"We strive for the best" 




Mr AR Southgate

Situated across the bay from Table Mountain, the school has one of the best views South Africa has to offer. We not only have an unobstructed view of the famous world-renowned scene of Table Bay in the foreground with majestic Table Mountain as the backdrop, but also historic Robben Island across an expanse of ocean.

Table View High School is a young school in comparison to many of the neighbouring schools in the Western Cape or even in South Africa. Despite the fact that the school has only been in existence for 25 years, it has excelled in many spheres. 
It should be the vision and mission of any institution of learning to develop learners into well-rounded individuals who will one day take their place in society and make a positive contribution. To this end, the school has surpassed expectations. In this vein, take time to read the lyrics to our school song in order to ascertain for yourself whether you think we are on the right road or not.
Table View High offers an extensive academic programme to its senior learners where they are given the opportunity to develop and excel. Learners wanting to take subjects that are not part of our curriculum are allowed to register for additional subjects that count towards their final assessment. We are proud of our schools' academic performance over the years.
Over and above the broad academic spectrum, the school also has a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities to choose from. Learners are encouraged to involve themselves in all fields and as the website is upgraded, their achievements will be posted and updated on a regular basis.
The school is primarily an academic institution but does offer Hospitality Studies, Computer Studies, Visual Art and Design.
May you be encouraged to browse through the website and hopefully you will be familiarized with Table View High, its staff and learners by the time you log off.



MISSION STATEMENT - we strive to offer a high quality holistic education to equip our learners with knowledge, skills, moral values as well as respect for all people and the environment.


OUR BADGE - reflects the background of the area. The crossed sabres depict the Battle of Blaauwberg (1806) which was the major historical event of this area. The navy blue and white lines below depict Rietvlei, the main attraction of our environment, with Table Mountain in the background. The blues represent the sea and sky, and the gold suggests the colour of our sand.



THE MOTTO – Optima Petamus (“we strive for the best”) –expresses our aim for our learners.



OUR PHILOSOPHY is that as a child-centred institution we aim at providing each learner with the basic skills they need to succeed in adult life, in particular the ability to make considered decisions and the courage to accept the consequences. Furthermore, our aim is to develop a keen awareness of the pupil’s own strength and shortcomings, develop skills of application, social interaction and a respect for those who differ in culture and ability.



Our’s the view of the Bay and the Mountain;
Our’s a school where values are taught.
Outwards there’s permanent beauty,
Inside perfection is sought.
Here are the Pillars of Learning;
Here’s preparation for Life
In our work, our sport, our devotions -
No place here for struggle, and strife.

“Optima Petamus,
Optima Petamus”,-
We Aim for the best
With courage and zest!
“Optima, Optima,
Optima Petamus”

Met die Baai en die Berg as ons uitsig;
staan ons skool waar waardes gedy.
Hier sal ons streef na die wysheid,
Skoonheid en vrede ons lei.
Hier leer ons dink voor ons handel;
hier word ons kragte gewy
aan kultuur, aan godsdiens, aan kennis,
om hoop vir ‘n toekoms te kry.

“Optima Petamus,
Optima Petamus”,-
Ons skool is ons trots
Dis ons anker en rots.
“Optima, Optima,
Optima Petamus”


On 21 January 1986, the start of a new school year, 357 Std 6 & 7 pupils plus the Headmaster, 18 teachers and the secretary walked through the doors of TVHS.

Everyone had high expectations and ideals and they paved the way for those who followed. In 1989 we had our first group of Std 10’s – which meant we could elect a Prefect Body. We elected 17 prefects with Sally O’Shea and Bradley Wade being the first head girl and head boy of the school.

Over the years the school has grown exponentially and we currently have, besides the Headmaster, 2 Deputies, 47 educators, 5 office ladies and over 1000 learners. Let’s not forget there is also an Estate Manager, 8 maintenance staff and a Sports Administrator.

The school was originally built for 750 learners – things were getting a wee bit squashed so the Education Department gave us a few Prefab Classes. Despite regular maintenance and care, these Prefabs did not stand the test of time, so 7 years ago, at great expense, we built 4 extra classrooms plus toilet facilities as well as accommodation to house an Estate Manager. The design and colour of this new extension was architecturally in line with the current building. Besides the buildings, our various sports fields grew in leaps and bounds, catering for rugby, hockey, soccer, tennis, netball etc. We even laid a mini-Astro Turf 4 years ago. More extensions were on the cards – we built an impressive multi-purpose Centre above the new classrooms. This building serves as a lecture/examination room (accommodating about 130 learners at a time) and recreational place. It is often hired out for private functions thus generating funds for the school. It is a sort after place as where else in Cape Town do you get an uninterrupted view of our famous Table Mountain!
Since 1989 (the year of our first group of Grade 12’s) TVHS has had 3853 Grade 12’s walk the hallowed halls and sit their final examinations. Although I regret to say that all were not successful, we have had an excellent pass rate. Over the past 11 years, we achieved a 100% pass rate in 9 of the 11 years. That is no mean feat.

As part of our vision, we would like to “produce” young people with qualities which include, amongst others, moral values, respect for all people and the environment. All this whilst educators at the same time impart knowledge.

Plotting the way forward is always a challenge especially as the education system has often changed over the last couple of years. However, we will stick to the mission above in the hope that with competent educators we can achieve our goals