Willowridge High School (Pretoria)

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Willowridge High School
518 Verkenner Avenue,
Die Wilgers

South Africa
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School type Public school
Motto "Strive with Integrity"
Established 1987
Authority Gauteng Department of Education
Mr. Du Plessis Headmaster
Staff approx. 60 full-time
Number of students about 1000 pupils
School color(s) Blue, Red and White

Willowridge High School, is a public, English medium co-ed high school located in Die Wilgers, Pretoria, in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

History of The School

As early as the start of 1985, a Vigilance Committee was elected at a meeting of prospective parents. Having been named the watchdogs, they monitored the progress of the new school, while the buildings started taking shape on the site that once had been a farm.[citation needed] The school opened its doors on Wednesday 7 January 1987 to welcome the first 187 pupils in Forms One and Two. During the first term the name Willowridge High School became official and a badge needed to be designed.[citation needed]

The Coat of Arms was approved by the Bureau of Heraldry in 1988 and depicts the name of the school and its inherent philosophy. The shape is that of a spade symbolising the pioneering spirit with which the school was started. The two willow trees standing on the ridge, nurturing and protecting the Tudor Rose as it blossoms represent the name of the school.[citation needed]

The first Headmaster, Eddie Penzhorn, came to Willowridge High from The Glen High School.[citation needed] In 1991, the second Headmaster Jack Birkenbach was appointed. In 2005, the third Headmaster Mr Andre du Plessis was appointed.[citation needed]


Academic learning is the first responsibility of the school.

Willowridge High School offers various subjects including: English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Science, Information Technology, Computer Application Technology (CAT), Economics, Economical Management Sciences, Life Orientation, Business Studies, History, Geography, Tourism, Natural Science, Visual Art (Art), Design, Civil (Woodwork), Life Sciences (Biology), Hospitality Studies (Hotel), Dramatic Arts (Drama), Technology, Sport Science, Accounting, and Design.[citation needed]


Sport is compulsory for junior students but not seniors. For the grade 8 students of the school it is compulsory to attend most of the sport meetings as spectator-supporters.[citation needed]

Sporting facilities include netball facilities, rugby union facilities and cricket facilities, a 25 metre swimming pool, athletics grounds, gym, several tennis and netball courts, a basketball court (outdoor), a rock-climbing wall and hockey fields.[citation needed]

Willowridge High School is part of the Pretoria English Medium High Schools Athletics Association (PEMHSAA). The Schools have three meetings held a year including the: Swimming Gala (held at Hillcrest Swimming Pool), Cross Country (held at the host school) and an Athletics meeting held at Pilditch Stadium.[citation needed]

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