History

  • 1954, January

    Golden Grove officially opened on Mr Brown’s poultry farm. Mr Ray Holmes was the first principal and the school consisted of 47 learners, 4 staff members, 6 classrooms, staff room, storeroom, a boys’ and girls’ cloakroom.
  • 1954

    School badge decided upon. Gold, Black and red became Golden Grove colours. Semper Sursum – “Ever Upwards” adopted as school motto.
  • 1954, January

    Golden Grove officially opened on Mr Brown’s poultry farm. Mr Ray Holmes was the first principal and the school consisted of 47 learners, 4 staff members, 6 classrooms, staff room, storeroom, a boys’ and girls’ cloakroom.
  • 1956

    3 New classrooms built
  • 1960

    Building contract signed
  • 1961, July, 4

    Nucleus of present building opened and foundation stone laid.
  • 1961, October, 21

    Official opening of school by Mr L G Mirray, M. C., M.E.C.
  • 1961

    First prize giving in own hall!
  • 1962

    School song written by Caroline Duby
  • 1966

    Mr Ray Holmes retires as Principal
  • 1967

    Mr Steve Minnaar appointed as new Principal. School pool completed.
  • 1968

    School’s first swimming gala
  • 1970

    School library is built
  • 1971 (10.15am)

    Mr Minnaar notified that a fire had occured in the Principal’s office and various records and equipment were destroyed. Buildings completed
  • 1974

    Mr Minnaar retires (3rd Term) Miss Veenie Fowler takes over as Acting Principal.
  • 1977

    Second fire, arson was suspected.
  • 1979

    Golden Grove celebrates its Silver Jubilee
  • 1993-1996

    Mr Clive Barham takes over from Mr Parsons as Principal.
  • 1997

    Mr John Wood becomes Caretaker Principal for three months. Mr James Bailey appointed as present Principal. 765 learners continue to flourish under the school’s motto Semper Sursum.
  • 1999

    Funds become available for Golden Grove’s computer centre. In May 1999, it became operational
  • 2000

    Golden Grove acquires The Willow Pre-School and The Playhouse Aftercare.
  • 2001

    Peer Mediation introduced. Additional classroom built for Pre-Primary Borehole sunk for sports fields Further extensions to Pre-Primary providing additional toilets and storeroom
  • 2002

    Current enrolment 863 including three Pre-Primary classes.
  • 2003

    Lease of room to the Occupational Therapy (Private) Practice to assist Golden Grove families
  • 2004

    Golden Jubilee Celebration Golden Grove employs its own psychologist.
  • 2005

    Consulting rooms built for Psychology Department, Speech Therapy and Remedial / Bridging classes
  • 2006

    Full time Learner Support Educator employed
  • 2007

    Eco-Watch Introduced to care for our environment
  • 2008

    Extensions to Aftercare Centre Staffroom extensions
  • 2009

    IT Centre upgraded Shade cloth covering entire pool surrounds
  • 2011

    Mr Tony Austen appointed as Golden Grove’s principal
  • 2012-2013

    Canopy – Grade 3 area Swimming pool upgrade Renovation of main learner change room/toilet Upgrade of Grade 7 area White boards installed in several classrooms
  • 2014

    Two new classrooms created
  • 2015

    Grade 1 now has four classes
  • 2018

    Mrs Petersen's appointment as First Female Principal.