A teaching career spanning 30 years comes to a successful end

2012-11-23 00:00

AFTER almost missing out on a high school education because of her gender, Union Park Primary School principal Indrani Moodley is due to retire after 30 years of service at the school, 15 of which she spent as the head.

She was kept busy with fond farewells and many hugs yesterday, as people came to say goodbye.

After serving three decades at Union Park Primary, her last day in a classroom will be on November 30.

Clad in a beautiful green sari, gold shoes and painted nails, she said she was overwhelmed with mixed emotions.

“It’s sad. I’ll miss interacting with people because I love them. Now I’m going to a lonely life as I’m not going to see as many people.”

Breaking into laughter, she confessed she will also miss dressing up for school.

Right from a tender age, Moodley had always wanted to become a teacher.

At age 12, her parents didn’t want to send her to high school because she was a girl.

“They were afraid to send girls to high school. But I fought my way. At that age, I was very focused and I knew exactly what I wanted.”

Her childhood dreams revolved around being a teacher.

At the age of 23 she was already qualified and her teaching career began at Crescentridge Primary School in Chatsworth.

Moodley’s eyes sparkled as she spoke about her “dream”.

The seasoned teacher said the role of the teacher was more than just teaching children to read or write.

She also became a “parent” and “psychologist” to many children who walked through the school gates, something she said she found to be most rewarding.

As one of the founding members of Union Park Primary, she raised funds to build a computer lab and the school has received top honours both in sports and academics.

Moodley said she is looking forward to travelling to Australia, Canada and New Zealand, spending time with her five grandchildren, reading and gardening.

She said her husband Pynie Moodley, also a retired principal, has always been supportive.

They have four successful children; two engineers, one teacher and a medical representative.

“I believe if you’re good to these children [pupils], your own children will succeed in life. I’m blessed.”

A teacher, Kishandra Sooruth, described Moodley as charismatic and very calm.

He said she took interest in their personal life and that he has learnt a lot from her.

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