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Westridge High School

Established 1977

Westridge High was the first high school in Mitchell’s Plain to open in January, 1977 with Mr. Peter Petersen as the first principal, and six other staff members. The first assembly is held for 240 learners from all over Cape Town in grades 8 and 9.By the end of 1977, the enrolment has increased to 380. The first matric class of 26 learners matriculate at the end of 1979, with only one failure.

By the end of 1979, the school enrolment has increased to 1347. In 1981 matriculant, Joshua Human, becomes the first learner from Mitchell’s Plain to pass with an “A” aggregate and features in the top ten. In 1983, Westridge High becomes the first school in Mitchell’s Plain to participate in the “A” section of the athletics competition and finishes second behind Belgravia High. The school also caps a memorable year with its first full variety concert with much success and acclaim. In 1984, six prefab classrooms are added to accommodate the increased student enrolment. In 1985 the school is caught up in the widespread school protests, and soon becomes a prime venue for student protest rallies with the police always present. In 1987, Westridge High becomes the first school in Mitchell’s Plain, and only the 5th school overall, to win the “A” section athletics competition at the Athlone Stadium, bringing to an end Belgravia High’s 10 year domination. This achievement co-incides with the school’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

In 1993 several educators take severance packages and leave the profession. Mr. Petersen retires as principal and is succeeded by Mr. Lennie Paulse. Mrs. Barbara Samaai becomes the third principal of the school after Mr. Paulse in 1996. In 2001, the Khanya Schools Project installs computers in the school for the specific use by Mathematics and Science learners.

In 2005, Westridge High and Agnieten College in Zwolle, Holland, establish a partnership with a view to exchanging information of common interest and forging ties via e-mail. In 2007 we celebrate our 30th anniversary with various events. We started by having a thanksgiving service with 1300 people in attendance. In 2010, the school hall was built.

In 2012, Mrs. B. Samaai hands over the reins to our current principal, Mrs. W. Vergotine.