in their field.
Our media centre is well resourced with books, visual and sound equipment to enable learners and teachers to create a stimulating learning environment. Learners also have access to computers and the internet to do research.
Class sizes: The school treasures the fact that our class sizes are kept small in order for teachers to be able to reach out to learners where individual needs arise. Learners also flourish in such a conducive educational environment. The appointment of additional teachers by the governing body contributes towards the smaller numbers in the classes.
We currently have about 750 learners in the school. Our learners are diverse in respect of race, creed and talents.
A large number of learners are accommodated in the hostel. The hostel learners are representative of all the provinces in South Africa. Currently it houses learners from the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province. The remaining learners reside in Gauteng; we have no specific feeder zone.
Learners who apply to attend our school have a passion for either the arts, business related subjects or hospitality.
The learners at our school are representative of the whole population regarding race and economical welfare.
School rules are vital to help maintain order in a large group of people. School rules also lay the groundwork for adult responsibilities.
There may be anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand students at any level of education, ranging from high school to university. In order for staff to manage such large groups of learners, implementing rules for the students is necessary. Some rules are intended to protect the students as well as the teachers. Other rules exist to foster a healthy learning and teaching environment.
Rules also help prepare students for life as an adult. By learning to follow rules as a child, a person may be better prepared for following laws as an adult. It also helps the student get used to adhering to policies and procedures that they will face as an employee once they reach adulthood.
Click on our link below to download a copy of our rules.
UNIFORMS & SUPPLIERS
School Uniforms: Boys & Girls
Clothes must be neat and clean and should be worn according to season.
School uniform rules must at all times be adhered to.
Only grade 12’s may wear white shirts and agreed upon pull-over (white).
Second hand clothes store: On the School Premises
The shop provides school uniforms in good condition, including:
Blazers, Jerseys, Trousers and shorts, Slacks, Pullovers, Skirts
Ties, Socks, Scarves, Beanies, Tights, Shoes
Mrs Jansen van Vuuren is available during all register periods (07:35 – 07:50) and during break on a Thursday (11:05 – 11:34)
(Location: Block B – Room 025)
Payments at the second hand store: Cash only please
School Uniform Suppliers:
84 Thomas Edison Street
Tel: 012 460 8132
|Bank account details:|
|Acc no:||1500 000 348|
2017 School Fees : R25,740.00
Gr 8 – Gr 11 – 11 monthly payments from 1 Feb 2017 to 1 Dec 2017 : R2,340.00/m
Gr 12 – 10 monthly payments from 1 Feb 2017 to 1 Nov 2017: R2,574.00/m
- Once off before 28 Feb 2017 : receive a 10% discount and only pay R23,166.00
- Once off before 31 Mar 2017 : receive a 7% discount and only pay R23,938.00
PLEASE PAY YOUR SCHOOL FEES! YOU OWE IT TO YOUR CHILD!
Pro Arte Villa Nova is a private hostel, self-sufficient in all aspects. We do not receive funds from the GDE or any other sectors.
2017 Hostel Fees : R45,595.00
Gr 8 – Gr 12 – 11 monthly payments from 3 Jan 2017 to 3 Nov 2017 : R4,145.00/m
We have three options to choose from for hostel:
a) 5 day hostel (Monday 06:00am – Friday 17:00pm) – R3172.50pm
b) 7 day hostel (Monday to Sunday) with one compulsory week end out – R4145.00 pm
c) Daily fees – R350.00 per day
If you should choose option a), and you would like your child to stay in the hostel for an weekend – please take note that an additional fee of R350.00 will be charged on account. Mrs Fairman must lease be notified via email no later than the Thursday 11:00am. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Every learner in the hostel is bound by the contract signed by the parent, whereby they acknowledge the agreement regarding hostel fees; studies, security, good behaviour etc. …
- Hostel fees must be paid not later than the 3rd of each month.
No exceptions will be made in 2017. Should your payments be late, your child will have to leave. STRICTLY 30 DAY PERIOD. ABSA: 1500 000 348, BRANCH: 335345, CURRENT ACCOUNT. PLEASE USE YOUR HOSTEL REFERENCE OR YOUR CHILDS NAME AND SURNAME WHEN MAKING PAYMENT.
- Attached doc that must be signed by parent/guardian and learners and return via email before 30 Jan 2017
- Hostel children who go home at the end of a week, must be collected between
14:00 & 18:00 and return between 15:00 & 18:00 on Sundays.
No gates will be opened after 18:00a) No hostel children will be allowed to sleep over at a friend during the week.
b) We are not allowed to give children medicine. Please see to it that they have the necessary medicine, should they require any.
- What to bring to hostel:
a) Bedding for a single bed
b) School clothes
c) Casual clothes
e) LED bedside lamp
f) A lock for your room
g) No radio
h) We take no responsibility of loss of valuables
- First day of hostel learners Gr9-Gr12 starts 10th Jan 2017. Gate opens at 14:00 and locks at 18:00: Prefects must be at hostel for a compulsory unity/orientation camp preparation starting Friday 6 Jan 2017 12:00. Gr8 learners must attend camp, please be at hostel Saturday 7 Jan 2017 12:00. All parents who wants to see Head of Hostel please phone to make appointment.
- Out- weekend – Please bring your own supper with as the kitchen will be closed.
- In 2017 all parents/guardians will receive updates on a monthly basis regarding child’s progress.
SUBJECT CHOICES INFORMATION
Learners study and train in Classical Ballet, which is academically and technically demanding, plus Jazz and Spanish Dance. Compulsory academic components attached to Dance Studies are: Music and History of Ballet (Grade 8 and 9); Anatomy and Health Care; Music and History of Dance (Grade 10 and 11).
Career opportunities: professional dancer, choreographer, set design, costume design, dance critic, physiotherapist and dance teacher.
Creativity and talent are developed in a diverse, cultural environment. Learners develop their own style by analysing, questioning and conceptualising their ideas. Subjects: Visual Art and Design.
Career opportunities: fine arts, architecture, jewellery design, interior design, theatre studies, fashion, photography.
Tuition is offered in all symphonic instruments, as well as Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Recorder, Voice, Classical Guitar and Drums. Subjects: Music, including practical tuition in one or two instruments, Sight-reading, Theory, Harmony (Music Literacy), Critical Reflection, Form, Music Technology, Composition, Aural Training and Improvisation.
Career opportunities: teacher, performer (solo or in an orchestra), accompanist, ensemble player, programme compiler, arranger, composer, sound engineer and musical theatre.
Learners receive background knowledge and practical experience. On completion, a learner will be a well-equipped drama specialist. Learners develop self-confidence and communication skills as well. Subjects: Speech and Drama, and Practical Drama.
Career opportunities: performing arts, theatre or film technical fields, or any people-orientated career.
The section equips learners to enter the labour market on completion of their school career. Learners are trained in all aspects related to running a restaurant efficiently at the fully equipped restaurant on site. Subjects: Hospitality Studies.
Career opportunities: management, chefs and waiters in the hospitality industry (for example in hotels, restaurants, and industrial kitchens), entrepreneurial opportunities by establishing a small business, training, sales representatives for suppliers of the industry, and function co-ordinators.
Learners develop entrepreneurial skills, and they even establish their own businesses aimed at making a substantial profit. Numeric skills are a prerequisite. Subjects: Accounting is compulsory.
Career opportunities: entrepreneur, informatics, auditor, accountant or investment manager.