St John's College News

09 September 2017



From the headmasters desk

Welcome back to the start of the Michaelmas term, which is always a significant term in the life of the school, with the Upper Vs writing their final matric exams and the Lower V group waiting in anticipation for the announcement of the new leadership group.

We also have some major events coming up this term: On the Night on Saturday, 30 September, our annual Speech Day on Monday, 9 October, Valediction on Thursday, 12 October and the annual Carol Service at the St Mary's Cathedral on Sunday, 12 November.

    In staff news, we would like to congratulate the following members of staff on their appointments.
  • Mr Dion Libera, an OJ and former Head of School 1985, on his appointment as Senior Housemaster.
  • Mr Peter Murison, on his appointment as Clayton Boarding Housemaster.
  • Mrs Anné du Plessis on her appointment as Head of Subject: Latin.
    We also welcome the following staff members, some familiar faces, who will be helping us out until the end of the year:
  • Mrs Marthie Kruger, who has joined us to teach Latin for the Michaelmas Term.
  • The vastly experienced Mr Cliff Midgley who will be teaching in the Geography Department.
  • Former HOD: Art, Mrs Diedie Marais, who will be helping out in the Art Department.
    As always at this time of year, we have to say goodbye to some of our staff and we congratulate the following staff members who will be taking up promotion positions next year:
  • Mrs Erika Lion-Cachet has been promoted to the position of Deputy Head, Co-Curricular at Saheti School.
  • Mr Graeme Evans will be moving to Redhill School to be instrumental in setting up the International Baccalaureate Programme at that school.
  • Mrs Natalie Gower-Winter in the Life Sciences Department has been promoted to Head of Department at Penryn College in Mpumalanga, where she will also be extensively involved in the Penreach Community Service Project.

We will also sadly be saying goodbye to Mr Russell Untiedt. Mr Untiedt, who has been key in establishing one of the best Drama Departments in the country, has recently lost his mother and has decided to return to Kwazulu-Natal to his son and extended family.

All of these teachers have made a wonderful contribution to their various departments at St John’s and we will be acknowledging that in a fuller report in Vita at the end of the year.

It is a tribute to the quality of the staff that we have at St John’s that they are in such demand for promotion positions and we thank them for their significant contributions to the school.

Lastly, there has been a lot of time spent over the holidays by Council, staff and parents following the Town Hall debate. We thank you for your tremendous response to the debate and the subsequent terms of reference for the Independent Representative Interim Committee (IRIC). As you can imagine there was an extremely wide range of opinions and we must go forward with courage and conviction as a leading South African school where all feel known, loved and valued based on our Anglican ethos and the words of our motto Lux Vita Caritas.





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