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Applications for Grades 9 to 12 in 2022

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Please note that applications for Grades 9 to 12 at Pinelands High School in 2022 close at 14h00 on Friday 3 September 2021.

Click here to complete the Pinelands High School's application form. 

Applicants will be informed, in writing, of the outcome of their application by 12 November 2021.

Joshua Jets off to the USA on a Cultural Scholarship

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Congratulations to Joshua Beerwinkel, one of our Grade 11s, who leaves for the USA today.  After a stringent selection process Joshua was selected for a cultural scholarship offered by the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Programme (KL YES).

He will be based in Herriman, Utah with a host family, for 10 months and will be attending Providence Hall High School as a Junior, which is equivalent to our Grade 11.

Joshua applied through Pinelands High School and AFS Intercultural, an international, non-profit organisation that offers learning opportunities through youth exchange.

Some words from Joshua:

I didn’t expect to be accepted for the scholarship, but after a number of interviews and meetings it became more believable. I applied because I wanted the experience of living in a completely different environment and being exposed to a different culture which will help me to become more understanding and open-minded. I expect the first few months away from family, friends and everything familiar to be very difficult, but this will force me to adapt.

I am expected to do a set number of hours of community service and perform well academically during my time in America but, given that it is a cultural exchange, my goal is ultimately to meet people and learn their culture whilst sharing mine. I plan to appreciate every moment of this exchange and learn as much as possible, and have no doubt in my mind that I will come back a better person. This experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I intend to make use of it by spending every moment learning, sharing and just enjoying cultures. I’m really excited to have this experience!

Pinelands High School wishes Joshua everything of the best as he jets off on his adventure.

We know that he will continue to make us proud and impeccably represent his school and country with ease and grace.  Go well Joshua!



Pinelands High School, in conjunction with the Epoch & Optima Trusts, is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to aspirant Mathematics, English and Physical Sciences teachers. Teacher internships are available for the 2022 academic year. Applicants will be planning to study for their PGCE through a recognized distance learning institution in 2022 (e.g. UNISA, NWU). Final selection will be dependent upon acceptance to one of these institutions.

See further details by clicking here.

Closing Date: Monday 30 August 2021

New Mobile Science Laboratory

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We are very grateful to the SGS Community Trust for the donation of a Mobile Science laboratory. The Mobile Science Laboratory transforms a regular classroom into a science laboratory.  The equipment and chemicals found in the Mobile Science Laboratory will be used to illustrate abstract scientific theory with demonstrations that engage the senses. We want students to be able to see, hear, smell and touch science, and not just read about it.

We have 253 students in Grades 10-12 taking Physical Sciences as a subject. The Mobile Science Laboratory complements our 6 dedicated science venues and together they serve a total of 651 students taking Natural Science, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Thank you to the kind parent who nominated Pinelands High School as a beneficiary for the Mobile Science Laboratory. We know that the Laboratory will be used to encourage even more students to be curious about the world around them, and to perhaps choose to study further in the field of science as their contribution to society. So many of our students go on to study science (medicine, engineering, biology, computer science etc) and we are proud to play our part in inspiring and educating future scientists.


The National English Olympiad is an annual English competition that draws over 8000 candidates every year from around South Africa and from our neighbouring countries. 

The competition is organised jointly by the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education.  The syllabus and examination questions offer a stimulating experience  that goes beyond what can be enjoyed in the school syllabus. The syllabus and examination questions promote critical thinking, but they also encourage candidates to express themselves in creative and unique ways - an exciting possibility that is not allowed for in the school curriculum. 

The programme of study is rigorous and requires significant self-study on the part of the candidates.

The demands and the competitive nature of the programme make Amy Irlam's achievement of being a Top 20 Candidate a significant one.  It is a success that Amy can be very proud of, with the attendant award of an offer of one year's sponsored tuition at Rhodes University.

The Pinelands community warmly congratulates Amy!