De Grendel opens doors

Former principal from left, Mr C. Snyman (1974 to 1986), Mr L Van Niekerk (1987 to 2002), and Mr D Strydom (2004 to 2016).

The Good Shepherd Convent, in Milnerton, was the first home for De Grendel School pupils in 1974. During 1976, they were moved to the new school buildings in Koeberg Road.

The school was founded to serve as a school for pupils with mild intellectual disabilities, and technical-skills workshops were the main focus of the curriculum.

The school today has 500 pupils and plays an indispensable part in preparing boys and girls for a career.

Apart from academic subjects, much emphasis is placed on technical subjects — woodwork, welding, general maintenance, panel beating, spray painting, hairdressing, typing, educare and hospitality studies — which open many doors to the working world.

The school also offers sport and a range of cultural activities. A new principal, Renier Petersen, was appointed in April this year.