The history of Knysna High goes back to the last century when it was known as the Knysna Public School and functioned only as a junior school. The old school building (on the present site) came into use on 16 October 1916 and on 1 January 1929 obtained the status of a high school. The official opening of Knysna High took place on 28 January 1929. Numerous extensions have subsequently taken place and the present building that was erected around the original building, was occupied at the end of 1968.
At present, the school consists of a modern building with all the essential rooms. These include well-equipped laboratories; Consumer Studies classroom, a school hall and two computer rooms.
Originally tuition was in English. From 1936 Afrikaans was gradually introduced as an alternative language of tuition, and only in the early 1940`s did Knysna High become a dual-medium school.
The colourful history of the school can be traced from the days when it provided education mainly to the English-speaking village children. Later, with the addition of the hostels, provision was made for children from the farming community and the forestry sector. Today it fulfils the task of a typical town school in a rapidly developing area.
|Mr Daan Dercksen||Parent||Chairperson|
|Mrs Retha Nell||Parent||Deputy Chairperson|
|Mr Jacques du Plessis||Parent||Treasurer|
|Mr Shaun van Eck||Parent||Marketing|
|Mr Rob dos Santos||Parent||Sport|
|Mrs Rene' Bruwer||Parent||Culture and Sport|
|Mrs Rochelle Kock||Parent||Curriculum|
|Mr Mike Lourens||Principal||Principal|
|Mrs Annelise Opperman||Educator||Educator PTA|
|Mr Angus Gray||Educator||Educator IT|
|Ms Angelique Olivier||Admin||Secretary|
|Jandre Dippenaar||Head Boy|
|Logan Chalmers||Head Girl|
Please note that should you wish to contact any of the Governing Body members, you may do so via the school's office. Tel: 044 - 382 2137
Presentation given to KHS students at assembly 20 January 2014
Knysna High is CHANGING !
Everywhere I go I have been greeted with a smile and a loud firm GOOD MORNING.
You have waited politely to allow me to pass by. I have seen boys standing back at doors, allowing girls to walk in first.
And it has all been GOOD. It has made me FEEL GOOD.
It made me feel RESPECTED.
I thought to myself – this is what RESPECT FEELS LIKE.
RESPECT is that feeling that you get when you SEE…when you KNOW that someone else ACKNOWLEDGES you
It makes you feel that they SEE you.
It makes you feel that they CARE – and when you, in return say THANK YOU for that thing that they have done
They feel GOOD
They feel WORTHY
They feel SEEN and VALUED
It all comes down to the REASON WHY WE DO IT.
The reason why we practice these things that all add up to SHOWING RESPECT.
When we SHOW each other RESPECT we are in FACT showing each other a KIND of LOVE
By doing it we are making Knysna High a BETTER PLACE to be.
A HAPPIER PLACE to be
A SAFER - more CARING
More POSITIVE place to be
So – if you haven’t done so already try showing some RESPECT this week
In life you tend to GET BACK that which you PUT OUT
Its SOWING and REAPING
Its CAUSE and EFFECT
SO – SHOW some RESPECT and WATCH what happens.
SPREAD IT AROUND AND SEE THE GOODNESS SURROUND YOU
WHERE IS THE RESPECT?
LET US SEE IT.
To cherish and lead our learners;
give them the opportunity
to fulfill their potential
in a professional and safe environment
that they are proud of.
To value diversity
and to contribute to the development
of well-balanced adults
who have confidence, a vision of the future
and a belief in themselves and the world around them.