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  • Mr Lekota visits The Settlers High School In February, on the day of the robust Opening of Parliament and State of the Nation address, Mr Lekota of COPE was invited to address the history department about his ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2016, 4:24 AM by Paul Haupt
  • "Koffieklas" Studying is so much easier with coffee in hand.
    Posted Jul 21, 2016, 4:29 AM by Paul Haupt
  • Exchange Students We are delighted to welcome exchange students from Italy and Germany to our History Department (Grade 10) this term. In the photograph is Augustin Heinen (from Munich, Germany), Alexander Alexeev ...
    Posted Jul 26, 2015, 1:58 PM by Paul Haupt
  • "The Night of the White Shirts" Mr Haupt ( photographed here with Mr Willie Madisha MP) was kindly invited by a parent at our school, Ms D. Carter (MP), to attend this year's opening of parliament ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 12:12 AM by Paul Haupt
  • HEAD BOY: EDUCATION AFRICA MODEL UNITED NATIONS DEBATE Last weekend our Head Boy, Keenan Jacobs, represented the school at the Model United Nations debate, having reached the South African finals. On Friday the group visited Robben Island and ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 5:12 AM by Paul Haupt
  • UPDATING THE SETTLERS' HISTORY BOOK In 2015 The Settlers High School celebrates its 50th jubilee. Paul Haupt has been commissioned to produce this celebratory book will author it. Miss Belelie has been the expert consultant ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2015, 3:04 AM by Paul Haupt
  • INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR 2014: 28th April A webinar (seminar using the internet) was arranged by Dr Weldon and Mr Dylan Wray on behalf of Facing History and Ourselves, Boston (Mass) (under the auspices of University of ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2014, 6:46 AM by Paul Haupt
  • Durbanville Heritage Society Mr Haupt addressed the Durbanville Heritage Society on Wednesday evening, 23 April 2014. Herewith the content of the talk.Men of men: Embracing our local heritage in the Western Cape ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2014, 10:57 AM by Paul Haupt
  • ARCHIVE SOCIETY The latest offering from the archive society. Their notice board had been dedicated to commemorating the life and times of Nelson Mandela
    Posted Jan 21, 2014, 7:54 AM by Paul Haupt

  • Posted Jan 20, 2014, 11:17 AM by Paul Haupt
  • Excursion to Genadendal The History Department will be taking pupils to Genadendal later this year. More information to follow.
    Posted Jan 15, 2014, 9:12 AM by Paul Haupt
  • Drakenstein visit On Monday, 20 May 2013 Mr Botha took members of the roots society to Drakenstein Prison (formerly Victor Verster) near Paarl to visit the house in which Mr Mandela spent ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2014, 9:15 AM by Paul Haupt
  • Robben Island Visit 08 May 2013 ROBBEN ISLAND VISIT: 08 MAY 2013 (by Paul Haupt) The Roots Society visited Robben Island. Fourteen pupils accompanied Mr Haupt and Miss Belelie on an excursion arranged by Mr Fred ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2014, 10:12 AM by Paul Haupt
  • JOINT PROJECT WITH HELSBY UK                    THE SETTLERS HIGH SCHOOL                    HISTORY DEPARTMENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS We are undertaking a joint project with the history department of Helsby High School in England based on ...
    Posted May 27, 2013, 11:16 AM by Paul Haupt
  • German Exchange Students Friederike Wölke; Jule Klink; Stella Gabrielides
    Posted Apr 26, 2013, 1:56 AM by Paul Haupt
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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)