Deputy principal leads from the front

2015-11-24 06:00
Grade 7 pupils Lindelwa Hadebe (left) and Blessing Maphumulo (right) with the new John Wesley School, acting deputy principal Miss Sindi Zulu. Photo: supplied

Grade 7 pupils Lindelwa Hadebe (left) and Blessing Maphumulo (right) with the new John Wesley School, acting deputy principal Miss Sindi Zulu. Photo: supplied

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A CAREER in teaching was not her first choice, but Sindi Zulu’s passion for teaching grew in her over the years and she has been appointed as the acting deputy Principal at John Wesley School.

“It’s still surreal, but I feel blessed and confident that I am going to be able to give of my best in this position because I have learnt a great deal in the past years as the Intersen HoD.

“Working at John Wesley School has been a great experience for me because this is a school where teachers have the opportunity to, not only teach academic subjects, but to also teach pupils about Jesus Christ. It’s been wonderful to see JWS grow and the fact that I have been part of the team for more than 10 years is heart-warming. My primary duty is being a Grade 7 teacher, which I enjoy immensely. My other duties include disciplining the pupils, organising assemblies, prize giving ceremonies, working with the Intersen budget, academic leadership and quality control.”

Zulu describes herself as a God-fearing woman and she comes from a family with a strong religious background. “I was born in Bulwer and I live in Mthwalume. I am the last born in a family of five girls and one boy.

“We didn’t have much, but we were raised by warm and loving parents who instilled Christian values in us and emphasised the importance of education.

“Walking to school bare foot on freezing winter mornings was hard, but we were happy as school children and never stayed away from school unless we were really sick.

“Playing sports was not my strong point as a child, but I can sing, so I was in school choirs throughout my school years. I initially wanted to become a Police Officer but my family was against it. Our school did not have the best resources, but we had dedicated teachers who were able to improvise and make the best of what they had. My matric results were not great, so I went to Promat College to improve them, after which I went to Edgewood College to train as a teacher.”

She said she enjoys reading a good book in her spare time.

“Once I pick up a good book I can’t put it down. At the moment I am reading, The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers, I’m one of her fans.”

Her motto in life is: “Put God at the centre of everything you do, work hard, stay humble and respect everybody, including yourself.”

JWS Principal Mr Darron Tarr said: “Sindi Zulu is a born leader who commands respect from our children and her contemporaries. Her considerable experience, incisive intellect and composed demeanour has been and will continue to be an asset to John Wesley School.

“ As Principal, I have the utmost faith in Ms Zulu’s ability and I am confident that the sectors of the school, for which she has now assumed responsibility in her new role, will operate with maximum efficiency.”

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