HISTORY OF GALWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL
The present Galway Primary School (38 Galway street: Delville, Germiston) started off in the 1930s as Delville Laerskool. Later years Delville Laerskool was relocated and the building was utilized for offices for the old Transvaal Education Department (T.E.D). The T.E.D. shared the building with a Departmental Pre-primary school named “Preprimêre-Skool Delville Pre-Primary School”. It was a parallel Afrikaans and English medium school. During this period, the original school property was subdivided and the old Transvaal Provincial Administration (T.P.A) utilized a portion of the property for their Library Services. A few years later the T.E.D. offices also relocated and only the “Preprimêre Skool Delville Pre-Primary School” occupied the building. In 1997 a decision was taken for the school to convert again to a primary school. The new name adopted for the school was Galway Primary School, named after the street the school is situated in and therefore making its locality easily identifiable. In January 1999 the first grade 1 learners started to attend the new Galway Primary School. Each year following, the next grade was implemented until the school had its first grade 7 learners enrolled in 2005. The number of enrolled learners during 2017 totaled ± 1050. The school has experienced significant growth during the last few years, and it is foreseen that this will continue.
The emblem consists of 3 colours namely Yellow, Blue and White. The emblem represents a fountain spurting into the air from a solid base or foundation. The fountain, of course, is the source of a desirable entity (water) and this inspired the figurative use of a fount of knowledge – which would collocate with the idea of wisdom being imparted from the solid educational base the school provides to its learners. The laurel reef around the school emblem is representative of the school’s achievements and symbolic of the possibility of achievement lying within each learner of the school, past, present and future, signifying a special victory for each individual that passes through the “fountain of knowledge”.
The school’s motto reflects the value that each individual is equal to the next. Being humble implies considering others to be as important as you. You are mindful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don’t expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful. Therefore we all stay Loyal to be Humble. The Latin version of the Motto, Fidelis in Parvo, is also phrased on the emblem for the purpose of heraldry.