Our History

  • The History Of Bellville Primary School

    During January 1960, the first principal, Mrs. A.M. Spies, was present at the birth of the school and gently nurtured it until December 1962.

    In January 1963, Mr. P.J. Dreyer gently took the baby by the hand and taught it to walk. During that year, 9 classrooms, 1 speech room, a woodwork room and an art room were added. In October, 1965, Mr. Dreyer left the toddler in the care of Mr. J.J. van Eeden for one term, as he had been appointed principal of Durbanville Primary School.

    In January 1966, Mr. J. Oosthuizen took his turn in being responsible for the six-year old lad.

    On 31 May 1966, the first trees were planted by the city councillors and members of the school committee. On 10 August, the inauguration of the traffic training centre received wide media coverage.

    During 1967, a start was made with the exploration of adjacent houses in order to provide space for expansion of the school building.

    During 1970, large-scale extensions were begun and the following were added:

    • a school hall;
    • 3 special classrooms;
    • 4 ordinary classrooms;
    • a library; science room;
    • needlework room;
    • deputy principal’s office;
    • vice-principal’s office;
    • a storeroom and 2 music rooms.

    Mr. Fanie Theron, Director of Education at the time, inaugurated the extensions on 18 June 1971. By this time the school had also been equipped with all the necessary audio-visual equipment. All the classrooms had also been fitted with curtains to darken the rooms when necessary.

    In 1973, a further 11 homes were demolished and a start was made with the development of the sportsgrounds. This project was financed from school funds and supervised by the Administration. Four tennis courts, 8 tennisette courts, 2 cricket nets and a rugby field were acquired at a cost of R26 000. These facilities were utilised in 1975.

    Mr. Oosthuizen retired at the end of 1984 and was succeeded by Mr. J.N. Coetzee, the new principal, in January 1985. Mr. Coetzee retired at the end of 1993.

    Mr. F.V. van Niekerk, the deputy-principal, acted in his place for the first and second terms of 1994. Mr J.M. van der Merwe, previously from Lochnerhof Primary School in the Strand was appointed as principal in July, 1994. He resigned from teaching at the end of 1996.

    Mr. Danie Bester, former deputy-principal at Durbanville Primary School, was appointed as the new principal at the beginning of 1997.

    Mnr Bester

    Mr Bester

    In 2015 Bellville Primary School was fortunate enough to have new technology installed in the school. Every class teacher received a laptop and had a projector installed in their class. The school also had Wifi installed throughout the building.

    Mr Bester retired in the beginning of 2021, ending a long and successful career that spanned over 40 years. Our sports field was named after Mr Bester in honour of his service.








    Mrs Sandra Gold was appointed as the new principal in 2021.

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