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Calitzdorp High School is a combined school serving learners from grade R right up to grade twelve. It is situated on a hill overlooking the town and Gamka valley.

Calitzdorp High School 2017 matric results


C'd high school with bell


tel  044 213 3313

Calitzdorp High School is a Section 21 school which falls under the  Education District of Eden and Central Karoo (05) and municipality of Eden / Kannaland

The school’s EMIS number is 0122112206

School hostel

                                                    School hostel

This school is a

  • Public Combined School
  • Boarding establishment
  • Fee paying school

The Principal is Mr D C Swart

Language of tuition is Afrikaans

For  2017,  539 learners were registered from Grade 1 to Grade 12, plus 29 Grade R children.  Of the total, 311 were female and 257 male.

The school has 13 classrooms, 2 science laboratories,
2 specialist classrooms, 1 workshop,

Principal Mr D C Swart

Principal Mr D C Swart

2 computer rooms and 1 library.

Subjects offered (as per CEMIS 2017) are

  • Afrikaans home language
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Business studies
  • Civil technology
  • Civil technology (Specialisation)
  • Computer applications technology
  • Consumer studies
  • English first additional language
  • Life orientation
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematical literacy
  • Mathematics

C'D High school badge


The school Motto is  : Sine Cera     “Sincere”

Interestingly, sincere comes from two Latin words, sine = without, and cera = wax. A Roman stone mason who made an error could get away with shoddy work by filling in his mistake with wax mixed with stone dust. A truly fine piece of work was sine cera, or without wax, hence our word ‘sincere’.

The school uniform consists of grey skirts, shorts or trousers with white shirt; black v-neck pullover or jersey and in winter the boys wear black, red and white ties.

The school song is as follows :

Daar’s ‘n ligbron op ‘n rant in die hart van Klein karoo
Waar ’n fakkel altyd brand, met ‘n helder lig daarbo.

Dis die skool waar ek studeer, om my vaderland te dien
En my voorgeslag to eer, deur my dade ongesien.

Alma Mater laat my dien, deur my dade, ongesien.
Deur my dade, Sine Cera, Deur my dade, ongesien.

Rebuilding the bell tower

      Rebuilding the bell tower

The bell tower which stands proudly in front of the school is a reconstruction of the original bell-tower which stood on the centre of the roof of the previous school building. The previous building was demolished when the current school building was erected.


Where it all began

The first school in Calitzdorp was the Dutch Reformed Church school.

The school was opened in a building made available –  until the pastorie with a special classroom for the school, was built. There were 35 pupils.

On Monday 21 December 1857, Dominee van der Riet opened proceedings with a service attended by the whole community. The school rules were presented and a speech made by Willem J Hansen the newly appointed teacher. Mr Hansen moved into Die Langhuis, a house built for him at 14 Queen street.

An appeal was made to the church congregants to donate towards the £100 required to bring Hansen’s wife and seven children from Holland.

First school right of the church, with two windows

          First school right of the church, with two windows

15 congregants who had guaranteed the £75 teacher’s annual salary were given a discounted school fee enabling them to enrol two or three children for an annual fee of £5 as opposed to the standard fee of £3.12s per child per annum.

In 1858 it was decided to erect a school building on the church grounds.

The school weathered numerous ups and downs through the years.

In 1866 teacher W J Hansen was followed by Mrs Petro Duwera (De Quera) who taught in English, and the school thus became known as ‘the English school’.

Some parents objected to the language being used for tuition and took their children from the school. A number of children did not get any further education, while others were tutored in little private schools which were opened to teach in the home language. These less costly private schools proved popular, drawing many pupils from the Dutch Reformed Church school.

In 1875 the Dutch Reformed Church school was officially closed, but in 1876 it was re-opened with a Mr D J G Conradie as teacher.

Second school which later became the church hall

              Second school which later became the church hall

In 1898 a second, much larger school was built next to the church to replace the original one.

In 1905 it was reported that   ‘ die gemeente ses nie-ondersteunde teenoor twaalf ‘Government’ ondersteunde skole is ‘   (“in the community there are six non-supported schools as to twelve Government-supported schools”)  The population realised that private schools were generally less costly than government ones, and private schooling increased.

By 1908 the town population had grown to more than 4,000 and it was once again time to consider extending the church and the school to meet the demand.

Built on land donated by Johan Sameul Frederick Brink, the new school on the hill was completed in 1912 at a cost of £5,276 15s 1d.

Third school of 1912 - note the bell tower

                               Third school of 1912 – note the bell tower

The building included an assembly hall, staff room, 8 classrooms, 2 woodwork rooms and a large room for the ‘infants’. The architect for these buildings was Mr Watson Hall, of Oudtshoorn, and the contractors Messrs James & Babb, Maitland.

When ‘Takhaar’, a reporter for the Oudtshoorn Courant newspaper, reported in the Courant dated 9 May 1912 on the great festivities for the inauguration of the new church on 26 April 1912, he included his impression of the new school.

”           …I also visited the spot, at the south-western extremity of the village, where the New Public School Buildings are in course of erection. The building, which, at the time of my visit, was nearly ready to be roofed in, is situated on an elevated plateau, commanding a magnificent view of the Little Zwarte Bergen, and partly overlooking the village.

I have heard it remarked that the site selected is too far distant from the village proper. This may be the case at the present time, but then one has to look to the future, and who knows that with the ultimate linking up of the line of railway from George to Ladismith via Calitzdorp, or a branch from Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp, the space, now lying vacant between the school site and the village proper, may yet be taken up for so many buildings. Judging by the size of the building the educational possibilities of the “Gamka City” are apparently of great magnitude, and this is certainly to be commended, for with compulsory education adequate provision should be made. The classrooms are large and well ventilated, and the hall – a quadrangle facing the south – is of particularly large dimensions. The building when completed, will undoubtedly not only make provision in a long-felt want, but would also be the means of drawing more pupils from the district, and let us hope that with the completion of the new buildings, the school will be raised to the grade of A1.

The architect for these buildings is Mr Watson Hall, of Oudtshoorn, and the contractors Messrs James & Babb, Maitland.”

view of old (red roof) and new schools before demolition of the old with hostel, top left

view of old (red roof) and new schools before demolition of the old. The mew hostel, top left

The celebratory opening of the new school took place on 20 November 1912 and the old school now became the church hall.

In 1920 the school was awarded secondary school status and in 1927 it officially became a high school.

The Republic of South Africa was constituted on 31 May 1961 and a commemorative arch – ‘ons republiek’ was built at the front entrance to the grounds.

In the late 1960s a completely new school building and boarding hostel were built behind the 1912 school.  When the new buildings were completed, the old school was demolished and on 24 September 1971 the spacious new school was opened by Mr S Theron, the Director of Education.

School headmasters:

  1. 21 December 1857 – 1861 – Mr W J Hansen
  2. 1861 – 1862 – Mr A Reeders
  3. 1862 – 1875 – Mr W Verschuur
  4. 1876 – 1881 – Mr D J G Conradie
  5. 1881 – 1881 – Mr Garcia
  6. 1881 – 1884 – Mr J H L Schumann
  7. 1884 – Oct   1888 – Mr J Klinck
  8. 1888 – July 1890 – Mr T C Pauw
  9. July 1890 – 1901 – Mr H J Geyser
  10. 1901 – 1903 – Mr A B Irutes
  11. 1903 – 1905 – Ds. Barry
  12. 1905 – 1927 – Mr W E Verschuur
  13. 1927 – 1935 – Mnr L L Wahl
  14. 1936 – 1937 – Mr J J de Kock
  15. 1937 – 1945 – Mnr T J T Malherbe
  16. 1945 – 1951 – Mr A D Luckhoff
  17. 1952 – 1959 – Mr T F Malherbe
  18. 1959 – 1962 – Mr J C Dreyer
  19. 1962 – 1965 – Mr D Vermaak
  20. 1966 – 1968 – Mr P M Schreuder
  21. 1969 – 1971 – Mr M G Rust
  22. 1972 – 1981 – Mr W P J du Preez
  23. 1982 – 1986 – Mr F C Sutherland
  24. 1986 – 1994 – Mr S J Conradie
  25. 1994 – 1997 – Dr J H Jacobs
  26. 1997 – – Mr D C Swart