Mr Schoeman says farewell after 36 years

2016-12-14 06:01
Cedric Schoeman retired from De Vos Malan Primary after 36 years.  Photo: ZELDRé Strauss sWANEPOEL

Cedric Schoeman retired from De Vos Malan Primary after 36 years. Photo: ZELDRé Strauss sWANEPOEL

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THE new school year at De Vos Malan Primary School will start without the familiar face of educator Cedric Schoeman, who retired recently.

Schoeman had been teaching at De Vos Malan for 36 years and left the learners and parents with a thought-provoking message at his final assembly.

“Children are being raised with brand names these days. We were raised singing in the choir and doing piano lessons. We need to bring that back into our communities.”

He emphasised the importance of encouraging children to get involved in sport and cultural activities at school.

He concluded by saying that although he was looking forward to his early retirement, he would miss the learners and his colleagues immensely.

“I was very young when I started at De Vos Malan. Both my parents died in those years, and a handful of old colleagues have also been buried since. This has been a second family even though we agreed to differ sometimes.”

Principal Jonathan Jansen said that Schoeman had been a driving force behind the school’s sporting programme, and has coached soccer, cricket, gymnastics and athletics at school. “Mr Schoeman has been a pillar of strength in the Schauderville Primary Schools Sports Union as convener of sporting codes and organiser of many tours for the school and union,” Jansen said.

“The school will miss him for his loyalty and the community for his empathy shown towards the learners and parents alike.”

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