History of Sentinel Primary School Sentinel Primary school is situated in the picturesque fishing village of Hout Bay, in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula. It is one of the oldest seaside public-combined schools in the Western Cape and was officially established in 1969.
The primary school had its humble beginnings in the St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Hout Bay Valley and then moved to a, now demolished, building in Hangberg under the direction of the first principal, Mr. Richard Manuel. In 1969 the students and its new principal Mr. Henry Jacobs moved into their new school. Under the management of seven successive principals, R. Manuel, M. Abrahams, H. Jacobs, J. Kruger, C. Jacobs, J. Jansen and the current principal Amanda Engelbrecht it has flourished into a hub of education for the children of the impoverished settlement of Hangberg.
Under the management of Mr. Joe Jansen it was converted to a Non-fee paying school in 2009 to help the under-privileged community in Hangberg. Sentinel also celebrated its 40th anniversary in this year and it was memorialized by a Back-to-school Ball which was the main attraction of the school year.
In 2011 Sentinel Primary School, which at this time had been converted into an Intermediate school to accommodate Grades 8 and 9, launched its partnership with the local fishing company Oceana Group Limited to improve the quality of education through innovative technological and continuous contributory approaches.
Under the leadership of the current principal, Amanda Engelbrecht, the school has undergone many improvements including a recent upgrade to its buildings and grounds. More than 100 indigenous fruit trees have been planted in the last three years and two new Grade R classes have been built.
Sentinel Primary School is looking forward to educating the future generations.