Veteran educator leaves helm of Howick High with fond memories

2015-11-17 11:25
Howick High School prinicipal Rob Langley will say his final goodbyes to the school when he retires on December 11.

Howick High School prinicipal Rob Langley will say his final goodbyes to the school when he retires on December 11. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - After 31 years at Howick High School, and 13 years as headmaster, Rob Langley is set to retire next month.

With a welcoming smile, Langley sat at his office desk, chuckling fondly as he spoke about Howick High, its pupils and his colleagues.

The veteran educator did not start out teaching but rather fell into it and found it to be his calling.

After Langley finished his schooling at Kimberley Boys’ High, he had plans to become either a vet or a scientific researcher.

“I had finished my honours degree in microbiology and was waiting to go into research when I started with my teaching diploma to bide the time,” said Langley.

“I absolutely loved it and have not looked back since.”

Langley later received his honours degree in education and started his internship at Alexandra High School.

“I taught there for eight years and it was wonderful,” he said.

Langley said he had applied for a position as a head of department at Howick High School not only because he thought it was a good school, but because he wanted to bring his children up in the Midlands.

“All four of my children went through Howick High School. My two daughters are both teachers and both of my sons are in engineering,” he said.

“I have enjoyed working here very much and have many fond memories of coaching sports teams, teaching and even co-producing a few musicals.”

He said he thought himself to be a very interactive teacher, which was an aspect he missed when he was made principal in 2002.

He said the opportunity arose when he was first offered a position as principal at a private school and was given six weeks to think about it. “I was so happy at Howick High, I decided to stay and when the post as principal at Howick was presented, I took it.

“I really will miss the pupils and my colleagues. They are all wonderful and I have great faith in the school’s excellent governing body in looking for the next principal.”

Langley said he was retiring loving what he did at the school and there had not been a single day where he did not look forward to going to work.


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