Highbury gets new headmaster

2017-08-08 06:01
Photo: suppliedMr Roland Lacock is Highbury Preparatory School’s sixth headmaster since 1903.

Photo: suppliedMr Roland Lacock is Highbury Preparatory School’s sixth headmaster since 1903.

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WITH a commitment and passion for the betterment of the youth, Roland Lacock has accepted the position as the new Highbury Preparatory School headmaster. 

Lacock and his wife and three daughters recently moved to the area. 

For this 41-year-old, education is very important and says pupils must always strive to achieve their best.

He says one is never too old to learn new things.
Lacock’s career has taken him to the Middle East where he gained invaluable experience in boys’ education, and returns to KwaZulu-Natal, the province of his youth and formative years, as the new head. 

“I was schooled at Merchiston and Maritzburg College, and then chose to dedicate my life to teaching. I studied a higher diploma in education at Edgewood College, a Bachelor of Arts at Unisa and hold a Masters in educational leadership from the Open University in the UK,” he said.

Returning to Merchiston and then Cowan House to teach, Lacock was later appointed acting principal at Glenelg­ Boys’ School in Abu Dhabi before returning home to take up the role of deputy headmaster at Uplands Preparatory School.

In addition to his reputation as a professional executive keenly involved in strategic planning and advancing education through technology, Lacock has coached rugby, cricket, hockey, athletics and swimming.

“It is a privilege to be appointed by the board as the next headmaster of Highbury Preparatory School.
“I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity of working with and leading a team of dedicated staff, getting to know the Highbury boys and building a healthy relationship with the stakeholders.
“Highbury has a wonderful reputation of academic, cultural and sporting excellence and I look forward to being part of this prestigious school’s story,” he said.

Jacqui Maurice, school marketing assistant, says: “Highbury Preparatory now enters what we believe will be one of the most exciting eras in its illustrious history. Led by a headmaster, who is focused, passionate about education and goal-driven, the school is set to grow a new generation of young men not only secure in their early grounding, but confident to pursue their future goals and dreams.”

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