OUR SCHOOL

Laerskool Voortrekker Eeufees

Laerskool Voortrekker Eeufees was established in 1938 after Laerskool Danie Malan was established. The school formed part of the symbolic ox-wagon trek of 1938. It was part of the festivities to commemorate the Great Trek. People commemorated it by building ox-wagons and then moved with the ox-wagons and cattle from the Eastern Cape. They lived and looked like real pioneers (Voortrekkers). There were different groups just like when the Great Trek happened. The Louis Trichardt group arrived in Pretoria North in December 1938. Each adult and child of the group was asked to bring a hard rock to school at two o’clock that day. A huge cairn (rock monument) was build out of all the rocks. This is a monument of the symbolic ox-wagon move. The rock monument is on the right-hand side of the hall. Inside the monument there is a time capsule with a mysterious message that is going to be opened in December 2039.

The official opening of the school was on 12 October 1939 and the first principal was Mr. E.E. Coetzer. There were only 13 teachers and 427 learners in the school. There is an ox-wagon on the outside wall of the school, this is a symbol of the Great trek ox-wagon group. The opening of the school was broadcasted on radio. It was decided that the name of the school will be Voortrekker Eeufees.

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The school cover a whole block and is surrounded by 4 streets, Wonderboom street, Eeufees street, President Steyn street and Burger street. Our school also has its own museum that shows the history of the school. The museum was opened by our previous principal Mr. Swart. There are many items in the museum like paintings, photo’s, pictures and objects like old telephones and type writers. All of these items were part of the history of the school. In the museum you will also find old stationary like old bottles of glue, registers and the schools banking booklets. 

Our school turned 80 years old in 2019. We had a huge concert in celebration of our school’s birthday. All the learners participated in the concert. The motto of our school is: "Trap vas en hou vas".

FORMER PRINCIPALS

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Mr. P.J.J. Swart

1995 - 2015

Mr. Swart was born on 23 Mei 1951 in Volksrust.

  • Starts his teaching career at Laerskool Lydenburg.

  • 1982: HOD at Laerskool Haakdoorn.

  • Achieved his B.Ed degree at the University of Pretoria in 1986.

  • 1992: Deputy Principal at Laerskool Voortrekker Eeufees.

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Mr. S.S. Yssel

1981 - 1995

  • Matriculate at Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool.

  • Studied at Potchefstroom Education College.

  • Obtained his BA degree at Potchefstroom University.

  • Married to Rina Yssel and has two daughters.

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Mr. L.C.B. Breytenbach

1969 - 1981

Mr. Swart was born on 23 Mei 1951 in Volksrust.

  • Starts his teaching career at Laerskool Lydenburg.

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  • Achieved his B.Ed degree at the University of Pretoria in 1986.

  • 1992: Deputy Principal at Laerskool Voortrekker Eeufees.

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Mr. C.J. Pretorius

1952 - 1968

Mr. Pretorius was born on 2 October 1903 in West-Transvaal.

  • Completed his educational diploma at the College of Education in Pretoria.

  • He then completed his M.Ed degree at the University of Potchefstroom.

  • Mayor of Pretoria-North in 1958.

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Mr. F.E. Coetzer

1939 - 1951

Frederik Ernst Coetzer was born on 26 May 1891.

  • Principal at the age of 21 at the school in Klippan. 

  • 1926 - 1932: Principal at Eastleigh school in Klerksdorp.

  • The first Principal of Laerskool Voortrekker Eeufees.

  • 57 years of uninterrupted service to education.