Welcome to the The Settlers High School's Public Intranet Site for History!
This blog is intended for use by The Settlers High School pupils in the History Department.
Ms Belelie was selected as a Western Cape finalist for the National Teaching Awards (Excellence in Secondary School Teaching) in 2009.
Currently the History Department is forging links with history departments in other provinces of South Africa and also internationally for joint teaching projects via Skype and the internet. Links between teachers and pupils from a wide range of backgrounds are very enriching.
The Settlers High School has a very progressive and innovative History Department.
Mr Haupt (Vice Principal/HOD in charge of Information Technology) has served as an elected member of the National Executive of the South African Society for History Teaching from 2009 to 2014 (at which time, due to other commitments he stood down from this position). He is writer of History material for an education publishing house and has co-authored textbooks. Paul has also published articles in academic History Journals. He was Chairman of the Governing Body of Goodwood Park Primary School for six years and was actively involved in school governance at Fairbairn College as an elected parent member of the Governing Body. He went to Helsby High School with a touring group and is currently undertaking joint history projects with the History Department at that UK school. The first joint project undertaken was the programme of the British Museum, viz. "The world in 100 objects". This was a joint venture with the Helsby High School history department and we celebrated the cultural diversity in both countries. A new project is currently being launched which will involve joint interactive lessons via the internet between SA (The Settlers and Hector Petersen), UK (Helsby) and Zimabawe (John Tulloch school).
Miss Belelie is a Head of Department and plays an active role on the Cultural Management Committee of the school. Miss Belelie is a leading member of the History Cluster in the Northern Metropole. She is involved with the US organisation “Facing the Past” and its South African counterpart, “Shikhaya” and hosted representatives of the US organisation in her classroom as they observed her teaching material produced by them. She so impressed the representatives of this international organisation with her vast knowledge of the subject and her superb presentation skills that she was invited to present a paper on “Facing the Past” in London at a conference. The History Department of The Settlers congratulates her! This is a singular honour.
Societies which are part of the History Department: Roots
Mr Willis remains in our history department as a very highly qualified (MEd) and experienced history teacher. He taught at various schools across the Peninsula, was Head of History at a school in London and later at Sans Souci where he led that department to achieve its best results in the matriculation examination ever. A keen runner, Mr Willis has completed several Comerades marathons, enjoys travel, good food and sport (he is a Liverpool football fan), and fast cars (he drives a BMW Z4).
We are delighted that he is still part of our team.
Mrs Sass is also teaching history to grades 8 and 9 this year. We shall publish more information about what she brings to the department as an experienced teacher in due course
We also have a Museum group who maintain the school archive. (Ms Belelie in charge)
A book on the history of The Settlers was published in 2005: The Settlers – forty years towards freedom. (by Paul Haupt) (ISBN: 978-0-620-38666-1)
Last year a celebratory book to commemorate 50 years of liberal English education in the northern suburbs of Cape Town was written and published by Paul Haupt and Bonita Belelie: Celebrating 50 years of Educational Opportunities (ISBN: 978-0-620-65540-8)