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.
At Pro Arte Alphen Park we nurture creativity as a tool to resolve challenges. The school boasts a highly qualified staff component which contributes to our achievements. Our school governing body is eager to assist us in our endeavour to remain the preferred school for children interested in the arts 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 motto 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-faceted 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.
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
A little bit of history about Pro Arte Alphen Park and its journey from 1969, when the Art, Music, Ballet and Drama school started in prefab classes at the bottom of Pretoria Boys’ High’s grounds, to 1994 when we amalgamated with the Commercial School, to where we are now in Alphen Park, a small suburb just west of Menlyn in Pretoria.
Pro Arte Alphen Park has had four principals: Mr Theron, Dr Kirstein, Mr Güldenpfennig and yours truly. I started teaching in 1989 and was appointed as principal in June last year. Pro Arte always has a special aura about it when your talk to people living in Pretoria. We allow our learners to think outside the box. We give them all the right tools and the success as well as the rest of the job is up to them.
We focus on the creative and performing arts, but because we were amalgamated in 1994, we also inherited hospitality and enterprise management as focus areas. We have a very accomplished dance troupe who stage a production at the State Theatre every year. They practise and perform in any of the three dance studios. The music department is fortunate to have 20 soundproof music rooms for learners to practise. The drama department has its own theatre to allow for a practical learning experience and stage its own productions. The art department has three well-equipped classrooms and we specialise in visual art and design. The enterprise department concentrates on accounting and has two well-equipped computer rooms connected to the internet so that learners can get connected and do research. The hospitality department has two state of the art kitchens and a restaurant to show off their culinary talents. We also have a hostel so that we can accommodate learners from all over the province as well as anywhere else in the country. The Pro Arte Afternoon Music Academy is a magnet school attached to Pro Arte Alphen Park where young budding musicians can get their careers off the ground.
We are fortunate to have a staff complement of 71 educators and admin staff and the magnet school uses 17 music teachers for their afternoon classes. We even put on a staff concert for the learners every now and again to showcase out staff talent in order to motivate and inspire our learners. The school also employs a full-time counsellor to assist on a daily basis with the wellbeing of all our learners.
There are around 778 learners at our school and the Grade 12 pass rate is always above 95%.
I have chosen a few alumni to show that we are not just a school that gets kids through the system. Some learners decide to go the academic route, like Steve Bhiko’s Dr Pelican Zimu. Zak Hendriks is a successful actor and you may have seen him in Binnelanders. Lionel Smit exhibits his art in New York and London. Cobus du Toit is a flautist who is a professor of music in the United States. Chantal Dartnal was the top female chef in the world in 2018 and her restaurant The Mosaic has just won the Best Wine List in the World award. Petronel Malan is an accomplished pianist and Nicole Ferreira works for the Johannesburg Ballet Company. Keletso Motau is an editor for Woolworths Taste Magazine. Robyn Hendricks is the principal dancer for Australia Ballet Company in Sydney. Bafanna Matea is a choreographer for the New York Battery Dance Company and Jan Hendrik van der Westhuisen is South Africa’s only Michelin Star Chef. He studied visual art at Pro Arte.
Where to next? Barack Obama said, “I call on our nation’s governors and state education chiefs to develop standards and assessments that don’t simply measure whether students can fill in a bubble on a test, but whether they possess 21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking and entrepreneurship and creativity”.
Our learners need to learn new skills to be competitive and relevant. We need learners who can take initiative, be adaptable and resilient. They need to be able to bring something new and original into existence and to be able to develop new solutions to complex problems. That’s where the fourth industrial revolution steps in. Our school now gets ICTs to assist with education. I did my master’s degree in ICT integration because I knew that our children are now wired differently. You have to edutain them now.
Finally, someone said, innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower! Steve Jobs said, “You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back towards the technology – not the other way around.” I trust that learners who leave Pro Arte Alphen Park will be well-rounded individuals who will excel in whatever they put their minds to, as long as they put in the hours to reach that goal.
Mr Jacques du Rand
Mr C Negondeni (Deputy for Discipline)
Dr Bester (Deputy for Academics)
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.
Mr Jacques du Rand (Principal)
Matsobane Kekana (Chairperson)
Lloyd Modjadji (Deputy Chairperson)
Gareth Gregory (Treasurer)
Mr Kenny Erasmus
Ms Tebogo Mohale
Mr Casper van Zyl
Mrs Priscilla Fairman (Villa Nova Hostel Manager)
Ms Lerato Motsweneng (Secretary)
Mrs René Abrahams (Marketing & Public Relations)
Lehumo Makgalo (ELRC President)
TEACHING & ADMIN STAFF
Principal, Deputies & Admin Staff
- Mr Jacques Du Rand (Principal)
- Dr Riana Bester (Deputy Principal: Academics)
- Mr Calton Negondeni (Deputy Principal: Discipline)
- Lorna Potgieter (Principal’s Secretary)
- Karen Norval (Learner Matters)
- Valrine Moloto (Reception)
- Karien du Plooy (Finance: Front Office Bookkeeper)
- Annatjie Collett (Finance: Back Office Financial Officer)
- Lerato Motsweneng (Discipline Administrator)
- Kgomotso Rashalaha (Discipline Officer)
- Natasha Kraljevic-Scrimgeour (Counsellor)
- René Abrahams (Public Relations Officer)
- Frikkie van Tonder (Groundsman/Maintenance)
- Deseré Noke (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
- Tebogo Mohale
- Kenny Erasmus
- Margaret Banda
- Carli Van Der Vyver
- Neline Joubert
- Anel Swart
- Dominica Alberts
Head of Department Hospitality – Martha Kok
- Suritha Bam
- Josephine Venter
Head of Department English – Casper van Zyl
- Nadia Stoltz
- Lisa Deysel
- Salome De Bruyn
- An-Mari Muller
- Esther Jordaan
- Chelsea Courtois
Head of Department Afrikaans – Charmaine Holtzhausen
- Marie Hutton
- Mary-Ann Scott
- Ilse Fox
- Deseré Noke
- Salomé Bennett
- Anne Pienaar
- Carmen Maartins
Head of Department French – Casper van Zyl
- Cillié Burger
Head of Department Natural Science & Technology – Annerie Le Roux
- Lize Turkstra
- Cindy-Lee Orsmond
- Marcelle Smit
- Mariska Vermaak
- Neil Norval
- Yolandi Muller
- Marie Hamman (Lab assistant)
Head of Department LO – Stephanie van Heerden
- Bianca Theron
Head of Department Mathematics – Albert Roux
- Yolandi Muller
- Lindy Coetzer (Van den Heever)
- Catrien Peirson
- Albert Roux
- Francios Smit
- Xolani Mkhondwane
- Ashley Feldman-Diko
- Tsholofelo Ramphomane
Head of Department Music -Martie Jv Vuuren
- Hanna So
- Shiven Moodley
- Dr Riana Bester (Deputy Principal)
Head of Department Social Sciences – Isabella Mellet
- Neil Norval
- Channelle Alberts
- Deidre Fourie
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.
There are three dance studios with wall to wall mirrors and bars for the dancers.
The department has their own performing theatre hall where shows are held as well as well equipped movement rooms with mirrors.
The Art focus area has well equipped studios for printing and design.
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.
We have three computer laboratories for this focus area ensuring learners have everything they need to succeed in their field.
The Music focus area has 30 studios where individual lessons can be conducted. A variety of orchestra instruments are at the disposal of learners.
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.
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.
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.
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 the icon above to download a copy of our rules.
UNIFORMS & SUPPLIERS
Winter School Uniforms
Learners will be required to start wearing winter uniform from 6 May 2019.
All winter uniforms are now in stock at school uniform 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
School and Leisure
Parkview Shopping Centre
c/o Garsfontein and Netcare Roads
Tel: 010 593 0904
2019 School Fees: R29,590.00
11 monthly payments from 1 Feb 2019 to 1 Dec 2019 : R2,690.00 per month.
10 monthly payments commencing 1 Feb 2019 to 1 Nov 2019 for additional compulsory Maths academy classes: R325.00 per month
Total monthly for Gr 8 : R3015.00 per month
Gr 9 – Gr 11
11 monthly payments from 1 Feb 2019 to 1 Dec 2019 : R2,690.00 per month
10 monthly payments from 1 Feb 2019 to 1 Nov 2019: R2,959.00 per month
- Once off settlement on or before 28 Feb 2019 : receive a 11.301% discount.
(Please note that NO discount will be given after this date)
PLEASE PAY YOUR SCHOOL FEES! YOU OWE IT TO YOUR CHILD!
2019 Hostel Fees : R56,122.00
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.
Gr 8 – Gr 12 – 11 monthly payments from 3 Jan 2019 to 3 Nov 2019 : R5,102.00/mWe have two options to choose from for hostel:
a) 7 day hostel (Monday to Sunday) with one compulsory week end out – R5,102.00 pm
b) Daily fees – R400.00 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 R400.00 will be charged on account. Mrs Fairman must lease be notified via email no later than the Thursday 11:00am. (email@example.com)
- Please note no child may apply for Hostel if they have not received confirmation of acceptance for 2020. All applications for Hostel MUST be channeled via our admissions office, Mrs Norval.
- 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 2020. Should your payments be late, your child will have to leave. STRICTLY PAYABLE IN ADVANCE
- PLEASE USE YOUR HOSTEL REFERENCE NUMBER WHEN MAKING PAYMENT. Failure to do so will result in your hostel fees being allocated to school fees and this is an irreversible transaction.
- Attached doc that must be signed by parent/guardian and learners and return via email before 30 Jan 2019
- 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 18:00
- a) 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 2019. Gate opens at 14:00 and locks at 18:00.
- 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 2019 all parents/guardians will receive updates on a monthly basis regarding child’s progress.
ABSA: 1500 000 348
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.
Download the subject choice form.
At Pro Arte Alphen Park we are especially focused on the well-being of each and every individual learner. We have a full time employed counsellor ready to assist with a multitude of solutions to our learners’ every day challenges.
These days, the role of the school counsellor is multifaceted and may vary greatly, depending on the requirements of both the department of education as well as each individual school.
The duties of our school counsellor generally include:
- Providing instruction on psychological and social issues. School counsellors provide information to learners about bullying or offer advice on study skills.
- Vocational guidance. Many school counsellors help learners prepare for college or assist with selecting careers.
- Counselling. School counsellors often help learners mediate conflicts with their peers, teachers or parents. Many school counsellors also provide therapy and counselling services to learners during school hours.
- Early intervention. School counsellors receive training about learning difficulties and psychological concerns that commonly manifest in children and adolescents. They may also provide referrals, recommendations and education to parents about mental health concerns.
Furthermore, our counsellor often helps learners with the following:
- Maintaining academic standards and setting of goals for academic success.
- Developing skills to improve organization, study habits and time management.
- Working through personal problems that may affect academics or relationships.
- Improving social skills.
- Coping with school or community-related violence, accidents and trauma.
- Identify interests, strengths, and weaknesses.
Our counsellor also offers individual counselling to help students resolve personal or interpersonal problems.