Silikamva High School is the new kid on the Hout Bay block having opened its doors for the first time in January 2013. The school started as Disa High, but has since been renamed to capture its own unique identity. The name meaning “we are the future” is an apt description of the learners that attend and the expectations we share with them. The school is situated on the site that was previously the YMCA campsite at the top of Penzance Road. Positioned right next to the settlement of Imizamo Yethu, the school primarily serves this community with the vast majority of its children from IY.
The need for an additional high school in Hout Bay has been apparent for some time so it is with much anticipation and hope that Silikamva High has started and now continues to develop.
The provision of a local, easily accessible school for the students of Imizamo Yethu is now a reality. The school has begun with grade 8 and 9 students, an approximate student compliment of 260. Reflective of the socio-economic situation of many families in Imizamo Yethu, the school is a non-fee-paying institution entirely reliant on Western Cape Education Department funding for all its running costs. Developing the site and school into one that we can be proud of will take the commitment and support of the wider Hout Bay community and other stakeholders.