Teacher Jennifer calls it a day after 43 years

2017-04-05 06:03
Learners of GJ Louw Primary formed a guard of honour for teacher Jennifer Jaftha on her last day.Photos:ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Learners of GJ Louw Primary formed a guard of honour for teacher Jennifer Jaftha on her last day.Photos:ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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After 43 years in education, teacher Jennifer Jaftha says if she could, she would do it all over again.

Last Thursday the staff and learners of GJ Louw Primary School in Schauderville bid farewell to teacher Jenny, undoubtedly one of the school’s pillars, who is retiring after 43 years of teaching.

“I can say with great gratitude that my cup runneth over. Without God I would never have made it. Teaching children can be compared to a potter who is using clay to mould something and at the end you have a product. I have enjoyed my teaching career to the fullest,” Japtha said.

For her teaching was a constant learning curve because of the changes that took place continuously.

“The highlight of my career is the joy it brought to my heart when I see the faces of these learners at the end of the day knowing that I’ve made a difference in their lives.”

Her passing message to the learners and fellow staff members she is leaving behind is, “Education is vital, therefore, I would like to encourage all learners to go to school and do their best and to all educators not to give up but to do what their calling is for.”

Principal Dudley Erasmus, who had been teaching with Japtha for 38 years, said the school would miss this very versatile teacher, who could easily teach both Foundation and Intermediate Phase.

“The learners loved her very much. We as staff will miss her expertise and her mentoring of educators. I am confident that she will reap the fruits and enjoy the shade of the trees that she has planted.”

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