Leaving behind a legacy

2016-07-26 10:36
Shanaaz Majiet, principal at Koeberg Primary will be missed by teachers, learners and staff at Koeberg Primary.

Shanaaz Majiet, principal at Koeberg Primary will be missed by teachers, learners and staff at Koeberg Primary.

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There’s a sadness in the air at Koeberg Primary with the news that their principal is retiring.

After 21 years in the profession, the principal of Koeberg Primary, Shanaaz Majiet from Plumstead, will call the last assembly on Friday 29 July.

This is a surprise to the learners and staff who describe her as a valuable asset to the school and “the glue that binds us together”.
One of the teachers at the school, Anwar Allie, says everybody is still coming to terms with the news, but wished her well in her endeavours.
He explains her history at the school started in 1995. “She was fresh out of college and full of ideals. The principal at the time, Ben Westraadt, appointed her and her first class flourished under her care and supervision. She proved to be a teacher who did her utmost best to ensure that her learners got the best education that she could provide.”

Her passion for teaching saw her becoming the head of department for the foundation phase in 1999 with her good work ethic and clear vision making her an HOD of note.
“In 2012 she became acting principal when the then principal, Mauritz Walters, retired and she applied for the post as principal,” continues Allie.
“In 2013 she became the first person of colour to take over the reins of leadership – a position which she has held down with aplomb and dignity,” he recalls.
“Under her leadership the school has grown in leaps and bounds and learners are fortunate to now have first class facilities.”

During this year the school opened a library as well as a fully functioning art room.
“When you enter the school, you experience the vision she has for it to be more than just a building, but a haven of learning and love,” adds Allie.

Monique van de Hyde is another teacher who was mentored by Majiet and added her praises to the departing principal.
“She is an exceptional leader who went above and beyond for every teacher and learner of the school and helped each of us see our potential and achieve success,” she says.
“For all of us she was our inspiration and the biggest motivator who treated everyone with love and kindness. She was able to turn any mess into a message, misery into ministry, pain into a platform and chaos into creativity. It’s said that a diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure, so thank you Shanaaz Majiet for turning Koeberg into a valuable diamond,” says Van de Hyde.
“You truly leave a legacy behind with your fingerprint forever engraved in our school, and especially our hearts.”

The staff at the school echoed these sentiments describing her as a dedicated principal with a passion for educating young minds.

Elsa van As, the school secretary, added to these sentiments.

“She is always willing to help and although she has a serious side, she has a wonderful sense of humour. She is just a wonderful person.”
Allie, who is the current head of department, goes on to say that he asked learners to describe her in one word.
“There were so many, but the ones that stand out are special, caring, beautiful, supportive, hardworking and my favourite – legend!
“This woman epitomises all of the above, and then some. She does more than just manage the school – she leads it. And she is the embodiment of the school motto, “Excellence through change”. We were led by a dynamic woman who showed us that if you put your heart into what you do, it will come to fruition.
“Her decision to retire has come as a bit of a shock to all of us, but we respect that it is time for her to move on. She led us so that we may lead; inspired us so that we may inspire others.

She was a guide, a leader, but more importantly a friend.
“We are sad to see her go. We wish we didn’t have to say goodbye, but it would be unjust to deprive the rest of the world of the powerful force that is Shanaaz Majiet.
“The staff, learners and parents of Koeberg Primary wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”

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