Kronendal’s Heritage Revealed

Every year, the Education Museum invites schools from a certain area in the Western Cape to attend a function at the museum to mark South Africa’s Heritage Day. The function is a celebration paying tribute to the schools in the selected area, and the newest and oldest schools receive certificates.

This year, the focus was on schools along the Atlantic Seaboard. While researching the various schools, they came across interesting facts about Kronendal Primary School. For years, the school was believed to have been founded in 1901, but research shows that the Hout Bay Mission School was started by the Dutch Reformed Church in 1845. This school changed its name to Hout Bay Public School in June 1901. In 1965 the school once again changed its name, this time to Kronendal Primary School.

So instead of being 113 years old, Kronendal Primary School is actually 169 years old! Definitely the oldest school in the valley. Silikamva is the youngest school. At the Heritage Day celebration, various music music items were performed, photos (old and new) were shown and Kronendal Primary School was presented with a Waterberry tree to mark the special occasion.

During the first assembly of the term, Kronendal staff and learners congregated on the field to plant the tree amongst existing fruit trees. Kronendal’s two long-serving Grade 1 teachers were given the honour of planting the tree, and the school song was sung to celebrate Kronendal’s newfound heritage.