SA man returns from NZ as new College head

2012-12-12 00:00

MARITZBURG College has searched all over the world for the right headmaster, and has found the suitable candidate in New Zealand.

Chris Luman and his wife, Carmel, will return to South Africa from St Paul’s Collegiate in New Zealand where he made his mark on the academic, sporting and cultural fronts, to join the school next year.

He will assume his duties as the 15th headmaster at Maritzburg College during the second term next year.

But he will come a bit earlier to help celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary.

Speaking to The Witness from New Zealand, Luman said he was excited and looking forward to the challenge.

Originally from Cape Town, Luman taught at Wynberg Boys’ High and Queen’s College in Queenstown before he left for New Zealand.

After living in New Zealand for 16 years, the 52-year-old headmaster said he had been looking for a position in South Africa.

And when he was approached for the job, he couldn’t turn the offer down.

He said it was a long process and he was glad it was all over.

“I think I have a lot of experience in boys’ schooling and I’m passionate about boys’ education. There’s a lot that I can bring back to add to Maritzburg College,” he told The Witness.

Luman said he believes in working together with others to realise a vision, “because you can’t do it on your own”.

He has been an assistant headmaster and deputy headmaster at Scots College and then St Paul’s Collegiate, and had also acted as headmaster in that time.

He has experience as an English and drama teacher, provincial cricket experience as well as national and international rugby coaching prowess.

He also has a long history of involvement in debating, choirs, plays and productions.

He said the school has a rich tradition and he hoped that he would help to maintain the school’s values.

“2013 is indeed a significant year in the 150-year history and my family and I are immensely excited to be a part of this momentous occasion,” he said.

He said his 14-year-old son will attend the school as well.

Chairperson of the Maritzburg College Governing Body, Steve Colenbrander, said: “The search for a new headmaster started in earnest in June this year. We have literally searched the world to find the right candidate for our great school, and we believe that Luman is the perfect fit for this prestigous position. The critical issue for us was balance.”

Colenbrander said Luman was an accomplished teacher with extensive sporting and leadership experience.

He said their goal was to find a person who will lead and position the school.

“We believe that we have found the right man for the job,” he added.

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