St Anne’s appoints new principal

2009-06-22 00:00

FROM next year, St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton will have a new commander in chief to take over from the current head, David Wilkinson, who will be retiring at the end of this year.

David Argyle (52), who is no newcomer to education, is currently employed at Kingswood College, an independent co-educational school in Grahamstown, where he has been holding the reins for the past three years.

Before Kingswood, Argyle served as the principal of Pinelands High School in Cape Town from 1997 to 2002.

He has also taught at schools in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Argyle’s academic record is as rich as and extensive as his teaching experience.

He holds a Master of Education degree from Rhodes University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Africa, a Bachelor of Arts and a higher diploma in Education from the former University of Port Elizabeth, and a national higher diploma in Business Management from the Technikon of South Africa.

This father of two sons aged 24 and 22 has held impressive senior positions in the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa), the Southern African Heads of Independent Schools’ Association (Sahisa), including the former SA Teachers’ Association, and the National Union of Educators.

Argyle has also served as a principals’ representative on the Independent Examinations Board.

And he has somehow found time to run two Comrades Marathons and enjoys playing golf.

Clive Tasker, the chairman of the board of governors, said the process of selecting the new principal was rigourous, but said he was deeply impressed at the high calibre of the candidates who had applied for the post.

He said the board is confident of Argyle’s ability to lead St Anne’s into the future.

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