Life-long learner takes over as Union Park head

2013-01-31 00:00

BEING firm, kind and compassionate is what Union Park Primary School’s new principal, Sivie Pillay, believes to be a winning combination to run a school with 535 pupils.

Pillay, who took over from Indrani Moodley after she retired last year, envisions a great future for the school.

“I want to take the school to greater heights,” she told The Witness.

The school is situated in Northdale.

With 32 years’ experience as a teacher and the right kind of attitude, Pillay believes she is well equipped for the job.

“You have to have great emotional intelligence and listen to teachers and pupils,” she said.

The former deputy principal has been at the school for 12 years and has worked as teacher and a head of department.

She praised her predecessors for laying a firm foundation for her and for putting the school on the map, adding that she was very grateful.

Although she is happy about her new title, she said being a principal is more challenging than being a deputy.

“As a principal you have to make the final decisions. You have to make sure that teachers get all the resources they need so that they are well equipped.”

What makes Pillay happy is knowing that she is making a difference in other people’s lives.

“Pupils come here everyday because they want to learn and improve. We have to listen and see to it that their needs are met,” she added.

Because she wants to set an example, the principal, who considers herself as a “life-long learner”, is currently studying towards her PhD in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

She strongly believes that every pupil has the ability to succeed and encouraged parents not to give up on their children.

“They should support them in all that they do and spend quality time with them,” she said.

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