On Monday, 28 May 1906 the first 7 pupils were enrolled with Mrs Edith M. Adcock as principal and only teacher. These seven pupils included one boy in Std 4, one boy and one girl in Sub B, and two boys and two girls in Sub A. By 1912 the school had grown to 42 children and a new school building was erected. This charming stone building is part of the present Camps Bay Preparatory School building. The school continued to grow and in 1955, they moved to a new building – the present Camps Bay Primary building – with Mr Botha as principal. The school now had nearly 300 pupils in the primary classes and this is when the High School split away.
Over the years several new facilities were added to the existing Primary School building: a heated, enclosed swimming pool, 5-a-side soccer court, computer laboratory, a library and a sports field on the Symmonds Field.
The past 116 years of excellence in education have been the product of many dynamic and visionary principals, dedicated and innovative teachers, incredibly hard-working support and office staff, enthusiastic and talented pupils as well as an actively involved and supportive parent body.
Here’s to the next 100 years of striving for the highest, while growing together as one! Quote from Camps Bay Schools magazine 1962 Mr E.M. Berman’s Headmaster’s message:
“To my pupils I should like to make a clarion call for service. Learn to serve your family, your school, your community, your country and mankind in general, and learn to serve unselfishly. Let your criterion be “What can I give?” rather than “What can I take?”