HSH - a governing body to help make Hopefield the best High School on the West Coast.

Governing Body of Hopefield High School

It is the responsibility of a School Governing Body to work with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.

While the headmaster is responsible for day-to-day management, the Governing Body sets the school's strategy, goals and policies. This body also ensures a clear vision and ethos. They hold the headmaster accountable for the school's educational performance and the wellbeing of its pupils, as well as the ongoing performance management of teaching staff. Lastly they provide financial oversight to ensure funds are appropriately spent.

Given the importance of this role, it stands to reason that the Governing Body is a key success factor in the future of any school. Hopefield High School is fortunate to have an exceptionally accomplished, experienced and committed team as its Governing Body, made up of learner parents from the broader West Coast community served by the school.

Hopefield High School Governing Body Member - Mr Dixon

Chairperson (also of Financial Committee) - Gideon Dixon

Gideon works at Westarcor, a Saldanha engineering firm, as General Manager and partner.

The family has a long, proud association with HSH and appreciate the exceptional growth of HSH over the decades. Gideon's wife is an ex-HSH learner and Gideon has been involved with school governing bodies in the area for 9 years. He has learnt about the management and administration of schools, school laws and WCED / DBE processes.

With this experience, management expertise and professional network, Gideon is poised to serve HSH with passion!

Mr J le Roux - Hopefield School Governing Body

Vice Chairperson - Johan le Roux

Johan is a business development executive with an accounting background. Johan holds a BCom (Management Accounting) and an MBA. He has a senior position in SPH Kundalila - a local company also a loyal supporter of HSH.

Together with his wife and three kids (all HSH learners), he lives on a game farm outside Hopefield where they enjoy nature and sustainable farming to the fullest. Johan enjoys watching sports, hunting, fishing, golf and lighting a fire.

Hopefield High School Governing Body Member - J Schreuder

Jurgens Schreuder - Hostels Portfolio

Jurgens completed his HED at the old National College in Pretoria and proudly holds decades worth of teaching experience.

He loves sport, landscaping, rustic woodwork, fishing and the outdoors.

He hopes to make a valuable contribution to HSH and the broader community; he especially has a very big soft spot for children.

Hopefield High School Principal &  Governing Body Member - Wehan Fourie

Principal - Wehan Fourie

With a B Ed (Hons) degree spesialising in Education Management & decades of teaching experience (15 years as Principal), Wehan is a key Governing Body member.

With his own children as HSH ex-learners, he wants to ensure that the positive motivation of learners is entrenched in all decisions, fitting his image of being strict but fair.

Wehan is actively involved in sport coaching (rugby & athletics) and teaches Gr 12 English.

Being a Hopefield local, Wehan enjoys diving, surfski and mountainbiking in the little free time he has. He is a huge Landrover fanatic!

Parents and students alike receive a personal greeting from Wehan, who seems to know everyone and is able to create a friendly bond with those he comes across.

Hopefield High School Vice Principal &  Governing Body Member - Jacques Rossouw

Deputy Principal - Jacques Rossouw

With B Sc (Computer Science & Maths); B Sc (Hons) in Computer Science; HED & B Ed (Hons) degrees and decades of teaching experience (9 years as Vice Principal), Jacques offers a unique skill set to the Governing Body.

As an HSH ex-learner, Jacques is a product of the school which he now continues to help adapt with his future-oriented views.

Apart from teaching Grades 8-12 Maths, Jacques also coaches Athletics and Rugby and he offers his IT skills to the school. He is an exceptional Master of Ceremonies.

Jacques is a Hopefield local and a dedicated family man.

The learners appreciate Jacques' approachability and resonate well with his humour.

Hopefield High School Governing Body member - J Rossouw

Jean Rossouw - Department Head

Jean has been an educator at HSH for 14 years already. He himself was also a learner at Hopefield High School from Grade R up to Grade 12 and he is therefore absolutely loyal towards HSH and will only give his best for his school.

He is responsible for Grade 10 to Grade 12 Maths and Grade 9 Science at the school. Jean is also the subject head for Maths and Science. He is also very involved with the maintenance of discipline at the school and the neatness of learners. Outside of the classroom he is the school's u/19A rugby team coach and he also coaches athletics. He is also responsible for the school's IT systems.

His interests are mainly rugby and the progress of his school, HSH. He loves children very much and believes in the holistic development of the learners and sport participants so that they will have the necessary skills and the right attitude to tackle life after their school career.

Governing Body Hopefield High School - N van Tonder

Nelius van Tonder - Department & Grade Head

Nelius holds a B.Ed (Hons) degree and has 16 years' experience as a teacher.

He is the Department Head of the primary school, responsible for academic, sport- and cultural matters at the primary school. He teaches Grade 5 & 6 Maths and Grade 6 & 7 Science. He also assists with the coaching of cricket and rugby.

He especially enjoys employing technology as part of his teaching methodology and serves as the LOOM-committee representative on the Governing Body: the committee responsible for the purchasing and distribution of teaching materials in the primary and high school.

Hopefield High School Governing Body member - R Cruywagen

Rosa Cruywagen

Rosa graduated with a B.Ed degree and has notched up 10 years as a teacher.

She is responsible for the social and cultural activities at the school, including: Mr and Miss HSH, Inter Schools, Big Brag, HSH's Got Talent, Varia, Eisteddfod and Evening School. She is in charge of the primary school RCL. She teaches Afrikaans, English, Geography and Science, manages the drama club and coaches netball.

She believes in learners' uniqueness and that everyone should have representation, therefore she's glad to represent the female teachers and girl learners on the Governing Body.

One of HSH Governing Body members - T Adams

Thomas Arthur Adams

Thomas Arthur Adams is a priest at All Saints Hopefield. He obtained a BA (Mus) HED degree in 1993 and is currently busy with the BTh (Bachelor of Theology) at TEEC.

In 2007 he joined the Northern Cape Education Department as a Senior Education Specialist for Arts and Culture. From time to time he assisted in the training of SGB's and was also part of the School Governing Body at Springbok Primary School and Namaqualand High School for several years.

He is the proud parent of two sons – eldest who matriculated at HSH in 2019 and youngest who is currently in Gr. 11

Hopefield High School Governing Body member - A Hanekom

Secretary - Arina Hanekom

Arina was entirely schooled at Hopefield High School as a boarder at Huis Eureka, matriculating in 1988. She has a Diploma in Public Relations Management.

Arina started her career in the National Defence Force as a member of Military Intelligence in Pretoria, evolving to the Communication/Public Relations Officer at the Military Academy in Saldanha. She then worked in conference management and wedding co-ordination at a West Coast Lodge before doing national events and in-house promotions at an Events & Promotions Company.

Her son is in Grade 10. She loves reading, cooking & baking.

A Basson - Hopefield School Governing Body

Anneke Basson

Anneke holds an N6 in Educare and an N5 in Public Relations. She has spent 16 years in hospitality and marketing and has 6 year's experience at HSH.

She handles all sponsorship, events and fundraising for HSH. She also lends general support to HSH where required.

Anneke is passionate about arts, theatre and creating beauty. She brings creative, fresh ideas to HSH.

Hopefield High Governing Body Member HSH - R Nortier

Treasurer - Rassie Nortier

Rassie served in the SADF for 15 years and attained an MMil in Military History. He's put down roots in the West Coast 22 years ago and has been managing his own progressive IT business ever since.

He is married with three children: two are finished with school and the youngest is now in Gr 11. From the first day their eldest enrolled at HSH, Rassie and his wife Adri wanted to be involved with the school, because a principal and his team requires the input and contributions of parents to fully enable their teaching goals. Now Rassie is a member of the governing body!

Hopefield High School member of Governing Body  - Mr J Schreuder

Jurianne Schreuder

Jurianne was raised on a farm in the Hopefield district and attended HSH primary school himself. After studying mechanical engineering (and playing rugby for Maties), he returned to Hopefield where he's been farming for the past 30 years.

He is married to Minet and they have four children: two are already out of school, one is in matric and one in Gr 11. Jurianne's deep faith and love for children guides his vocation to help children develop their highest potential.

E de Vries - Member of HSH Governing Body

Elricka de Vries

Elricka started life in Johanneburg and made a turn through Empangeni where she matriculated before marching into adulthood at SAAWCOL in George. After this she studied Education at the University of Stellenbosch before attaining 3 years' teaching experience in Great Brittain, preparing her for completing her Masters in Educational Psychology and qualifying as psychologist.

Elricka has been working as an Educational Psychologist on the West Coast since 2014 and works full time for the WCED.