Raise a cup to teaching stalwarts

2015-09-08 06:00
Ursula Röntsch, Jill Theron and Sally Boulle have been teaching at the Grove Primary School in Claremont for decades. Before they retire at the end of the year their work will be celebrated with a high tea for pupils, parents and past pupils.

Ursula Röntsch, Jill Theron and Sally Boulle have been teaching at the Grove Primary School in Claremont for decades. Before they retire at the end of the year their work will be celebrated with a high tea for pupils, parents and past pupils.

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The Grove Primary School in Claremont believes it is a very privileged school.

This is because they have worked over the decades with three teachers who had energy, wisdom and, most of all, dedication.

The three teachers who have worked diligently are happy that they spent their teaching careers at this school.

These three teaching stalwarts, Ursula Röntsch, Jill Theron and Sally Boulle, who are all 65 years old, will retire from the school at the end of the year.

To show its appreciation the school will be hosting a high tea in the school hall on Monday 21 September from 16:00 to 18:00. Past pupils, parents and colleagues are invited to join the celebration and bring along special memories, thoughts or photographs to share with this trio.

36 years after starting in 1980 Röntsch is teaching the children of children she taught in the early years of her career. As a teacher and head of the foundation phase, she has always been open to continuous learning and has kept herself and her colleagues abreast of educational and technological trends. She has set exacting standards for her pupils, colleagues and parents alike, enabling the children in her care to achieve their potential.

Theron’s genuine interest in and compassion for people has defined her as a teacher, colleague and fundraiser. She has worked as a language support teacher at the Grove for the last 25 years, developing in her pupils not only language skills, but also confidence in their abilities. She is also one of the Grove’s most colourful characters and will be remembered for her outlandish costumes at fundraising events, as well as her wicked sense of humour.

Boulle joined the Grove in 1992. Over the past 22 years she has made her mark on many facets of the school. As an enrichment teacher, she has inspired and stimulated scores of children; as a mediator, she has used her wisdom and insight to resolve conflicts; and as one of the deputy heads of the school, she has led her colleagues and pupils with integrity and humour, inspiring them to strive for excellence.

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Those who want to attend the high tea can email reception@thegrove.co.za or call the office on 021 674 2077. For more information visit the school’s website at www.thegrove.co.za

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