Allandale Primary principal retires

2016-02-10 06:00
PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Allandale Primary School principal Vassie Rajah (centre) with some of his many pupils at his farewell.

PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Allandale Primary School principal Vassie Rajah (centre) with some of his many pupils at his farewell.

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ALLANDALE Primary School principal, Vassie Rajah, has officially retired.

His last day as head of the school was last Friday, and last Wednesday the school held a farewell function for Rajah.

The event was also attended by the Department of Education representatives.

Dignitaries at the event thanked Rajah for his commitment and passion for teaching, then pupils gathered around and hugged Rajah, giving him gifts, letters and chocolate as sign that his presence will be missed.

As a former Allandale Primary pupil, Rajah said leaving the school, staff and pupils will be an emotional ride.

Reflecting on the farewell event, Rajah said: “It was fulfilling, emotional and worthwhile. I thought I would break down in between. Thank you to everyone.

“Allandale Primary School was built by the community straight from their own pocket. It is now 76 years old. I started as a pupil in Allandale in 1962 and my teaching profession started there. Even though I have been to different schools, the journey directed me back to Allandale Primary when I joined the team in 2003.

“Every day has been a challenge, but with the right support behind me, it has been an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.”

Rajah will be succeeded by Beebee Cassimjee.

“I understand I have big shoes to fill, but nothing is impossible. We have a wonderful staff and we will work together in achieving our goals. No man is an island. What we have learnt is what we will preserve and continue doing,” she said.

When asked about the one thing he will miss the most about teaching, Rajah said: “I will miss going to school and teaching.
“No financial repayment will ever surpass that.”

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