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South African Schools Act 84 of 1996

HPS is a State School (Section 21), subject to the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996 (SASA ‘96). The Governance, subject to this Act, is vested in the hands of a democratically elected School Governing Body (SGB), constituted as follows:

  • 6 parents,
  • the Principal,
  • 3 teachers
  • and 1 non-educator

Business and networking skills are required of members.

It is imperative that Hillcrest Primary has a strong and skilled SGB team leading it at all times, as it plays a crucial role in protecting and promoting the interests of the school, as well as developing it to meet future needs.


Primary Functions:
  • adopt a constitution and mission statement
  • recommend to Head of Department the appointment of teachers and non-teachers
  • prepare an annual budget and determine school fees for adoption by parents (put in place procedures to provide for total/partial/conditional exemptions); support the Principal, teachers and staff in the performance of their professional duties
  • adopt policies including admissions, code of conduct, safety and security and language
  • determine the extra-mural programme
  • purchase textbooks, educational materials and equipment
  • administer and control the school’s property (buildings and grounds)
  • encourage parents to offer voluntary services to the school
  • promote the interests of the school and employ additional human resources to ensure provision of quality education.