We need parents’ support, says new principal

2013-04-25 00:00

GAVIN Lambooy (47) took up the post of principal of Laddsworth Primary School in Hilton at the start of the second term.

He was previously deputy headmaster of Merchiston Boys’ Preparatory School in Pietermaritzburg.

After the first week in his new post, Lambooy said he was excited to have been appointed and was learning how things worked at Laddsworth.

He looked forward to a busy term and to getting to know the pupils, staff and parents.

He said he wanted to encourage an ethos of “working hard, developing a sense of excellence and taking pride in this fine school; but also playing hard, having fun together and developing a sense of community.”

He said he was grateful to the Laddsworth community for the way everyone had welcomed him: “I have felt a warmth of welcome from everyone: staff, children and parents.”

Coming from an all-boys school to a co-educational one is a significant change for the new head, but one that he welcomes.

“The dynamics are different — girls add a different dimension because they are very enthusiastic and warm; they want to please.

“Boys tend to stand back and watch; they are still deciding if they like me or not.

“Working with girls is a new opportunity for me and there will be issues I’ve never dealt with before. However, I know there are many staff with lots of experience who will help me.”

Lambooy sees a lack of correct parental support as one of the challenges facing primary education.

“By that I mean that education is the single most important thing that parents can give a child. If they don’t apply at home the same values as the school does, they effectively work against the school. Children need to learn that anything worth doing is worth doing well; that being part of something worthwhile means taking responsibility for behaving appropriately and in keeping with stated values.”

Lambooy holds a further diploma in education from the University of Natal.

He has been married for 22 years. His wife, Tracey, is the branch manager of a local courier company and they have a son, Bradley (16), who is in Grade 10 at St Charles.

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