VPHS prepares learners to pursue careers in science, business and the arts
The Eastern Cape co-ed high school believes in the holistic development of young people, and teaches them how to turn opportunities into success
Victoria Park High School is a coeducational higher education day school in Gqeberha’s (former Port Elizabeth) Walmer suburb in the Eastern Cape. About 1,100 students attend grades 8 to 12 and enjoy a high level of participation in academic activities, sport and the arts. Founded in 1940, the school retains the founder’s emphasis on the development of all aspects of young people.
As a teacher and the school’s principal, Michael James Vermaak drives Victoria Park with passion, and his dynamic and energetic personality motivates both learners and staff.
Victoria Park High School offers academic programmes that prepare learners to pursue careers in science, business and the arts.
The online generation is wired for the fast delivery of content, data and images so teaching includes the use of game theory with continual feedback, and the skill to discover, curate and manage information.
Facilities include modern technology in all classrooms, computer labs, modern science labs and a media centre. The school’s business studies prepare future entrepreneurs and bright industry minds that will contribute to the economy and lead in the corporate world.
A culture of artistic creativity and self-expression is encouraged at Victoria Park. Students are invited to participate in such diverse activities as drama, visual arts (textile printing, painting and drawing, ceramics and photography), ballroom dancing, oratory and debating competitions, Toastmasters, jazz and steel bands, sound and lighting production, quiz teams and cultural appreciation societies.
Victoria Park High School carries a proud tradition of team spirit and participation in sports, including athletics, hockey, tennis, chess, netball, cricket, soccer, squash, hiking, golf, swimming, paddling, equestrian, rugby and water polo.
Fiercely contested derby days and leagues that compete against local and national opponents, a fully equipped gym for students, and a professional biokineticist who oversees training programmes, are all part of the comprehensive sporting experience and environment on offer.
Victoria Park High School’s credo
At Victoria Park, we believe in the power of individuality. We break the mould and question the status quo.
We believe that everybody can be somebody. We believe in exploring and amplifying the various talents that make each of our pupils unique. We believe that where you are going is more important than where you have come from.
We believe in the pursuit of excellence and the enjoyment of the journey along the way. We believe in giving our pupils every opportunity to find themselves by providing them with a variety of activities and facilities.
We believe in fostering a pioneering spirit to tackle life’s challenges head-on. We believe that everything you have is everything you need. We believe in bravery and self-belief.
We believe in the power of encouragement, and in building confident and empowered young hearts and minds. We believe in dreaming big and working hard. We believe that talent can get you far but persistence can get you further.
A Victoria Park education is an education in life. It’s a five-year window of equipping the next generation with the maturity, dedication and open-mindedness required to readily embrace their uniqueness and leave their mark on the world.
At Victoria Park, we believe that preparation for life turns opportunities into success.
Prepared for life.
This article was paid for by Victoria Park High School.
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