Brackenfell High School has been making headlines this week and for all the wrong reasons, as alleged racism has been the core problem at the institution. Aside from that, what is the school about? When was it founded? How much are its fees? We here tell you everything you need to know about the institution and the racism allegations it is facing.
This high school has a very long story since its founding in 1906. The institution has since become very respected and prestigious. We here show details about admissions, directions to Brackenfell High School, and much more.
Brackenfell High School history
The official opening on January 21st 1976 was the fruition of the dream of Mrs Janet Brink, the widow of Andries Brink. She donated one acre for its construction in January 1906. By April of that year, 18 students began learning in a one-room building. In January 1907, they were put under the control of the Stellenbosh School Board, the Brackenfell High School board members.
In January 1964, it advanced and was classified as a middle school, In January 1973, it became a full-fledged high school that could also accommodate a primary section. Exactly 70 years later in January 1976, the new school opened with 234 learners, 14 teachers, and one secretary.
In July 1983, Mr.O.Theron was appointed the new principal. The next principal was Mr André Pretorius, appointed in April 2003. In 2017, a new principal was appointed, Mr Jannie Muller, and he is still the current head. The school currently has 1500 students and over 90 staff members.
Bracken High school enrolment
An institution that offers top-notch results gives students the chance to undertake several activities like music, dance, drama, and sports, making it a coveted institution. There only two steps needed to complete an application to the institution.
- WCED registration
- School application, which can be downloaded online from their website or using a hard copy obtained from their administration
The documents required to apply include:
- Printed proof of online application on the WCED website
- Copy of learner’s birth certificate (if not available - ID or proof of application)
- Copy of ID’s of both parents/guardian (s)
- Proof of residential address
- Copy of latest report (Gr 6 final report)
If the learner has immigrant status, please submit the learner’s valid study permit and the permits of the parents
Inquiries for admissions can be directed to:
- Staff@brackenfellhs.co.za - Enquiry Admissions 2021.
- Contact Mrs Carstens at the reception - 021 981 5522
Brackenfell High School fees
The institution boasts competitive programs and extracurricular activities for its students. Being one of the exclusive institutions means that it is hard to get a place, and the admission lines are long. Therefore, the price of the fees is on the higher side. It costs R22,000 to attend this school.
Brackenfell High School contact details
Their administration can be reached through any of the following details:
- Brackenfell contact number: 0219815522
- Fax: 0219816023
- Brackenfell High School email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brackenfell High School address: Rogland St, Brackenfell, Cape Town, 7560
Brackenfell High School latest news
The institution has been trending on most social media platforms for the past few days. The story starts with 254 matriculants who were supposed to have a matric ball at the end of the year. The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the ball being cancelled, and it should have ended here, right?
A couple of parents decided to hold the ball for the students as a private event that was attended by two teachers and 42 students – allegedly all-white. Once this information got out, the EFF in the Western Cape made plans to hold a peaceful demonstration outside Brackenfell on 9th November in the morning citing racism and discrimination.
That morning, there was a violent clash between the parents and protestors. On one side stood the EFF protestors and on the other side, the parents. Brackenfell high school videos circulated online showing the violence between the two opposing groups.
Why else is the institution being referred to as racist?
There are several things that South Africans point out as racist in Brackenfell. Out of the total population of the school, 15% of the students are black African, and the leadership of the institution is entirely white.
They also have a dual-medium language, English and Afrikaans, which is discriminatory, especially in a country that has 11 official languages. According to the Daily Maverick, it appears that the entire Brackenfell high school teachers are white as well.
The current and former students of the school have an Instagram account (@bhstories) where they recount their racist encounters with their classmates and teachers.
What happened after the violent protest?
A day after the protest, the street was empty and no protestors in sight but the parents were sitting in one corner. Then, the Brackenfell High’s governing body (SGB) on Tuesday afternoon brought an urgent application for an interdict before the Western Cape High Court in a bid to stop the EFF from protesting outside.
They, however, failed in their bid to obtain an urgent court interdict in the Western Cape High Court to prohibit the EFF from holding any further protests near the institution. The judge overseeing the case said that the SGB has no right to tell people where they can and cannot protest.
There are mixed reactions on Twitter, with some people supporting the EFF Brackenfell high school call-out while others are on the side of the parents. Who do you think acted appropriately between the two?
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