Harold Cressy High School is a school in the City Bowl which has served the educational needs of the surrounding and extended community for more than 60 years. Since its inception, the school has strived to provide a stable, nurturing environment where learners can achieve their true potential, regardless of their backgrounds and challenging circumstances.
The school has always had a credo of not allowing circumstances to be a reason for not achieving one’s academic and personal goals. Personal responsibility for one’s education is emphasised.
Our students come from within the city bowl, Bo-Kaap and surrounds, to as far afield as Kensington, Maitland, Milnerton, Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu, Retreat, Philipi, Mitchells Plein, Bonteheuwel and most suburbs on the Cape Flats.
Some of our learners do face tremendous challenges such as transport costs, lack of adequate nutrition, family instability and danger on the way to school and home. Despite this, it is wonderful to see the positive spirit within which learners attend school and engage with their educators. We have had countless positive comments from visitors to the school, student teachers, new staff and researchers about the manner in which they have been received by our learners and the enthusiasm with which they engage with newcomers to the school.
Harold Cressy High School is also a Dinaledi Mathematics and Science Focus School and aims to increase the number of learners doing Physical Science, Mathematics and Life Sciences at FET level, with a view to pursuing further study in the Sciences and Engineering.
Thanks to a very active Alumni Association and the collective efforts of the staff, students and parents, we have been given a breath of new life triggered by the building of the hall and the attainment of Provincial Heritage status. The pressure is on those of us on the inside of the school to live up to all the support and good will we are getting and build the school up once again to “the place where dreams are made” (Dr Shafick Ismail, Alumni Association Chair, 2014).
You, as a Cressyite, or friend of the school, can play a significant role in this growth by becoming involved in the life and heartbeat of the school. ANY form of involvement is welcomed. We look forward to hearing from you!
K. Isaacs (Class of 1990)