TVPS grows with suburb

Ms E Krynauw with her Sub A and Sub B classes on January 20 1972.

In the late 1960s, as development in Table View took place, so the need for a school arose.

Schools in Milnerton were full and parents put pressure on the Cape Department of Education to start a school in Table View.

Leibrandt van Niekerk, later to be elected mayor of Milnerton, was a regular visitor to the Wale Street offices, urging the authorities to build a school in Table View.

A portion of land was chosen as a site for the new school. A house on the property that still stands today as the present day tuckshop, was used by the first 11 Sub A pupils and their teacher, Ms E Krynauw, as their classroom on 19 January 1971. During 1971, building of “the school in the bush” commenced.

In 1972, five teachers and 114 pupils moved into the new building. In 1973, Mr HP Strydom, TVPS’s longest serving principal, was employed and oversaw the growth of the school until his retirement in 1996. During his 23-year tenure, he saw the school grow to over 1 200 pupils and 64 staff members. Mr Strydom’s report from 1982 says of that year: “Al wat ons gehad het was ’n klein skoolgeboutjie, sonder ’n saal, houtwerkgeriewe en dies meer.

“Ons het slegs een rugbyveld, een netbalbaan en twee tennisbane gehad – geen ander sport fasiliteite nie. Op daardie stadium ken ek elke leerling op sy naam asook byna elke ouer verbonde aan die skool.”

Since Mr Strydom’s tenure, TVPS has had four school principals. Mr C Dippenaar, Mr JJ Smith and Ms R van Wyk. TVPS’s current principal Golie Gouws has led the school since 2014. Today the school has over 1 500 pupils and a staff of 86.