Lovey Moodley leaves Heather with love

2015-02-03 00:00

IN a solemn special assembly on Friday, renowned Heather Secondary School principal Lovey Moodley said his final goodbyes to his pupils.

After a 42-year career in education, 28 years at Heather, Moodley (64) announced his retirement to teary-eyed pupils and members of staff.

Fellow principals from schools across Pietermaritzburg took time out of their busy schedules on Friday to personally express their well wishes while Heather pupils randomly popped in to Moodley’s office between classes for a last hug or handshake.

Moodley said he was sad to be leaving and he “can already feel the hollowness settling in”.

“I was always the first one in and the last one to leave and when I think about Monday, I can’t comprehend what I’m going to do all day out of this routine,” Moodley said on Friday. “It will be difficult to make that mental adjustment.”

Throughout his term as principal since 2002, Moodley has been instrumental in maintaining a 95% pass rate at Heather Secondary.

“I’ve tried my best to take my school to a certain level and I hope it can be taken to newer heights in the future. The school is very close to my heart,” Moodley said.

An avid sportsman, Moodley will be replacing his days in the classroom with time on the greens as he plans to take up golf in his spare time.

He also hopes to do charity work for temples around Pietermartizburg.

Moodley specialised in Afrikaans and economics and has taught some of the country’s top pupils.

“I’ve had a very close relationship with my students, but the rules still apply. My philosophy is that no teaching or learning takes place without discipline,” Moodley said.

In his absence, the title of principal will be passed on to the current deputy, Daryll John.

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