I would like to use this opportunity to welcome the Fairmont family back to school and at the same time, wish you all a successful 2017. I hope all your dreams come true this year.
I also thought it would be appropriate for me to introduce myself and spell out my vision for Fairmont. We are celebrating our 40th Birthday and it is important that we do a few special things this year. I will update you regularly throughout the year.
I was born in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape and completed my schooling there. I then attended the University of the Orange Free State and started my teaching career at Queen’s College in Queenstown. In 2004, I was appointed Senior Deputy Headmaster at Rondebosch Boys’ High School. In the last 4 years I was Headmaster of Durban High School, a boys’ school situated on the Berea in Durban. I am truly honoured to be given the awesome task of leading one of the finest schools in Cape Town. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few days at Fairmont and the school has also met all my expectations, and more, of what I had and thought of Fairmont. It is a friendly school with tremendous children and dedicated staff. The smiles on faces and the greetings I get from the learners make my day. We are all very fortunate to be part of the Fairmont family.
As a passionate educationalist, I believe in the holistic development of young men and women. Our core business at Fairmont is to provide opportunities for learners to fully develop their Academic potential. We also put a lot of effort into helping learners develop their Sporting, Cultural and Leadership potential as well as their spiritual side. However, I believe that character building is by far the most important of all of these focus areas. If you are someone of great character, your priorities will be in place. You will know when to study and when to focus on the other things that add meaning to your life. Finding out who you really are and what is important in your life and then reaching out to others will come naturally. Passion and commitment in tackling tasks are non- negotiable. Together with that comes involvement in your school. Fully involved learners will eventually become fully involved adults who will be great parents and they will also be extremely valuable to any organisation and community. I was extremely pleased to see more than 350 athletes on the fields every morning this week. That involvement is what I am talking about and that I will expect from my learners. Discipline and then the development of self-discipline is of vital importance and I believe in old school values of respect and good appearance. I will spell out exactly to the learners what I expect of them.
To end off, I want to again welcome you all back and I hope you will continue to support this great school.