Franschhoek The Huguenots Museum Information

Farms & Development

Farms & Development


Due to the absence of organised education, children were taught at a number of private farm schools.

In 1847 F C M Voigt was appointed as reader by the church council. As was the custom, this post combined with that of teacher as well as lead singer and the lessons were conducted inside the chapel building. As from August 1850, Voigt's school became the district school and he a government teacher with 64 pupils.

A second school was established in 1857 at La Motte with the first teacher being F Joubert who taught the children in Dutch. While this school flourished, the other declined.

The government school closed down temporarily as from 1st October, 1871 and in 1872 a new second-class public school was established in the village. Franschhoek now possessed three schools i.e. the second-class public school, the third-class school at La Motte and the Mission School. In July 1897, the public school was upgraded to first-class and when the new school building was inaugurated in August 1899 it attained high school status.

At present there are 6 schools in Franschhoek i.e.

  • Franschhoek High School
  • Groendal High School
  • Groendal Primary School
  • Kabouterland Pre-primary school
  • Langrug Primary School Wes
  • Eind Primary School

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