Stoep Stories No 23
Friday, 23rd May 2014
The Convent of the Sacred Heart School
STOEP STORIES - TALES OF THE KAROO
Published by the Graaff-Reinet Heritage Society
(With acknowledgment to Kasey)
This school which closed down because of dwindling numbers of pupils some years ago celebrated its 100th birthday in June 1994. With the thoroughness for which convent schools have been known it provided tuition from Kindergarten to Departmental J.C. and Senior Certificate examinations
. Pupils were prepared for music qualifications from Trinity College London and for Cape University Examinations the Commercial Department courses included shorthand, Typewriting bookkeeping and business methods. Sports were not neglected with tennis hockey and netball being played. There was also a swimming pool in the school grounds and galas were held. A particular feature was the hostel attached to the school the climate in the Karoo is very beneficial to children who suffer from asthma and other chest complaints and special attention was given by the also a swimming pool in the school grounds and galas were held.
The school grounds ran through from Cradock Street to Bourke Street. The building still stand and are now known as Melco flats.