A Founder Pupils Certificate, listing all the pupils of the opening day, was presented to those pupils at the Prize-giving Ceremony in December 1968.
During 1969, it became evident that the existing classrooms would prove inadequate and the Department was approached with a request for a hall and extra classrooms. Building operations commenced in 1971 and the new additions (inter alia classrooms, a library and a hall) were officially handed over in September 1972. With the rapid growth in enrolment, the school qualified for its first vice-principal, Mr Bill Webster, who was appointed in July 1971. He was instrumental in establishing the new library. The school hall was officially opened by Mr E J Wilkins (Chairman of the first School Committee) on Saturday 28 April 1973.
Mr Botha retired in September 1983 and in recognition for his major contribution to education at Pinehurst, the school hall was named the D P Botha Hall. Mr Rob Prentis took over as the new Principal from the Fourth Term.
In 1985, Pinehurst's senior drama group staged "Johnny Salter". According to Aidan Chambers, the American playwright, it was the first time that the play had been staged in South Africa. In 1986, over 200 Pinehurst pupils were involved in a mass gymnastics display. Mr Prentis moved on promotion at the end of the First Term of 1988. He was succeeded by Mr Richard Street, who headed the school until the end of 1991. In 1990, the parent community was faced with the choice of remaining an exclusively white school or to embrace non-racial schooling. The parents voted overwhelmingly in favour of the latter (becoming a Model B school) and so the foundation for a 'normal society' at Pinehurst was laid.
Pinehurst's fourth principal, Mr Alf Turner, was appointed from January 1992. This was the school's Silver Anniversary year and it was celebrated by the staging of a whole school drama production, the "Pinehurst Pageant". A special A4 size magazine, edited by Mrs Sharlene Kruger (Head of Department) comprehensively reflected the activities and achievements of the year. 1992 was also the year in which Pinehurst became a Model C school, which meant that the parent community became responsible for the financial support of the school. This was necessitated by the Education Department's reduction of teaching posts and its diminishing financial contribution. The parental support has been exemplary to this day and has enabled Pinehurst to provide quality education, where standards are maintained and enhanced.
In 1993 Pinehurst was selected as one of four schools to implement the "Education for Living" curriculum, a fore-runner of today's "Life Orientation" subject. Our first full Exhibition of Work was held in the hall, where every pupil had items of work on display.
1994 saw the arrival of democracy in South Africa and Pinehurst continued to be a catalyst in the normalisation of society. The cover of our annual magazine featured the Standard 5 pupils proudly waving the new South African flag. In October, the school held its first "International Food Evening", which has become a tradition and takes place biennially as the "Pinehurst Fair". Its objective is to provide a social occasion for the Pinehurst community.
In order to set trends, rather than be shaped by them, and to provide the opportunity for the children to acquire relevant skills, Pinehurst introduced two new subjects during 1995. Design & Technology and Entrepreneurship were taught for a number of years before they were introduced in the form of Technology and Economic and Management Sciences by the Western Cape Education Department. Some of our teachers attended the first Internet Conference to be held in Africa, thus preparing the school for the 'information explosion' of the future. Mrs Judy Peters was appointed as the school's first specialist IT teacher.
A major achievement of 1995 was the building of a new swimming pool, funded entirely by the parents. The pool was officially opened by Mr Charles Hepburn (Governing Body Chairman) at a special opening gala during the Fourth Term. The school's first overseas sports tour was undertaken, when Mr Mikki Milne (Head of Department) and Mr Rory Farrell (current Deputy Principal) took a soccer team on a successful tour to England. The school's orchestra, comprising 34 musicians, went on the school's first music tour.
1996 saw the opening of the school's new Computer Centre with 18 workstations. Even the school's successful drama production of that year, "Hackback" was a musical with a computer theme.
The school's 30th Anniversary was fittingly celebrated in 1997. Amongst the activities were an aerial photograph of the children forming a 30 on the sports field, a whole school drama production the "Musical Montage" and the first Standard 5 Educational Tour of the Garden Route. The five day tour was initiated and organised by Mr Rory Farrell, a special time which has enhanced the educational experience of many Standard 5 / Grade 7 classes over the years.
It soon became evident that to effectively meet the needs of IT education, Pinehurst would need to establish a larger Computer Centre. To reach this goal, a Mega Fair (incorporating a car raffle!) was held by the PTA under the Chairmanship of Mr Pete van Jaarsveld to raise funds for the project. The resultant efforts, together with some generous donations from parents, enabled the school to open a new 36 workstation Computer Centre for use on the first academic day of 1999. Over the years many sports tours have been arranged, but in June 1999 our school embarked on its second orchestra tour. They travelled to Kimberley, where they performed at a number of venues.
In the 2004 Star International Mathematics Competition, Pinehurst took 1st and 3rd positions and had 16 pupils in the top 100 in Cape Town. In addition to a number of local sports tours, the school embarked upon its second overseas soccer tour to England. While there, the soccer team also participated in a cricket tournament, which they won!
Pinehurst has a history of long-serving staff members. Our longest-serving staff member is Mrs Elizabeth Lee (Secretary) who, after twenty-five years' service, retired in 2005. Pinehurst again took 1st place in the annual Star International Mathematics Competition. The school's new Multi-Purpose Centre was officially opened at the 2005 Founders' Day Ceremony by the Governing Body Chairperson, Mr Rob Billett.
Being the school's 40th Anniversary, 2007 was a memorable year at Pinehurst. This milestone was celebrated in many ways. In April, the staff and pupils appeared in a special commemorative aerial photograph. Six sports teams flew to Port Elizabeth in July, where they enjoyed the 40th Anniversary Sport Tour. The second Principal of the school, Mr Rob Prentis, was the Guest Speaker at the annual Founders' Day Ceremony in August. In October, the celebrations culminated in an outstanding whole school drama production, "The Incredible Quest". The high standard of acting was superbly complemented by the musical accompaniment of the school orchestra. Our orchestra, in competition with Cape Town primary schools as well as music schools, came joint 1st in the annual Sans Souci Facets Competition.
This Music Department success was sustained when Pinehurst won the Ensemble category of the Sans Souci Competition in 2008. Academic success continued, as has been the case over the years, in many competitions. The most notable of 2008 was having sixteen of our pupils achieve a place in the top 200 out of over 5000 entrants in the Star International Mathematics Competition. The top Pinehurst pupils came 2nd and 5th respectively.
At the end of 2008, the school bid farewell to Mr Alf Turner who retired after 17 years of committed and dedicated service to the school. Mr Turner will long be remembered for his energy and drive in providing Pinehurst with a swimming pool, Multi-Purpose Centre and up to date ICT resources.
Mr Rory Farrell (who held the position of Deputy Principal) took over as Principal in January 2009, until retiring in 2016. Mr Farrell was a well loved principal who served Pinehurst for 25 years.
Mr Brendan Carroll has recently taken over as principal and we look forward to his contributions in the coming years.