Our school is situated in Baubinia Street, Sanctor, in the Northern Suburbs of Port Elizabeth. Over 70% of our learners are from poor and unemployed families. Our school caters for all English and Afrikaans speaking learners as a home language. We have a large percentage of learners whose home language is Xhosa.

There are various learner groups initiated to assist in a positive way and contribute to the ethos at school. The “I Care Group” was initiated to assist learners at school with the social and psychological problems they encounter at school.

The leadership and management meets once a month to discuss, consolidate and implement plans that was discussed at the annual indaba. Communications with the parents are done via letter and SMS. A quarterly newsletter called “The Westviller” is sent to all parents informing them about events and what happens at school. Results and other academic performances of the learners are reported to the parents quarterly.

The school has a democratically accepted 5GB constitution. Parents that are artisans but are unemployed are recorded on a database and are used by the school in its maintenance of the buildings and grounds.

We are one of the first schools in the Northern Suburbs that offered Computer Application Technology (CAT) as a subject for the National Senior Certificate. (NSC). We also are introducing computer literacy classes for grade 8 and 9. Our school is involved with an extra-curricular initiative of maths, science and technology that is being offered to a group of our top learners on a Saturday morning.

Our grade 12’s is taken on a Study Camp every year to get them focussed on their final exams. We also have a very successful and motivational Valedictory Service where grade 12 learners are encouraged to do well in the forthcoming final examination.

Our learners are supported and encouraged to participate in extra-mural activities. We have a choice of seven sports codes that they can select to play. We also offer co-curricular activities that the learners can participate in. These learners are acknowledged at assemblies and rewarded and recognised at our annual Awards Day with trophies and diplomas.

We have a strong prefect system where learners assist with the upkeep of the school rules. We have employed three security personnel that help with keeping the school safe for our learners and staff.

The school arranges regular meetings with all parents. We engage parents to assist with the supervision when educators are at educational workshops. To offset outstanding school fees parents assist the school with the structural maintenance.

Learners at school are encouraged to respect the local environment. We are fortunate to have a wild bird sanctuary opposite the school. Once a term we have a total “clean up” around and outside the school. Our learners are involved in assisting at the Aids Haven in the area and educators with a group of learners have an outreach to the Old Age Home in the area.